Tuesday 23 October 2012

Winfocus Barcelona 2012

Winfocus Barcelona 2012

Greetings from Barcelona! Winfocus has been a truly wonderful conference with world renowned speakers. A review of the consensus statement on lung ultrasonography was presented by Dr. Volpicelli. Another highlight was the talk given by Dr. Duchalvsky who described the role of POCUS in austere environments such as space and remote environments such as on Mt. Everest. Dr. Hoppmann, Dean of the School of Medicine at the University of South Carolina gave an inspiring and visionary talk of the role of ultrasonography for medical students. Medical schools around the world are trying to catch up with what has already been accomplished (including uOttawa - stay tuned!). Finally it was also great to hear the work in developing countries that Winfocus has provided and their work with the United Nations with a mandate for healthcare for all, with ultrasound being the most common imaging tool in the world.

Another highlight has been the opportunity to meet up with old friends. It was great to see Dr. Majid Al-Salamah (uOttawa FRCPC grad) and Dr. Khaled Al-Rajhi (uOttawa EMUS Fellow and FRCPC grad). A good Canadian contingent was also there from Montreal to St. John's. Hope to see more and more Canadians participate in this organization in the future.

And a personal highlight was the Champions' League game at Camp Nou with FC Barcelona pulling out a last minute goal to win the game. Can't beat the excitement of 80,000 fans screaming in a stadium ... well maybe my own ultrasound machine with a probe that hooks up to my phone....

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