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Scanning for all: a national trainees ultrasound training survey
  1. C G Iruloh1,
  2. D O Anumba1,2
  1. 1Jessop Wing, Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield, UK
  2. 2University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK


Background Ultrasound imaging is central to service provision in obstetrics and gynaecology and vital for all subspecialty training. To meet training needs the advanced obstetric ultrasound diploma was replaced with five ultrasound training modules. It is mandatory during ST1-3 to complete the two basic modules with the intermediate modules required for subspecialty training (SST) and some of the advanced training skills modules (ATSM).

Aim We sought to explore the delivery of modular ultrasound training from the perspective of trainees in obstetrics and gynaecology.

Method An email request was sent to all trainees via heads of schools of obstetrics and gynaecology in all the deaneries in Great Britain to partake in an online survey.

Result Respondents (n=127) were evenly distributed among ST1-7. More than 70% (mostly ST1-5 trainees) were undertaking the basic modules to qualify for subsequent modules while ST5-7 trainees wished to qualify for ATSMs and SST. Half of all trainees expected their training to last 12 months, a third having had ≤12 months training and half believed that they could not complete training timely. Most of the trainers were consultants and/or sonographers with >80% of the sessions being ad hoc. 35% of sessions were done in ≤50% of trainees' private time. More than 70% of all respondents were indifferent or dissatisfied with the training.

Conclusion There was an identified need for ultrasound training to be delivered within training time and structured to fulfil the curriculum and trainees' aspirations.

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