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Dr. WooWelcome to the Emergency Medicine Ultrasonography (EMUS) program at the University of Ottawa and The Ottawa Hospital.

Point of Care Ultrasonography – Emergency Medicine (POCUS-EM) has been practiced at our centre since 1998 under the leadership and vision of Dr. Guy Hebert.  As one of the first centres in Canada to employ clinical sonography in practice, we continue to be leaders and strive for excellence in this exciting field.

We hope that you find this website informative and enjoyable and welcome any feedback that you may have.

Dr. Michael Woo
Associate Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine
Director, Emergency Medicine Ultrasonography


Dr. HébertDr. Guy Hebert first started Emergency Medicine Ultrasonography (EMUS) program at The Ottawa Hospital in 1998. As one of the founders in Canada for clinical sonography, his vision and dedication has enabled the clinical sonography program to flourish to become one of the largest programs in Canada.

In 2003, Dr. Lisa Calder, a resident at the time, obtained funding from Postgraduate Medical Education at the University of Ottawa to develop the first EMUS course for emergency medicine residents.

The Department of Emergency Medicine has supported the EMUS program appointing Dr. Michael Woo as the Director of EMUS in 2006 and Dr. James Worrall as the Assistant Director in 2008.

As of 2008, EMUS has been a core competency for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Canada – Emergency Medicine Specialty. Since that time we have established a mandatory formal EMUS training program for all emergency medicine residents at the University of Ottawa in both the RCPSC-EM and the CCFP(EM) programs.

A highly competitive EMUS Fellowship was established in 2009 that will produce leaders in Clinical Sonography who will practice around the world.