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PEM Point-of-Care Ultrasound Fellowship

Fellow Responsibilities | Fellow Instruction and Education | Distinctly SickKids | Eligibility | Application Process | Contact

Fellow Responsibilities 

  • Faculty shifts in the ED at SickKids: approximately eight shifts per month
  • Two POCUS scanning shifts per week: scan active ED patients and instruct POCUS rotators at the bedside
  • Weekly POCUS Journal Club: participate in an interactive discussion of pivotal and cutting-edge POCUS literature
  • Weekly image review sessions: participate in an interactive quality assessment of recent clinical POCUS scans
  • Monthly didactic teaching: presenting core content, and new ideas in a 20-minute mini-lecture for POCUS faculty and rotators
  • Quarterly divisional teaching: present a 30-minute lecture at Rounds for faculty and trainees
  • Academic project: prepare an original academic work suitable for peer review
  • Scholarly project: prepare an original scholarly work suitable for peer review
  • Administrative project: develop a meaningful administrative contribution

Fellow Instruction and Education

  • Coached 1:1 POCUS scanning shifts with POCUS faculty
  • Weekly didactic teaching by POCUS faculty Annual Pre-Conference Hospital for Sick Children’s PEM POCUS Workshop
  • Complexity model of evaluation and assessment
  • Project Planning and Management Course (optional)
  • International POCUS opportunities (optional)
  • Speciality conference attendance (optional)

Distinctly SickKids

  • Premier, free-standing, level-one trauma and tertiary-care paediatric hospital
  • Busy, inner-city referral Emergency Department
  • Formally trained faculty in EM, PEM and ePOCUS
  • Beta-test center for ePOCUS hardware and software
  • 24/7 ePOCUS equipment and reference access
  • Dedicated divisional research faculty and research assistants
  • Advanced multimedia technology


  • Successful completion of a PEM fellowship and PEM Board Eligible in Canada or the United States
  • Hold or be eligible for a certificate of registration to practice medicine in Ontario as issued by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario   

Application Process

Applications for 2020/2021 are now CLOSED. 
The application submission deadline for the 2021/2022 Academic Year (July 1, 2021 start date) is September 13, 2020

  • Up to two positions will be awarded on a competitive basis annually
  • Further details and compensation available upon request


Charisse Kwan, MD FRCPC, RCPSC (PEM)
Program Director, Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship Program
Division of Emergency Medicine
Education Lead, Emergency Ultrasound Program
Emergency Physician, Paediatric Emergency Medicine
email: charisse.kwan@sickkids.ca

Kelly Sobie
Point-of-Care Ultrasound Program
Division of Emergency Medicine
Phone: 416-813-7654  Ext. 227533
email: kelly.sobie@sickkids.ca

Mailing Address: 

The Hospital for Sick Children

555 University Avenue
Toronto, Ontario
M5G 1X8