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Obstetric Ultrasound

University College Dublin

County/location

  • Dublin

Qualifications

  • Minor Certificate (Level 9 NFQ)

Attendance options

  • Part time

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Qualification Letters

GradCert

Enrolment and Start Dates Comment

Start date: September 2015

Application Weblink

http://www.ucd.ie/registry/admissions/apply.html

Duration

18 Months
Schedule: Part-Time

Link to Course Fee

http://www.ucd.ie/registry/adminservices/fees/graduate.html

Entry Requirements

Am I Eligible For This Course?
Entry criteria
•Doctors must be registered with the Irish Medical Council or equivalent. Midwives must be registered with An Bord Altranais or equivalent. Radiographers must have approval to practice Radiography in Ireland or Northern Ireland, or possess approval from an equivalent international body.
•Participants must provide evidence of an agreement to spend a minimum of 250 hours practicing clinical obstetric ultrasound.

Prior learning
•It is recommended that participants spend as much time as possible performing clinical ultrasound examinations while undertaking ultrasound modules and their potential to develop high level clinical and academic skills in ultrasound will be maximised by exceeding the minimum clinical hours stated for each module.
•Applicants should be computer literate and have continuous internet access for the duration of this programme.

Declaration forms
All applicants are required to download and complete the declaration forms below. These forms must be signed by your clinical supervisor.
•Declaration Form Module One
•Declaration Form Full Programme

International Applicants
International applicants should contact the academic programme director for a full list of entry requirements.

Course Content

Course Overview
Ultrasound is now an integral component of antenatal care, a dominant technology in the daily practice of obstetrics, and is also essential in the management of high-risk pregnancies. This certificate course is particularly aimed at doctors specialising in the field of obstetrics, midwives who provide antenatal care and doctors working in general practice who provide antenatal care and is designed to confer competence, to an introductory level, to practice obstetric ultrasound.

There is also the provision for midwives who have completed the early pregnancy module, to progress to graduate certificate level by taking the relevant extra modules.

The programme will coverthe fundamental aspects of first, second and third trimester obstetric ultrasound, and more detailed obstetric ultrasound or gynaecology/fertility ultrasound scanning, through the provision of both theoretical and practical training. There is a significant emphasis on clinical experience, and the majority of lectures are delivered through an e-learning structure.

Who Should Take This Course?
This programme is targeted towards:
•Doctors specialising in obstetrics and gynaecology
•Midwives providing antenatal care
•Radiographers who perform obstetric ultrasound
•General practitioners who provide antenatal care and perform ultrasound scans in the community

What Will I Learn?
Course Description
This course equips participants with the necessary skills to understand the indications for ultrasound examinations, perform scans safely and competently, report on scan findings in the clinical context and when to refer patients for a more detailed assessment.

There is a major emphasis on achieving a high level of clinical expertise and participants will gain the majority of their clinical experience in their chosen hospital, under the guidance of a clinical supervisor. Students will be assessed on their clinical competence at the end of each module by their clinical supervisor. Case-based discussions, completed with the clinical supervisor throughout each module will assess understanding of the relevant theory.

All students take the early pregnancy module and the module covering level one scanning in the second and third trimester of pregnancy. Students can choose from either a more detailed obstetric ultrasound or gynaecology/fertility ultrasound module. Technology of ultrasound is incorporated into the clinical modules.

Where / How Will I Learn?
The provision of the majority of the lectures through an e-learning structure will allow participants to access lectures at home, at convenient times. There is a major emphasis on participants achieving a high level of expertise in clinical practice and participants will gain the majority of their clinical experience in their chosen hospital setting, which will allow them to negotiate the most suitable arrangements within each individual workplace.

To ensure this is achieved participants must undertake a clinical placement, under the guidance of a named clinical supervisor, and provide evidence of an agreement to spend a minimum of 250 hours practicing clinical obstetric ultrasound while undertaking this programme.

Course Features
•Develops the knowledge and skills necessary to practice obstetric ultrasound to an introductory level.
•Flexible modular structure to suit participants who access clinical facilities on a part-time basis.
•Includes major emphasis on clinical experience.
•Stepwise progression enables participants to complete each module individually.

Subjects Taught

Modules
Early Pregnancy Ultrasound
This module offers clinicians and midwives the opportunity to develop clinical and academic knowledge of ultrasound and its role in the management of early pregnancy. It aims to equip participants with a level of competence in ultrasound scanning that will enable them to understand the indications for ultrasound examinations, perform scans safely and competently, report on scan findings in the clinical context and know when to refer patients for a more detailed assessment. This module is an introduction to fetal anatomy scanning. Further training/supervision would be required in order to be proficient in performing an independent fetal anatomic survey.

Technology of ultrasound is incorporated into this clinical module and topics covered will ensure clinicians are competent in selecting appropriate equipment parameters to optimise image acquisition and record optimal representative images. It is designed to provide both theoretical and practical training, with a significant emphasis on clinical experience.

Fetal Biometry, Liquor and Placenta
This module offers clinicians the opportunity to develop clinical and academic knowledge of ultrasound and its role in the assessment of fetal biometry, amniotic fluid, placental and cervical assessment. It aims to equip participants with a level of competence in ultrasound scanning that will enable them to understand the indications for ultrasound examinations, perform scans safely and competently, report on scan findings in the clinical context and know when to refer patients for a more a more detailed assessment. Technology of ultrasound is incorporated into this clinical module and topics covered will ensure clinicians are competent in selecting appropriate equipment parameters to optimise image acquisition and record optimal representative images. This module is designed to provide both theoretical and practical training, with a significant emphasis on clinical experience.

Fetal Wellbeing Ultrasound
This module offers clinicians the opportunity to develop clinical and academic knowledge of ultrasound and its role in the assessment of fetal wellbeing, including anatomy, growth pattern and Doppler studies. It aims to equip participants with a level of competence in ultrasound scanning that will enable them to understand the indications for ultrasound examinations, perform scans safely and competently, report on scan findings in the clinical context and know when to refer patients for a more a more detailed assessment. Technology of ultrasound is incorporated into this clinical module and topics covered will ensure clinicians are competent in selecting appropriate equipment parameters to optimise image acquisition and record optimal representative images. This module is designed to provide both theoretical and practical training, with a significant emphasis on clinical experience.

Gynaecological/Fertility Ultrasound
This module offers clinicians the opportunity to develop clinical and academic knowledge of ultrasound and its role in the assessment of the normal pelvis, pre and postmenopausal, assessment of the endometrium in women with postmenopausal bleeding, assessment of IntraUterine Contraceptive Devices, and ultrasound assessment during follicle tracking and assisted conception. It aims to equip participants with a level of competence in ultrasound scanning that will enable them to understand the indications for ultrasound examinations, perform scans safely and competently, report on scan findings in the clinical context and know when to refer patients for a more a more detailed assessment.

This module is an introduction to gunaecological scanning. Further training/supervision would be required in order to be proficient in performing an independent pelvic survey.

Technology of ultrasound is incorporated into this clinical module and topics covered will ensure clinicians are competent in selecting appropriate equipment parameters to optimise image acquisition and record optimal representative images. This module is designed to provide both theoretical and practical training, with a significant emphasis on clinical experience.

Further Enquiries

Programme Administrator
Diagnostic Imaging Programme Office
Health Sciences Centre
University College Dublin
Belfield, Dublin 4
T: +353 1 716 6545
F: +353 1 716 6547
E: graduate.imaging@ucd.ie

Academic Programme Coordinator
Ms. Mary Moran
School of Medicine & Medical Science
Health Sciences Centre
UCD Belfield
Dublin 4
E: mary.moran@ucd.ie

Course Web Page

http://www.ucd.ie/medicine/studywithus/graduatestudies/diagnostic%20imag...