Pre-conference Programming

Implementing the National Framework. Where are the Gaps and How do we Address Them?

Wednesday, May 27

10:00-16:00 – Point of Care Ultrasound Workshop (POCUS)
This Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Ontario Chapter for up to 5.5 Mainpro+ credits.

$425 per participant (24 participants)
Centre for Simulation-Based Learning
McMaster University
1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, ON

Workshop Leaders:
Frank Myslik, Western University and James Downar, University of Ottawa

This course is aimed at practitioners who are beginning their pathway to competence in point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) and those wishing to enhance their skills in extended applications within palliative care. This will be a hands-on workshop using task trainers and ultrasound machines. Expert and experienced faculty from various disciplines will discuss use of POCUS throughout the day with small lectures in between hands-on sections.

A flipped classroom model where video lectures and content are electronically sent ahead of time will be used for participants to review. This course will feature an outstanding faculty to learner ratio for hands-on sessions and innovative image interpretation sessions. Topics covered:

  • Instructions on knobology and utilizing an ultrasound machine
  • Identification of pleural dffusion and abdominal free fluid
  • How to perform and landmark for ultrasound guided paracentesis and thoracentesis
  • Dynamic needle guidance and visualization for procedures
  • Performing a lower extremity venous compression exam
  • How to identify proximal lower extremity deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
  • Assessment of urinary retention and catheter confirmation
  • Potential extended applications for use in palliative care (ie: small bowel obstruction, pulmonary edema)
  • Implementation in palliative care units and home visits
  • Clinical case discussion and integration of POCUS in practice

14:00-18:00 – Telling Your Story Effectively: A Journalist’s Tips for Making a Compelling Case to Decision-makers and the Public
$225 for members;  $275 for non-members (35 participants)
Fee includes refreshment break
Sheraton Hamilton Hotel
Room: MacNab

Veteran journalist Paul Adams will help you understand your audience, imagine what it needs to know and give you the tools that journalists employ to capture the attention of general audiences. You’ll get an opportunity in this workshop to apply the lessons you learn by writing key elements of an Op-ed and getting feedback on what works best. The group will discuss how the principles applied in the Op-ed writing exercise also apply in other contexts, such as oral presentations and interviews with the media.


  • Understand how to identify the audience you are addressing and what it needs from you.
  • Understand the basic techniques journalists employ to connect with general audiences.
  • Apply your understanding to analyzing Op-eds.
  • Apply your understanding to writing key elements of an Op-ed.