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  • Department of Emergency Medicine Palliative PoCUS Course October 1 2020Oct 1, 20208:00 am - 5:00 pm


UM Bannatyne: Brodie Centre: Room-000, Clinical Learning & Simulation Facility

University of Manitoba, 727 McDermot Ave., Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, R3T 2N2

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DEM Palliative PoCUS Course

October 1, 2020

Location: CLSF-000 Brodie Center

8:00 am to 5:00pm


Have you ever avoided a procedure such as paracentesis or thoracentesis due to concerns about landmarking the incorrect spot and causing an iatrogenic complication? You are not alone, and we have just the tool you need to be able to perform these procedures with precision and confidence.


Bedside ultrasound has revolutionized the way that many practitioners landmark insertion sites for these procedures, and is now becoming the standard of care. Our CPoCUS (Canadian Point of Care Ultrasound Society) certified instructors will show you a consistent and methodical approach to diagnosing ascites, pericardial, and pleural effusions. In addition, you will learn an approach to using ultrasound to locate the largest and safest pocket of fluid in the peritoneal and pleural cavities for landmarking drainage. You will no longer have to worry about damaging the bowel, liver, or spleen during paracentesis, nor be concerned that your needle will puncture lung tissue, sub-diaphragmatic organs, or tumors during a thoracentesis.


Using a combination of pre-reading and videos, short lecture format, and lots of hands-on learning, the Palliative PoCUS course offered by the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Manitoba will provide the learner with a solid foundation to help your patients. Many of our ultrasound models are patients whom we have recruited due to the presence of pathology, so you will be able to generate images of ascites, pleural and pericardial effusions to prepare you for your next patient encounter. Register today!



The prerequisite for this Palliative course will be the successful completion of the online EDE course. This will be arranged by the DEM 1 month prior to the U of M Palliative PoCUS course.

As this Palliative course requires applications from both EDE 1 (by Dr. Ray Wiss) & EDE 2 (Dr. Steve Socransky), the DEM will facilitate your registration for both EDE online courses, which are two separate platforms. However, the cost of the prerequisite EDE courses has been factored into your overall course registration in order to help simplify your single payment.


Cost & Registration:

Cost will be $2100 ($1650 for Palliative PoCUS course + $450 for Prerequisite EDE course)



Cancellation Policy

The course is very resource intensive, with much effort being provided by the Department of Emergency Medicine.  There are a limited number of spots for each course, and it can be difficult to find participants to fill spots that open up due to cancellation.  In light of this, cancellations greater than 8 weeks from the course date will receive a FULL refund, minus $200 administration fee.  Cancellations with 6-8 weeks of the course date will receive a 50% refund, and there are no refunds for cancellations less than 6 weeks from the course date. Participants who have registered may transfer their registration to another person, but this responsibility lies with the original participant.  We will try to help find a replacement, but in the event one cannot be found, participants WILL NOT receive a refund (if within 6 weeks of the course).  Please contact Renee Nadeau at 204-272-3066 or Renee.nadeau@umanitoba.ca for any cancellation and transfer requests.


Continuing Medical Education Credits:

Palliative Course: This activity is an Accredited Simulation Activity (Section 3) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of The Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada, and approved by the CPD Medicine Program, University of Manitoba on October 1, 2018 and expires October 1, 2021.  Remember to visit MAINPORT to record your learning and outcomes.  You may claim a maximum of 8 hours (credits are automatically calculated).  Participants should only claim credit for the actual number of hours attended.

The University of Manitoba CPO Medicine Program is fully accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Continuing Medical Education (CACME).

This program meets the accreditation criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada for Cert+ (20 credits), CERT+ 186754-001


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Program Coordinator

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    Renee Nadeau
    Program Assistant, Ultrasound and HPP
    Department of Emergency Medicine
    Max Rady College of Medicine, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences
    S203 Medical Services Building, 750 Bannatyne Avenue
    Phone: (204) 272-3066  Fax: (204) 789-3515