WCUME 2014

WCUME14The Third Annual World Congress on Ultrasound in Medical Education was hosted at the Oregon Health and Science University in Portland. Co-sponsored by SUSME and WINFOCUS, the conference highlights research and innovation in ultrasound for education. Over 500 students, residents, and educators from all specialties around the world were in attendance.

Bret Nelson presented research on Mount Sinai’s experience with an integrated ultrasound curriculum for medical students. Scores of other schools described their experiences as well, including South Carolina, UC Irvine, Wayne State, Ohio State, A.T. Still University, and many more.

An incredibly passionate and eloquent group of medical students really made this congress special. They were integral to many hands-on training sessions, described research on ultrasound education throughout the U.S. and abroad, and gave plenary talks on the impact of ultrasound on their educational experience.

Thought leaders from around the globe shared their experiences in education and inspired attendees to return to their own institutions and build their own programs. The Ultrasound Podcast guys, Mike Mallin and Matt Dawson, hosted an Ultrasound World Cup whose production values rivaled any televised sporting event.

Lung Ultrasound Guidelines

Congratulations to Sinai’s own Dr. Jim Tsung, who recently coauthored a major evidence-based consensus guideline on point-of-care lung ultrasound. The manuscript is the result of a multi-national effort by pioneering clinician-sonographers, and was just published in the journal Intensive Care Medicine:

International evidence-based recommendations for point-of-care lung ultrasound.

Volpicelli G, Elbarbary M, Blaivas M, Lichtenstein DA, Mathis G, Kirkpatrick AW, Melniker L, Gargani L, Noble VE, Via G, Dean A, Tsung JW, Soldati G, Copetti R, Bouhemad B, Reissig A, Agricola E, Rouby JJ, Arbelot C, Liteplo A, Sargsyan A, Silva F, Hoppmann R, Breitkreutz R, Seibel A, Neri L, Storti E, Petrovic T; International Liaison Committee on Lung Ultrasound (ILC-LUS) for the International Consensus Conference on Lung Ultrasound (ICC-LUS).

Intensive Care Med. 2012 Mar 6. [Epub ahead of print]

PMID: 22392031

The Faces of WCUME

The first World Congress on Ultrasound in Medical Education has come to a close.  The event was a great success, with excellent plenary sessions in the morning, hands-on teaching in the afternoon and southern hospitality in the evening.  It was nice to see so many familiar faces, and although we couldn’t capture everyone, we had to record a few for posterity.

Check out the slideshow or click through from the gallery below to download any of these from my flickr account.

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Until next time…

Phil, Bret, Jim, Rob and Ee.

World Conference on Ultrasound in Medical Education

The first World Conference on Ultrasound in Medical Education (WCUME) kicks off today in Columbia, South Carolina. We are looking forward to seeing some of Point of Care Ultrasound’s luminaries here.


Richard Hoppmann, the dean of the University of South Carolina school of medicine, the president of the Society of Ultrasound in Medical Education is the principal organizer of the conference. Dr. Hoppmann runs inarguably the most well integrated ultrasound program for undergraduate medical students — we hope to learn a lot from him over the next few days. Abraham Verghese who a frequent contributer to the Atlantic, and nationally recognized for his efforts to return patient care to the bedside will be giving a plenary on “the brave new world of bedside diagnosis”. We always come away enriched from lectures by faculty like: Michael Blaivas, Daniel Lichtenstein, Luca Neri, Tomislav Petrovic, Andrew Kirkpatrick, Vicki Noble, and we are excited to hear from those we haven’t met.

World Conference on Ultrasound in Medical Education

Our own Jim Tsung will be omnipresent. Jim is lecturing on the history of ultrasound and recent advances in technology. Jim will be joined by Sinai faculty Bret Nelson, Phil Andrus and our fellows Rob Arntfield and Ee Tay for hands-on sessions on pediatric ultrasound, ultrasound guided procedures and lung ultrasound.

If you are headed to South Carolina, we’ll see you here.


Policlinico Gemelli
Winfocus 2010 at Policlinico Gemelli

WINFOCUS held the 6th world congress on Ultrasound in Emergency and Critical Care at the Policlinico Gemelli in Rome, Italy this year.  Sinai was represented by Jim Tsung and Phil Andrus.  The excitement included sessions devoted to development of consensus on point of care ultrasound for: vascular access and thoracic ultrasound.  There was an also an emphasis on the use of ultrasound in resuscitation – HCMC’s Rob Reardon led a session on integration of ultrasound into Adult resucitation and Sinai’s Jim Tsung led the counterpart Pediatric session.  The conference wrapped up with a very interesting research forum and an invitation to the next world congress in New Delhi, India.


What trip to Rome would be complete without some b-roll pics to supplement future EUS presentations?  A colleague suggested we obtain the following image.

Can you guess the diagnosis?

Finally, our days were long at Gemelli, but we managed to get out a bit.  We ate at Pier Luigi the first night.  Saw U2 at the stadio olimpico on the second night.  On the last day, Jim and I made it to Trastevere to meet up with friends at a Da Carlone for Cacio e Pepe and a Carbonara.  Our only sightseeing for the trip was the walk home after dinner the night before we flew back.  Arrivaderci, Roma.

Winfocus 2010 End of Conference
Winfocus 2010 End of Conference

Crossing the Tiber

Dr. Tsung at the Trevi Fountain
Dr. Tsung at the Trevi Fountain

WINFOCUS Bangkok 2010

On August 20-21, King Chulalongkorn Hospital Memorial Hospital was host to the WINFOCUS course:
Essential Ultrasound Guided Invasive Procedures in Emergency and Critical Settings

Dr. Suthaporn Lumlertgul was the director of this course, held at the hospital’s cutting edge surgical training center. Faculty including Mount Sinai’s Bret Nelson, as well as Luca Neri (past president of WINFOCUS), Yuen Chi Kit, Henry Cheng and Mok Ka Leung.

Left to right: Luca Neri, Bret Nelson, Suthaporn Lumlertgul, Henry Cheng, Mok Ka Leung, Yuen Chi Kit

The course covered ultrasound guidance for procedures such as venous access, pericardiocentesis, thoracentesis, nerve blocks, foreign body localization, and others. Physicians from many countries were in attendance.

Upcoming WINFOCUS training courses around the world are listed here.

Critical Ultrasound Journal

The Emergency and Critical Care community will no doubt benefit from this new journal.  The Critical Ultrasound Journal is the official publication of the international ultrasound group WINFOCUS (world interactive network focused on critical  ultrasound) .  It is new this year, but they are already into their third issue.    Headed by Mike Blaivas, the pediatric and neonatology section is edited by none other than our own Jim Tsung.

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