Point-of-Care Ultrasound Comes to You

Since 2001, the EDE - ED Echo course has been taught over 800 times to over 10,000 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 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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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.

  • ICU EDE

    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.

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