Student should hold a basic medical qualification registered with the General Medical Council if practicing in UK or in respective medical councils or registration bodies in case of practicing overseas.
Students will need to identify a consultant to act as supervisor at their workplace. The course will be administered via a series of tutorials and formal assessments for each module. It would be expected that supervising consultants would have at least two years of experience of using ultrasound in clinical practice. This would help in quicker assimilation of teaching materials. There should be at least a 12-month time interval from registration to sitting of the final examination.
The eligibility criteria are as follows:
- Postgraduate Certificate course
- 2 years training in Anaesthesia or equivalent
- Primary FRCA or equivalent
- Basic knowledge in information technology
- Postgraduate Diploma course
- All the above and a certificate course (PG Course Ultrasound in Perioperative and Critical Care) is essential
- Post Fellowship or equivalent qualification in related speciality
- Consultants/independently practicing anaesthetist with two years of ultrasound experience may directly join the Diploma course with prior approval of the programme director
- Masters course
- Only Diploma holders are allowed to register for Masters Course.
Faculty on the SUA recognized ultrasound workshops with minimum 2 years of association before the date of registration may be considered for the exemption of specific course units/part course units of Diploma and Masters Programme subject to programme Director and the university’s approval to a maximum of 60 credits.
A password protected access to the PG Course section on
www.usgain.com is provided to students for access to online course content. The Programme Handbook that includes Record of Coursework and Assessment forms is available online and in post on request to the enrolled students. The internal assessments are in lines with slight modifications of the prevailing assessment methods adopted for registrar training programmes in UK or overseas. The examples can be viewed on the MMC web site www.mmc.nhs.uk/. It is important that both the student and the supervising consultant view these at the outset to get familiarized with the assessment methods. The supervising consultant and student should have a personal development plan regarding the PG Course and should meet on regular interval.
Each participating department/hospital/university will be allocated a regional mentor who will be the first point contact and will help with any queries regarding the programme. Names of these mentors can be obtained from the SUA/university office.
The SUA/University office will keep a record of the student in paper and electronic form which will be accessible to the student, supervising consultant and the programme director. The record will include an up to date log book, credit points scored and other information regarding the progress of the student. This record will be treated as confidential and the data will be kept in compliance with the Data Protection Act applicable from time to time. The data may be released to local medical council or authorities in the eventuality of dispute or malpractice.
Key dates and contacts
The student can approach the SUA/University office at any time to commence the registration process but the students are advised to allow minimum 4-6 weeks to process the application. The application form is available from the SUA/University PG Course office and also on online on www.usgain.com
• Registrations with SUA/University can be made in January, April, July & September.
• Course registration period for certificate is for 1 year, Diploma one year (normally on top of certificate course) and Masters three years (in total); with the option to complete the Certificate course in one to two years; Diploma normally in one to three years; and three to five years for Masters. An additional administrative fee is applicable for extending the course duration from normal tenure as agreed with the programme administrators/SUA.
• The examinations will be held twice every year June and in December.
The course staff includes Directors, Administrators and technical staff.
The curriculum is modular in structure and based on distributed learning strategy. The course content will be delivered by online access, email, short residential courses and workshops. It will be in the form of tutorials, pod casts, video clips, ultrasound clips and case scenarios. Each module has a general and specific outcome and is followed by a feedback.