GCU takes medical ultrasound programme to United Arab Emirates

01 October 2015

GCU takes medical ultrasound programme to United Arab Emirates

GCU lecturers with PgC students

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) is teaching its Postgraduate Certificate Medical Ultrasound (International) programme in the United Arab Emirates.

The one-year programme is being delivered by GCU to students at Lifeway Specialized Center, a specialist training centre in Sharjah, the capital of the Emirate of Sharjah. 

Diagnostic Imaging Lecturers Diane Dickson and Elaine Gardiner are delivering the course in three intensive units, focusing on obstetric medical ultrasound, professional issues and physics and technology.

Mrs Dickson said: “In the UAE, ultrasound has traditionally been carried out by doctors but is now being rolled out across the health professions such as midwifery and radiography. There has, however, been no formalised training for them and some people have been carrying out medical ultrasound examinations without the theory or supervised skills training to underpin their practice. Our programme will provide training to an international standard.”

Helen Gallagher, Head of the Department of Psychology, Social Work and Allied Health, said: “This is a really exciting opportunity for GCU to make a difference to the delivery of healthcare and improve patient outcomes in the Middle East by providing quality education and skills training to health care professionals to enable them to safely extend their scope of practice to meet the growing service demand.”

The programme is taking a “hands-on” approach, which has allowed the programme’s students to scan, under supervision, patients who would be otherwise unable to access ultrasound examinations in addition to supporting early practice skills using state-of-the-art ultrasound simulation equipment.

Mrs Dickson added: “Healthcare in the UAE is very different with no NHS and reduced regulation, so it has been fascinating to explore that from the point of view of internationalising our own curriculum.”