The use of ultrasound as a diagnostic and intervention tool in clinical settings has witnessed an exponential growth in the last years. Currently, the vision is that ultrasound will rapidly replace traditional methods such as the use of a stethoscope, allowing to see what once was heard.
The ultrasound competency is traditionally acquired during post-graduate training by specific medical specialties (e.g. imageology) or due to the specific use of ultrasound in certain procedures (e.g. cardiology, obstetrics). There is a growing need by other medical specialties to use ultrasound, namely, anesthesiology, internal medicine, intensive care and physiatry, to aid in the diagnostic and intervention – Point-of Care Ultrasound. For these specialties, training opportunities are scare and typically are based in immersion courses that provide a rapid acquisition of skills but with limited sustainability in time.
The CUTP aims to provide a longitudinal approach to the training of ultrasound practice for these professions.
This course is provided in a post-laboral schedule organized in weekly sessions around a specific subject. Each week there will be a lecture session (Friday) with practical demonstration of the skills that the participants need to master. A practical hands-on session (Saturday) will be used to practice the skills learned in that week. To support these sessions online content with formative assessment will be provided in advance.
Additionally, participants need to practice the learned skills in their own work environment documenting the progress in weekly reports. These reports will constitute the portfolio that will be assessed by the faculty and a source of feedback on progression.
The Comprehensive Ultrasound Training Program (CUTP) is composed by 5 curricular units organized in blocks of 7-9 weeks.
The assessment will be composed of one knowledge test for each curricular unit (except Portfolio) and the presentation of one clinical case at the end of the course.
The portfolio of reports will be assessed by the faculty as well.
The application dates will be announced soon. Please fill out this form to receive further information.
The frequency of this Specialised Training Course is subject to payment of the established tuition fee. An instalment payment plan will be available.
There is a 10% discount for students of the School of Medicine of the University of Minho and for active associates of the "Alumni Medicina – Associação de Antigos Estudantes de Medicina da Universidade do Minho".