EMUG-Victoria : The momentum is building
What a great seven days for Victorian Emergency Ultrasound.
Starting out with the Inaugural EMUG-Victoria meeting last Wednesday and concluding with the onward march of progress as the first Steering Committee teleconference happened earlier this week.
A core of nine keen ultrasound users including FACEMs, advanced trainees and echo and sonographer educators came together and roles and positions have now been appointed and will lead to the development of coordinated training programs throughout the state on a grassroots level.
The Inaugural meeting was a big success with over thirty attendees and a large list of those who could not attend but wanted to get involved.
The three talks were lively, interactive and highly educational covering what’s involved in an Ultrasound Fellowship from a new FACEM from WA (yours truly), how important Thoracic Ultrasound is becoming with much higher sensitivities and specificities than CXR and clinical examination, and also some great game changing cardiac ultrasound cases from an experienced cardiac ultrasound educator!
The panel discussion and open forum at the end of the evening was again vibrant and was brought together by a kindred spirit of enthusiasm and a drive for improved training and education in emergency PoCUS.
Key themes included:
- Co-ordinating the multiple emergency departments around the state into a more standardised communicating platform
- The importance of getting sonographer and echo educators working in the ED’s and teaching our clinicians on the floor
- How the new (and old!) trainee can get their teeth into ultrasound and different layers of training in ASUM’s ten or more PoCUS modules
- Credentialing! What’s it all about, why it’s important and how to go about it.
- Looking at the global perspective with North American and UK influence and how there are different expectations in different jurisdictions
- How to save images, how to download and get them reviewed by your supervisor
- Looking at clinical governance and how it should relate to the practice of Emergency Ultrasound
- And not to mention new machines, new technology, and what’s around the corner… the Philips Lumify! what’s that?!
We are updating the website in the very near future and the appointments and their backgrounds will be published soon.
Watch this space to follow the progress in Victoria…
Who knows, maybe the EMUG Victorians can surpass the original EMUG NSW group with Ultrasound passion and energy!
The EMUG-Victoria Team