We have again assembled an outstanding faculty of international and national educators for SonoAus18. All will be presenting topical, cutting edge educational sessions and providing hands-on guidance in ultrasound.
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J. Christian Fox, MD, RDMS
Interim Chair, Emergency Medicine, UC Irvine Health
Director of Instructional Ultrasound
Director of Ultrasound in Medical Education
The Mad Hatter
Dr. Fox (Chris) is an ultrasound fellowship-trained emergency physician who has been training emergency medicine residents and fellows at UC Irvine Medical Center since 2001. Recently appointed Interim Chair of Emergency Medicine at UC Irvine Health, Chris is Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine, Vice-Chair of Academic Affairs for his department and Assistant Dean of Student Affairs for the School of Medicine he is the embodiment of The Mad Hatter!
In 2003 Chris started a medical student rotation in ultrasound and the enthusiasm of his students inspired him to expand the program into the entire four year curriculum of medical school. With a generous gift from SonoSite in 2010, and a grant from UniHealth in 2011, this curriculum is now fully ingrained into the UC Irvine School of Medicine.
Chris has received numerous teaching awards – including most recently the Peter Arger award from the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine – has published over 80 articles and three textbooks on the topic of bedside ultrasound.
He runs a podcast on iTunes that has over 100,000 downloads and last year gave a TEDx talk on “The Point-of-Care Ultrasound Revolution”. He has given talks on ultrasound in 47 states and 11 countries and is a proud Fellow of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine. He lives in San Clemente, CA where his favourite pastimes are surfing and sailing.
'Have you guessed the riddle yet?' the Hatter said, turning to Alice again.
`No, I give it up,' Alice replied: `what's the answer?'
`I haven't the slightest idea,' said the Hatter.
Rachel Liu, MD, RDMS
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
Director of Point-of-Care Ultrasound Education
The Red Queen
Rachel focuses on implementation of ultrasound use in basic, physical and clinical science teaching to medical students. She is nationally recognised for her innovative methods of teaching point of care ultrasound, a passion she takes to ‘Heart’ – but unlike ‘The Queen’ we keep our heads!
In 2013 Rachel introduced a popular and highly rated pilot program into the elective YSM curriculum focused on point of care ultrasound for pre-clerkship medical students that was integrated with teaching in the clinical skills program and human anatomy course. This successful pilot is now an elective course in the pre-clerkship period and has been a model for integrating content threads into the YSM curriculum.
She is involved in a number of teaching engagements both at a national level and internationally. Among her many contributions to medical education, Rachel co-directs national courses hosted by Yale faculty.
Rachel is a recognised national leader, is the current Chair of the Academy of Emergency Ultrasound (AEUS) for the Society of Academic Emergency Physicians (SAEM), co-chaired the Undergraduate Medical Education committee for SAEM, is the Chair-Elect for the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) Emergency Ultrasound Section and is the creative mind behind SonoGames and SonoSlam for the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM).
At Yale, in addition to her leadership in the Point of Care Ultrasound elective, she is a tutor in the clinical skills program, received the YSM Charles W. Bohmfalk Teaching Prize and was a recipient of a Yale Rosenkranz Award for Pedagogical Innovation in 2015.
In a very short time the Queen was in a furious passion,
and went stamping about, and shouting
`Off with his head!' or `Off with her head!' about once in a minute.
Dr. Nagdev (Arun) is current Director of Emergency Ultrasound in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Highland General Hospital in Oakland, California.
Arun graduated from the Kings County Hospital Center Emergency Medicine Residency program, and then went on to complete an emergency ultrasound fellowship at Highland General Hospital. Having qualified, Arun then went to Rhode Island Hospital/Brown University where he created and launched their emergency ultrasound program and fellowship.
On his return to Highland General Hospital Arun took up the mantle to run the emergency ultrasound division and fellowship program.
With all the ‘Time in the World’ Arun is involved in a number of teaching engagements both at a national level and internationally. He has lectured at American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), the Society of Academic Emergency Physicians (SAEM), American Academy of Emergency Medicine (AAEM) and various national and international conferences. Winner of the SAEM researcher of the year award (2016), Arun has more than 70 peer reviewed publications, more than 20 book chapters, is current Secretary for American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) point-of-care ultrasound section and is column writer for ACEP Now - Sounding Board as well as a regular contributor to a range of other publications.
'If you knew Time as well as I do,' said the Hatter,
`you wouldn't talk about wasting IT. It's HIM'
B.App.Sc (MRT), GradDip MedUS, AMS,
GradCert Clinical Teaching (Melb)
SonoAus is the brainchild of Suean Pascoe. A founding Director of Ultrasound Training Solutions Suean is a passionate advocate for ultrasound and its application beyond traditional boundaries. This is a position she maintains as a board member of the Australasian Society of Ultrasound in Medicine.
Prior to the creation of Ultrasound Training Solutions, Suean cut her teeth and chased many rabbits down a hole as an independent ultrasound teacher and locum sonographer, where she worked throughout Australia and New Zealand in a number of public and private hospital settings.
In an earlier life, Suean held a number of senior roles across Australia and New Zealand, and is a highly qualified general sonographer, with an interest and specialisation in obstetrics.
Curiouser and curiouser!
B.App.Sc (Med Rad), GradDip MedUS, AMS, GradCert Clinical Teaching (Melb)
The White Queen
Oriana Tolo is a founding Director with Ultrasound Training Solutions. Oriana is first and foremost a teacher with a passion for ensuring that Ultrasound Training Solutions is world leader in ultrasound education. Her ability to get the message across has been developed throughout her clinical and education career.
Prior to Ultrasound Training Solutions, Oriana spent nine years spreading love and goodwill with Victoria House, where she specialised in paediatric and musculoskeletal ultrasound.
Before her time at Victoria House Oriana was sought after as a teacher to radiology registrars and other sonographers while at The Royal Children’s Hospital, and similarly while in private practice with MHDI (now Symbion Health).
It goes against my vows to harm any living creature!
Dr. Lindsay Bridgford
CSM, MBBS, DRANZCOG, DCH, FACEM, DDU (EM), DDU (CC), MCU, ASCeXAM, FASE
Dr. Bridgford is an emergency physician who obtained his fellowship in 2000 and currently works at Maroondah hospital in Melbourne. His interests and experience include developing nation, military, and paediatric emergency medicine.
B.AppSci (Human Movement), Dip.ParamediSci (Prehospital Care), GradDip Intensive Care Paramed, GradDip EmergHlth (MICA), GradCert EmergHlth (Aeromed Retrieval)
Ben has been a Teaching Associate with Monash University Department of Community Emergency Health and Paramedic Practice since 2003 and is currently a Teaching Associate in the undergraduate and postgraduate programs. Ben has extensive experience in prehospital critical care, and is an operational Intensive Care Flight Paramedic (MICA) with Air Ambulance Victoria. Ben has a keen interest in prehospital critical care, advanced clinical assessment, prehospital critical care interventions and developing clinical judgement in critical care practitioners. POCUS is one of his passions.
Ben has been heavily involved with the development and implementation of contemporary clinical practice guidelines both locally and internationally, with a focus on the areas of paramedic-led HEMS and road-based prehospital critical care.
Ben is a PhD candidate at DCEHPP, and his project is investigating the physiological and nutritional factors associated with paramedic wellbeing, as well as specialist paramedic task performance.
Dr. Allan Whitehead
MBBS, FACEM, Grad. Dip. Health Services Mgmt., Grad. Dip Clinician Performed Ultrasound
As current Director of Emergency Services at Rosebud Hospital, Dr Whitehead brings with him a depth and breadth of knowledge that will extend your scanning abilities from the outset.
An experienced emergency physician, Dr Whitehead trained at Dandenong Hospital with attachments to Monash Medical Centre and Salisbury Hospital England. Dr Whitehead has held positions at a range of Victorian facilities, including Latrobe Regional Hospital and Wonthaggi Hospital.
Having achieved his fellowship in 2000, Dr Whitehead has pursued his passion for knowledge and teaching attaining higher qualifications in health services and ultrasound. His most recent achievement has been achieving ACEM registrar training accreditation for the Rosebud Emergency Department.
Dr. Elissa Kennedy-Smith
Consultant emergency physician
MBBS, FACEM, CCPU (eFAST, AAA, 1st Trimester)
Dr. Kennedy-Smith is an emergency physician spending most of her time with Alfred Health, Melbourne.
Dr Kennedy-Smith also practices at the Melbourne Medical Centre Paediatric Emergency Department and serves as a VMO with Cabrini and Werribee hospitals. Dr. Kennedy-Smith was elected Fellow to the Australasian College of Emergency Medicine (ACEM) in 2005.
Dr. Pourya Pouryahya
MD, FACEM, GC ClinEpid, MTrauma, CCPU
Apart from being our resident Reubens Barrichello lookalike, Dr Pourya Pouryahya is an extremely eFAST ultrasound expert.
Pourya is an Emergency Medicine Consultant and Director of Emergency Medicine Research (DEMR) at Casey Hospital (Monash Health) and is a highly recognised adjunct lecturer at Monash University's Department of Medicine.
Pourya also serves as the Chair of Monash Health fellowship practice exam committee, Monash health Fellowship teaching coordinator and leads the Monash Emergency-Monash Health sepsis group and Monash Health Emergency department ultrasound group.
Pourya recently completed Newcastle University's Master of Traumatology program, and in his spare time serves on the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine's (ACEM) Victorian Board Faculty, court of examiners (COE), primary examination viva deputy chair, primary and fellowship exams standard setting panel and Best of Web Reference Group. He also acts as faculty on the annual Emirate Critical Care Congress (ECCC).
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