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

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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

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Course Location

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

Course Time

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

2018 u.STAR Schedule
  • DECEMBER 15
2019 u.STAR Schedule
  • JANUARY 26
  • FEBRUARY 23
  • APRIL 27
  • MAY 25
  • JUNE 29
  • JULY 27
  • AUGUST 24
  • OCTOBER 19
  • NOVEMBER 16
  • DECEMBER 14

Course fees with manual: $300

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


uSTAR (Full Day) Course (***NEW)

Course Schedule, Fees and Registration Info

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Course Location

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

Course Time

Sunday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

2019 u.STAR Schedule

March 31, 2019
September 29, 2019

Course Fee

Resident/RN/PA/Paramedic: $499
MD/Dentist: $549

uSTAR Course Agenda

  • 0900 – 0915 Participants arrive, enjoy coffee and light breakfast
  • 0915 – 0930 Knobology and physics lecture
  • 0930 – 1015 Subxiphoid cardiac, aorta and IVC lectures
  • 1015 – 1100 Scanning - basic cardiac, aorta and IVC
  • 1000 – 1115 BREAK
  • 1115 – 1130 Pneumothorax lecture
  • 1130 – 1200 Scanning - Pneumothorax
  • 1200 – 1245 LUNCH 
  • 1245 – 1315 Advanced cardiac (PSL, PSS, A4C) lecture
  • 1315 – 1400 Scanning - advanced cardiac
  • 1400 – 1415 BREAK
  • 1415 – 1445 Abdomen and pleural fluid lectures
  • 1445 – 1530 Scanning - abdo and pleural fluid
  • 1530 - 1545 Vascular access (central line, peripheral lines) lecture
  • 1545 - 1700 Scanning - vascuar access and simulation cases

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

This course qualifies for 7 hours of Mainpro-M2 credits (College of Family Physicians), or 7 hours of Mainport Section 1 Small Group Session (RCPSC) CME credits.

Our participants say:

“Best day-long course I have done in eons!”


Contact us:

Sandhya D'Souza, ALS Program Manager
Email: als.educators@sunnybrook.ca
Phone: 416-480-4943
Fax: 416-480-5325

ALS Program Office

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
H-wing, 2nd floor, Room H-265
2075 Bayview Avenue
Toronto, Ontario
M4N 3M5