“FAST to FASH” – rethinking POCUS training in tropical resource-limited settings

Presented by Dr.Tom Heller, Dr.Sabine Bélard and Dr. Dan Kaminstein
Moderated by Dr. Adrian Wong

WINFOCUS presents

“FAST to FASH” – rethinking POCUS training in tropical resource-limited settings

June 27th, 2:30pm CEST

Teaching ultrasound in resource-limited settings (RLS) is a great way of capacity building and knowledge transfer. This webinar will look at what can be found in the literature on POCUS trainings in RLS – how has it been done and what are the experiences?

We will discuss how and why context-based POCUS protocols like FASH (“”Focused assessment for HIV-associated TB””), CURLS (“”Cardiac Ultrasound in RLS””) and PUSH (“”Point-of-care UltraSound for Hepatitis””) are relevant for RLS. Finally, thoughts and experiences will be shared on how to implement trainings useful for local clinicians and how to ensure ongoing support.

The presentation will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A shedding more light on the topic.

Come listen and join the discussion with our expert panel. Ask questions which would be answered live at the webinar.


Dr. Tom Heller MD

Seattle, USA

Lighthouse Clinic, Lilongwe, Malawi and International Training and Education Center for Health, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, United States.

Dr. Tom Heller specialized in general internal medicine and infectious diseases and has been working in South Africa and in Malawi for almost 10 years.

His special focus lies on aspects of care for patients with advanced HIV disease, TB co-infection and other opportunistic diseases.

Throughout his career, his interests were ultrasound protocols and application for resource-limited settings and sonographic diagnosis of infectious diseases.

He taught ultrasound in Germany, Italy, UK, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Zambia, South Africa, Ethiopia, Ghana, Gabon, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Peru, USA, Cambodia and Laos.

Dr. Belard
Dr. Sabine Bélard MD, PhD, MSc, DTM&H

Tübingen, Germany

Institute of Tropical Medicine, University of Tübingen and German Centre for Infection Research (DZIF), Tübingen, Germany.

Dr. Sabine Bélard is a pediatrician and specialist in tropical medicine and infectious diseases, currently serving as a professor at the Tropical Institute of the University of Tübingen, Germany, where she leads the Tropical Medicine and Travel Medicine Clinic, as well as the Clinical Trials Platform.

Research endeavours center around the development and evaluation of Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) protocols tailored for use in RLS. She spearheads international projects aimed at improving health care by targeted application of ultrasound and bolstering ultrasound capacity in RLS.

Dr. Daniel A. Kaminstein MD, MSEd, DTM&H, FACEP

Augusta, USA

Assistant Dean, Ultrasound Education
Director of Global Health
Professor of Emergency Medicine
Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University

Dr. Dan Kaminstein is an Emergency Medicine Physician and Co-Director of the Center for Ultrasound Education at Augusta University in Augusta, Georgia.

He is extensively involved in ultrasound training and research globally and directed several ultrasound courses in Africa and South America. In his current role Dr. Kaminstein directs the POCUS education program for all medical students, residents and faculty at Augusta University.

His primary research interest is the application and teaching of ultrasound in resource-limited settings and has performed and taught ultrasound in USA, Canada, Italy, UK, Tanzania, Mali, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Guinea, India, Bangladesh, Thailand, Cambodia, Peru, and Panama.


Dr. Adrian Wong BSc (Hons), MRCP (UK), FRCA, EDIC, FFCM

London, United Kingdom

Dr. Wong has been a consultant in anaesthesia & intensive care since 2015, currently at King’s College Hospital in London. Within the field of ultrasound, his focus has been on training, accreditation, assessment of organ perfusion, and right heart imaging. His research includes clinical governance, safety, medical education, and professional well-being.

He is a member of the Intensive Care Society FUSIC Committee; he sits on the ESICM Executive Committee and is an examiner for the European Diploma of Intensive Care Medicine. He is on the executive committee of the International Fluid Academy and is the ex- chair of the Social Media and Digital Content Committee of ESICM.

Registration fees vary depending on your country

If you are an associate member of WINFOCUS, registration will be free. However, if certification is requested, there will be a fee of €5 for members and €10 for non-member participants.