Mentorship and Clinical Supervision in MSK Ultrasound Imaging
We have partnered with the University College of Osteopathy (UCO) in London, formally the British School of Osteopathy (BSO), to develop this unique mentorship and clinical supervision programme to provide a learning pathway to gain a basic clinical competency qualification in MSK Ultrasound Imaging and to help address the increasing demand for clinical supervision. The programme is structured to work as a stand-alone clinical competency pathway or to complement an existing pathway such as the SMUG post graduate certificate in MSKUS.
The SMUG Mentorship Programme provides each delegate with a dedicated clinical supervisor to ensure each delegate maximises their learning opportunity. The Mentorship Programme also works alongside the SMUG Post Graduate Certificate in MSK US to complete the clinical placement/supervision component of Unit 2. Delegates will work towards achieving 100 supervised scans over the mentorship period. The 150 unsupervised scans will be carried out in the delegate's own clinical setting.
If you are carrying out a Post Graduate Certificate at another university the course will help you achieve the supervision component of your course, however there are no guarantees that you will achieve all the 100 supervised or 150 unsupervised scans on the course. We would advise you to get a supplementary supervisor to help fulfil the placement requirements. If you would like to discuss this further email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Book early to avoid disappointment. Places are strictly limited to 12 delegates each cohort to ensure close expert supervision and scanning time.
The course is designed for delegates who have attended at least a two-day introduction to MSK ultrasound imaging course and who have access to an MSK ultrasound scanner. Delegates will have regular teaching and supervision scanning real patients in our unique Ultrasound Teaching Clinic at the University College of Osteopathy (UCO). This has been introduced to address the lack of clinical supervisors in the UK and improve standards in musculoskeletal ultrasound.
It provides a stand-alone clinical competency pathway and also an provides an opportunity for clinicians enrolled on PG Certificates, Diplomas and Masters to gain regular clinical supervision, and support their course requisites in terms of supervised and unsupervised scans. Each delegate will be allocated one of our expert tutors to guide them through the Mentorship Programme.
Delegates must have attended a SMUG 2-day introduction course (or an equivalent introduction to MSK US imaging course) and have access to an MSK Ultrasound Imaging scanner for practise between supervision days.
Delegates must have access to an MSK ultrasound machine and be able to carry out regular diagnostic MSK ultrasound scans in their workplace during the course (minimum 2 sessions per week).
Mentorship Programme Schedule
Delegates must attend each Supervision Day, (one day each month for 6 months, with an additional day in month 6 to sit the practical exam). Each Supervision Day focuses on a specific joint (see overview below) and delegates scan real patients with pathology, at the Ultrasound Teaching Clinic, under the close supervision of our expert tutors. At the end of the course (month 6) there is a practical clinical competency exam and the opportunity to review your logbook/clinical portfolio and sign off all relevant paperwork.
The tutors have extensive experience in guiding delegates through their post-graduate qualifications in MSK ultrasound and are passionate about maintaining high standards of scanning and helping clinicians achieve their goals.
Who should attend?
This programme attracts MSK Radiologists, GPs with a special interest in MSK/Sports Medicine, Surgeons, Radiologists, Sports Medicine Consultants, Rheumatologists, Physiotherapists, Radiographers, Podiatrists, Sonographers and Osteopaths.
Here are a few reasons why previous delegates have enrolled on our Mentorship Programme:
- To provide the clinical supervision component required to complete a PG Certificate or Diploma in MSK Ultrasound
- Radiologists enrolled to help them achieve the Level 1 Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) Standards
- Sports Doctors and GPwSI registered to help prepare for the Faculty of Sports & Exercise Medicine (FSEM) Clinical Competency Exam also known as The Ultrasound Direct Observation of Procedural Skills (DOPS) Clinical Assessment
- To provide a stand-alone competency pathway in MSK Ultrasound Imaging