Ultrasound-Guided Emergency Medicine Procedures (UGEMP)

The use of bedside ultrasound by clinicians to guide invasive emergency and critical care procedures has been proven to improve success and reduce complications and is rapidly becoming established as the standard of care. UGEMP provides an opportunity to acquire and maintain the skills required to perform such procedures using Ultrasound-guidance.

Human models will allow for demonstration of human surface landmarks, real-time ultrasound image generation, and human ultrasound anatomy. Ultrasoundable task-trainers that simulate the tactile feel of human tissue will allow for the repeated practice of invasive procedures without harming the human models. The instructors will demonstrate the procedure and will supervise the learners’ performance of the procedures in small groups. Formative evaluation in the form of immediate feedback provided by the instructor will help the learners to monitor their progress and guide their learning.


  • Thoracentesis
  • Chest Tube Placement, open and Seldinger techniques
  • Central venous line placement
  • Peripheral intravenous line placement
  • Pericardiocentesis
  • Abscess drainage
  • Subcutaneous Foreign Body localization and removal
  • Arthrocentesis
  • Lumbar Puncture
  • Paracentesis


Target audience: physicians practicing emergency care

For information on registration, visit the UBC CPD UGEMP page.