MUSE 2.0

The MUSE 2.0 advanced Point-of-Care Ultrasound Course is a bilingual two-day scanning workshop for clinicians motivated to improve their ultrasound skills.  Scans acquired during this course help achieve Independent Practitioner certification by the Canadian Point of Care Ultrasound Society. The MUSE 2.0 course provides an excellent complement to the MUSE 1.0 introductory Point-of-Care Ultrasound Course.

Please note: Participants must have previously completed an introductory course in point-of-care ultrasound (8-hour minimum) recognized by CPoCUS in order to be able to acquire scans for CPoCUS-Independent Practitioner certification (eg. MUSE 1.0 or other). 

The course is tailored to the needs of the participant who wishes to achieve certification or improve in focused areas. Ultrasound skills are broadened and strengthened through a tailored, modular, problem‐based approach.


The MUSE 2.0 course is recognized by the Canadian Point of Care Ultrasound Society (CPoCUS) and therefore supervised scans during this course count towards achieving Independent Practitioner (IP) certification.

To achieve IP certification, 50 supervised scans are required in the core areas (cardiac, abdomen, basic lung, aorta, first trimester pregnancy). The MUSE 2.0 course offers the opportunity to scan 50 standardized patients. Our IP-certified instructors access the quality of each scan and determine whether the scan can count towards the 50 required scans. Once 50 scans have been acquired, a CPoCUS member can attempt the CPoCUS written, visual, and practical examinations for IP certification.

Completion of the MUSE 2.0 course is worth 48 Mainpro+® credits from the College of Family Physicians of Canada.

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Please note: The core areas are cardiac, abdomen, basic lung, aorta, and first trimester pregnancy. The 50 scans can also be obtained by hiring an IP certified individual to supervise the scans or through completion of other certified ultrasound courses.

Course material

The course textbook and online videos, objectives, evaluation forms, and pre-/post-course tests are aligned to maximize skill acquisition. Participants are encouraged to identify the areas they wish to improve and review the appropriate chapters in the textbook, which can be provided upon request. The textbook – Bedside Ultrasound-Level 1  or Échographie Ciblée-Niveau 1  expresses topics simply and clearly in English or French. It is distributed prior to the course to optimize hands-on learning and can be read in a few hours.

Teaching Faculty

We offer an excellent teaching ratio of one instructor for every two learners (1:2) to maximize learning. Our teaching faculty have extensive expertise in teaching bedside ultrasound and are certified Independent Practitioners by CPoCUS (CPoCUS-IP). Their experience spans practicing and teaching ultrasound in rural and urban ERs, ICUs, medical wards, and office-based clinics as well as international aid in low income countries.

Target audience                                                   

This course is tailored to the needs of the motivated, self-learning health care clinician who has basic or intermediate ultrasound skills and is seeking to bring these skills to a higher level or to obtain CPoCUS certification. It is suitable for both the rural/remote and urban-based clinician.

Course format

Participants complete either:

  1. A certification stream where participants focus on modules leading to CPoCUS Independent Practitioner certification (CPoCUS-IP)

  2. A custom stream where participants improve skills in specific areas. Popular applications are advanced cardiac views and gallbladder views.

The course format allows for over 50 standardized patients to be scanned over a total of 16 hours (3-4 scans/hour).

Modules for certification stream

  • Cardiac scan for pericardial effusion and other

  • Abdominal scan for presence of intra-abdominal freefluid

  • Basic lung scan for pneumothorax and effusions

  • Aorta scan for AAA

  • Pelvic scan for first trimester intra‐uterine pregnancy

Modules for custom stream

  • Gallbladder scan for cholelithiasis and cholecystitis

  • Advanced cardiac scans: parasternal long, short, apical four chamber

  • Renal scan for renal colic or acute kidney injury

  • IVC scan for volume status

  • Shock patient scan

  • Knee for identifying tendinopathy or joint effusion

Typical Schedule

Day 1

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Day 2

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Cancellation policy

100% refund if written cancellation received 6 weeks prior to the course (minus $100 administrative fee).

50% refund if written cancellation received between 4 to 6 weeks prior to the course.

0% refund if written cancellation received less than 4 weeks prior to the course.