Course Code / Course Abbreviation
GD-CLINUS / GDipClinUS
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 a suite of postgraduate clinical ultrasound courses that are offered in distance mode to practicing medical professionals who wish to obtain further expertise in medical ultrasound for clinical practice.
The Diploma provides diagnostic level knowledge base in valve assessment, complex cardiovascular pathology, comprehensive reporting and has a greater focus on Transoesophageal Echocardiography (TOE).
The course is 1 semester full-time or 2 semesters part-time via distance education. A semester duration is 12 weeks. For students completing full-time there will be four subjects per semester, and for part-time, two subjects per semester. Subjects must be taken in sequence.
Students have the flexibility to study in their own time and location. Program materials can be accessed through the Education app on smartphones and tablets with iOS, Android or Windows systems. Once the program materials have been downloaded on smartphones and tablets, all the interactive media content can be viewed even when offline (however, internet access is required periodically to login or re-verify login credentials). Program materials can also be accessed online using a web browser.
Completion of the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Ultrasound is required.
An undergraduate or postgraduate medical degree in English, sufficient to practise as a medical practitioner, such as MBBS or MD, as a minimum entry requirement.
Meet the English language requirements of the University of Melbourne. International Medical Graduates are also expected to meet the English language requirements of the Medical Board of Australia (an IELTS score of 7 in all four elements – reading, writing, listening and speaking).
Graduate Certificate in Clinical Ultrasound 50 credit points
Subject 1: MEDI90049 – Principles of Ultrasound and HARTscan (12.5 points)
Subject 2: MEDI90054 – Ultrasound Guided Procedures (12.5 points)
Subject 3: MEDI90050 – Doppler Echocardiography (12.5 points)
Subject 4: MEDI90051 – Ventricular Function (12.5 points)
Graduate Diploma in Clinical Ultrasound 50 credit points
Subject 1: MEDI90056 – Advanced Anatomy and Doppler Analysis (12.5 points)
Subject 2: MEDI90057 – Advanced Valve and Aortic Pathology (12.5 points)
Subject 3: MEDI90058 – Applications of Echocardiography (12.5 points)
Subject 4: MEDI90059 – Advanced Echocardiography Interpretation (12.5 points)
There are two components that make up the examination aspect of the course
- Submission of all mandatory self-assessment forms (20% of the overall grade)
- Submission of exam for each subject (80% of the overall grade)
Fees for 2017 are $2050 per 12.5 point subject. Fees are subject to an annual increase.
Graduates of this course should:
- Have a diagnostic-level understanding for echocardiography including transoesophageal echocardiography.
- Have acquired additional knowledge within their discipline, and will be familiar with methods of applying ultrasound related knowledge in their clinical practice; and
- Have a high consistency of knowledge between students within each craft group or discipline.
Interactive tutorials and case reviews will allow students to articulate their knowledge and test their capability for independent critical thought. By the end of the course, there will be testing of interpretation and problem-solving skills.
Articulation to higher awards
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