Graduate Diploma in Clinical Ultrasound
The introduction of echocardiography has made a dramatic impact on patient management in the peri-operative, critical care, emergency medicine, surgery and internal medicine environments.
The University of Melbourne has developed two flexible postgraduate clinical ultrasound courses. Both of these qualifications are interlocked together in a two stage process. You can complete the Graduate Certificate course then progress into the Graduate Diploma.
This two stage program starts with the Graduate Certificate of Clinical Ultrasound course. The Certificate course is designed to cater to different craft groups and in subject two the student is able to choose to study either the ICU module or the anaesthesia module.
At completion of the Certificate, you can choose to exit at this stage or proceed with the Graduate Diploma of Clinical Ultrasound.
The Certificate course has a focus on basic transthoracic echocardiography an introduction to transesophageal echocardiography and surface ultrasound uses, such as vascular access, nerve blocks and trauma ultrasound.
The Diploma provides diagnostic level knowledge base in valve assessment, complex cardiovascular pathology, comprehensive reporting and has a greater focus on Transoesophageal Echocardiography (TOE).
A copy of Synapse Prosolv Viewer software, which is kindly supplied by FujiFilm, is included with the course materials. This allows measurements to be performed as for later clinical practice. Both courses are rich in case studies, containing 100 cases for review in each level, including in the Certificate course 50 additional basic TOE case studies, in addition to the images used in the tutorials. Students will need to obtain practical experience at their institutions or attend hands-on workshop to supplement their knowledge base.