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Online and in-person (Ho or Accra, Ghana)

Sound Sonography Course

Applications are open until 17 February 2023

Applications using this MS Word document are also accepted.

A course in point of care ultrasound for physicians working in resource limited settings. Following the success of previous courses, we are inviting applications for the Sound Sonography 2023 POCUS course hosted at the University of Health and Allied Sciences in Ho, Ghana.

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Time & Location

1 May – 31 December 2023

Online and in-person (Ho, Ghana)

Course Overview

A course in point of care ultrasound for physicians working in resource limited settings.

Following the success of previous courses, we are inviting applications for the Sound Sonography 2023 POCUS course hosted at the University of Health and Allied Sciences in Ho, Ghana. Developed and delivered by Worldwide Radiology expert volunteers and academics from the Ultrasound Department of The School of Health and Society of the University of Salford, UK.

Participants will be associate students at the University of Salford, which will host the educational platform.

Course duration: 7 months

 

Pre-course online learning, with mandatory online assessment of pre-course materials

Part 1: 1st May – 5th June - 4 hours/week for 5 weeks

Part 2: September (date TBC) - 4 hours/week for 2 weeks

From our previous courses we have learnt that completion of pre-course learning and engagement with remote supervision sessions significantly increases the chances of successfully passing assessments to obtain a certificate of completion. NB: This is not an academic credit bearing certificate, but assessment criteria are equivalent to those of CASE, the UK Ultrasound short course accrediting body, ensuring high quality delivery and robustly assessed POCUS practice.

Hands-on training, with assessment of scanning skills and case presentation in Ho, Ghana

Part 1: 5th-9th June - 5 days full-time

Part 2: October date TBC - 10 days full-time

Remotely led case conferences, with presentation of clinical cases for supervisor review

July/August and November/December 2023 - approximately 2 hours/week

Regular scanning in your clinical practice, at least 8 cases/week, is strongly advised to gain full benefit of the programme.

Person Specification

Prioritisation will be given to doctors working in district hospitals. To support learning, 2 or more applicants from the same hospital are preferred. Applicants should have easy access to an ultrasound machine in their place of work.

Due to the intensive nature of the practical training blocks participants are advised to schedule their time to attend the full block.

Course Fee 6,500 Cedis

This course is sponsored by Worldwide Radiology pro bono trainers and donors.


Please note that lunch is included, but accommodation is not.

Application Deadline: 17 February 2023

Applications are open now until 17 February 2023.

Applications can be made using the online application form OR

by downloading, completing and emailing the application form in MS Word format.

Candidate criteria

Essential: Candidates should meet the following criteria:

  • be medically qualified with at least 2 years of postgraduate experience (i.e. completed house jobs)

  • have access to ultrasound machine for clinical use at place of work

  • be employed in a clinical post which will give the opportunity for regular use of POCUS in clinical practice: you will be expected to perform approximately 8 scans per week after the course to maintain and develop your skills

It is desirable (but not essential) that candidates meet the following criteria:

  • be the current or upcoming holder of post as a district medical officer

  • be one of two or more applicants working in the same hospital

  • have an interest in teaching and a desire to become a POCUS instructor in the future

  • have an interest in research related to ultrasound or ultrasound education

  • be supported from your institution

  • are able to confirm support from your radiologist or from a qualified sonographer, or POCUS practitioner in your institution

Course Leads

Dr Liz Joekes: Worldwide Radiology Director and Consultant Radiologist with special interest in Tropical Medicine and Infectious Diseases, Liverpool University Hospitals, UK

 

Prof Yaw Asante Awuku: Head of Department of Medicine and Therapeutics, School of Medicine, University of Health and Allied Sciences, Ho, Ghana and Consultant Gastroenterologist, Ho Teaching Hospital

 

Contacts for further information: 

  • Worldwide Radiology: Dr Catriona Farrell

  • Ghana: Dr Pascal Kangberee: POCUS trainer

Contact by email via ​info@worldwideradiology.org

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