SMUG Mentorship

SMUG mentorship with a dedicated clinical supervisor and clinical supervision

We have developed this exciting new programme to provide a learning pathway to gain a basic clinical competency qualification in MSK Ultrasound.

The programme is structured to work as a stand-alone clinical competency pathway or to complement an existing pathway by providing the clinical supervision component.

Programme overview Pre-requisites Course structure Timetable Why choose this course? Who should attend? Tutors


Programme overview

This unique Mentorship Programme gives delegates the opportunity to secure clinical supervision, with a dedicated clinical mentor, to gain clinical competency in MSK Ultrasound. Delegates will have regular supervision over an 8-month period. This has been introduced to address the lack of clinical supervisors in the UK. It also provides a unique opportunity for clinicians enrolled on PG Certificates, Diplomas and Masters to gain regular clinical supervision and support their course requisites in terms of supervised and unsupervised scans. Each delegate will be allocated one of our expert tutors to guide him or her through the Mentorship Programme.

Delegates will attend a SMUG 2-day Introduction course and then attend one day each month for 6 months. Each supervision day will focus on a specific joint (see overview below). At the end of the course (month 8) there is a one-hour practical clinical competency exam, a session to review log books/clinical portfolio and sign off all relevant paperwork.

All delegates will keep a log book/practice portfolio and will need to achieve 250 scans (100 supervised and 150 unsupervised) over the 8-month period. The tutors will sign off supervised and unsupervised scans and will provide feedback on image quality, scan findings, diagnosis and management.

The tutors have extensive experience of guiding students through their post graduate qualifications in MSK Ultrasound and are passionate about maintaining high standards of scanning and helping clinicians achieve their goal.

Any scans carried out on the day will form part of the assessment process and will be signed off by the tutor.


Course pre-requisites

  • Attendance of SMUG 2-day Introduction to MSK Ultrasound Imaging in Sports Medicine course (Fri 27th & Sat 28th October 2017).
  • Must be carrying out regular diagnostic MSK ultrasound in their own workplace.
  • Must attend all teaching days (a SMUG 2-day Introduction course, all 6 supervision days and the exam day). Alternative dates may be available at special request, but may incur a fee.


Course structure



Supervision Day Structure
09:00 – 09:30 Registration and plan for the day Review of the last month
What has gone well?What has not gone so well?
Identify areas for development to focus on in day
09:30 – 10:30 Presentation & Demonstration Outline of the joint to be scanned
Pitfalls & Top Tips
Tutor demonstration of the joint to be scanned
10:30 – 12:00 Practical Workshop Opportunity for delegates to scan with close supervision and feedback
12:00 – 12:45 Lunch
12:45 – 14:00 Practical Workshop Delegates will scan normal and abnormal anatomy under close supervision on models and real patients (depending on patient availability). Ultrasound findings will be combined with clinical testing and appropriate management discussed.
Throughout the afternoon each delegate will have time with their tutor to review their log book/practice portfolio, review scans, sign off scans, discuss cases and identify any areas for development.
14:00 – 14:15 Break
14:15 – 16:30 Practical Workshop Delegates will scan under close supervision
16:30 – 17:00 Presentation Review of the day
Areas of development for each delegate will be identified
Plan for next month


Why choose this course?

SMUG guarantees:
  • One expert tutor to 3 - 6 delegates – plenty of time to practice under close supervision.
  • Opportunity to work with the experts in this field.
  • One machine to two delegates – only high specification machines are used on the course. Delegates are encouraged to use their own machines if they use a portable device
  • 100% pass mark so far!
  • Exclusive access to our online resources and content from our expert tutors
  • Comprehensive presentations
  • Exclusive discounts on future SMUG courses and ultrasound products


Who should attend?

  • This programme attracts MSK radiologists, GP’s with special interest in MSK/Sports Medicine, Sports Medicine Consultant’s, Physiotherapists, Radiographers, Podiatrists, Sonographers, and Osteopaths.
  • Designed for delegates looking for clinical supervision/supervisors to compliment their existing post graduate certificate or those who want to obtain a basic competency in MSK ultrasound. For example: to facilitate radiologists to achieve the Level 1 Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) Standards or prepare Sports Medicine Doctors and GPwSI to pass the Faculty of Sports & Exercise Medicine (FSEM) Clinical Competency Exam also known as The Ultrasound Direct Observation of Procedural Skills (DOPS) Clinical Assessment. It also provides a stand-alone competency pathway for sonographers, GP’s, orthopaedic surgeons, physiotherapists and osteopaths.



Chris Myers – Extended Scope Physiotherapist, Osteopath and MSK Sonographer

Robert Laus – Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist & MSK Sonographer

Dr Lorenzo Masci – Consultant Sports Medicine Doctor and MSK Sonographer


  • "Practical sessions were very informative." –JE, Sonographer

  • "Lots of opportunity to use the scanners." –BB, Radiographer

  • "One to one supervision pretty much all the time." –RT, Sports Therapist

  • "Good logical methods of scanning for each particular structure." –SB, Osteopath

  • "The use of the schematic diagrams was very good." –AP, Sports Medicine Doctor

  • "I found the course highly informative and very relevant to my job as a therapist." –JW, Rheumatologist

  • "Great group numbers" –LD, Orthopedic Surgeon

  • "Good logical methods of scanning for each particular structure" –OS, Physiotherapist


Upcoming Dates

2017 Mentorship Programme (Full)


Attendance of SMUG 2-day Introduction to MSK Ultrasound Imaging in Sports Medicine course

6 Supervision Days

  • Mon 8th May: Shoulder
  • Mon 5th June: Knee
  • Mon 3rd July: Hip
  • Mon 14th Aug: Ankle/foot
  • Mon 4th Sept: Elbow
  • Mon 2nd Oct: Wrist/hand

Competency Exam Day

  • Mon 6th Nov


2017/18 Mentorship Programme (Full)


Attendance of SMUG 2-day Introduction to MSK Ultrasound Imaging in Sports Medicine course (Fri 27th & Sat 28th Oct 2017)

6 Supervision Days

  • Mon 27th Nov: Shoulder
  • Mon 11th Dec: Knee
  • Mon 15th Jan: Hip
  • Mon 5th Feb: Ankle/foot
  • Mon 5th March: Elbow
  • Mon 9th April: Wrist & Hand

Competency Exam Day

  • Mon 14th May – Competency Exam



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Payment Details

Bacs transfer to sort code 12-24-81, a/c no. 06281642, ref: SMUG plus your surname.
Credit or debit card by contacting 00 44 (0)20 7987 8899 (Mon to Fri office hours).

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This course is held at:

Waterside Physiotherapy, One Parker House, Admirals Way, Canary Wharf, London E14 9UQ

Complete Physio, Revolution PTS The Basement, 5-10 Bury St, London EC3A 5AT

Clinical Research Centre, 1st Flr, Red Zone, Mile End Hospital, Bancroft Rd, London E1 4DG

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