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Obstetric Ultrasound

This Professional Certificate offers clinicians the opportunity to develop clinical and academic knowledge of ultrasound and its role in the assessment of the normal pelvis, pre and postmenopausal, assessment of the endometrium in women with postmenopausal bleeding, assessment of IntraUterine Devices and the role that ultrasound plays in the investigation of infertility and monitoring of women undergoing treatment. It aims to equip participants with a level of competence in ultrasound scanning that will enable them to understand the indications for ultrasound examinations, perform scans safely and competently, report on scan findings in the clinical context and know when to refer patients for a more a more detailed assessment.

This programme is an introduction to gynaecological scanning. Further training / supervision would be required in order to be proficient in performing a detailed pelvic survey independently. Technology of ultrasound is incorporated into this clinical module and topics covered will ensure clinicians are competent in selecting appropriate equipment parameters to optimise image acquisition and record optimal representative images. This module is designed to provide both theoretical and practical training, with a significant emphasis on clinical experience.

Students registered for this module are offered the opportunity to study the following:
• the fundamental principles of ultrasound examinations in the assessment of the normal pelvis, pre and postmenopausal;
• the endometrium in women with postmenopausal bleeding;
• the assessment of Intra-Uterine Devices;
• ultrasound examinations in relation to fertility investigations and treatments relative to the management of infertility;
• recognition of possible uterine and ovarian pathology.

Entry requirements

This module is only available for those who have completed the Graduate Certificate Obstetric Ultrasound.

Participants must provide written evidence of an agreement with an obstetric ultrasound department to provide clinical ultrasound experience (minimum 90 hours) and supervision throughout the programme. This agreement must be signed by the named clinical supervisor.

Am I eligible for this course:
Applicants should be obstetric and gynaecological trainees at Senior House Officer, Registrar or SPR level, consultants specialising in obstetrics and gynaecology, with approval to practice in Ireland; midwives registered with An Bord Altranais or the UKCC, who provide antenatal care; or Radiographers with the approval to practice Radiography in Ireland or Northern Ireland, who currently practice ultrasound.

International Applicants
International applicants should contact the academic programme director for a full list of entry requirements.

Duration

6 months (Part-time)
Delivery Method: Online

Further enquiries

Academic Programme Coordinator:
Dr. Mary Moran
School of Medicine
Health Sciences Centre
moran.mary@ucd.ie

Programme Administrator:
Diagnostic Imaging Programme Office
Health Sciences Centre
T: 01716 6545
graduate.imaging@ucd.ie

Application date

Application details:
Important dates and information
• The next intake for this course is in January.
• Closing date for applications is tbc.
• Successful applicants will be required to attend an Introductory Study Day at UCD.

Enrolment and start dates

Intake: January annually.

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised.

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