Musculoskeletal ultrasound training courses
University accredited Introductory course (PG Cert qualification)
We are delighted to announce this new program in collaboration with Brunel University London. More details to follow soon, and hope to launch in Autumn 2018! We are accepting expressions of interest via the link below.
Introduction to diagnostic MSK ultrasound course
Our introductory two day course is the ideal start to your understanding and learning of diagnostic MSK ultrasound – small groups, dynamic lectures and lots of practical time covering the majority of peripheral MSK structures..all with passionate tutors!
Cadaveric ultrasound guided MSK injection course
A really unique course, hosted in fantastic facilities at Imperial College, in central London. A two day course, offering teaching in small groups with cadaveric specimens. A multiprofessional teaching team will offer dynamic and informative teaching!
Introduction to MSK ultrasound guided injections
A hugely popular, one day introduction to ultrasound guided MSK injections. Using phantoms such as chicken breasts and pigs trotters, you will learn how to optimise needle visualisation and approach the common peripheral injections.
Free MSK Ultrasound evening
An informal evening to get hands on with an ultrasound system, find out about training routes and meet tutors. Kindly supported by Sonon and Orca Medical.
Musculoskeletal ultrasound mentoring group days
We know it is a hard skill to conquer! So we offer small tutorial group mentoring days. A maximum of only six delegates per day, with allocated models. You will get intensive tuition from Stuart Wildman, founder of The Ultrasound Site.
Clinical use of ultrasound imaging around the shoulder
Covering the evidence base, reasoning and guided procedures! A challenging and unique course asking the tough questions of ultrasound imaging and injections around the shoulder. What does it add?When should we inject?
Would you like us to visit you to deliver a course in your country or department?
We are always open to discussing the possibility of visiting other countries and individuals to offer specific training courses. Please get in touch if you would like to discuss this further at [email protected]
Why our courses and what do we offer?
- We carefully monitor the student numbers so that we have a high tutor/scanner to student ratio! You won’t find yourself in a pack of 10 people trying to use one scanner on our course!
- We feel anatomical knowledge is really important when using ultrasound..so we now have access to cadaveric prosections on a number of our courses to enhance your learning experience!
- We use high quality machines, and are experienced in using them!
- Our courses are multidisciplinary..fantastic for debate and learning between clinicians.
- Our delegates are often international, enabling further debate between you!
- We provide high quality, comprehensive presentations and resources to every delegate on USB sticks so you can carry on learning.
- We are approachable, and are happy to be emailed with enquiries after the course to help you continue your development.
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What our attendees say
“The Intro to MSK Diagnostic Ultrasound 2 day course is a perfect start to developing this fantastic skill. The tutors are exceptionally knowledgable, approachable and skilled in teaching. It is a very practical course with excellent tutor and machine to pupil ratios. Important topics such as basic physics and training pathways are also discussed. I would highly recommend to any MSK clinician interested in integrating diagnostic US into their practice.”Stewart Kerr
”I was very impressed with the one day MSK ultrasound guided injection course run by The Ultrasound Site. Teaching ultrasound guided injections to clinicians from a wide variety of specialities and experiences on a single day is no easy task. The tutors were knowledgable, enthusiastic and extremely well prepared. Their passion for the use of ultrasound was impressive and I expect this one day course to continue to evolve and get even better.”
Keep up the good work Stuart, Rob and Dave!’Dr Imtiaz Ahmad
“I recently attended the cadaveric musculoskeletal ultrasound guided injection course run by The Ultrasound Site and was highly impressed. The course is run by a variety of friendly and approachable health care professionals. Ranging from an musculoskeletal radiology consultant to extended scope physiotherapists who regularly scan and inject patients. This variety allows you to see the different types of approach/styles people use when injecting and gives you a chance to practice those different styles and see which one suits you best.The course is very well organised and with a limited number of participants it means you can practice as much as you want and have the tutors on hand to guide you if you are having difficulties”
Q. How do I know that this course is of high quality?
All the lecturers on our courses have completed formal training MSK Sonography and have been using MSK Ultrasound for several years. Crucially, they are clinicians with many years experience of integrating ultrasound into their practice alongside other forms of imaging such as MRI giving a great breadth of experience to enable them to teach ultrasound in the correct clinical context.
Several teach on PG Cert MSK Ultrasound University based courses as guest lecturers, and present at different events each year. The lecturers are also members of executive committees of professional organisations such as the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, The Royal College of Radiologists and British Association of Sports and Exercise Medicine, so are very familiar with MSK ultrasound and injection therapy development within different professional roles.
Q. Do we get to use the ultrasound machines?
We know the importance of hands-on practice when scanning! As we’ve been there when we were learning! So we can reply with a massive YES! The course is designed with high lecturer:student ratios, with on average a lecturer for every 5 students. We have a large number of machines to ensure that as much time as possible is spent with the students scanning under close supervision. We understand the subtlety of moving a probe to ensure you achieve a high quality diagnostic image. We try to provide a selection of machines including hand held mobile devices, laptop systems and cart based – this gives you the ideal opportunity to trial systems and work out what might suitable for you.
Q. Does this qualify me as a sonographer?
Surprisingly, a sonographer is not a protected title and therefore anyone can theoretically call themselves a ‘sonographer’. I guess a better way to pose this question would be ‘does this deem me competent to perform ultrasound in the setting I wish to use it in?’. Well, this depends on the setting and the local governance but essentially this course is designed as an important first step for people who are considering an ultrasound qualification, or who are interested in learning ultrasound to give them an idea of how ultrasound may fit into their practice. The course can also serve as a refresher, perhaps for certain joints.
To undertake a formal qualification which would lead you to be able to work in for example Radiology departments within the NHS you would need to progress on to complete a PG Cert qualification on a CASE accredited course. This course would place you in a strong position before starting your CASE course. We are creating a University accredited CASE course at the moment and hope to release news in early 2018!
Q. How do I know if I am scanning things correctly?
Because we have a large ratio of lecturers to students, there will be someone overseeing and teaching with each group for as much time as possible throughout the day to ensure that you are handling the probe correctly and there are lots of tips on image optimisatio and use of the machine technology to get the best image! Basically, we will be peering over your shoulder! After the course you can also join us on our Medshr group, to keep touch and share images for feedback and as a record of your ongoing learning.
Q. What are the advantages of doing this course?
The advantages of doing this course is that all of the tutors have extensive experience of working with ultrasound and ultrasound guided injections working within busy Radiology, NHS , Private and Sports injuries clinics..we have it all covered! Most importantly, we are enthusiastic and passionate about teaching..that is why we set this up in our spare time!
Q. What are the terms and conditions for refunds and bookings?
All details for the refund policy and bookings terms and conditions can be found HERE
Q. Do I need to have scanned before in order to attend a course?
For our Introductory MSK Ultrasound course..No. We have many people who attend the course who have little, or no, previous scanning experience. This course is designed to accommodate people who have no previous scanning experience and are interested in learning from scratch. However, as mentioned above, it is also a very useful learning experience for people with some scanning background as well.
For our injection courses it is best to have attended the Introductory course first. Have a read of this blog as well to gain some more ideas on why developing your diagnostic skills first is a good idea.
Q. Do you provide training to whole departments?
We are able to travel and provide a customised training program for a group of clinicians in a department. For further discussion email us at [email protected]
Q. Does this course qualify me to perform ultrasound guided injections in my workplace?
No. In order to perform image guided injections in your workplace you must conform to local guidelines and competency requirements. This course, however, may form part of your CPD and learning if you are looking to start performing ultrasound guided injections, or as a top-up course as part of your continuing CPD.