For new members

1. Why does CPoCUS charge membership dues?

For the first time since the Society's inception in 2001, members are asked to pay membership dues.

Dues mainly help to provide rigorous standards of training and quality assurance through review, expansion, and translation of bilingual certification examinations. Our administrative staff ensure these standards are maintained for the > 100 examinations.

Specifically, dues provide many benefits to the individual CPoCUS member:

  • Achieve and maintain IP CORE or Expanded Track certification 
  • Earn CME credits
  • Refine POCUS skills with how-to videos in the CORE Curriculum
  • Win awards and prizes
  • Receive monthly newsletter
  • View all POCUS courses across Canada
  • More Member Benefits here

2. I would like to make a donation to CPoCUS. How do I do this?

We greatly appreciate all donations. Please make your donation here.  

3. How can I earn CME credits with CPoCUS?

If you are taking a CPoCUS approved course, you can earn:

a) Up to 60 certified Mainpro+ credits from CFPC

b) 3 credits per 8hours of activity; max 24 hours or 72 credits per course from RCPSC

If you are teaching a CPoCUS approved course, you can earn:

a) 1 non-certified credit per hour of teaching and/or preparation time from CFPC

b) 2 credits per hour of teaching from RCPSC

If you are administering a CPoCUS certification exam, you can earn:

a) 1 non-certified credit per hour of teaching from CFPC

b) 2 credits per hour of teaching from RCPSC

If you are supervising determinate scans, you can earn:

a) 1 non-certified credit per hour of teaching and/or preparation time from CFPC

b) 2 credits per hour of teaching from RCPSC

Please see our CME Credits webpage for more details.

3. Is CPoCUS membership only for licensed physicians? I am a registered sonographer (with sonography Canada).

Membership is open to all persons interested in PoCUS as stated in the CPoCUS By-laws, Section 4.1.

4. I am an AC CORE IP who believes that ultrasound should be taught to every family medicine resident. Can you share any literature, or research done supporting the benefit of getting Family Medicine CORE IP certification?

We can suggest several published articles for family medicine residents using POCUS:

a.     Steinmetz, P., Oleskevich, S. (2016) Family medicine ultrasound (FAMUS): indications, accuracy, and cost-effectiveness. J Fam Pract 65(8):517-523.
 
b. Micks et al  (2018) Canadian national survey of point-of-care ultrasound training in family medicine residency programs. Can Fam Phys 64(10):e462-e467.
 
c. Peng et al  (2019) Canadian national survey of family medicine residents on point-of-care ultrasound training. Can Fam Phys 65(12):e523-e530.
 
d. Book: https://www.amazon.com/Ultrasound-Primary-Care-Paul-Bornemann/dp/1496366980

e. Assessment of Primary Care Physicians' Use of a Pocket Ultrasound Device to Measure Left Ventricular Mass in Patients with Hypertension. Bornemann et al. J Am Board Fam Med. 2015 Nov-Dec.

f. Point-of-care ultrasound: Coming soon to primary care? Bornemann et al. J Fam Pract. 2018.

g. Assessment of a Novel Point‐of‐Care Ultrasound Curriculum's Effect on Competency Measures in Family Medicine Graduate Medical Education. Paul Bornemann MD 2017 https://doi.org/10.7863/ultra.16.05002

h. Audio file: https://www.pocus.org/resources/the-focus-on-pocus-podcast-episode-6/

i. American Academy of Family Physicians: https://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/medical_education_residency/program_directors/Reprint290D_POCUS.pdf

5. I would like to change my password on the CPoCUS website. How do I do this?

Members can reset their password in 2 ways:
 
a. Go to the Login page, then go to Forgot your password?, then enter your email address, and then select Reset and email your password. An email with instructions on how to reset your password will be sent to you.
 
b. Go to the Login page, then enter your email and password, then go to Profile in top menu bar,  then go to Edit Profile, and then go to Change my password.