MUSE 2.0

MUSE 2.0 is a two-day advanced course with 100% scanning time and an exceptional ratio of one instructor for two participants. The course can be tailored to achieving CPoCUS Independent Practitioner (IP) certification or improving skills in specific areas. For CPoCUS IP certification, this course offers scanning on female models to help acquire 50 scans towards certification. Ultrasound skills are broadened and strengthened through a modular, problem-based approach. This advanced course provides an excellent complement to the MUSE 1.0 introductory ultrasound course.

The course is great value for the number of CME credits earned (48 Mainpro+® credits from the College of Family Physicians of Canada).

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

How to become CPoCUS-IP certified

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 CPoCUS Acute Care CORE IP certification.

To achieve CPoCUS Acute Care CORE IP certification, you must acquire 50 supervised scans in 6 CORE areas (Cardiac, Aorta, Abdomen , First Trimester Obstetrics, Pleural Effusion, Pneumothorax).

The 50 supervised scans can be acquired during the MUSE 2.0 course. Our CPoCUS IP certified instructors access the quality of each scan and determine whether the scan can count towards the 50 supervised scans.

Once all scans have been acquired and theory has been reviewed, our participants can apply for MUSE 3.0 to complete the CPoCUS written, visual, and practical certification examinations at a convenient date. Contact us for further information.

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Please note: The 50 scans can also be obtained by hiring a CPoCUS IP certified instructor to supervise the scans or through completion of other certified ultrasound courses.

Course material

Pre-course reading is essential to optimize your hands-on experience during the practical sessions. You can prepare for the course by reviewing modules in the course textbook, Bedside Ultrasound-Level 1 or Échographie Ciblée-Niveau 1 and free online instructional videos. The textbook is included in the registration fee, distributed prior to the course, and can be read in a few hours. It is aligned with the course objectives and pre-course test. Post-course review of the textbook will help to solidify acquired concepts and skills.

Participants are encouraged to identify the areas they wish to improve and review the appropriate chapters in the textbook.

Course format

Using a modular, problem-based approach, you can:

  1. Focus on modules leading to CPoCUS-IP certification:

    • 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

  2. Focus on improving your skills in specific areas:

  • 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

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

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

Our teaching faculty have extensive expertise in teaching bedside ultrasound and are all CPoCUS IP certified. 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.