BC PoCUS offers rapid access to ultrasound resources

Dr. Oron Frenkel, the co-creator of the BC PoCUS web site resource

UBC’s Rural Continuing Professional Development Program (UBC RCPD) announced the launch of the BC Point-of-Care Ultrasound (BC PoCUS) web site this month.

“Integrating point-of-care ultrasound into clinical practice is a challenging process,” explains Dr. Oron Frenkel, co-creator of BC PoCUS.

“While there are many amazing resources in the FOAM world [Free Open Access Meducation/Medical education, #FOAMed], there are no quick references organized in a clinically oriented interface. BC PoCUS fills that niche. By providing a website where physicians can check their findings at the point-of-care, we hope to help practitioners to more rapidly utilize the skills they are learning in a way that directly benefits patients.”

Designed with the PoCUS user in mind, BC PoCUS serves as an open source learning tool and educational database offering carefully curated PoCUS content from some of the best resources available online.

The web site content is grouped into three main thematic categories: (1) presenting problems, (2) organs, and (3) procedures. The interactive home page enables visitors to quickly navigate to their PoCUS area of interest and the optimized search feature aids navigation to relevant content during time-limited visits.

Upon taking a deeper dive into the site, visitors find both rapid, one-minute summaries when time is of critical importance (e.g. in the emergency room), as well as more in-depth resources for when visitors have the time to explore at their own pace.

Representing a collaborative of educators, health care providers, and administrators who seek to safely expand PoCUS practice across British Columbia, BC PoCUS was developed through UBC RCPD under the leadership of Frenkel, emergency medicine physician and ultrasound fellowship director at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, B.C.

When he is not practicing or teaching at St. Paul’s Hospital, Frenkel instructs with the Hands-On Ultrasound Education (HOUSE) Program, which offers ultrasound training to rural communities on a by-request basis. Most recently, HOUSE teaching took him to Yellowknife and Inuvik, Northwest Territories, where he tried dogsledding, tobogganing, and ice-road driving.

You can visit the site at www.bcpocus.ca. With this soft launch, we value input as we integrate further developments. Complete a site feedback form by December 1st to be entered in a prize draw!

BC PoCUS was developed and is operated through the UBC Faculty of Medicine’s Division of Rural Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in partnership with the Rural Coordination Centre of BC. Funding for BC PoCUS was provided by the Joint Standing Committee on Rural Issues, a joint committee of the Doctors of BC and BC Ministry of Health.