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Postgraduate Certificate in Clinician-Performed Ultrasound (PGCertCPU)


University of Otago Otago Medical School

Part time See Course PgCert Part-time: 1-2 years

About the course

The Certificate in Clinician-Performed Ultrasound (PGCertCPU) is a hands-on course designed for generalist doctors, particularly those working in rural or emergency department settings, who want to learn clinician-performed ultrasound skills.

Scanning techniques taught include looking for AAA, FAST scan – trauma, gallstones, bladder, early pregnancy, foreign body, hydronephrotic kidney, above knee DVT, pericardial effusion, impaired LV systolic function, volume assessment in the shocked patient, significant mitral incompetence and aortic stenosis.

It also includes some ultrasound guided procedures - draining pleural effusions and ascites, insertion of suprapubic catheter, bladder aspiration, difficult vascular access and removal of foreign body.

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Entry Requirements

Every applicant shall have been admitted to the degrees of Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery of a university in New Zealand or hold an equivalent medical qualification approved by the Academic Board of the Otago Medical School.

Every applicant shall be registered for medical practice in New Zealand or have an exemption from this requirement from the Dean of the Otago Medical School.


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