Course Structure

Course Units

Pre-workshop eLearning

a. 8 Tutorials

  • Introduction
  • Basic Haemodynamic State
  • Dopppler Assessement
  • Valvular Regurgitation and Stenosis
  • Left Ventricular Function
  • Right Ventricular Function
  • How to perform case studies
  • Operation of the ultrasound simulator
  • Operation of the ultrasound machine

b. 20 case studies

Workshop – see below

  1. Post-workshop 10 simulator cases
  2. Exam – see below
  3. Electronic logbook provided for recording of post-course FCU scans

Delivery Mode

The course requires approximately 35 hours of study, comprising 10 hours of tutorials, 10 hours of online cases, a 3-hour workshop and 7 hours for the simulator cases and end-of-course exam.
Students have the flexibility to study in their own time and location, however will need access to an ultrasound simulator with the required pathology cases to complete the course. Program materials can be accessed through the eLearning Education app on mobiles and tablets with iOS, Android or Windows systems. Program materials can also be accessed using a web browser.

Entry Requirements

As this course is an advanced course, the basics of image acquisition and interpretation are not covered. Hence it is strongly advised (but not mandatory) for participants to have some basic proficiency in transthoracic echocardiography, such as completion of the Focused Cardiac Ultrasound Transthoracic Echocardiography course, iHeartScanTM workshop or equivalent.

Assessment

The in-course assessment is submission of the eLearning self-assessments including case studies (approximately 200 MCQ’s).  After completion of the 10 post-workshop, self-directed simulator cases, participants are required to complete an online open book exam (20 MCQs) obtaining a successful pass mark for course completion. Upon satisfactory completion of all assessments, a personalized certificate of completion is provided.

Workshop (if required)

The practical learning consists of a small group with an instructor (maximum of 5 participants per instructor and simulator) to learn how to operate the ultrasound simulator and to learn how to perform the image acquisition skills (3 hours). The ultrasound simulator enables highly efficient learning using dual screen display of both 3D rendered and labelled anatomy and ultrasound. Real time measurements are performed on realistic pathology cases using 2D (caliper and area), M-Mode, colour flow Doppler, Pulsed Wave and Continuous wave Doppler. The aim of the workshop is to orientate participants in how to operate the simulator and to perform the simulator cases on their own, guided by their personal digital assistant.

Course Leaders

A/Prof David Canty

Authors
A/Prof David Canty
Prof Colin Royse
Prof Alistair Royse
Prof Andre Denault
Dr Nathan Peters

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