"Probing the Literature" Journal Club

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Join us for the monthly ultrasound journal club for anyone who loves emergency medicine, ultrasound, or both!


Session Format
  • Article 1: Discussion with the authors regarding their article
  • Article 2: Small group discussion with faculty leader
  • Methods Consult: Discuss your planned, current, or completed studies and received targeted feedback from researchers and journal editors



DateTopicArticle #1Article #2
Resuscitation/AirwayBeaubien-Souligny W, Rola P, Haycock K, Bouchard J, Lamarche Y, Spiegel R, Denault AY. Quantifying systemic congestion with Point-Of-Care ultrasound: development of the venous excess ultrasound grading system. Ultrasound J. 2020 Apr 9;12(1):16. doi: 10.1186/s13089-020-00163-w. PMID: 32270297; PMCID: PMC7142196.Gottlieb M, Holladay D, Burns K, Gore SR, Wulff C, Shah S, Bailitz J. Accuracy of ultrasound for endotracheal intubation between different transducer types. Am J Emerg Med. 2019 Dec;37(12):2182-2185. doi: 10.1016/j.ajem.2019.03.016. Epub 2019 Mar 12. PMID: 30890289.
Global Health/
Medical Education/

*All sessions will be at 12p PST/1p MST/2p CST/3p EST

Previously Recorded
DateTopicArticleAuthor Presenter
7/12/21US Research 

Research Panel Discussion


Research Panel Discussion session


E. Brooke Lerner, PhD, FAEMS

Michael Gottlieb, MD

Creagh Boulger, MD


Pavitra Kotini-Shah, MD

8/12/21FAST exam

Bell CR, Szulewski A, Walker M, McKaigney C, Ross G, Rang L, Newbigging J, Kendall J. Differences in Gaze Fixation Location and Duration Between Resident and Fellowship Sonographers Interpreting a Focused Assessment With Sonography in Trauma. AEM Educ Train. 2020 Feb 28;5(1):28-36. doi: 10.1002/aet2.10439. PMID: 33521488; PMCID: PMC7821074. Link: onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/aet2.10439


Recorded Session

Colin Bell, MD, FRCPC
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Calgary Cumming School of Medicine.  He is also the POCUS Clinical Practice lead for Ultrasound for the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians

Needleman L, Cronan JJ, Lilly MP, Merli GJ, Adhikari S, Hertzberg BS, DeJong MR, Streiff MB, Meissner MH. Ultrasound for Lower Extremity Deep Venous Thrombosis: Multidisciplinary Recommendations From the Society of Radiologists in Ultrasound Consensus Conference. Circulation. 2018 Apr 3;137(14):1505-1515. doi: 10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.117.030687. PMID: 29610129.


DVT recorded session

Laurence Needleman, MD

Professor, Department of Radiology, Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Blyth L, Atkinson P, Gadd K, Lang E. Bedside focused echocardiography as predictor of survival in cardiac arrest patients: a systematic review. Acad Emerg Med. 2012 Oct;19(10):1119-26. doi: 10.1111/j.1553-2712.2012.01456.x. Epub 2012 Oct 5. Erratum in: Acad Emerg Med. 2015 Jul;22(7):892. PMID: 23039118.


Cardiac session recording

Dr. Paul Atkinson MB MA FRCPC  

Professor, Emergency Medicine, Dalhousie University;

Head, Dept. of Emergency Medicine, Saint John Regional Hospital, Horizon Health Network, NB;

Chair, NB Emergency Medicine Clinical Academic Group; 

Assistant Dean Research, Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick; 

Deputy Editor, Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine.



Lahham S, Becker BA, Gari A, Bunch S, Alvarado M, Anderson CL, Viquez E, Spann SC, Fox JC. Utility of common bile duct measurement in ED point of care ultrasound: A prospective study. Am J Emerg Med. 2018 Jun;36(6):962-966. doi: 10.1016/j.ajem.2017.10.064. Epub 2017 Nov 20. PMID: 29162442.


Biliary session recording

J. Christian Fox, MD, FACEP

Professor and Chair, Director of Ultrasound in Medical Education, University of California, Irvine


Lichtenstein DA, Mezière GA. Relevance of lung ultrasound in the diagnosis of acute respiratory failure: the BLUE protocol. Chest. 2008 Jul;134(1):117-25. doi: 10.1378/chest.07-2800. Epub 2008 Apr 10. Erratum in: Chest. 2013 Aug;144(2):721. PMID: 18403664; PMCID: PMC3734893.


Pulmonary recorded session

Daniel Lichtenstein, MD



Tabbut M, Harper D, Gramer D, Jones R. High-frequency linear transducer improves detection of an intrauterine pregnancy in first-trimester ultrasonography. Am J Emerg Med. 2016 Feb;34(2):288-91. doi: 10.1016/j.ajem.2015.11.001. Epub 2015 Nov 9. PMID: 26632019.


OB/GYN session recording

Matthew Tabbut, MD

Department of Emergency Medicine, Division of Emergency Ultrasound, MetroHealth Medical Center, Cleveland, OH 

2/10/22MSK/Soft TissueMarin JR, Dean AJ, Bilker WB, Panebianco NL, Brown NJ, Alpern ER. Emergency ultrasound-assisted examination of skin and soft tissue infections in the pediatric emergency department. Acad Emerg Med. 2013 Jun;20(6):545-53. doi: 10.1111/acem.12148. PMID: 23758300; PMCID: PMC3682683.

Jennifer R. Marin, MD, MSc Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine, and Radiology Medical Director, Point-of-Care Ultrasound, UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh

    How do I attend the sessions?

    Make sure to register link below. You will then receive an email with the Zoom login information via the email you used.

    What do I need to prepare?

    All we ask is that you read the articles and come prepared to discuss them! We will try to keep this highly engaging using breakout groups and dedicated session leaders. If you have any project ideas or ongoing projects you would like to discuss, please bring those, as well, for the Methods Consult during the second hour.


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