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2021 Online POCUS Management Course - Level 1

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POCUS Management Course: Level 1 - 2021

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Level 1 of the Online POCUS Management Course Series comprises 5 x 90min sessions aimed at those in senior and/or Ultrasound Leadership roles or those keen to take on these roles.

The course provides guidance for establishing and/or enriching POCUS management in your department.

This course is delivered by a panel of local experts in conjunction with and guided by Dr Michael Blaivas MD, MBA, FACEP, FAIUM, an international leader in the field, who will join us from Atlanta, USA and is overseen by Victorian FACEM and EMUGs Central Council member; Dr Allan Whitehead.

This course is a prerequisite for Level 2 of the POCUS Management Course to be delivered in October 2021.


  • Regular Time of 10am AEST | 12.00pm NZST
  • Course registration includes all 5 sessions
  • All sessions will be recorded for later listening if you're unable to attend live
  1. Wednesday May 12th
  2. Tuesday May 18th
  3. Tuesday May 25th
  4. Wednesday June 2nd
  5. Thursday June 10th

Session 1: Governance - Wed May 12th

Presented By: Michael Blaivas & Cris Zollo

Covers: Leadership, Clinical Lead/Director requirements and departmental support, institutional support and processes including credentialing, budget including funding sources, policies and guidelines

Session 2: Education - Who, Why and How? - Tue May 18th

Presented By: Cris Zollo, Martin Necas & Carolynne Cormack (120 mins)

Covers: Structure/Program plan, scope of practice, extent eg Specialists, Trainees/Registrars, PGY1-2, medical students, nursing staff including nurse practitioners, training/teaching methods eg simulation, bedside, workshops

Session 3: Competency - What? - Tue May 25th

Presented By: Allan Whitehead & Vijay Manivel

Covers: College curriculum, accreditation, certification/qualification eg from professional bodies/universities, skill maintenance/continuing medical education, special skills terms, fellowships, research (will elaborate in Level 2 Course)

Session 4: Machines and Equipment - Wed June 2nd

Presented By: Anthony Wald & Allan Whitehead

Covers: Equipment including hand-held devices, maintenance, supplies/consumables, safety and infection control

Session 5. Workflow - Thu June 10th

Presented By: Carolynne Cormack, Vijay Manivel & Michael Blaivis (120 mins)

Covers: QI including Audit, Review, Feedback, Remediation, Compliance, Middleware, Image Storage options, EMR, Logbooks, Billing


Dr Michael Blaivas: Dr. Blaivas is currently an affiliate professor of medicine at the University of South Carolina, School of Medicine. Clinically, Dr. Blaivas works St Francis Hospital Emergency Department in Columbus, Georgia. Dr. Blaivas is a pioneer of point-of-care ultrasound. Along with his research interests Dr. Blaivas is a founding member of the World Interactive Network For Critical Ultrasound (WINFOCUS) and Society of Ultrasound in Medical Education (SUSME), having served as president of both. Dr. Blaivas has been the emergency ultrasound section chair for ACEP, SAEM and AIUM and third Vice President of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine. Dr. Blaivas is active in building educational and policy-making relationships between societies in a variety of medical specialties throughout the world and works with specialty societies to help craft ultrasound educational and performance standards and guidelines. Most recently, he has helped create and direct, the American College of Physicians (ACP) pre-congress ultrasound course which is helping to expand ultrasound use by internal medicine physicians.

Dr Allan Whitehead: Dr Whitehead is a Melbourne based FACEM working at Wonthaggi Hospital with a passion for the utility of POCUS in smaller EDs with no critical care on-site and minimal radiology back-up after hours. Allan sees great scope to increase POCUS training to undergraduate medical students as well as prevocational doctors in Australia and New Zealand not forgetting assisting registrars and senior medical staff to learn and maintain this skill. Allan has completed his CCPU with Otago University and also CCPU with ASUM recently, and has done a sabbatical in ultrasound with Monash Health Radiology at Dandenong Hospital.

Dr Cris Zollo: Dr Zollo is aN Emergency Physician and Clinical Lead for Ultrasound at Waikato Hospital Emergency Department. Originally from England, Cris has experience working in emergency departments across New Zealand, Australia and the UK, but undertook most of her formal training at Waikato Hospital. She attained the ASUM DDU (Emergency Medicine) in 2018. Cris is a passionate advocate of increased POCUS availability, but acknowledges that this, like all other tests, should be used wisely, supported by appropriate training and credentialing. Cris is currently Co-chair of the New Zealand branch of the EMUGS network and is involved in tutoring DDU candidates.

Martin Necas: Martin works as a clinical specialist sonographer in Hamilton, New Zealand. Martin has practiced diagnostic ultrasound in the USA, New Zealand and Australia in a wide variety of clinical settings ranging from private centers to tertiary teaching hospitals. Martin is an ultrasound enthusiast, clinical instructor, university lecturer and a prolific conference speaker and a strong proponent of clinically targeted ultrasound and evidence-based practice, underpinned by clinical research.

Anthony Wald: Anthony is an accredited cardiac sonographer working in Point of Care Ultrasound education for the POCUS program at Monash Health, Victoria. He is completing his Masters in Clinical Education and Teaching through Melbourne University, with a research interest in the facilitators and barriers to echocardiography teaching and training. Anthony is also an elected director for the Australasian Sonographers Association.

Dr Vijay Manivel: Dr Manivel is an Emergency Physician & Director of Emergency Ultrasound Training at Nepean Hospital and Sydney Adventist Hospital, an ultrasound enthusiast and a firm believer in bedside ultrasound being a part of clinical examination. Vijay is also a Clinical Senior Lecturer at The University of Sydney, actively involved in teaching diagnostic & procedural ultrasound to clinicians and medical students. Also, been actively engaged in research activities in the field of Emergency Ultrasound.

Carolynne Cormack: Carolynne is a senior Sonographer and passionate POCUS Educator at Monash Health in Victoria. Carolynne has been instrumental to the growth of a large collaborative POCUS program at Monash Health. In 2016, Carolynne was awarded the Australasian Sonographers Association (ASA) Educator of the Year for excellence in ultrasound education. She also serves the wider ultrasound profession in a variety of chairing, committee & advisory roles.

This is an ACEM Approved CPD Activity.

CPD Hours: 7.5

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