Bringing the Obstetrical Ultrasound Course to your rural community

Dr. Tandi Wilkinson (center), Medical Director, RCPD, demonstrates how ultrasound can be used by GPs in third trimester pregnancies to answer basic questions.

The Obstetrical Ultrasound Course is a one-day accredited rural skills training course that teaches physicians and midwives – often with local obstetricians as instructors – basic and safe ultrasound examination techniques that can be used to answer questions about fetal presentation, amniotic fluid volume, and fetal heartbeat.

This is a new course that is taught in local community hospitals in BC. So far it has been delivered twice and is being further developed to include midwives as learners.

The Obstetrical Ultrasound Course is offered by UBC Rural Continuing Professional Development (RCPD). Please note that due to the course requirement that 12 third trimester pregnant women be in attendance for the workshop as ultrasound models, not all rural communities will have the ability to host this course independently. To further discuss bringing the course to your community, contact Andrea Keesey, RCPD Project Manager, at Each course takes approximately three to six months to coordinate.

Procedures for funding and securing approval for the course can vary widely, ranging from approaching the local medical advisory committee (LMAC) for permission to host the course using the community’s reverted rural continuing medical education (RCME) funds, to consulting with the local health authority and raising the funds for the course through physician tuition fees.

Community health teams are responsible for providing their own locum coverage during the course.

The Obstetrical Ultrasound Course is accredited for up to 9.0 MainPro C credits and 9.0 MainPro M1 credits with the College of Family Physicians of Canada.

In 2013, the Obstetrical Ultrasound Course will be delivered at the SRPC Rural and Remote Medicine Course in Victoria, BC; at the Obstetrics Conference in Vancouver in October; and at two community locations (TBA) during Fall 2013.

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