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In Practice: Point-of-care ultrasound skills


Matt Woodley


11/05/2023 2:16:42 PM

GPs interested in point-of-care ultrasound will soon have an opportunity to upskill via a full-day workshop.

Ultrasound for deep vein thrombosis
Point-of-care ultrasound is an increasingly effective diagnostic tool, particularly for GPs working in areas with limited access to specialist services.

This week’s In Practice also includes information on an upcoming online emergency medicine workshop that has been specifically tailored for rural GPs.
 
Upskill in point-of-care ultrasound
Point-of care ultrasound is an increasingly effective diagnostic tool, particularly for GPs working in areas with limited access to specialist services.
 
RACGP Rural’s Introduction to point-of-care ultrasound workshops is facilitated by experienced rural doctors and sonographers who will run through the diverse applications of point-of-care ultrasound in the diagnostic process in rural primary care.
 
Participants will learn basic techniques using high-end mobile ultrasound equipment provided by the sponsor, GE Healthcare.
 
During the full-day workshop, rotations will occur through six stations: 

  • Extended focused assessment with sonography in trauma (eFAST)
  • Deep venous thrombosis
  • Heart and lung ultrasound
  • Intravenous line placement and foreign object retrieval
  • Musculoskeletal soft tissue
  • First-trimester transabdominal obstetric ultrasound
This workshop is a CPD Approved Activity under the RACGP CPD Program (eligible for 10 CPD hours) and is approved for all categories of the Rural Procedural Grants Program.
 
Register online.
 
Emergency medicine for rural GPs
Online workshop: Saturday 27 May, 1.00 – 5.00 pm (AEST)
Cost: $295 for RACGP members; $395 for non-members
CPD: 5.5 hours including 1.5 hours Educational Activity and 4.5 hours of Reviewing Performance
 
Designed and facilitated by experienced rural GPs and emergency specialists, this workshop aims to enhance rural emergency medicine skills using case scenarios that reflect rural and remote challenges.
 
It involves four small-group interactive case scenario discussions as well as an exploration of the critical considerations involved in managing rural emergency cases, packaging patients for retrieval, communicating effectively with retrieval teams, debriefing and self-care.
 
All the scenarios included in the workshop are written by experienced rural GPs from actual cases.
 
Register online.
 
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