Emergency Department Targeted Ultrasound


Steinberg Centre for Simulation and Interactive Learning, 3575 Parc Avenue, Suite 5640, Montreal, QC, H2X 3P9, CA

Emergency Department Targeted Ultrasound (EDTU) is a two-day course designed to provide physicians with a strong foundation in emergency ultrasound. The course philosophy emphasizes hands-on practical instruction to maximize the participants’ learning experience. This is achieved with one-on-one bedside teaching on live models. The models used during the practical sessions will be a combination of normal and true positive patient subjects.

The course material has recently been updated so that it is current and relevant to both emergency and family physicians. It is designed to facilitate the completion of the required 50 supervised scans in each of the four areas (aorta, cardiac, abdomen, and pelvis). EDTU includes an e-syllabus as well as five lectures on video. The learners are required to review the materials prior to attending the program. This will allow the instructors to spend less time lecturing and more time instructing during the practical sessions.


This two-day workshop is being offered by the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians (CAEP).  It will take place at the Steinberg Centre for Simulation and Interactive Learning at McGill University on:

Thursday, December 6 from 7:45 am to 5:00 pm

Friday, December 7 from 7:45 am to 5:30 pm


Learning Objectives

At the end of this program, the learner can expect to:

  • Understand the basics of ultrasound physics, image generation and interpretation, and image artifact.
  • Understand the different types of probes used to generate images and the “knobology” of the ultrasound machine.
  • Have completed most (if not all) of their required 50 scans to complete the course.
  • Generate limited focused images for all the primary applications of EDTU including FAST, echocardiography, abdominal aorta, pelvic ultrasound in pregnancy, and procedural ultrasound.
  • Understand the difference between EDTU and a formal ultrasound performed in the radiology department.
  • Understand how EDTU is to be used in the clinical assessment of patients and clinical algorithms for patient care.
  • Identify all the important anatomic structures on an ultrasound image that are necessary to interpret the primary examinations
  • Understand the importance of establishing and maintaining a quality assurance program at your local ED.
  • Learn the psychomotor skills necessary to generate accurate ultrasound images.
  • Understand the indications for and limitations of EDTU.


For more information and to register, visit: https://caep.ca/cpd-courses/edtu/




Contact Information

Carrol Ann Lapierre
Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians
calapierre [at] caep.ca