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Sound Sonography Course Ghana

A course in Point of Care ultrasound (POCUS) for physicians working in resource limited settings

Following the success of the 2023 course, we are inviting applications for the Sound Sonography 2024 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.

This sponsored course is aimed at physicians primarily working in public health facilities. 

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Time & Location

29 April 2024 – 31 December 2024

Online and in-person (Ho, Ghana)

Course Overview

The course is aimed at those who are new to POCUS or have minimal experience. We will provide a range of knowledge and skills including principles of good practice, physics and equipment, E-FAST, FASH, chest, urinary tract, gallbladder, gynaecology, DVT, US guided vascular access, and obstetrics. Full details of the learning objectives are available on request.

Teaching will be delivered by a team of expert sonographers, radiologists and physicians, both local and external to Ghana with a maximum hands-on teaching ratio of 1 instructor to 3 participants. Expert external speakers will contribute in ‘meet the expert sessions.’

 

Following successful completion of clinical OSCE assessments, a case presentation and online supervision attendance, a certificate will be issued by WWR and University of Salford (non-credit bearing). We do not provide certificates if all assessments are not passed, but do offer support for participants to resit assessments.

The course is accredited for CPD by the Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Course duration: 7 months

Part 1:

Pre-course online learning*: 29 April to 3 June (Required study time: 4 hrs/week for 5 weeks)

Hands-on training in Ho, Ghana: 17 June to 22 June (Required study time: 5.5 days full-time)

*Completion of the online learning is REQUIRED to attend the face to face teaching

Part 2:

Pre-course online learning: 16 September to 7 October (Required study time: 4 hrs/week for 3 weeks)

Hands-on training: 21 October to 30 October (Required study time: 8 days full-time)

Online post course supervision, with fortnightly review of clinical cases: 1 July to 31 December (Required study time: 2 hrs/week)

Regular scanning in your clinical practice, at least 8 cases/week, is strongly advised to gain full benefit of the programme (Required study time: 2-4 hrs/week)

Course Fee: 6,500 Cedis

If accepted to the course: 3500 cedis payment to the WWR UK bank account required NO later than 2 weeks before the start of the online course (15th April 2024). This fee is NON-REFUNDABLE once the online learning module has started.

 

The remainder of the course fee is due in full on arrival in Ho.

This course fee reflects sponsorship by Worldwide Radiology volunteers and donors. Please note that lunch will be provided, but accommodation is not included.

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

  • be primarily employed in the public health sector of Ghana or other low / middle income healthcare setting. 

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, 

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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