Point of Care Ultrasound (PoCUS) – the use of ultrasound at a patient’s bedside – has become both an adjunct to the physical exam as well as an important tool used in many procedures. It is now part of the daily practice of many physicians in various specialties, as it is cost-effective, non-invasive, accessible, requires no special patient preparation, decreases time to diagnosis, and improves acute care outcomes.

Memorial University is developing and continually improving its existing PoCUS training program, as well as re-creating learning environments to teach PoCUS-related skills for professions that have not had the opportunity to use ultrasound as a diagnostic modality to date.

Full-Time Faculty Researchers

Dr. Brian Metcalfe
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
Dr. Michael Parsons
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Chair, Assistant Program Director
Dr. Tia Renouf
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
Dr. Peter Rogers
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
Dr. Gillian Sheppard
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine

Recent Publications

Ma, I.W.Y., Steinmetz, P., Weerdenburg, K., Woo, M.Y., Olszynski, P., Heslop, C.L., Miller, S., Sheppard, G., Daniels, V., Desy, J., Valois, M., Devine, L., Curtis, H., Romano, M.J., Martel, P., Jelic, T., Topping, C., Thompson, D., Power, B., Profetto, J. and Tonseth, P. (2020), The Canadian Medical Student Ultrasound Curriculum. J Ultrasound Med, 39: 1279-1287. https://doi.org/10.1002/jum.15218 https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/jum.15218
Peng S, Micks T, Braganza D, Sue K, Woo M, Rogers P, Freedman S, Lewis J, Hu S, Varner C, Patel N, Hameed S, Steinmetz P. Canadian national survey of family medicine residents on point-of-care ultrasound training. Can Fam Physician. 2019 Dec;65(12):e523-e530.
Andrew Smith, Michael Parsons, Tia Renouf, Sarah Boyd & Peter Rogers (2019) A mixed-methods evaluation of a multidisciplinary point of care ultrasound program, Medical Teacher, 41:2, 223-228, DOI: 10.1080/0142159X.2018.1461202
Micks T, Braganza D, Peng S, McCarthy P, Sue K, Doran P, Hall J, Holman H, O'Keefe D, Rogers P, Steinmetz P. Canadian national survey of point-of-care ultrasound training in family medicine residency programs. Can Fam Physician. 2018 Oct;64(10):e462-e467.
Smith, A., Addison, R., Rogers, P., Stone-McLean, J., Boyd, S., Hoover, K., Pollard, M., Dubrowski, A. and Parsons, M. (2018), Remote Mentoring of Point-of-Care Ultrasound Skills to Inexperienced Operators Using Multiple Telemedicine Platforms: Is a Cell Phone Good Enough?. J Ultrasound Med, 37: 2517-2525
Stone-McLean, J., Metcalfe, B., Sheppard, G., Murphy, J., Black, H., McCarthy, H., & Dubrowski, A. (2017). Developing an Undergraduate Ultrasound Curriculum: A Needs Assessment. Cureus9(9), e1720. https://doi.org/10.7759/cureus.1720
Micks T, Smith A, Parsons M, Locke T, Rogers P. Point-of-care ultrasonography training for rural family medicine residents--its time has arrived. Can J Rural Med. 2016 Winter;21(1):28-9.
Micks T, Sue K, Rogers P. Barriers to point-of-care ultrasound use in rural emergency departments. CJEM. 2016 Nov;18(6):475-479. doi: 10.1017/cem.2016.337. Epub 2016 Jul 25.
Black, H., Sheppard, G., Metcalfe, B., Stone-McLean, J., McCarthy, H., & Dubrowski, A. (2016). Expert Facilitated Development of an Objective Assessment Tool for Point-of-Care Ultrasound Performance in Undergraduate Medical Education. Cureus8(6), e636. https://doi.org/10.7759/cureus.636
Ross P, Bromley M, Carter J, Croteau S, Haager M, Hall G, Olszynski P, Peterson D, Pham C, Rogers P, Skinner A, Wiss R. The view from the other side. Can Assoc Radiol J. 2014 Aug;65(3):287-8. doi: 10.1016/j.carj.2014.05.002.