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Our course is the only EMS ultrasound course run entirely by paramedics, for paramedics. With 30+ years of clinical experience in the leadership group alone. All with extensive experience in educational instruction. Our courses have a clinical benefit focus unlike else anything on the market that comes directly from our real world experience in the use of EMS ultrasound.

Super Users

Previous strategies in EMS ultrasound education consisted of experts training users for 4 hours once. But when the experts leave, the clock is ticking on skill degradation. Our course is different. Send us your best and we will make them super-users. Trained in not just one exam, but in ultrasound. And with a heavy focus on building the practices necessary to keep that skill level high and learn new skills via the online FOAMed community. With our course, the experts come back to your agency and only get better.

Adult Learning

While we have taught prehospital ultrasound since 2009, our experience alone was not good enough. We have since partnered with some of the best minds in adult learning theory, like Ashley Leibig of The Teaching Institute to improve our courses even more. We will never stop improving and finding better ways to make this training stick. Rest assured, no one else is as committed to making sure your people are trained right as we are.

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What else we provide?

Off-site QI

One of the most important functions of an ultrasound director is the timely over-reading of ultrasounds and prompt feedback as an educational tool to help improve the user’s ultrasound skills. Using the HIPAA compliant ClipDeidentifier from Ben Smith MD (@ultrasoundjelly) we have a physician led group of ultrasound experts that can provide this service offline.

The POCUS Handbook

We are the only training course to also have authored a textbook on ultrasound. With two versions available, one designed to be carried and studied by the individual, the other designed to be kept on the ambulance.

Basic course

While we would prefer to train all of your staff in the Comprehensive Course, we understand the cost of this training is a barrier for many EMS agencies. This led us to develop the Basic Course. Designed to work in conjunction with the Comprehensive Course, this fast paced 8 hour hybrid course will help utilize your super users get the rest of the department off the ground with basic ultrasound.

Off-site Assistance

Starting and maintaining a prehospital ultrasound program can be stressful. We’re here to help. From deciding deployment strategies and equipment selection to continued education and QI issues, we are more than just a training service. From a few minutes on the phone to someone at your door, we can provide.

Upcoming Courses/Events

Don't miss us at our upcoming courses and events!

Comprehensive Courses:
  • November 6/7th - Putnam County EMS - Cookeville, TN *SOLD OUT*
  • November 19/20th - Estero Fire Rescue - Estero, FL *SOLD OUT*
Conference Workshops:
  • October 14-18th - EMS World Expo 2019 - New Orleans, LA *SOLD OUT*
  • November 13-17th - WEMSA - Wisconsin Dells, WI *SOLD OUT*
  • May 19/20th - FAST20 - Murfreesboro, TN

Our team

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About us

EMSPOCUS is an international collaboration of prehospital providers with the mission of improving prehospital care through ultrasound, with the ultimate goal of becoming an exhaustive resource for research, education and advocacy pertaining to field and transport sonography.

We are all paramedics; however, some of us were bored one day (or lost, depends on who you talk to) and also became nurses and physicians. Our primary focus is sonography in the prehospital and retrieval arena, but we hope that providers in other specialties can adapt this information for use in their own practice.

This concept was born after SMACC Chicago in 2015. It came together one day following SMACC when we were all throwing ideas back and forth 140 characters at a time. We all agreed that this is a very dynamic and practice changing (think 12-lead of our time) diagnostic tool that is being sorely neglected in the field. We are here to take the hocus out of POCUS and to add it to the prehospital provider’s tool kit.

We belive in and support #FOAMed

Latest Posts

The A4C Post or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Apical Four Chamber View

Well, here we are, the apical four-chamber post. I know you are wondering, why would I start a post like that? It’s because I have been procrastinating on this post. After all, this is not my favorite exam. I would much rather be talking to you today about the PSLA or the excellent sternal notch […]

EMSPOCUS Resources

Ah yes, the fabled EMSPOCUS resource list is finally here! Cue the confetti and the balloon drop! The resources we list here are ones that we personally use and love.

The EMSPOCUS COVID-19 Resource List

Your Ultrasound Resource list for the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic. This will be updated with new resources as they become available.

Nicole Girard-Mangin (1878-1919) Première femme médecin à exercer durant la première guerre mondiale

Something Different for International Women’s Day

In honor of this past Sunday’s International Women’s Day, I want to take a break from my usual style of blog posts and tap the other side of my creative and indulge my love of history for a bit. We will return to our regularly scheduled ultrasound posts next week. Still, today, I want to […]

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