King’s training programme resources

Details of curriculum can be found here

POCUS basics

This website 5minsono is one of my favourites as all it’s videos are very short, there is good ones on physics and artefacts.

Podcast101 has looks for free resources in article form, here is there guide to physics and knobology (what to do with each probe) for those that want to learn how to use a variety of machines.

This journal article describes common POCUS pitfalls and there implications. As doctors we need CAUTION at all times

This is a useful guide to likelihood ratios, an important concept in all diagnostics including POCUS.

Abdominal Level one

Pocus101 has very long article on abdominal scanning, would suggest focusing on free fluid assessment until become more familiar



Cardiac Level one

FUSIC are the intensive care society from the UK. They have an excellent summary of obtaining ECHO views, if you scroll down there is a good guide to more level two cardiac skills (Left ventricle dilation, Right heart strain ect.). If you are new to cardiac ultrasound I would just focus on obtaining the views for the moment.

This page has good descriptions of each of the views with diagrams

Thoracic Level one 

Pocus101 guide to Lung ultrasound.

Three lung ultrasound videos, the first two are are good introduction (the third is level two/three knowledge)

Abdominal Level two

Many longer narrated lectures on this website.  I wouldn’t worry about watching full videos, but earlier sections have good guide to identify basic kidney pathology.

In addition a simple infographic of hydronephrosis can be found here.

Another good 5 minute video, this time on small bowel obstruction.

Cardiac Level two

How to assess the inferior vena cava

A guide to various methods of assessing left ventricle ejection fraction. I would only expect you to have an awareness of these methods at level two and begin undertaking them at level 3.

Here is a good guide to DVT assessment. They even produced a single pocket card version.

A 5 minute video on right heart strain.

Abdominal level three

A amazing database of lots of images of liver and spleen (and other parts of the body!) useful to compare unusual findings to.

This website is aimed more at sonographers than POCUS users but has guides about how to scan various abdominal organs.


Cardiac level three

This is a good introduction oh how to look at valve function.

A Youtube video on how to look a suprasternal view (used to look for dissection).