As the POCUS Braga group on research and education of Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) being the hosts of this International Course, we were very honoured to work with Michael Blaivas, who is one the most proficuous and inspirational leaders on POCUS at a worldwide level. The complete team was coordinated by Dr José Mariz, Dr Jorge Teixeira and Professor Thiago Santos, who are enthusiastic about the application of POCUS to their patients on a daily basis. José Mariz and Jorge Teixeira have a long experience working with the Acute Patient in the Emergency Department and have a holistic view of Medicine based on their Internal Medicine background. Thiago Santos is the coordinator of the Intensive care Unit of Unicamp Hospital and board member of the Brazilian Association of Emergency Medicine, coordinating the ultrasound competencies assessment.
The course was held on the 25th and 26th of October, at the Hospital of Braga and was associated with The 5th Emergency Medicine Symposium/2nd Luso-Brasileiro Emergency Medicine Symposium of Hospital of Braga on the 27th. This was the biggest and most complex POCUS Braga ever, with 35 attendees, a team of 10 tutors, 8 ultrasound machines, live models, vascular phantoms, ultrasound simulation, and a lot of interactivity between attendees and tutors, as the course had a strong hands-on component, with groups of five elements per tutor. This structure enabled a comprehensive and in-depth look at how and where medical ultrasound can effectively be used in point-of-care and general medicine settings.
The program covered the main topics of point-of-care ultrasound: principles of ultrasound physics; cardiac and pulmonary ultrasound; abdominal ultrasound; DVT; procedural ultrasound on venous access; integration with a discussion of clinical cases and simulation. Michael Blaivas did an important session on practical tips to implement POCUS in the workplace.
This course was designed to be attended by any doctor of any speciality, however, the attendees were in the majority from Internal Medicine and Anesthesiology.
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