The UC San Diego Musculoskeletal Ultrasound curriculum has been created to provide comprehensive modular activities to teach point-of-care musculoskeletal ultrasound (MSKUS) for the evaluation of ankles, knees and elbows, and to become familiar with skills to be applied to arthritic conditions and other musculoskeletal syndromes, including hemophilic arthropathy. Previously, this curriculum was a composite of classroom teaching and hands-on practice offered every 3 months at the Hemophilia & Thrombosis Treatment Center at UC San Diego Health. Due to COVID-19 this curriculum was transformed to provide comprehensive education online, with the introduction of tele-guided in person ultrasound teaching lessons to cover the practical aspects of scanning, image acquisition and recognition of sono-anatomy.

The curriculum is divided into four modules (two online and two teleguidance modules). These modules can be booked and accessed separately based on provider needs. Online Module 1 will provide basic MSKUS knowledge applicable to all arthritic conditions and musculoskeletal syndromes. Course participants will learn basic ultrasound physics, how to operate ultrasound machines (including the use of small emerging hand-held devices), sono-anatomy and sono-pathology. Online Module 2 requires a basic understanding of MSKUS techniques (for example acquired with Online Module 1) and focuses on hemophilic arthropathy, joint bleed detection, distinction between simple and complex effusions as well as the Joint Tissue Examination and Damage Exam (JADE), a validated joint ultrasound protocol for evaluation of hemophilic joints. The teleguidance modules enable the learner to receive remote hands-on training via tele-guidance platforms and replace previous hands-on classroom training.

All courses are CME accredited.

The four modules below can be taken individually or as a series.

Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Training for Arthritic Conditions: Ankle, Knee and Elbow – Basics and Techniques Online Program: This on-demand, asynchronous program provides training in musculoskeletal ultrasound (MSKUS) to evaluate arthritic conditions and musculoskeletal abnormalities of ankles, knees and elbows.

Teleguided Hands-on Training in Musculoskeletal Ultrasound for Arthritic Conditions: Ankle, Knee and Elbow: This live teleguided course is developed to provide virtual hands-on training in musculoskeletal ultrasound (MSKUS) for evaluation of arthritic conditions and musculoskeletal abnormalities and syndromes.

Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Training in Hemophilia: This on-demand, asynchronous program provides instruction on the pathology of hemophilic joint disease with a focus on arthropathy, hemarthrosis, effusions, and JADE protocol.

Teleguided Hands-on Training for Hemophilia: Ankle, Knee and Elbow: This live teleguided ultrasound course is developed to provide virtual hands-on training in musculoskeletal ultrasound (MSKUS) for the evaluation of hemophilic joint disease and musculoskeletal abnormalities.

UC San Diego Health Hemophilia and Thrombosis Treatment Center

The Hemophilia and Thrombosis Treatment Center has cared for patients with hemophilia since its founding in 1989. It later became one of approximately 130 federally funded Hemophilia Treatment Centers, with a mandate to reach out to all patients with hemophilia and other bleeding disorders in the community in order to improve and specialize their care, as well as to ensure and afford access to life-saving clotting factors.

The mission of the Hemophilia and Thrombosis Treatment Center is to provide state-of-the art care to our patients with a team of specialized and highly trained physicians, nurses, physical therapists and social workers. This includes:

  • Access to and appropriate use of clotting factors
  • All-around medical care focused on the needs of adolescent, adult, and aging patients with hemophilia, including care for hemophilic arthropathy, osteoporosis, cancer and cardiovascular disease. In addition, the center works closely with the Owen Clinic and the Liver Center to ensure that patients with hemophilia and HIV and/or hepatitis B and C virus receive appropriate treatment.
  • State-of the-art research for the hemophilia community, with opportunities to participate in clinical trials studying new long-lasting clotting factor products, bypassing agents for patients with inhibitors, as well as studying joint disease and cardiovascular disease in hemophilia. This effort has the ultimate goal to create new knowledge for patients with hemophilia, advance the field and improve care paradigms.

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