Bringing the Shock Course to your community

Dr. John Soles participates in a live simulation, using ultrasound to assess shock in a critically ill patient.

The Shock Course is a one-day accredited, interprofessional rural skills training course that teaches physicians, nurses and paramedics how to manage hemodynamic instability in critically ill patients. It is taught in local community emergency rooms, using local equipment and has been successfully delivered in over 30 BC rural communities.

The Shock Course is offered by UBC Rural Continuing Professional Development (RCPD). To request the course for your community, contact Andrea Keesey, RCPD Project Manager, at Each course takes approximately three to six months to coordinate.

Procedures for funding and securing approval for the course can vary widely, ranging from approaching the local medical advisory committee (LMAC) for permission to host the course using the community’s reverted rural continuing medical education (RCME) funds, to consulting with the local health authority and raising the funds for the course through physician tuition fees.

Community health teams are responsible for providing their own locum coverage during the course.

The Shock Course is accredited for up to 7.5 MainPro C credits and 7.5 MainPro M1 credits with the College of Family Physicians of Canada.

The Shock Course curriculum is currently being updated and refined to meet the evolving needs of rural practitioners. In 2013, the Shock Course will be delivered at the 2013 SRPC Rural and Remote Medicine Course in Victoria, BC; in Dawson Creek and Fort St. John in June 2013; and at the St. Paul’s Emergency Medicine Conference in September in Vancouver/Whistler.

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