PGCert in MSK Diagnostic Ultrasound - Ultrasound Course by SMUG

PGCert in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound

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  • Validated by the University College of Osteopathy, who will award the PGCert qualification
  • 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, online 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).
You must be able to attend all dates.

If you fit this profile, please register your interest here, and one of our tutors will contact you to establish your suitability for this programme. Once we have verified that you meet all requirements, you will be invited to join the PGCert (there are 20 places available).

SMUG have a formal collaborative partnership with the University College of Osteopathy (UCO) to deliver a PGCert in MSK Ultrasound. This learning pathway has been set up to provide a structured, in-depth and comprehensive training programme for those clinicians looking to add diagnostic ultrasound to their musculoskeletal practice.

The course is divided into two units. The first unit involves a four-day teaching block followed by an OSCE examination. Unit two involves a two-day teaching block and work-based learning. You will require a clinical supervisor for this unit. You will need to complete 250 scans, 100 of these supervised and 150 unsupervised. These will need to be signed off by your clinical supervisor.

The first unit covers the basics of musculoskeletal ultrasound, physics, knobology and report writing. We cover the shoulder, elbow and wrist/hand and the hip, knee and ankle/foot. In unit two, we cover more advanced musculoskeletal ultrasound skills of the upper and lower limb and pathology.

Consists of 2 core units (30 credits per units). – 2 units = 60 (PG cert)

Unit 1 & unit 2 is delivered in attendance as block release.

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

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

Unit 1:
4-day block (consecutive days)
Day 1 - Principles of Science and Technology in Medical Ultrasound. MCQ Physics
Day 2 - Techniques in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging (knee and ankle)
Day 3 - Techniques in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging (shoulder)
Day 4 - Techniques in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging (elbow, wrist and hip)

Assessment Unit 1:
Case study (3000 words)
Day 5 – one day approximately 3 months after unit 2 teaching block = OSCE/practical exam

Unit 2:
2-day block (consecutive days)
Day 1 - Techniques in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging (Advanced lower limb)
Day 2 - Techniques in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging (Advanced upper limb). MCQ Pathology

Assessment Unit 2:
1/250 clinical scans - 150 unsupervised & 100 supervised
2/ Audit essay (3000 words)

Are SMUG courses endorsed by The College of Radiographers?

Endorsment for our Introduction to Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging in Sports Medicine course is currently being processed.

How does the SMUG introduction course differ from other courses?

It is an intensive, highly practical, hands-on and highly interactive course with a high tutor participant ratio of at least 1:6. It is designed for sports medicine practitioners and provides a good grounding in tissue recognition and scanning skills as well as giving participants a clear idea of the skill level required and the time it takes to be competent and confident.

Do I get a qualification/certificate at the end of the Introduction course?

You will receive a certificate for the allocated CPD hours for the course, not a certificate of competence.

How do I continue to develop my skills after the Introduction course?

For MSK Diagnostic Ultrasound the only accredited pathways are via the Royal College of Radiologists and a PG Cert in MSK Sonography (such as at Canterbury University); it takes approximately 18 months and you have to do a clinic with a radiologist/sonographer once a week.

What are the prerequisites for the Mentorship Programme?

Participants to have attended an introduction to MSK ultrasound imaging course (not necessarily our course) and have good anatomical knowledge (especially cross-sectional) and access to an ultrasound scanner in their clinical setting.

I only want to know how to scan a particular area (shoulder, muscle, ankle). Is the introduction course for me?

Yes, any scanning requires the skill to optimise the image using the machine settings and the correct manual skill to assess the tissues of interest as well as the knowledge of how to avoid pitfalls.

I am already injecting and only want to know how to do it under guidance. Is the introduction course necessary?

Yes, to identify the correct target area you need the manual skill to visualise the needle and the procedure correctly as well as to follow up after injections.

My company is looking at purchasing a machine. Any suggestions or things to look for?

Many portable machines are very good quality. Look for multi-frequency probes (5-12 MHz or higher), sensitive Power and colour Doppler and most important of course good, clear images. GE, Siemens, SonoSite, Mindray to mention a few manufacturers. Ask the representative to demonstrate a model in your clinic and compare!

Will I be able to scan my patients after the introduction course?

The course gives you the practical skills, but it takes a lot more training to get familiar with the spectrum of normal anatomy appearance, trauma, pathology and clinical interpretation, before ultrasound can be combined with your clinical examination. Practise your skills on patients with their consent, do not use it immediately as a clinical skill.

What is your cancellation policy?

Less than 28 days notice = No refund
29 to 56 days notice = 50% refund
Over 57 days notice = Full refund, less an administrative charge of 4% of the course fee

What are the prerequisites for the Introduction course?

Participants should have good anatomical knowledge (especially cross-sectional) and clinical experience.

What are the prerequisites for the Advanced course?

Participants have ideally attended an introductory (Level 1) course, are expected to have regular access to an ultrasound scanner, are using ultrasound scanning as part of their daily practice, have completed at least 10 documented scans and are competent at identifying the normal appearance of most commonly assessed structures in MSK ultrasound.

What are the prerequisites for the PGCert in MSK Ultrasound?

You must have access to an MSK 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).
You must be able to attend all dates.

Can I pay for the PGCert in MSK Ultrasound in instalments?

Yes. You must pay a deposit within 7 days of being offered a place, with the balance paid at least 21 days before the course start date.

Can SMUG help find a clinical supervisor for the PGCert in MSK Ultrasound?

No. It is the students responsibility to identify a clinical supervisor.

How many scans are required for the PGCert in MSK Ultrasound logbook?

You must produce a logbook of 250 scans (100 supervised & 150 unsupervised scans).

What is the deadline for submission of the PGCert logbook?

This must be submitted within 6 months of the OSCE, preferably electronically, and must not contain any identifiable patient information.

Do SMUG run courses specific to emergency medicine to identify DVT etc?

No, our courses are purely sports medicine orientated and as such do not cover DVT screening or application in an A&E department.

Can I pay by instalments?

Yes. Please email Francesca at Please note that to guarantee your place, the final instalment must be received 28 days prior to the start of the course.

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Price: £2995.00 Inc VAT

Venue: University College of Osteopathy Clinic (UCO), London SE1 1JE

Day 1: Tuesday 31 August 2021 09:30-17:00
Day 2: Wednesday 01 September 2021 09:30-17:00
Day 3: Thursday 02 September 2021 09:30-17:00
Day 4: Friday 03 September 2021 09:30-17:00
Day 5: Tuesday 07 December 2021 09:30-17:00
Day 6: Tuesday 05 April 2022 09:30-17:00
Day 7: Wednesday 06 April 2022 09:30-17:00

Total Days: 7 Days

Note: Bookings close on Tuesday 31 August 2021

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