James Rippey (from The SonoCave) and Lewis Macken ran the show at the the inaugural SMACC SonoWars — and what a show it was!
The final saw New Zealand’s Auckland HEMS in red take on Aussie representatives the Tweed Heads MediNuggets led by the ‘SonOracle’ in a sonographic duel for everlasting glory. The events included:
- ‘how FAST is your FAST?’
- the abdo ultrasound image interpretation quiz
- an Echo/ Lung ultrasound relay
- the Echo/ Lung ultrasound image interpretation quiz
- an edutainment challenge (which involved Oli Flower dressed up as a uterus as well as an oversized eyeball) decided by the live audience (a bunch of biased Aussies no doubt)
- and ultrasound procedure races as a gripping finale
Hats off to the creative team behind SonoWars, and especially to the awesome competitors. It was fantastic educationally and thoroughly entertaining.
Andrew Petrosniak wrote a great insider’s account of the experience here: SonoWars at SMACC – the Auckland HEMS Team perspective.
Chris is an Intensivist and ECMO specialist at the Alfred ICU in Melbourne. He is also a Clinical Adjunct Associate Professor at Monash University. He is a co-founder of the Australia and New Zealand Clinician Educator Network (ANZCEN) and is the Lead for the ANZCEN Clinician Educator Incubator programme. He is on the Board of Directors for the Intensive Care Foundation and is a First Part Examiner for the College of Intensive Care Medicine. He is an internationally recognised Clinician Educator with a passion for helping clinicians learn and for improving the clinical performance of individuals and collectives.
After finishing his medical degree at the University of Auckland, he continued post-graduate training in New Zealand as well as Australia’s Northern Territory, Perth and Melbourne. He has completed fellowship training in both intensive care medicine and emergency medicine, as well as post-graduate training in biochemistry, clinical toxicology, clinical epidemiology, and health professional education.
He is actively involved in in using translational simulation to improve patient care and the design of processes and systems at Alfred Health. He coordinates the Alfred ICU’s education and simulation programmes and runs the unit’s education website, INTENSIVE. He created the ‘Critically Ill Airway’ course and teaches on numerous courses around the world. He is one of the founders of the FOAM movement (Free Open-Access Medical education) and is co-creator of litfl.com, the RAGE podcast, the Resuscitology course, and the SMACC conference.
His one great achievement is being the father of three amazing children.
On Twitter, he is @precordialthump.