Frequently Asked Questions

Requesting a course:

Please contact us! Talk to your colleagues, find out what your community needs are, and the estimated number of attendees. Our course coordinator will follow up with you to discuss further details, and let you know our available dates. We are usually booked up 6 months ahead of time, although smaller community courses are easier to schedule. After setting a date for the course, we will organize a phone call between you and one of our HOUSE course instructors to create your customized agenda.

The cost varies depending on the course (OB, EM, or IM), the size, and location. To find out the cost of the course you are interested in, please contact the program coordinator (cpd.house@ubc.ca).

Almost everything! The fees cover the wages for the local coordinator, the costs of shipping ultrasound equipment and supplies, ultrasound model honoraria, participant meals (breakfast, lunch, and refreshments on the course day), access to online pre-learning materials, CME accreditation costs and instructor teaching time. Please note that we operate this course on a cost recovery basis, to make this course as affordable as possible.

We like to make putting on this course as simple as possible for communities – so we take on as much of the organization as possible. We hire a local coordinator to take care of the local logistics, so that the demands on local physicians are minimal. This is one way that we differ from other ultrasound courses out there. That being said, we do need local physician involvement to put on a successful course. We rely on you to communicate with your physician colleagues, to find out your local needs, disseminate registration information, and to find positive models with positive pathology. Without your contribution, the course cannot be successful.

We hire a local coordinator from your community, whom we pay to recruit the healthy models to be scanned during the course. The local coordinator will also help to coordinate the models with pathological findings, although in our experience they need local physicians to recruit these patients. The presence of models with pathological findings significantly improves the course experience.

Most likely! We can run HOUSE EM or HOUSE IM with as few as 3 participants and a maximum of 16. HOUSE OB needs a community large enough to offer numerous term pregnant models, and requires a minimum of 12 participants. In general, smaller and medium sized courses tend to flow best, as they allow for more flexibility through the day.

The number of CME credits varies depending on the course completed (OB, EM, or IM).

  • HOUSE OB participants may earn up to 18.0 Mainpro+ / 9.0 MOC Section 1 credits
  • HOUSE EM participants may earn up to 21.0 Mainpro+ for one day, or 42.0 Mainpro+ for two days (10.5 MOC Section 1 credits per day)
  • HOUSE IM participants may earn 6.0 Mainpro+ / 6.0 MOC Section 1 credits.

The HOUSE EM module, Ultrasound for CORE IP Skills, is officially approved as a CORE introductory course with the Canadian Point of Care Ultrasound Society (cPoCUS). This means that after taking this course, participants would have completed the first step in becoming CORE IP certified (they would still need to complete 50 determinate scans in each CORE POCUS application after the course).

Pre-learning Questions

You will receive an email from the HOUSE program coordinator with information about to access the eLearning course, including an enrollment code. This material must be completed before the day of the course. If you have any questions about the pre-course materials, contact cpd.house@ubc.ca.

STEP 1: Login to UBC CPD eLearning Website

  • Click “Login in” top right or go directly to http://elearning.ubccpd.ca/login/index.php
  • If you already have a login for the UBC CPD e-learning site you can use the login that you had previously, otherwise:
    • Create an account by clicking “Create new account” and follow the steps (you will receive a confirmation email)

STEP 2: Access the course:

  • Go to the Registered HOUSE Courses and find your community's course
  • Enter the enrollment key sent to you via email from is cpd.house@ubc.ca