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PGCert MSK US (Foot & Ankle)



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Why choose SMUG Post Graduate Certificate?

  • World renowned teaching team.
  • Validated by the University College of Osteopathy, who will award the PGCert qualification*
  • CASE Accreditation has been applied for
  • Access to our SMUG forum and You Tube channel.
  • Excellent tutor to delegate ratio - plenty of time to practise under close supervision
  • Opportunity to work with the experts in this field
  • High machine to delegate ratio - only high-quality machines are used on the course
  • Access to our online resources including key articles, learning resources, presentations, and quizzes
  • Exclusive access to our online learning forum

The pre-requisites are:

  • You must have access to an ultrasound scanner so you can practise (minimum 10 scans per week).
  • You must have a clinical supervisor to achieve 100 supervised scans.
  • You must have good MSK anatomical knowledge (especially cross-sectional).

Teaching faculty: Robert Laus, Trevor Prior, Chris Myers, Robert McCririck, Abid Ali and many more experts in the field of podiatry and MSK medicine and sonography.

Application process: One of the tutors (Chris Myers or Robert Laus) will contact you to establish your suitability/verify that you meet all requirements. You will then be invited to join the PGCert MSK US (Foot & Ankle).

Booking Options
University College of Osteopathy (UCO), 275 Borough High Street, London SE1 1JE
Available dates
Start date – Sept 2024 - £3,650
See Dates tab below for a full list of dates for each cohort


The PGCert is accredited by the University College of Osteopathy (UCO), formerly the British School of Osteopathy (BSO) and is awaiting CASE accreditation (expected Spring/Summer 2024).

*The UCO is currently in discussion with AECC University College about a proposed merger to create a unique inter-disciplinary environment for education, clinical practice and research in osteopathy, chiropractic, and across a wide range of allied health and related disciplines. This may involve a change to the awarding body for your course. Click here for further information about the proposed merger.

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!

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Consists of 2 core units (30 credits per unit).  2 units = 60 credits (PGCert)

Unit 1 & Unit 2 teaching days are delivered in person.

Unit 2 is predominantly a work-based learning unit. You will require a dedicated clinical supervisor.

Teaching will take place in Central London at the University College of Osteopathy (UCO).

Unit 1:

A block of 3 consecutive days, followed approximately 2 months later, with a block of 2 consecutive days.

Day 1 - Principles of Science and Technology in Medical Ultrasound.
Day 2 - Techniques in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging; Ankle & calf complex ultrasound. Practical workshops and presentations
Day 3 - Techniques in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging; Rearfoot ultrasound: Practical workshops and presentations
Day 4 - Techniques in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging; Midfoot ultrasound: Practical workshops and presentations
Day 5 - Techniques in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging; Forefoot ultrasound: Practical workshops and presentations & Revision

Assessment Unit 1:

Case Study (3000 words)
Day 6 – Approximately 3 months after the start of Unit 1 = OSCE/practical exam

Unit 2:

2-day block (consecutive days)
Day 7 - Techniques in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging - Advanced ankle and rearfoot.
Day 8 - Techniques in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging – Advanced mid foot and forefoot. MCQ Pathology

Assessment Unit 2:

Logbook of 250 clinical scans - 150 unsupervised & 100 supervised
Audit Essay (3000 words)



PGCert MSK US (Foot & Ankle) 2024/2025:

Unit 1

Monday 9th, Tuesday 10th & Wednesday 11th September 2024

Monday 28th & Tuesday 29th October 2024

Wednesday 11th December 2024

Unit 2

Monday 7th & Tuesday 8th April 2025

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