At the completion of the 8 month program, you have the confidence and understanding on how to do each of the following.
How to perform a standard gray scale ultrasound scan of the hands, wrists, elbows, shoulders, hips, knees, ankles, and feet.
How to perform a direct, long axis, ultrasound guided needle placement for injection or aspiration of a synovial structure.
How to recognize the typical ultrasound pathology found in conditions of osteoarthritis, gout, calcium pyrophosphate arthropathy, infection related arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, seronegative arthritis, degenerative tendon abnormalities, and median nerve impingement.
How to properly adjust ultrasound equipment, and manipulate ultrasound transducer to obtain Doppler signal from vascularized soft tissues such as finger pulp or inflamed synovium.
This comprehensive program ensures that you get everything you need to improve patient care using musculoskeletal ultrasound. It's comprised of two internet based components, and two in person events.
We have developed an interactive, self-paced interactive online course which teaches you how to recognize and perform musculoskeletal ultrasound.
Included in this material are scanning videos and lectures, reading assignments, self-assessment quizzes, short scanning assignments, and downloadable resources. You will follow a date based schedule to help you stay on track, but because you will have access to all of the material up front, you can move at your own pace according to your own schedule and preference.
This course is optimized for desktop computer, mobile phone, and tablet viewing so you can use it as a reference tool at the patient’s bedside.
The image submission and review portion of the program is where you’ll develop your ultrasound skills.
One of the most valuable parts of this program is you will receive personal written and/or video feedback by one of our faculty mentors for each joint and injection scan you upload.
You will be required to upload at least 50 complete joint scans.
In addition to scanning the regions listed above, you will also need to get experience with a wide variety of pathology as seen by MSUS - gout, pseudogout, rheumatoid arthritis, seronegative spondyloarthitis, soft tissue rheumatism, OA, thus you should try to scan as many different patient types as possible.
January 27 - 29, 2023
Fort Worth, TX
The 3-day hands-on workshop will focus on ensuring that your scanning technique is optimized, to expose you to the major concepts of musculoskeletal ultrasound in a "live" environment, and to answer any knowledge or technique related questions which have arisen during the first portion of the program.
There will be didactics on joint-based scanning, principles of sonography, along with hands-on scanning of models with and without rheumatic conditions. A portion of the workshop will be dedicated to teaching MSUS guided injection technique using human cadaver models.
June 5 - 12, 2023
Virtual hands-on practical exam and written multiple choice exam
We feel it is critical for you to determine your level of MSUS knowledge and skill after finishing this program, and this is an integral part of the learning process. Your test results and formative comments from faculty educators will be given to you after the test.
The written test will consist of multiple choice questions (single best answer type) requiring interpretation of still ultrasound images of common musculoskeletal pathology.
The practical portion will require scanning of individuals to acquire quality still images of the typical joint regions, scanning of patients with rheumatic diseases to demonstrate typical pathology, and demonstrate basic ultrasound guided needle placement on a joint model.
For June 2023, this will be a virtual hands-on practical exam and written multiple choice exam.
Our educators are nationally recognized musculoskeletal ultrasound experts.
In addition to contributing to the educational course material, they will be your direct mentors, helping you improve your scanning technique and understanding by providing you with individual feedback on your uploaded ultrasound scans.
Here's what some of our previous participants had to say about our training program.
"It was an amazing experience. I am so happy I had the opportunity to be a participant."
"This program is super organized, coherent, well paced and the feedback is fabulous. The video reviews were particularly helpful."
"Fantastic faculty! Engaged, enthusiastic and devoted to teaching."
This comprehensive 8 month program ensures that you get everything you need to improve patient care using musculoskeletal ultrasound.
October 1, 2022 - June 12, 2023
This program is geared toward rheumatologists and other applicable health care professionals who want to learn how to utilize musculoskeletal ultrasound to provide improved patient care.
A Fellow is a rheumatology fellow who is currently enrolled in a fellowship program.
A Non-Fellow is someone who is NOT enrolled in a rheumatology fellowship program. While previous participants have included academic and private practice rheumatologists, internal medicine physician or other MDs, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and sports medicine specialists, the focus of the teaching is on rheumatic disease manifestation visible on ultrasound scanning.
FELLOWS and NON-FELLOWS
The training program is the right choice if you’re looking for personalized 1:1 training where you upload your own ultrasound scans and receive direct mentor supervision with personalized feedback, explore our 8 month training program. This program combines online training along with live in person events. It's only offered once a year and has limited enrollment. You will receive a free year of membership upon completion of the program.
The membership is perfect if you want a self-paced learning curriculum taught by experts in musculoskeletal ultrasound and do not want the other features of the training program. The educational materials include all of the modules used in our 8 month training program, plus 3 additional ones. Membership is open to anyone interested in learning musculoskeletal ultrasound, and you’ll have immediate access to all of the educational materials after signing up.
Accepting applications until
September 26, 2022.
1. All applicants: Please review the Fees and FAQ section to ensure you agree with and meet all of the program requirements.
2. All applicants: Obtain one ultrasound image of your wrist in dorsal view. (This is not to test your ultrasound ability, but to make sure that you have the equipment necessary to participate in the program.) Please make sure the ultrasound image is labeled with your full name. You will need upload a JPG/JPEG image with your application.
3. All applicants: We will email you the last week in September to inform you whether you have been accepted into the training program. If you choose to participate, you will be required to pay the program registration fee (Fellow: $425 and Non-Fellow: $5,800) in full using a credit card.
4. Fellows only: Download this letter of support then have your program director sign it. You will need upload the PDF with your application.
5. Fellows only: You will need the name and email of your local ultrasound mentor. If you do not have a local mentor, you can enter the name and email of your fellowship program director.