Apprentice Instructor Information

Bootcamp Schedule

The Bootcamp Experience

Instructor Preparation Program

Instructor Requirements

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Day 0
1500-1800 Instructor workshop

Day 1
0730 Introduction and review
0815 Scanning session 1
1015 Break
1030 Scan session 2
1230 Lunch provided
1315 Half class begins scan session 3
1315 Half class does written exam
1415 Groups switch scan/exam
1515 Break
1530 Scan session 4
1730 Finished for day

Day 2
0730 Breakfast provided
0800 Half class does Scan session 5
0800 Half class redoes written exam
0900 Each half class switches to scans or exam
1000 Break
1015 Scan model group 6
1215 Lunch break
1245 Scan model group 7
1445 Break
1500 Scan model group 8
1700 Finished for day

Day 3
0730-0800 Breakfast
0800-1000 Scan session 9
1000-1015 Break
1015-1215 Scan session 10
1215-1300 Lunch
1300-1500 Visual Exam Group 1
1500-1700 Visual Exam Group 2

Apprentices do bedside instruction during the three-day course. They supervise one ultrasound station for while trainees complete their scans in the five basic applications: pericardial effusion/cardiac contractility, AAA, abdominal free fluid(FAST)/ 1st TM pregnancy and lung(pneumothorax/pleural effusion).

The bootcamp is a bell-ringer style of concentrated scanning. All candidates review the didactic material via the online EDE course. No long lectures to sit through. 20-40 trainees rotate though 10-20 stations. Each has 6-8 minutes per station. The slower student will get 1-2 of 4 applications done per model initially while the faster student may get 3-4. By the end of the two days, the fastest learners are done and can move on to examinations while the slower trainees get more models and instructor time to hone their skills. We seek to avoid fast students standing around frustrated and slower students feeling pressured to complete a scan by an impatient colleague.

A senior instructor is always available to help with difficult scans and challenging questions. Feedback is provided on the instructor’s teaching performance periodically during the day.

On days two and three, structured practical exams are supervised by all instructors. A standardized script and score sheet are provided for each scan.

During the third day of the program, the instructor provides the visual exam two or three times. Approximately 2 hours per candidate is required. Apprentices are expected to review the exam themselves in detail so they understand all the answers and pathology being demonstrated.

The workshop is directed by Greg Hall who has certified hundreds of physicians, residents, and students, co-developed the EDE 2 course and textbook, and is director of the EDE 3 course.
Candidates participate in an instructor workshop before the Bootcamp course that is a minimum of 2-3 hours in length.
A pre-course set of video tutorials are provided that emphasize important teaching methodology and ultrasound concepts.
Reinforce proper techniques for bedside instruction.
A hands-on session with veteran instructors and live models has you take on the role of student and then instructor. You are provided with feedback on your own scanning skills and how to teach others effectively.

1. Practicing physician, ultrasound technologist, or physician assistant with independent practitioner status through CPoCUS (Canadian Point of Care Ultrasound Society)
2. Interest in teaching and certifying others in point of care ultrasound or…
3. Interest in being a local champion or leading a department in its POCUS training or…
4. Improving your own POCUS skills.

Improve your own skills

Every apprentice instructor demonstrates a rapid increase in their own skills comparable to the improvement they experienced when moving from beginner to IP certified. There is nothing like teaching the content to improve one’s own understanding.

Develop more of an ultrasound eye

Seeing hundreds of scans in a weekend quickly builds pattern recognition. More challenging images become easier to interpret. You will be amazed at how much better your eye is compared to your students!.

Work towards master instructor status with CPoCUS

MI status has multiple requirements. See the MI form for more information.

Earn CME credits

You can apply for teaching credits available through both colleges.

Instructor shirts!

Yes, you get your own custom-designed shirt for instructors only.

Travel and accommodation is paid for by the course subject to some limitations.
Breakfast, lunch, and coffee breaks are also provided.

Does this program include EDE 2 or EDE 3 content?

No. The apprenticeship instructor course is all about becoming a better educator and practitioner of basic applications taught in EDE, EDTU, ECCU, etc. There are separate programs we run for those who have completed an EDE 2/3 level course and seek to obtain more experience in advanced applications.

Do apprentices get paid?

Outside of travel expenses, no. However those who have completed their apprenticeships and teach at future courses as full instructors are paid a standard rate.

I have taught at other EDE courses before. Should I do this course too?

We do a lot of the same supervised scanning so you may not get the same results. I have had several experienced instructors provide feedback that the apprentice workshop was valuable for them and bootcamp provided an opportunity to maintain or improve skills in a short period of time. We do a LOT of scans quickly!

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