AAA Ultrasound Course (Basic)
Most clinicians ‘pick up’ ultrasound techniques in clinical work – few are formally taught. This course will give you an understanding of machine optimisation including ‘tips & traps’ and anatomy familiarisation on real patient models.
Ruling out Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) is a common need in the acute setting. For instance, renal colic, biliary colic, pancreatitis, back pain and gut obstruction can all mimic this low risk, high stakes condition. In the shocked patient, transport to CT is a major undertaking. Ruling out AAA is a time consuming or difficult task unless you have access to ultrasound.
Want to be recognised as a safe and competent point of care ultrasound user?
This course is the first step toward attaining a credential in point of care ultrasound (Certificate of Competence).
Learn more about our credentialing pathway.
Who should attend?
- Emergency Medicine Physician
- Family Physician
- General Practitioner
- Orthopaedic Surgeon
- Pain Management Specialist
- Rehabilitation Specialist
- Renal Physician
- Sports Medicine Physician
To acquire a complete set of diagnostic quality views to answer protocol based clinical question of:
- Is there an Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm?
Expected Learning Outcomes:
- Demonstrate effective use of an ultrasound machine.
- Optimise an ultrasound image.
- Recognise normal ultrasound anatomy and describe using sonographic terminology.
- Acquire images of an abdominal aorta in two planes.
- Accurately measure the aorta in two planes.
- Identify the IVC.
- How to document the ultrasound findings.
- Identify the limitations of ultrasound and identify when to on-refer patients for formal scanning or complimentary investigations.
|AAA Ultrasound (Basic) Course||5 cases (included in course fee)|
|AAA Ultrasound (Advanced) Course||15 cases (to be purchased separately)|
- Basic Course — upon completion of the AAA Ultrasound Basic course, students may submit up to 5 cases for Tutor review, at no additional cost.
- Advanced Course — those who wish to achieve the ultrasound credential will need to purchase the additional 15 cases (reviews) in addition to the course fee.
- No cases are required to be submitted prior to enrolling in the AAA Ultrasound Advanced course.
- There is no obligation for students to submit cases if they do not wish to be credentialed.
Qualification: MBBS with SMC registration — or international equivalent.
Equipment: Regular access to an ultrasound machine and patients.
Prior learning: No previous ultrasound experience is necessary.
Prior to commencing course:
Pre-course material will be provided four weeks before the course start date. This will include a short quiz and a series of demonstration videos. It is mandatory to review this material prior to attending as it is the foundation material for the course.
- Hands-on practical scanning on real patient models and simulators, with a maximum ratio of 1 tutor to 4 students.
- Expert led presentations and demonstrations.
- Online videos and directed reading.
- Online logbook — upload your images for personalised and constructive feedback from your dedicated tutor.
- Formative rubric assessment — measure you skill progression and highlight areas for improvement.
8:15 am to 4:15 pm
National University of Singapore
MD6, 14 Medical Drive,
Morning tea, a light lunch and refreshments are provided.