Whether you are new to ultrasound or need a refresher, this course will get you across the core topics in record time.


On completion of this three day clinically focused ultrasound program, emergency physicians will:

  • Use ultrasound system controls to optimise imaging for accurate diagnosis
  • Develop proficiency in probe manipulation to efficiently acquire diagnostic images
  • Describe the limitations and clinical integration of the following ultrasound examinations:
    • eFAST
    • AAA
    • Focused echo in life support
  • Use a systematic approach to conduct ultrasound assessment of
    1. trauma
    2. abdominal aortic aneurysms
    3. pericardial effusions, cardiac activity and global function
  • Demonstrate ultrasound guided needle placement in- plane and out of plane for vascular access and procedural applications using ultrasound simulators


CME recognition 




  • Modules (total) 6
  • Skill level Novice
  • Duration (days) 3
  • Lectures (hours) 5.75
  • Scan time (hours) 14.25
  • Clinician Yes
  • Zedu redo Yes

Class times

Day 1: 0830 – 1700
Day 2: 0900 – 1700
Day 3: 0900 – 1700



Image optimisation – interactive practical session

  • Explore system controls
  • Understand the impact of optimisation on the image
  • Presets, frequency, depth, focus and gain
  • How to label the image
  • How to store and review images


Probe Manipulation

  • Probe care
  • Probe moves
  • Probe grip
  • Probe and screen orientation
  • 3D awareness of the anatomical position of the organs


  • eFAST protocol
  • scan technique
  • the “views”
  • recognise normal and abnormal imaging
  • qualitative estimates of free fluid volume
  • Techniques to improve imaging
  • limitations and pitfalls
  • clinical utility and application

Scanning, scanning and more scanning of real people



  • scanning technique
  • sonographic anatomy
  • how to measure a AAA
  • recognise normal and abnormal imaging
  • Techniques to improve imaging
  • Diagnostic criteria
  • limitations and pitfalls
  • clinical utility and application

Scanning, scanning and more scanning of real people


Basic Echo in Life Support

  • anatomy of the heart in 3D – an interactive practical
  • the 4 basic sonographic views of the heart
  • LV and RV function
  • Tamponade and PE
  • Sepsis and hypovolaemia
  • Volume status
  • Limitations and pitfalls
  • Techniques to improve imaging
  • The role of cardiac ultrasound in advanced life support
  • Clinical utility and application
  • Case vignettes

Scanning, scanning and more scanning of real people


Procedural Guidance

  • Principles of needle guidance
  • Terminology – In-plane, out-of-plane, LAX and SAX
  • Techniques to improve imaging
  • limitations and pitfalls
  • sonographic anatomy of the region
  • patient positioning
  • equipment preparation
  • ergonomics of safe procedures
  • Clinical utility and applications

Scanning, scanning and more scanning of real people

Identify the anatomy and needle approach on real people
Stick needles into a wide variety ultrasound phantoms for procedural practice (we want our patients to come back :))


CME details

ACEM | This workshop is recognised by the ACEM ED Ultrasound Subcommittee as complying with ACEM ultrasound guidelines and policies for AAA, EFAST, ECHO and Procedures (Vascular). Approved for 23.0 ACEM CPD hours.

ASUM | CCPU Accredited Units: AAA, eFAST, Vascular Access, Basic Echo in Life Support

A great training course is only the beginning of your ultrasound learning journey

To help you master ultrasound and lasting change from training we engage you from the outset

Before your course:
There are pre course activities & access to preparatory learning resources to maximise your in-class experience

During your course:

  • Short, sharp information sessions to provide foundational knowledge and clinical context
  • Lots of hands-on practical sessions with real people to scan (including for TV and obstetric scans). Our standardised patients models vary in age, size, shape and mobility to make the transition to clinical reality easier.
  • Case studies led by practising clinicians to demonstrate clinical utility
  • A variety of different machines to learn on
  • At the conclusion of your course we’ll lead you to create a skills development action plan, creating a pathway that you can use to apply your newly acquired skills, promote clinical integration and ultimately reach your final objective – ultrasound competency

After your course:
The learning continues

  • We encourage self-directed learning in the workplace with structured active learning plans
  • A great selection of free access online medical ultrasound (FoamUS) learning resources
  • You can subscribe to the weekly wrap – a weekly curation of ultrasound related hot tips and journal articles
  • Be a part of our community of clever – Join our peer support network with our monthly “Coaching Corner” sessions. Send in your questions, join the live online meeting and have your questions answered.

The Zedu Redo – our commitment to you

We encourage you to refresh your training with us by taking up the opportunity to return within 12 months and do a complimentary redo of this course at no cost (subject to availability)

More Ways Zedu Can support your ultrasound skills development:

  • Image review – details here
  • Follow-up coaching with our Zedu coaches
  • Coaching corner – monthly webinar

Core Ultrasound for Emergency Medicine


Whether you are new to ultrasound or need a refresher, this course will get you across the core topics in record time.

Select your date and enter your details to start your journey with us – we can’t wait to meet you.

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