Point-of-Care Ultrasound Comes to You

Since 2001, the EDE - ED Echo course has been taught over 900 times to over 15,000 Canadian and international physicians and allied health professionals. Its use has become the standard of care in large trauma centers, remote settings and everything in between. It has even been used in Canadian Armed Forces combat units in Afghanistan.

EDE is the most highly rated introductory ultrasound course in North America. Participants receive 30 CFPC CERT+ credits or 12 Royal College Section 3 credits.

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The Best EDE Story

We receive numerous unsolicited testimonials from our graduates, informing us that the use of EDE has enabled them to make a great diagnosis or, not uncommonly, save a life. We have never published them. Such testimonials, if they are true, are invariably chosen from among the very best comments a course receives. We prefer to let our graduates tell other people in person their opinion of our course. However, the following letter spoke so powerfully both to the value of EDE and to the need to care for those less fortunate than ourselves, that we thought it was important to add it to our website. This was written by a Canadian anaesthesiologist working for a nongovernmental organization providing assistance in a country in sub-Saharan Africa in a state of humanitarian crisis. In preparation for his mission, this physician was provided with free training by the EDE Course, something EDE does regularly for people working in the developing world.

“You should know that your invaluable assistance and excellent teaching saved the lives of 3 people. In addition to assessing trauma and gunshot wound cases, I also assisted local midwives in assessing term pregnancies. The very first time I did an EDE on an obstetrics patient, I found previously unrecognized twins, both breech. The norm would have been for this woman to deliver in her mud hut home. However, given the high risk situation, we insisted this multiparous mother come to the hospital immediately with onset of labor. A week later she was delivered uneventfully of two scrawny but healthy boys (1900 and 2500 gms) by two midwives. But 30 minutes later she had a massive postpartum hemorrhage! The midwives had had the foresight to insert an IV on arrival, and the patient was treated immediately and successfully with crystalloid and oxytocin. Had I not diagnosed twins with the aid of EDE, the mother would have delivered in a hut a considerable distance from the hospital and would surely have died of hemorrhage. The maternal mortality rate in the country I was working in is a staggering 2 %, or 1 in 50! EDE could make a significant dent in that awful statistic.”

An easier way to learn

The course is unique in that it has continually evolved as the instructor team gained insight into the way beginners learn this skill. Numerous techniques were developed to help the learner acquire a basic understanding of ultrasound image generation and interpretation, making the EDE Course the most effective teaching vehicle for this modality. The popularity of the course has been such that participants were willing to tolerate conditions that were at the limits of human tolerance for medical education: a ten-hour day! Truly a death march. With the technology available today, a much more congenial method is available, yet which allows us to provide an even better experience for participants. The great truth of ultrasound is that, at the beginning, image interpretation is easy. A training course must therefore focus on image generation, and the best way to do that is to give participants abundant probe time, under close supervision by highly skilled instructors. 

EDE gives more probe time to its participants than any other course, because EDE is a skill that is learned from the wrist down, much more than from the neck up. There is no substitute for supervised practice, and that is something that can never go online.

How the online course works

The EDE Course has always been dedicated to providing the optimal learning experience for all its participants… whether they wanted it or not. Participants were rigorously pre-tested on the didactic material prior to coming to the course. The online version will follow in this proud tradition. After registration, participants are given access to the introduction text and video. Successfully completing a test on this material unlocks the next module. This process is repeated until all the material has been covered in text and video form. This is followed by an 8 hour day of almost pure scanning time. By doing all of the didactic training ahead of time, the course day can be shortened, while giving still more probe time.

L'avantage bilingue

Le cours ÉDU est complètement bilingue. Les textes, les vidéos et les tests sont tous disponible en français. Quand vous vous joignez à un cours qui sera enseigné en anglais, vous aurez accès à tout ce matériel en français aussi. Seul la journée du cours pratique sera principalement enseignée en anglais.

The courses we offer

Although the EDE Course is occasionally offered as part of a conference, it was mainly designed to come to YOU! If there is enough interest in your centre, we can send instructors to teach your group. This allows your entire group to achieve a high level of training simultaneously. There are a number of “off-the-shelf” courses, and these are listed here below. However, groups can also design their own custom course.

  • The EDE Course (EDE1 or EDE "Classic")

    Learn to use ultrasound to detect global cardiac activity, pericardial effusions, AAA’s, intra-abdominal hemorrhage and intra-uterine pregnancies.

  • EDE Classic Plus

    NEW! Meet the latest requirements for entry into the Canadian Point of Care Ultrasound Society (CPoCUS) CORE Independent Practitioner training program in a single course. Learn to use ultrasound for all of the above EDE Classic applications (detection of global cardiac activity, pericardial effusions, AAA’s, intra-abdominal hemorrhage and intra-uterine pregnancies) as well as the Thoracic applications (detection of pneumothorax and pleural effusions/hemothorax).

  • Family Medicine EDE

    Enhance your physical exam by being able to detect AAAs, ascites, early pregnancies, and pleural effusions in your office.

  • Pregnancy EDE

    For patients in the first trimester, you will learn to determine whether an early pregnancy is intrauterine, and whether a patient with a possible ectopic has intra-abdominal hemorrhage. For patients in the third-trimester, you will learn how to definitively answer the following key questions: Is fetal cardiac activity present? Is the fetal presentation head-down? Is the placenta safely distant from the cervix? Is there a normal amount of amniotic fluid? Is there more than one fetus?

  • Pediatric EDE

    Learn to use ultrasound to detect global cardiac activity, pericardial effusions, intra-abdominal hemorrhage and fractures, and learn to place central and peripheral lines more safely and quickly under ultrasound guidance.

  • Internal Medicine EDE

    Learn to use ultrasound to detect AAAs, global cardiac activity, pericardial effusions, ascites, pleural effusions and pneumothorax, and learn to evaluate the IVC as a marker of volume status.


    Learn to use ultrasound to detect global cardiac activity, pericardial effusions, intra-abdominal hemorrhage, pleural effusions and pneumothorax and learn to place central and peripheral lines more safely and quickly under ultrasound guidance.

  • Surgical EDE

    Learn to use ultrasound to detect AAA’s, global cardiac activity, pericardial effusions, intra-abdominal hemorrhage, pleural effusions and pneumothorax.

  • Oncology/Palliative EDE

    Enhance your management of the terminally ill by learning to detect global cardiac activity, pericardial effusions, ascites and pleural effusions. You will also learn how to perform paracentesis under ultrasound guidance.

Create your own Course

You can also design your own custom course based on the following list of modules.

  • Cardiac (global cardiac activity and pericardial effusion)

  • Thoracic (pleural effusion/hemothorax and/or pneumothorax)

  • Abdomen (intra-abdominal hemorrhage)

  • Third-trimester issues

  • Abdominal Aorta (AAA)

  • Fractures

  • Obstetrical (ectopic pregnancy)

  • IVC assessment for volume status

  • Vascular Access

  • Ascites