Ultrasound in Rural Medicine - 5 Day Course

Ultrasound in Rural Medicine - 5 Day Course




Resource limitation is not constrained to the third world. Austere environments occur in retrieval medicine, rural medicine, or after hours in regional hospitals.  Informed use of point of care ultrasound can risk stratify many difficult decisions.  Could this be an ectopic? Is this heart failure or COPD? Renal colic, cholecystitis or an aneurysm? Pneumothorax? Should I fluid load or diurese? Can I safely insert an intercostal catheter? How should I transport this patient?  Previously the purview of radiology, all these questions can be answered at the bedside, or the roadside – with nothing more than a hand held ultrasound.


This five day course provides a basic introduction to problem solving for these low risk-high stakes questions.  This course targets important branch points in management decisions rather than a deep dive into any one system.  Take these tools home, practise in your own environment, then work with us toward credentialing in those protocols that will have the highest yield in your job.





• Basic Physics principles
• Abdominal aortic Aneurysm
• eFAST protocol
• Biliary
• Renal hydronephrosis and calculi
• Basic Echo in Life support (BELS)
• Basic early pregnancy
• Basic Monitoring the fetus
• Vascular access



On completion of the course the following topics will be covered:
• Identify the parameters of safe application of ultrasound in medical diagnosis
• Identify the physical principles, artefacts and the steps for image optimization while performing ultrasound in rural medical practice
• Practice "hands on" ultrasound scanning skills required to maximize diagnostic ability in answering relevant clinical questions
• Recognise the sonographic appearances of normal and abnormal structures required to answer common clinical questions
• Perform eFAST, AAA, Renal & Biliary Tract, Cardiac, Vascular Access, Nerve Blocks, & pregnancy ultrasounds
• Identify the sonographic appearance of the aorta and surrounding structures
• Differentiate normal from abnormal aorta (dilation, aneurysm and dissection)
• Distinguish vein from arteries and perform guided ultrasound venous access
• Differentiate normal from abnormal E-FAST assessment, discriminating pitfalls and artifacts observed when acquiring ultrasound images
• Identify the relational and ultrasound anatomy of the uterus and its content
• Distinguish viable, non- viable and uncertain viability of pregnancy
• Carry out measurement in the first trimester of pregnancy
• Identify the traps and pitfalls in obstetric scanning
• Detect the most common cardiac life threatening focusing on cardiac anatomy and function (LV/RV dysfunction, cardiac tamponade and massive PE)
• Identify when to refer for further assessment



ASUM | CCPU units included in the course:

  • Extended Focussed Abdominal Scan for Trauma (eFAST)
  • Basic Early Pregnancy 
  • Basic Monitoring the Foetus


ACRRM | This course is approved for 21 total activity hours. PDP units: 21 Educational Activity. MOPS points: 6. Grant eligibility: Emergency Medicine, Anaesthetics, Obstetrics, Surgery.


ACEM | Course 026 is approved for 38 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hours as complying with ACEM standards and policies.


RACGP | This course is an RACGP CPD Accredited Activity 40 CPD Program points in 2020-22 Triennium. RACGP ID 188296.




Gold Coast Office

2 Miami Key

Broadbeach Waters, QLD 4218

Ultrasound in Rural Medicine - 5 Day Course

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