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Postgraduate Certificate in Clinician-Performed Ultrasound (PGCertCPU)

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.

Required papers

GENA 717 Generalist Medical Echocardiography
Principles of generalist performed echocardiography, its application to medical diagnosis and management, especially in an emergency or rural setting, to more accurately diagnose and appropriately manage medical problems.

GENA 718 Generalist Medical Ultrasound
Principles of generalist performed ultrasound, its application to medical diagnosis and management, especially in an emergency or rural setting to more accurately diagnose and appropriately manage medical problems.

Course details

These papers are distance taught and are full year papers. There is compulsory attendance at three x three day residential workshops. The dates are usually set by the end of August each year for the following year. You must have access to an ultrasound machine with a cardiac probe and participate in Moodle discussions through the University website. Please note that the two papers must be studied together over a full year.

Enrolment

Due to the popularity of the CPU papers, there is currently a waiting list to enrol. It is essential to contact Bron Hunt before August each year if you are planning to undertake the papers. Please tell us a little bit about your current work to help prioritise enrolment. The yearly capacity is 30 students but planning is underway to increase this yearly intake.

Once accepted on the course and instructed to do so, please complete the formal enrolment process via the University of Otago qualifications (PGDipCPU) page.

Contact details

Bron Hunt
Rural Postgraduate Programme Administrator
C/- Dunstan Hospital
PO Box 30
Clyde 9341
Tel 64 3 440 4345
Mob 64 27 225 2987
Email bron.hunt@otago.ac.nz