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SkillsFuture Courses

A select range of AIU-NUS courses are offered as part of the SkillsFuture programme (SSG). These courses are available to eligible Singaporean doctors only. All registrations are to be made via NUS website. This programme is available for a limited time only and subject to change at any time.

Be recognised as a safe and competent point of care ultrasound user.

Achieve the ‘Certificate of Competence’ — a prestigious credential awarded by NUS and AIU Singapore.
The point of care ultrasound credential requirements are as follows:

Level 1.

Acquisition Course

Acquire a complete set of diagnostic quality views to answer clinical questions.

Level 2.

Interpretation Course

Interpret images to identify and quantify pathology.

Level 3.

Integration Course

Integrate skills within the clinical context to guide patient management.

Logbook Requirement

  • In order to achieve the ultrasound credential (Certificate of Competence), students must submit 30 cases in total.
  • Images are to be uploaded via the online portal. Your dedicated Tutor will provide personalised feedback — and ultimately evaluate competence.
  • Case review is included in the course price.
  • Cases do not have to be completed prior to enrolling in a subsequent course.
  • Students will have up to 12 months to complete the logbook component.

  • Level 1 Course — x5 case reviews available to you on completion of the course.
  • Level 2 Course — x10 case reviews available to you on completion of the course.
  • Level 3 Course — x15 case reviews available to you on completion of the course.

Schedule of Courses

The 5 modules offered are ‘Gallbladder & CBD’, ‘Renal Tract’, ‘eFAST’, ‘Shoulder’ and ‘Knee’ ultrasound.

Ultrasound for Gallbladder and CBD

— to identify Cholecystitis and CBD dilatation.

Right Upper Quadrant (RUQ) pain is a common clinical presentation. When asked to investigate RUQ pain, one of the most common causes will be Cholecystitis. This course will introduce you to gallbladder and biliary scanning techniques. These scans are ‘triage tools’ that enable the clinician to choose the next most appropriate formal test, assign appropriate urgency, and commence the best treatment in the interim.

Level 1 (Acquisition)
Course Dates: 10 Aug 23, 05 Oct 23, 15 Dec 23

Level 2 (Interpretation)
Course Dates: 29 Aug 23, 06 Nov 23

Level 3 (Integration)
Course Dates: 28 Sep 23, 09 Nov 23

Ultrasound for Renal Tract

— to identify hydronephrosis or urinary retention.

This course will introduce you to how to obtain diagnostic views of normal anatomy of the Kidneys and Bladder and how to overcome bowel gas and other technical difficulties. Appreciate normal appearances and how to describe your findings.

Level 1 (Acquisition)
Course Dates: 11 Aug 23, 23 Oct 23, 11 Dec 23

Level 2 (Interpretation)
Course Dates: 13 Sep 23, 07 Nov 23

Level 3 (Integration)
Course Dates: 10 Nov 23

Ultrasound for eFAST

— to identify free fluid or a pneumothorax.

One of the most useful point of care ultrasound techniques, eFAST can risk stratify the patient with an ectopic pregnancy, identify ascites, guide paracentesis, and most importantly — familiarises novices with the ‘windows’ of the abdomen.

Level 1 (Acquisition)
Course Dates: 18 Aug 23, 18 Oct 23, 28 Nov 23

Level 2 (Interpretation)
Course Dates: 18 Sep 23, 08 Nov 23

Level 3 (Integration)
Course Dates: 16 Nov 23

Ultrasound for Shoulder

— to identify a joint or bursal effusion.

Shoulder and upper arm pain are one of the most common musculoskeletal complaints. The rotator cuff tendons of the shoulder and surrounding infrastructure are complex. Equally, ultrasound of the shoulder and rotator cuff is a complicated process. A rigorous and systematic technique is taught ensuring a thorough ultrasound investigation is performed. The ability to obtain an image and recognise normal ultrasound anatomy, lays down the vital foundation skills needed to compliment a clinical investigation.

Level 1 (Acquisition)
Course Dates: 08 Aug 23, 06 Oct 23, 26 Dec 23

Level 2 (Interpretation)
Course Dates: 08 Sep 23, 31 Oct 23

Level 3 (Integration)
Course Dates: 06 Dec 23

Ultrasound for Knee

— to identify a joint effusion or Baker’s cyst.

Ultrasound in both the acute and chronic knee is a simple yet effective tool. This course will take the student through the anatomy that is well visualised with ultrasound. We will also highlight the subgroup of pathologies which cannot be satisfactorily assessed with ultrasound alone. This allows the clinician to quickly apply the best investigation to the clinical presentation.

Level 1 (Acquisition)
Course Dates: 24 Aug 23, 09 Oct 23

Level 2 (Interpretation)
Course Dates: 27 Sep 23, 01 Nov 23

Level 3 (Integration)
Course Dates: 01 Dec 23