FNU staff to up skill knowledge at MSK Ultrasound workshop

Head of Health Sciences, Maria Waloki, left, Dr Sue Hewlett representing WFUMB and Head of Department of Imaging & Anatomy Raymond Keshwan are garlanded during the opening of the workshop. Picture: SUPPLIED

SIX Fiji National University’s (FNU) staff members are expected to up skill their knowledge on ultrasound scanning protocols, techniques and reporting in Muskloskeletal (MSK) ultrasound procedures.

The opportunity will also enable the College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences (CMNHS) Department of Medical Imaging and Anatomy personnel to further enrich their knowledge on diagnosing MSK trauma and pathology.

MSK Ultrasound workshop is a training course to facilitate diagnosis of traumatic and pathological conditions related to muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints throughout the body.

Department of Medical Imaging and Anatomy head of department Raymond Keshwan said the training was important as it boosted staff skills in the world of digital transformation, especially in the field of medical imaging which was technologically driven.

“Such workshops enhance the technical skills of staff, help us to keep pace with international standards and meet the needs of the local and regional industry,” Mr Keshwan said.

“Such a training course would refresh the knowledge of staff an it would make them more confident and competent in teaching such a complicated area of medical imaging.

“As the HOD, I want my staff to be ahead of change. We try to foresee challenges and identify the training needs and arrange appropriate activities to target those needs.”

Mr Keshwan highlighted that MSK ultrasound was a very complicated domain of ultrasound imaging.

Meanwhile, the World Federation of Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology (WFUMB) representative, Doctor Sue Hewlett is delivering the workshop which concludes this Saturday.

“I want you all to learn (and) I am a very hands on sonographer. You can sit at your desk and you may learn a little bit from the information you get on screens but there is nothing like putting your hands on a patient and learning,” Dr Hewlett said.

“My philosophy in all the years that I have been teaching is; you have to have your hands on and then you actually fully understand what you have to do.”

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