EM SJ PoCUS Competency

EM SJ has a program in place for the assessment of Core PoCUS Competency. This process is based on recommendations from the International Federation for Emergency Medicine – PoCUS Guidance.

Core Competency Assessment 

Before proceeding to Core Competency Assessment, the physician will have completed a suitable theory course or series of modules, and received hands-on instruction. They will have undertaken a period of supervised PoCUS practice including the maintenance of a logbook.

Core Competency covers assessments of:

1. Focussed Diagnostic Ultrasound Assessment for

  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm, (AAA)
  • Abdominal,Pelvic and Pericardial free fluid in Trauma (FAST)
  • Pericardium and Ventricular motion (Echo in Life Support) – Subxiphoid and Transthoracic Cardiac
  • Early Pregnancy – confirmation of intrauterine pregnancy (IUP)
  • Pleural/Thoracic free fluid  (eFAST)
  • Lung Sliding (rule out Pneumothorax, eFAST)
  • Inferior Vena Cava (IVC)

2. Focussed Procedural Ultrasound Guidance for

  • Insertion of venous catheter


The number of scans required to achieve competency will vary between individuals. Note that for CPoCUS IP status the number of scans is set by their requirements.

Dal EM Core Competency Form (2021 – )

This generic form can be used for any PoCUS application. Download and print the required number of form for each competency.

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Download (DOCX, 177KB)


Archived Competency Assessment Forms

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