Our Post Graduate Certificate in Foot & Ankle MSK Ultrasound is designed for podiatrists, foot and ankle orthopaedic surgeons, and highly specialised physiotherapists treating the foot and ankle. The PGCert is accredited by the University College of Osteopathy (UCO), formerly the British School of Osteopathy (BSO) and is awaiting CASE accreditation (expected Sept 2023). The course will provide you with a recognised learning pathway to prove your MSK Ultrasound competency.
The course has been designed and taught by industry experts from a variety of clinical backgrounds including podiatry, physiotherapy and sports medicine. Our tutors will share their wealth of experience and knowledge with you to ensure that every delegate gets the most from the course and has a positive leaning experience.
At SMUG we are passionate about MSK Ultrasound being in the hands of the clinicians and improving the accessibility of patients to reliable and accurate point of care ultrasound.
The course will provide you with the required skills and knowledge to implement diagnostic ultrasound into your practice as an extension of your clinical assessment. Ultrasound guided procedures will also be discussed during the course but is not formally assessed.
The Post Graduate Certificate consists of 60 credits, split into two 30 credit Units.
Unit 1 consists of two blocks of contact teaching days covering the physics and safety principles of ultrasound, machine parameters and settings, probe skills and artifacts. You will gain an understanding of how the machine works and how to optimise the image and generate high-quality ultrasound images. Unit 1 also includes lectures, demonstrations and practical workshops covering in detail how to scan all areas of the foot, ankle and calf complex. The knee is also covered on request but is not examined. This unit is focussed on developing probe skills and image acquisition. Assessment of unit includes an OSCE and case study.
Unit 2 consists of one block of contact teaching days focussing on image interpretation, pathology and management. All commonly encountered pathologies of the rearfoot, midfoot, forefoot and calf complex will be covered including many case examples.
Unit 2 also consists of the clinical supervision component of the course. This requires you to have a clinical supervisor who will help you achieve 100 supervised and 150 unsupervised scans. An audit essay also forms part of the assessment process in unit 2.
The course ultimately provides you with a solid foundation in the effective and safe use of MSK ultrasound.
Places are limited and the course will be popular so don’t delay!