Tuesday, May 28, 2019 • 10:15 - 11:45
Track 5 - Diagnostic Imaging (1)
Track Chair: Dr. Paul Atkinson

Panel Presentations and Discussion Around Key PoCUS Papers - Drs. Michael Woo, Kirk Magee, Chau Pham, Paul Atkinson


Dr. Michael Woo: Abscess incision and drainage with or without ultrasonography: a randomized controlled trial – Gaspari et al.
Dr. Kirk Magee: TBC
Dr. Chau Pham: CASA protocol in Cardiac Arrest – Clattenburge et al.
Dr. Paul Atkinson: Diagnostic performance of a PoCUS protocol in shock – Stickles et al

Dr. Michael Woo is an Emergency Physician and Trauma Team Leader at the Ottawa Hospital. He is an Associate Professor with the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Ottawa and is the Fellowship Program Director for Acute Care Point-of-care Ultrasonography.

Dr. Pham completed her M.D. and FRCPC-EM at the University of Manitoba and discovered her passion for EM, a profession where she can serve on the front line in a pace that is always exhilarating but yet humbling. Chau also completed a MBA and finds it a fascinating complement to the world of medicine. With her new-found love for ultrasound, Chau is currently the Ultrasound Director for the DEM at the U of M. What grounds her first and foremost are her two cherished roles of wife and mom.

Dr. Paul Atkinson is Professor in Emergency Medicine at Dalhousie University and Saint John Regional Hospital, New Brunswick, Canada, and deputy editor for CJEM, co-director of the Emergency Critical Care Ultrasound (ECCU) course, and is currently VP for ultrasound research for the International Federation for Emergency Medicine (IFEM). He has over 80 peer reviewed publications, as well as being lead editor on two textbooks. Awards include the inaugural “Best in Class” award from Dalhousie University in 2012, and the national Grant Innes Award for EM research in 2014. Paul enjoys cycling and hiking in the wide-open spaces of our great country.

The PoCUS Debate - Prove It! Motion: To Establish the True Benefit of Pocus in Clinical Care We Need More Comparative Studies
Drs. Kirk Magee, Michael Woo, Ryan Henneberry, Chau Pham

Description: A group of debaters from across Canada will be arguing if we have proven that PoCUS is a useful tool for emergency physicians, and specifically whether we need head to head RCTs for PoCUS to prove its worth.

Learning Objectives
At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Review what the evidence level is supporting PoCUS.
  2. Reflect on how best to assess this diagnostic tool in EM.
  3. Discuss current and future ways to find benefit and convince others.


  1. There is a growing evidence base supporting the use of PoCUS in many settings.
  2. There are few RCTs for PoCUS.
  3. Elevating our game to the RCT approach may be next…

“We Need More Comparative Studies”

“We Don’t Need More Comparative Studies”

Rebuttal for the motion

Rebuttal against the motion