NZSG Abdominal Ultrasound Course

By Prof Michael Schultz | Posted: Sunday August 15, 2021

The successful two- day course took place on 25-27 June

Ultrasound devices are getting smaller and smaller and Point-of-Care-Ultrasound (POCUS) is gaining momentum as a valuable bedside tool in a variety of specialties.

Back in 2019 advanced trainees in gastroenterology were asked for comments and feedback on the curriculum content. Ultrasound skills were mentioned as one of the additions the trainees wanted to see. The NZ Society of Gastroenterology, with the endorsement of the Gastroenterology Network of Intestinal Ultrasound (GENIUS) put together a 2-day program on Basic Abdominal Ultrasound. The faculty included Dr Sierra Beck , Senior Lecturer in Emergency Medicine and POCUS expert at the University of Otago in Dunedin and Dr Heidi Su from Christchurch, New Zealand’s first gastroenterologist certified by the International Bowel Ultrasound group (IBUS). There were 15 attendees at the course from range of backgrounds including advanced trainees in gastroenterology to consultants and hepatobiliary surgeons. The course, which was primarily hands-on, was a great success based on the feedback received . With the help of many healthy volunteers and patients with pathology, the 50 shades of grey started to make sense and the assessment at the end of the course showed that all participants could competently identify the abdominal organs, blood vessels, bile ducts, gallstones, ascites and much more.

Please watch this space as we are planning further workshops and advanced modules. 

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