New full-time Medical Ultrasound MSc first of its kind in the UK
Cardiff, UK; 1st October 2015: MedaPhor Group plc (AIM: MED) (‘MedaPhor’), the global provider of advanced ultrasound skills training simulators for medical professionals, today announces that the University of Cumbria has chosen ScanTrainer as the core ultrasound training simulator for its new direct entry Medical Ultrasound MSc course. The new programme, the first of its kind in the UK, will take on its first cohort of students in January 2016 and will give both clinical and non-clinical postgraduates the opportunity to learn ultrasound as a full-time masters course.
The university, which has been running ultrasound training courses for over 20 years, already offers a range of part-time postgraduate courses aimed at medical professionals, and decided that it was time to make ultrasound accessible to those who come from a non-clinical health and science background.
The new two-year course will use a combination of six transvaginal and transabdominal ScanTrainer systems to teach students basic and advanced obstetrics, gynaecology and general medical ultrasound scanning skills. The systems will also be integrated into the university’s other postgraduate courses which include a PgC, PgD and part-time MSc and are already being used as part of the course application process to test special awareness and hand-eye co-ordination skills.
Gareth Bolton, Senior Lecturer at University of Cumbria, explains:
“We’d been using ScanTrainer in training workshops for some time and our team and students loved it so we decided that it was the right solution to form the foundation of our new programme. The haptic technology enables students to learn what it actually feels like to carry out a real-life scan and will help prepare them for what they’ll experience in a clinical environment. The virtual tutor technology means students can be in control of their learning both in and out of class time.”
Stuart Gall, CEO, at MedaPhor, comments:
“The fact that ScanTrainer is increasingly being used as a foundation technology for ultrasound education programmes is testament to the versatility of the simulator and its ability to scale to suit programmes of all sizes across both universities and hospitals. We’re looking forward to supporting the university as it introduces its new students to ScanTrainer.”
For more information about the course visit: http://www.cumbria.ac.uk/Courses/Subjects/HealthAndSocialCare/Postgraduate/MedicalUltrasoundMScDirectEntry.aspx