Ultrasound curriculum

Obstetric and gynaecological ultrasound practice has increasingly become specialty driven rather than confined to radiologists or sonographers. With this major shift in practice it became clear that training must be robust to maintain the same standards of practice. Many organisations have published guidelines and curricula intended for clinicians who perform ultrasound identifying standards for theoretical knowledge and practical skills at different levels of practice.

The European Federation for Societies in Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology (EFSUMB) has defined minimum training requirements for three levels of ultrasound practice in gynaecology and obstetrics.

In 2008 the RCOG decided to include 2 basic ultrasound modules which would be a mandatory addition to the 19 core curriculum modules and represent core or basic training in early pregnancy ultrasound (8-12 weeks) and ultrasound assessment of fetal size, liquor and the placenta. The intermediate ultrasound modules are undertaken prior to, or parallel to, advanced or subspecialty training by trainees opting for a particular route within the specialty. These modules include ultrasound of normal fetal anatomy, ultrasound in gynaecology and ultrasound of early pregnancy complication.

Objective Structured Assessment of Technical Skills (OSATS) were also developed and introduced as assessments for all of the ultrasound modules.

The BSGI has since its formation recognised the importance of the curriculum and actively engaged the trainees and their trainers to ensure that standards of training are appropriate to the curriculum requirements. If you would like to help us please contact us on training@bsgi.org.uk.

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Ectopic pregnancy

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  • Expand your knowledge on the spectrum of symptoms and signs of ectopic pregnancy ...

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