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Postgraduate Certificate in Clinician-Performed Ultrasound (PGCertCPU)

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Overview

The Certificate in Clinician-Performed Ultrasound (PGCertCPU) is a hands-on course designed for generalist doctors, particularly those working in rural or emergency department settings, who want to learn clinician-performed ultrasound skills.

Scanning techniques taught include looking for AAA, FAST scan – trauma, gallstones, bladder, early pregnancy, foreign body, hydronephrotic kidney, above knee DVT, pericardial effusion, impaired LV systolic function, volume assessment in the shocked patient, significant mitral incompetence and aortic stenosis.

It also includes some ultrasound guided procedures - draining pleural effusions and ascites, insertion of suprapubic catheter, bladder aspiration, difficult vascular access and removal of foreign body.

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Contact Details

Bron Hunt
Rural Postgraduate Administrator
C/- Dunstan Hospital
PO Box 30, Clyde 9341
Tel: 03 440 4345
Cell: 027 225 2987
Email: bron.hunt@otago.ac.nz

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Programme Requirements

Postgraduate Certificate in Clinician-Performed Ultrasound (PGCertCPU)

Papers

Two papers to the value of 60 points:

  • GENX 717 Generalist Medical Echocardiography,
  • GENX 718 Generalist Medical Ultrasound.

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Regulations for the Postgraduate Certificate in Clinician-Performed Ultrasound (PGCertCPU)

  1. Admission to the Programme

    1. Admission to the programme shall be subject to the approval of the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences) on the advice of the Academic Board of the Faculty of Medicine, which must be satisfied that the applicant has the ability and experience to proceed to the programme.
    2. Every applicant shall have been admitted to the degrees of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery of a university in New Zealand or hold an equivalent medical qualification approved by the Academic Board of the Faculty of Medicine.
    3. Every applicant shall be registered for medical practice in New Zealand or have an exemption from this requirement from the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine.

  2. Structure of the Programme

    The programme of study shall comprise two papers to the value of 60 points: GENX 717 and GENX 718.

  3. Duration of the Programme

    1. The duration of the programme shall normally be one year of half-time study.
    2. A candidate shall satisfy the requirements for the postgraduate certificate within two years of admission to the programme.

  4. Variations

    The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Health Sciences) may in exceptional circumstances approve a course of study which does not comply with these regulations.

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