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Overview

Ultrasound plays a crucial role in the evaluation and management of patients with hepatobiliary and kidney diseases. The module is introduced in response to the industry demand and government healthcare policy in expanding capacity in skills upgrading of the current healthcare workforce.

The module is designed for ultrasound practitioners such as radiographers or sonographers who wish to pursue a formal postgraduate qualification in Ultrasound. Hybrid instruction mode will be employed which combines online lecture, case-based/problem-based tutorial, forum discussion sessions, and practical hands-on demonstration. The module is offered concurrently with supervised clinical practice to develop competency in abdominal ultrasound.

The module will focus on core principles and applications in abdominal ultrasound. Focused Assessment with Sonography for Trauma (FAST) scan in trauma setting and various advanced imaging techniques such as transplant ultrasound, elastography, contrast-enhanced ultrasound will also be covered. Intensive hands-on practical session on healthy volunteers and simulators will be conducted to complete the knowledge and skillset acquisition in abdominal ultrasound.

At the end of this module, participants will be able to recognise the normal and abnormal ultrasound findings and will be guided in the competent production, interpretation and assessment of abdominal ultrasound images.

Topics will include gross anatomy and physiology, embryology, clinical indications, equipment and patient preparation, techniques and sonographic protocol in the evaluation of liver, gallbladder and biliary system; spleen, kidneys, pancreas and great abdominal vessels; as well as their normal sonographic anatomy and abnormal imaging findings.

Teaching Team

What You’ll Learn

Upon completion of the course, the participant should be able to:
  • Critically evaluate the role of ultrasound in the diagnosis of abdominal pathology.
  • Acquire hands-on ultrasound scanning skills of the abdomen include Focused Assessment with Sonography for Trauma (FAST) examinations and perform ultrasound examination proficiently and competently.
  • Discuss the normal and abnormal imaging characteristics of the liver, gallbladder and biliary system, kidneys, adrenals, spleen, pancreas, and peritoneal cavity.
  • Explain the significance of clinical presentation and laboratory tests as well as complimentary imaging modalities relevant to hepato-biliary and kidney systems for refinement of differential diagnosis.
  • Critically discuss the limitation of ultrasound in regards to abdominal ultrasound imaging and recognise when modifications to routine scanning approaches are required.

Who Should Attend

  • Radiographers practising ultrasound
  • Healthcare professionals (such as sonographers, A&E clinician, radiologist residents etc) involved in ultrasound work 


SITizens Learning Credits (SLC) - Eligible Course

This course is SITizens Learning Credits (SLC) eligible. Please refer to the user guide how to register for courses utilising your SLC.

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Prerequisites

Participants must have relevant ultrasound related experience (preferably at least 1 year of working experience as an independent sonographer).

Candidates must have the required access to a medical ultrasound facility to develop competency in the respective clinical applications. They must be actively engaged in supervised ultrasound clinical practice in the workplace for at least three days (or equivalent) per week. It is the candidate's responsibility to secure a supervised clinical arrangement in the workplace. At the end of the trimester, candidates must satisfy the clinical requirements (ie. compulsory logging the required number of ultrasound examinations in clinical portfolio and pass the clinical skills assessment).


Documents and information you would need to complete this application:
Please upload documents under Online Applications - Supporting Documents section.

1. Employment support letter (Includes applicant's area of work)* 
2. Registration of practice, AHPC 
3. Transcript of highest relevant qualification * 
4. Professional certification 
5. English proficiency test, IELTS 7.0 or equivalent ^
6. Answers to the following questions: 
  • Your reasons for pursuing the module (100 - 150 words)
  • Why did you select SIT over other academic institutions? (100 - 150 words)
  • What do you hope to achieve at the completion of the module? (100 - 150 words)
* Mandatory Documents
^ If applicant's basic professional qualification was not obtained from Singapore, Australia, Canada (except Quebec), New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom, and the United States of America)


Duration

  • Part-time Postgraduate Certificate in Sonography: 1 - 3 years
  • Part-time Postgraduate Diploma in Sonography: 1 - 5 years
  • Each module is around 12-14 weeks in duration
  • Candidates are expected to set aside time for self-directed learning for the entire duration of the module
 

Certificate and Assessment

A Certificate of Participation will be issued to participants who:
  • Attend 75% of the course
  • Undertake non-credit assessment (during course)

A Certificate of Attainment will be issued to participants who:
  • Attend 75% of the module, and
  • Participants who pass the Assessment criteria of the respective module will earn 6 credits, which are stackable for Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma qualifications.
  • Candidates who pass 4 modules (totalling 24 credits) with a CGPA of 2.5 or more will be awarded the Postgraduate Certificate in Sonography by Singapore Institute of Technology.
  • Candidates who pass 8 modules (totalling 48 credits) with a CGPA of 2.5 or more will be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma in Sonography by Singapore Institute of Technology.


Continuing Professional Development

This is a SSR validated programme and TBA CPD points will be awarded to Radiographers (who attended at least 75% of the module). 

Schedule

Week Date Commencing Topics
1 2 Jan 2023 Topic 1: Introduction to Abdominal Ultrasound
2 9 Jan 2023 Topic 2: Anatomy of the upper abdomen (aorta, pancreas, liver, gallbladder, CBD, portal vein, kidneys & adrenal, and spleen)
3 16 Jan 2023 Topic 3: The liver: Indication, patient preparation, scanning technique, protocol, and image documentation
4 23 Jan 2023 Topic 4: The gallbladder and biliary system
5 30 Jan 2023 Topic 5: The renal tracts (kidneys, ureters, bladders) and adrenals
Case-based Tutorial 1 (31 Jan 2023)
6 6 Feb 2023 Workshop: Abdominal Ultrasound (9 - 11 Feb 2023)
7 13 Feb 2023 Workshop: Abdominal Ultrasound (16 - 18 Feb 2023)
8 27 Feb 2023 Topic 6. The spleen: Indication, patient preparation, scanning technique, protocol, and image documentation
Case assignment (20%): 5 Mar 2023 (Sunday) 2359hrs
9 6 Mar 2023 Topic 7: The pancreas: Indication, patient preparation, scanning technique, protocol, and image documentation
10 13 Mar 2023 Topic 8: The peritoneum and retroperitoneum
11 20 Mar 2023
  • Topic 9: FAST in trauma
  • Case-based Tutorial 2 (21 Mar 2023)
  • Topic 10: Ergonomics awareness for sonographers/ultrasound practitioners
12 27 Mar 2023 Review/revision
13 3 Apr 2023 VIVA/OSCE (30%) : 7 Apr 2022, 12:00pm - 6:30pm
14 - 15 10 Apr 2023 Quiz: 11 Apr 2023 (Tuesday) 7:30pm - 8:30pm
16 17 Apr 2023 Processing of Results/Announcement

Fees

Category Full Fee After SF Funding
Singapore Citizen (Below 40) /
Singapore PR / LTVP+ Holder
$4,173.00 $1,251.90
Singapore Citizen (40 & above) $4,173.00 $471.90
Non-Singaporeans $4,173.00 Not Eligible
 
Note:
  • Please note that GST reflected in the fees table will be revised to 8% GST if payment is received by SIT on or after 1 January 2023. The company or trainee may be liable for an additional GST amount.
  • All figures include GST. GST applies to individuals and Singapore-registered companies.
  • You can opt for either SkillsFuture Funding or Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy. Both cannot be combined.

» Learn more about funding types available

Terms & Conditions:

SkillsFuture Funding

To be eligible for the 70% training grant awarded, applicants (and/or their sponsoring organisations where applicable) must:
  1. Be a Singaporean Citizen or Singapore Permanent Resident or LTVP+ Holder
  2. Not receive any other funding from government sources in respect of the actual grant disbursed for the programme

SkillsFuture Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy

To be eligible for the 90% enhanced subsidy awarded, applicants (and/or their sponsoring organisations where applicable) must:
  1. Be a Singaporean Citizen
  2. Be at least 40 years old
  3. Not receive any other funding from government sources in respect of the actual grant disbursed for the programme

SIT reserves the right to collect the balance of the course fees (i.e. the SSG course fee grant amount) directly from the trainees and/or their sponsoring organisations, where applicable, should the requirements not be fulfilled by the trainee.

SIT reserves the right to make changes to published course information, including dates, times, venues, fees and instructors without prior notice.


What Past Participants Say

"This course was very helpful in reinforcing my knowledge of abdominal ultrasound concepts - A&P structure/function/normal vs abnormal sonographic appearance and pathologies. The hands-on practical sessions were useful in improving my scanning techniques. " - Chen Zheng Xiang, Radiographer, Raffles Hospital

"This course is not only for the beginners but it is good chance for the experimental sonographers to refresh their knowledge. Very capsular modules, just adequate! Organisers did a great job." - Betty Mathew, Principal Radiographer, SATA CommHealth

"A well-organised and efficient run workshop with insightful lectures from the speakers. Useful for residents and junior doctors interested in abdominal ultrasound. " - Venkataganesan S/O Ponnalagu, Resident, Tan Tock Seng Hospital

"This course enabled me to learn basics in sonography scanning techniques for the abdomen. Anatomy and physiology were also refreshed pre-scan so as to better correlate the image and actual anatomy. " - Vanessa Lam, Radiographer, Gleneagles Hospital
 

Course Series

Find out more about the Modular Certification Courses - Sonography.

Postgraduate Certificate in Sonography
These modules are stackable towards a Postgraduate Certificate in Sonography or can be taken individually as a single module as follows:

  • DRG6101 Ultrasound Physics, Instrumentation and Quality Assurance
  • DRG6102 Abdominal Ultrasound
  • DRG6103 Pelvic Sonography
  • DRG6104 Obstetric Sonography
  • DRG6105 Small Parts Ultrasound
  • DRG6106 Vascular Sonography
  • DRG6107 Musculoskeletal Sonography
  • DRG6108 Neonatal and Paediatric Sonography
  • HSC6002 Evidence Based Practice and Ethics

Each module carries 6 credits which are stackable for Postgraduate Certificate in Sonography. Candidates who pass any of the 4 modules (inclusive of 2 compulsory modules in bold), totalling 24 credits, with a CGPA of ≥ 2.5 to be completed within a 3 year period will be awarded the Postgraduate Certificate in Sonography by SIT.

 

Postgraduate Diploma in Sonography
These modules are stackable towards a Postgraduate Diploma in Sonography or can be taken individually as a single module as follows:

  • DRG6101 Ultrasound Physics, Instrumentation and Quality Assurance
  • DRG6102 Abdominal Ultrasound
  • DRG6103 Pelvic Sonography
  • DRG6104 Obstetric Sonography
  • DRG6105 Small Parts Ultrasound
  • DRG6106 Vascular Sonography
  • DRG6107 Musculoskeletal Sonography
  • DRG6108 Neonatal and Paediatric Sonography
  • HSC6002 Evidence Based Practice and Ethics
Each module carries 6 credits which are stackable for Postgraduate Diploma in Sonography. Candidates who pass any of the 8 modules (inclusive of 3 compulsory modules in bold), totalling 48 credits, with a CGPA of ≥ 2.5 to be completed within a 5 year period will be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma in Sonography by SIT.
SITizens Learning Credits

Key Info

Venue Online and SIT@Dover, 10 Dover Drive S138683
Time 09:00 AM to 06:00 PM
Date 02 Jan 2023 (Mon) to
11 Apr 2023 (Tue)
Registration is Closed.

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