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Training Course in Clinical Abdominal Ultrasound - TrainR4U

Organic Unit Faculty of Medicine (FMUC)

Course Type Non-degree course

Type of teaching Blended Learning

Language of instruction English

Edition 1

Duration 40 hours

Number of ECTS 1,5

Accreditation N/A

Tuition fee 200€

Important Dates

For Spain:

Start date 16.01.2023

End date 03.02.2023

Application deadlines 10.11.2022

For Portugal:

Start date 28.11.2022

End date 16.12.2022

Application deadlines 11.10.2022

Presentation

Training course on clinical abdominal ultrasound through robotic tele-ultrasound system.

Notice of Opening

https://apps.uc.pt/courses/EN/course/10281

Target audience

The learning program is specially targeted to all those that use ultrasound diagnosis on a daily basis, that need the skill, experience and additional training time. Medical students and students from the field of imaging can also apply.

The learners will need to have a background medical education that is relevant to the content of the program and as such in terms of requisites they will have to provide accredited documentation of their academic/professional experience as well as a letter of commitment towards the course.

All candidates should have the following required course prerequisites: Anatomy and Physiology; Medical Terminology; Intro to Physics.

Differentiating characteristics of the course

Demonstration of abdominal ultrasound by a specialist, through robotic tele-ultrasound tool.

Learning Goals

Main objective of Clinical Abdominal Ultrasound Training is to capacitate current and future health professionals to acquire/improve skills on that imaging technique.

Syllabus

Module 1. Physics of US (Ultrasound) and Doppler

  • 1.1 - Image generation
  • 1.2 - Notion of echogeneity
  • 1.3 - Introduction to hardware: machines and probes
  • 1.4 - Description of an US finding

Module 2. US of the liver and biliary tract

  • 2.1 - Indications
  • 2.2 - Patient positioning
  • 2.3 - Methods for image obtention/US exploration of the liver and biliary tract
  • 2.4 - Normal anatomy
  • 2.5 - Main pathologic conditions of the liver and biliary tract

Module 3. US of the pancreas and spleen

  • 3.1 - Indications
  • 3.2 - Patient positioning
  • 3.3 - Methods for image obtention/US exploration of the pancreas and spleen
  • 3.4 - Normal anatomy
  • 3.5 - Main pathologic conditions

Module 4. US of the kidneys and bladder

  • 4.1 - Indications
  • 4.2 - Patient positioning
  • 4.3 - Methods for image obtention/US exploration of the kidneys
  • 4.4 - Normal anatomy
  • 4.5 - Main pathologic conditions

Module 5. US of the vessels and FAST (Focused Assessment with Sonography in Trauma)

  • 5.1 - Indications
  • 5.2 - Normal anatomy and spectral analysis
  • 5.3 - FAST
  • 5.4 - Indications and limitations

Teaching Methodologies

TrainR4U is a 40-hour b-learning course, focusing on abdominal ultrasound imaging, that includes both theoretical (online) and practical (hands-on) training.

Concerning the theoretical training (online component), the course has a sequential structure organized into 5 thematic modules. The methodology is based on learners’ active learning, with teacher’s monitoring.

The theoretical concepts about US will be presented through texts and video lectures, and case-based learning will be used for the application and contextualization of concepts.

The teaching process is based on the systematic monitoring of learners' work, namely in the study of the contents, clarification of doubts, and in the accomplishment of learning activities.

There will be individual activities, like tests, that will have automatic feedback, and group activities, like forums, that will be monitored by the teacher.

For hands-on training, there will be training hubs, which will be composed of an offsite master side (mentor) and onsite master-slave (learner) stations, which will enable remote US training with the assistance of a skilled mentor. These stations will be connected and enhanced by an innovative robot-assisted co-manipulation system. The offsite mentor and onsite robotic system will work together in a shared control manner to conduct the training. Students will be guided to perform tasks related to the ultrasound exploration of the abdomen of the participating pairs, serving the students as models of each other – to recognize a certain anatomical structure or to make a simple measurement of an organ or part of it. The robotic system implemented in the training station will allow the external mentor to monitor and control the ultrasound equipment with high precision, allowing the student to receive tactile feedback and positional correction performed by the specialist who is at a distance. Participants' confidentiality will be guaranteed by signing a confidentiality agreement upon registration.

Assessment

The teaching process is based on monitoring the work of learners - appropriation of content, clarification of doubts, and carrying out activities. There will be individual activities (tests with automatic feedback), and group activities (teacher-monitored forums).

In the practical component, students will perform tasks related to the ultrasound exploration of the abdomen of the participating pairs (they serve as models), to recognize anatomical structures or make a simple measurement of an organ or part of it. Immediate feedback will be given by the teacher with a demonstration of procedures.

Participants' confidentiality will be guaranteed by signing a confidentiality agreement upon registration.

Students perform a final test on the theoretical and practical concepts acquired. The activities will be classified on a scale from 0 to 20 values, with the final grade being the arithmetic average of the theoretical component and the practical component in equal parts (50%T and 50%P).

Certification

Students who pass the course may request a certificate issued by the University of Coimbra. Fees will apply. More information at https://www.uc.pt/en/academicos/propinas/emolumento.

Professors

Luís Curvo Semedo

Coordinator and Professor

Professor Auxiliar - Faculdade de Medicina, Universidade de Coimbra. Regente da Unidade Curricular Opcional de Ecografia Clínica da FMUC. Consultor de Radiologia - Serviço de Imagem Médica, CHUC. Coordenador da área de Ressonância Magnética do SIM. Coorenador da área de Imagem Gastro-intestinal do SIM. Fellow da European Society of Gastrointestinal and Abdominal Radiology (ESGAR). Member at Large, Research Committee da European Society of Radiology (ESR). Editorial Board do European Journal of Radiology Open. Conselho Científico Editorial da Acta Radiológica Portuguesa (ARP). Secretário-geral da Sociedade Portuguesa de Radiologia e Medicina Nuclear (SPRMN). Coordenador da Escola da Sociedade Portuguesa de Radiologia e Medicina Nuclear (ESPRMN). Presidente da Associação Portuguesa de Radiologia, Neurorradiologia e Medicina Nuclear (APRANEMN).

Nuno Pereira da Silva

Professor

Assistente Hospitalar de Radiologia - Serviço de Imagem Médica, CHUC. Membro da Sociedad Portuguesa de Radiologia e Medicina Nuclear. Membro da European Society of Gastrointestinal and Abdominal. Estágio de diferenciação em Radiologia Abdominal no The Netherlands Cancer Institute (NKI), Amsterdão. Autor e co-autor de várias publicações em revistas científicas internacionais e comunicações em reuniões nacionais e internacionais. Colaboração como co-investigador em projetos de investigação científica no CHUC, NKI e no Instituto Pedro Nunes.

Idoia Santos Gómez

Professor

Medical Doctor / Radiologist. Bachelor's Degree in Medicine, University of Barcelona (2000-2006). Residency training program in Radiology, Hospital Universitari de Bellvitge (L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona), (2007-2011). Radiologist at Parc Sanitari Sant Joan de Déu (Sant Boi de Llobregat, Barcelona) since 2011 in the Body division. Coordinator of Innovation of the Radiology Department at PSSJD since 2020.

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