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Elective Rotations

Resident Point-of-Care Ultrasound Elective Rotation

The PEM Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) program at The Hospital for Sick Children is pleased to offer an innovative 4 week elective rotation for residents (currently enrolled in Paediatric Emergency, Adult Emergency, NICU, PICU or General Paediatrics) in the emerging field of PEM POCUS.

This unique program emphasizes establishing technical expertise and basic understanding of PEM-specific POCUS applications.

Join us and be a part of the PEM POCUS evolution.

Educational and Clinical Components
Distinctly SickKids
Additional Information

Educational and Clinical Components

  • Required shifts (4) in the Emergency Department, scheduled by the PEM scheduling coordinator
  • Required to complete MINIMUM of 3 scanning shifts per week.
  • Weekly journal club - participates in an active discussion of pivotal and cutting edge emergency ultrasound
  • Weekly image review -  participates in an active quality assessment of scans done within the previous week
  • Weekly didactic learning -  receives mini-lectures to cover core and select advanced POCUS applications
  • Weekly bedside instruction. Dedicated POCUS scanning sessions of active ED patients with core ultrasound faculty
    and/or ultrasound residents - Resident performs ultrasound exams and guided procedures
  • Required reading - selections include recent journal articles, textbook readings (Practical Guide to Emergency Ultrasound by Karen S. Cosby and John L. Kendall) and online resources  (Ultrasound Guide for Emergency Physicians, Ultrasound Guided Regional Nerve Blocks and Atlas of Echocardiography)
  • Required 20-minute lecture - Resident prepares and presents an evidence-based review of a selected POCUS topic

Distinctly SickKids

  • Premier, free-standing, Level-1 trauma and tertiary-care paediatric hospital
  • Busy, inner-city referral Emergency Department
  • Formally trained faculty in EM, PEM and POCUS
  • Beta-test center for POCUS hardware and software
  • 24/7 POCUS equipment and reference access
  • Dedicated divisional research faculty and research assistants
  • Advanced multimedia technology


  • Current participation in a Paediatric or Adult Emergency Medicine, NICU, PICU or General Paediatric Residency in Canada
  • Up to two positions will be available at any time on a first-come first-serve basis


Please contact Kelly Sobie to inquire about schedule availability and application process.  


Charisse Kwan MD, FRCPC, RCPSC (PEM)
Director Emergency Ultrasound Program
Division of Emergency Medicine
The Hospital for Sick Children
Assistant Professor 
Department of Paediatrics
University of Toronto 
email:  charisse.kwan@sickkids.ca

Kelly Sobie 
Point-of-Care Ultrasound Program 
Division of Emergency Medicine
The Hospital for Sick Children
email: kelly.sobie@sickkids.ca

Mailing Address

The Hospital for Sick Children 
555 University Avenue
Toronto, Ontario 
M5G 1X8