Education  >  Learning resources  >  Advanced Life Support Educator Program  >  u.STAR (Ultrasound in Shock, Trauma and Resuscitation)

u.STAR (Ultrasound in Shock, Trauma and Resuscitation)

The purpose of this course is to provide a foundation of bedside ultrasound skills useful for the resuscitation of critically ill patients. Our ultrasound courses are taught by fellowship-trained leaders in emergency point-of-care ultrasound that teach on an international level.

Course Schedule, Fees and Registration Info

 Download the Registration Form

Course Location

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre (Bayview Campus)
E Wing, Ground Floor, Room # EG 18 McLaughlin

Course Time

Saturday or Sunday: 12:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

2018 u.STAR Schedule
  • JANUARY 27
  • MARCH 17
  • APRIL 28
  • MAY 26
  • JUNE 30
  • JULY 28
  • AUGUST 25
  • OCTOBER 27

Course fees with manual: $250

Course Overview and Design

This course focuses on how to use ultrasound for the resuscitation of critically ill medical and trauma patients. There is a mix of lectures, videos, hands-on practice with ultrasound machines and live models, and simulation. There is a focus on ensuring all participants maximize the amount of hands-on scanning practice during the course.

The topics include using ultrasound for:

  • Abdominal free fluid
  • Volume status (IVC)
  • Pericardial effusions (basic and advanced views)
  • Pneumothorax
  • Hemothorax
  • Other advanced applications

Intended Audience

This course is appropriate for any experience level with ultrasound from novice to advanced. This course is appropriate for any health care practitioner (physicians, nurses, paramedics, physician assistants) who wants to learn how to use ultrasound to help with patient care.

u.STAR Course Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites to taking this course

Course Completion Card

  • A course completion certificate is issued upon completion of the course

CME Credit

This course qualifies for 3 hours of Mainpro-M2 credits (College of Family Physicians) or 3 hours of Mainport Section 1 Small Group Session (RCPSC) CME credits

Course Agenda

1230 – Welcome and Ultrasound Basics
1245 – Abdominal Free fluid and IVC volume status lecture
1300 – Introduction to ultrasound machine basics
1305 – Abdominal and IVC ultrasound scanning
1345 – Basic and Advanced Cardiac ultrasound lecture
1405 – Basic and Advanced Cardiac ultrasound scanning
1445 – Thoracic ultrasound lecture (pneumotharax, interstitial edema, contusions, pleural effusions, hemothorax)
1505 – Thoracic ultrasound scanning
1545 – Advanced applications and review lecture
1600 – End of course