Since 2001, the EDE Course has been taught over to more than 15,000 health-care providers. Its use has become the standard of care in large trauma centres, remote settings, and everything in between. It has even been used in Canadian Armed Forces combat units in Afghanistan. RhPAP is partnering with Dr. Ray Wiss, creator of the EDE Course, to bring this course to physicians, physician assistants, registered nurses, nurse practitioners, midwives, and other allied health professionals in rural Alberta communities.
What is Involved
The complete course involves online modules, taken in advance of two weekend workshops or a four-day “boot camp” taught in your community. During the first two days, participants are taught the ultrasound techniques and then provided with an opportunity to practise what they have learned. The final two days of practice allow participants to complete the 50 ultrasound scans and be tested to become independent practitioners through the Canadian Point of Care Ultrasound Society (CPoCUS).
Before the in-person workshops, participants work through a series of online texts and videos that are strictly focused on what they need to know. This means that in-person course time is dedicated to hands-on learning.
In order to help bring the EDE Ultrasound Course to your rural community, RhPAP will do as follows for up to six course per year:
- subsidize 50% of the course cost for rural Alberta health-care providers to take the introductory EDE Course (Part 1) in a rural Alberta community (up to a maximum of $10,000 per course). Medical residents and health-care students are not eligible for this subsidy.
- subsidize 50% of the course cost for rural Alberta health-care providers to take Part 2 of the EDE Course (up to a maximum of $10,000 per course). Medical residents and health-care students are not eligible for this subsidy.
- communicate course requirements to community coordinators and follow up with those coordinators to confirm these arrangements
- highlight the experience in social media, print, web, and/or newsletter communications
Communities are encouraged to partner regionally to allow a maximum number of health professionals to attend the course. Registration discounts are available for non-physician participants.
To be eligible, the following conditions must be met:
- The hosting community must have a population of fewer than 15,000 people and not fall within the defined Census Metropolitan Area boundaries of Calgary or Edmonton (see rhpap.ca/about for more details)
- The community has not received EDE Course funding from RhPAP in the last three years
Participants in the introductory two-day EDE Course receive 30 CFPC CERT+ credits or 12 Royal College Section 3 credits.
EDE Participants in the four-day (two weekend boot-camp), receive Canadian Point of Care Ultrasound Society (CPoCUS) certification and 80 CFPC CERT+ credits or 37 Royal College Section 3 credits.