Point of Care Ultrasound Training (POCUS)

POCUS training is suitable for Medical Practitioners who are not imaging specialists but who may use ultrasound as a diagnostic tool at point of care, or are interested in learning more about it.

This course is run by Pegasus Health 24 Hour Surgery, and is ASUM accredited. These sessions are primarily aimed at Urgent Care professionals and General Practitioners, and are facilitated by an experienced sonographer, Rex De Ryke.

Topics covered include:

  • General introduction and overview to POCUS use specifically in Urgent Care
  • Background Physics
  • Lung Ultrasound Theory and Practical
  • Extended Focused Assessment with Sonography for Trauma (EFAST) Theory and Practical

This course is eligible for RNZCUC CME. In order to gain ASUM accreditation from this course you will need to become a member of ASUM and apply for this. Read more about ASUM and the Certificate in Clinician Performed Ultrasound

Benefits of attending this course include:

  • Knowledge and confidence with POCUS
  • Hands-on experience
  • Chance to undertake POCUS education than can also lead to accreditation
  • Working with like-minded people who are interested in improving their skills
  • Ability to learn more about the use of POCUS specifically in Urgent Care and Primary Care.



The next POCUS training session is Friday 16 September 2022.

Find out more about the POCUS training course time and cost

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Facilitator bio

Rex de Ryke has been the Charge Sonographer within the Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) radiology service since 2003.

He is past Chair of NZASUM and was an ASUM director from 2016 – 2019.

He received an honorary ASUM fellowship and humanitarian award in 2012, and was the Australasian Sonographer of the year in 2017.

Rex is passionate about all aspect of clinical ultrasound, with special interests in fetal medicine, fetal echocardiography and emergency medicine ultrasound.

As well as extensive clinical roles, Rex is involved in ongoing Sonographer and Clinician education.

He is an examiner for ASUM, teaches locally and nationally, and is an accredited provider for several ASUM CCPU modules.

He has presented at numerous national conferences and meetings, and also at international meetings including ISUOG and ASUM.

A current focus is co-ordinating and supporting PoCUS service provision within the CDHB and the greater New Zealand community , with an emphasis on quality, review and audit.