This unique Mentorship Programme gives delegates the opportunity to secure clinical supervision, with a dedicated clinical mentor, to gain clinical competency in MSK Ultrasound. Delegates will have regular supervision over an 8-month period. This has been introduced to address the lack of clinical supervisors in the UK. It also provides a unique 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 him or her through the Mentorship Programme.
Delegates will attend a SMUG 2-day Introduction course and then attend one day each month for 6 months. Each supervision day will focus on a specific joint (see overview below). At the end of the course (month 8) there is a practical clinical competency exam, a session to review log books/clinical portfolio and sign off all relevant paperwork.
All delegates will keep a log book/practice portfolio and will need to achieve 250 scans (100 supervised and 150 unsupervised) over the 8-month period. The tutors will sign off supervised and unsupervised scans and will provide feedback on image quality, scan findings, diagnosis and management.
The tutors have extensive experience of guiding students through their post graduate qualifications in MSK Ultrasound and are passionate about maintaining high standards of scanning and helping clinicians achieve their goal.
Any scans carried out on the day will form part of the assessment process and will be signed off by the tutor.
Who should attend?
This programme attracts MSK Radiologists, GPs with special interest in MSK/Sports Medicine, Surgeons, Sports Medicine Consultants, Physiotherapists, Radiographers, Podiatrists, Sonographers and Osteopaths.
Designed for delegates looking for clinical supervision/supervisors to compliment their existing post graduate certificate or those who want to obtain a basic competency in MSK ultrasound. For example: to facilitate radiologists to achieve the Level 1 Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) Standards or prepare Sports Medicine Doctors and GPwSI to pass the Faculty of Sports & Exercise Medicine (FSEM) Clinical Competency Exam also known as The Ultrasound Direct Observation of Procedural Skills (DOPS) Clinical Assessment. It also provides a stand-alone competency pathway for sonographers, GPs, orthopaedic surgeons, physiotherapists and osteopaths.
Attendance of SMUG 2-day Introduction to MSK Ultrasound Imaging in Sports Medicine course.
Must be carrying out regular diagnostic MSK ultrasound in their own workplace.
Must attend all teaching days (a SMUG 2-day Introduction course, all 6 supervision days and the exam day). Alternative dates may be available at special request, but may incur a fee.
- Chris Myers - Extended Scope Physiotherapist, Osteopath and MSK Sonographer
- Robert Laus - Clinical Director, Specialist Physiotherapist and MSK Sonographer
- Dr Lorenzo Masci - Consultant Sports Medicine Doctor and MSK Sonographer
Supervision Day Structure
|09:00 - 09:30
||Registration and plan for the day
||Review of the last month
What has gone well?What has not gone so well?
Identify areas for development to focus on in day
|09:30 - 10:30
||Presentation and Demonstration
||Outline of the joint to be scanned
Pitfalls and Top Tips
Tutor demonstration of the joint to be scanned
|10:30 - 12:00
||Opportunity for delegates to scan with close supervision and feedback
|12:00 - 12:45
|12:45 - 14:00
||Delegates will scan normal and abnormal anatomy under close supervision on models and real patients (depending on patient availability). Ultrasound findings will be combined with clinical testing and appropriate management discussed
||Throughout the afternoon each delegate will have time with their tutor to review their log book/practice portfolio, review scans, sign off scans, discuss cases and identify any areas for development
|14:00 - 14:15
|14:15 - 16:30
||Delegates will scan under close supervision
|16:30 - 17:00
||Review of the day
Areas of development for each delegate will be identified
Plan for next month
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.
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 a £25.00 admin charge
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that to guarantee your place, the final instalment must be received 28 days prior to the start of the course.
If you have not completed the Introduction to Musculoskeletal Ultrasound
course you must complete this course prior to starting this Mentorship Programme.Click here
to view available dates.
Mile End Hospital, Sports and Exercise Medicine Dept, 1st Flr, Red Zone, Bancroft Road, London, E1 4DG Venue:
Day 1 - Shoulder:
Monday 11 June 2018 09:00-17:00
Day 2 - Knee:
Monday 09 July 2018 09:00-17:00
Day 3 - Hip:
Monday 10 September 2018 09:00-17:00
Day 4 - Ankle and Foot:
Monday 08 October 2018 09:00-17:00
Day 5 - Elbow:
Monday 05 November 2018 09:00-17:00
Day 6 - Wrist and Hand:
Monday 03 December 2018 09:00-17:00
Day 7 - Competency Exam:
Monday 14 January 2019 09:00-17:00