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Trainees are required to perform 30 Focused Cardiac Ultrasound cases and have them evaluated as satisfactory by an Approved Assessor.
Trainees are to submit an individual form for each scan to the College or on a logbook approved at the College’s discretion. These scans should ideally commence within 1 year from when a course was attended and submitted prior to entering transition year.
The College approved form is below.
Focused Cardiac Ultrasound Case Form
The role and responsibilities of an Assessor is to validate each cardiac ultrasound scan that a trainee performs in line with the College curriculum. Multiple assessors can be involved with each trainee, although individual mentorship is encouraged.
It is recognised that many qualifications have only been established in the last few years and that Intensive Care specialists with extensive training and experience in echocardiography may not have a formal qualification, or they may have qualifications from other credentialing bodies not mentioned below. These situations will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. If a Fellow has no formal qualifications an additional letter of recommendation from an accredited assessor may be required.
To be an approved assessor an advanced level of experience is required, a basic level of knowledge and qualifications (such as the Certificate in Clinician Performed Ultrasound (CCPU) from ASUM) is not considered suitable.
Advanced qualifications accepted include:
The online exam consists of multiple choice answers relating to a combination of traditional questions, video loops and still images.
A pass rate of 70% is required and a trainee can attempt the course as many times as necessary.
The online exam should only be attempted after you have attended an approved course and had 30 cases signed off.
The online exam can be found via your Members portal under the Online Learning tab.
The following are a list of useful resources:
In February 2014 the College Board approved the following statement regarding the Australasian Society for Ultrasound Medicine;
“Doctors who complete the College of Intensive Care Medicines Focus Cardiac Ultrasound requirement or any critical care doctor who completes the Rapid Cardiac Echo unit via the Australian Society of Ultrasound Medicine pathway will be considered by both CICM and ASUM to have equivalent qualifications.”
Focused Cardiac Ultrasound FAQs
Take maximum 5 minutes per view, if after this time you have not made a successful determination, move on to next view. Overall, a case should take 20 minutes.
A list of assessors is available on the Assessor tab.
If you have any difficulties finding an assessor email the Education Department; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yes, it is expected that you may have a number of different assessors for the 30 cases.
Trainees should attend a face to face course first and then within one year begin the 30 cases. It is expected that the online exam should be the last requirement completed.
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