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Shoulder ultrasound training – a comprehensive approach to supporting the trainee sonographer and their trainer

Smith, Michael ORCID: 2015. Shoulder ultrasound training – a comprehensive approach to supporting the trainee sonographer and their trainer. Presented at: 47th Annual Scientific Meeting of the British Medical Ultrasound Society, Cardiff, UK, 9-11 December 2015.

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Diagnostic ultrasound of the shoulder is recognised as being one of the most technically challenging aspects of musculoskeletal ultrasound to master. It has a steep learning curve and makes gaining competency a time-intensive training process for both the trainee and their trainer. This talk will present a training, assessment and feedback package developed within the framework of a Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education approved post-graduate ultrasound course and published in the journal “Ultrasound” earlier this year. The package comprises: (i) a shoulder diagnostic ultrasound scan protocol with definition of findings, differential diagnosis and pro forma for recording scan findings, (ii) an assessment form for performance of shoulder diagnostic ultrasound scans with assessment criteria and (iii) a combined performance assessment and scan findings form, for each tissue being imaged. The package was developed using medical education principles and provides a mechanism for trainees to follow an internationally recognised protocol. Supplementary information includes the differential diagnostic process used by an expert practitioner, which can otherwise be difficult to elicit. The package supports the trainee with recording their findings quickly and consistently and helps the trainee and trainer to explicitly recognise the challenges of scanning different patients or pathologies. It also provides a mechanism for trainers to quantify and trainees to evidence their emerging competency. As well as being used in shoulder ultrasound training, the package and its principles could be adapted for other musculoskeletal regions or other ultrasound disciplines. As well as presenting the training package, it is hoped that this talk will stimulate discussion regarding the challenges of Sonographer training and potential solutions that the Ultrasound community can develop.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Lecture)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Unpublished
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
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