|Message from the Scientific Chair
|I'm truly delighted to be the Scientific Program Chair for the 2013
British Medical Ultrasound 45th Annual Scientific Meeting and welcome the
medical ultrasound community for the first time to The Sage Gateshead in the
North East of England.
The Sage Gateshead is simply a superb venue in a stunning location. It lies
adjacent to the Baltic Arts Centre which held the 2012 Turner Prize and is on
the south bank of the River Tyne, in front of the famous "Blinking
Eye" Gateshead Millennium Bridge. If approaching from the south you will
pass Antony Gormley's sculpture, The Angel of the North and the train journey
from Scotland is one of the most scenic coastal trips in the UK.
BMUS Council realise that study leave and funding are increasingly difficult to
obtain, but that education is more vital than ever with the advent of Any
Qualified Provider and the Francis Report. With this in mind, the Organising
Committee have put together nine tightly focused educational streams and five
intense practical training programs to meet those needs.
The three day scientific meeting has a general theme around acute ultrasound
and practical problem solving, supplemented with Master Class sessions and
Expert live demos. The highlights for this year include: -
1: A focus on Acute Gastro-Intestinal Ultrasound led by Nigel
Grunshaw; Physics, Science & Technology led by Carmel Moran (BMUS President
Elect); the BMUS Young Investigator Awards and a full Service Management &
Professional Issues Day, including our Star Feature, a Medico-Legal
Masterclass with A P Andrews from Bond Solon.
Day 1 has a slightly later start to allow travel on the day and will end with
the WELCOME drinks reception followed by a special BMUS Live
Event - From Ducks to Doppler
A Celebration of Wildlife, Music
and Sound with Dr Simon Elliott, who has also been invited to deliver the 2013
Donald, MacVicar and Brown Lecture. You can then join BMUS or
your favourite equipment companies for an evening buffet meal in the Sage
Day 2: Acute Abdominal Ultrasound with the Radiology Academies
led by Jane Smith (Bates), with a focus on Registrar Training, also relevant to
Radiology Advanced Practitioner Sonographers; the popular film viewing panel,
this year in the form of a team challenge; a comprehensive full day of
Gynaecology led by Susanne Johnson and an integrated Vascular Program with the
Day 2 will end with the eponymous Donald, MacVicar and Brown Lecture, which can
be teamed up with a ticket for the BMUS Annual Dinner and Awards evening and
worth 1 CPD point and a separate CPD certificate for those that can't make it
to the full meeting.
Book early and make this event your department Christmas Party with special
earlybird deal on tables of ten.
Day 3: Advanced Musculo-Skeletal Ultrasound and Sports
Medicine led by Andrew Carne; a comprehensive full day of Obstetrics led by
Anne-Marie Coady including the Peter Twining Lecture will be
delivered by Professor Sir John Burn; a day of General Radiology Problem
Solving including Head & Neck, Lumps & Bumps; the Big BMUS Debate with
two mighty BMUS stalwarts in Pete Rogers and Paul Dubbins, and finally
culminating in the hugely popular Reporting Masterclass led by Pam Parker &
There are four Integrated Training Packages that can be purchased which will
deliver an intense three hour session of practical training in small groups
with one to one education from the BMUS faculty. The pre-recorded lectures will
be available in advance via a link to the BMUS Website Portal or via other
electronic media to be accessed by delegates at their own convenience. The
remainder of the day will then include full access to the Scientific Meeting
sessions and Technical Exhibition. These packages attract the equivalent of one
and a half days of CPD points. They will cover DVT (Borsha Sarker), Carotid
(Crispian Oates), Advanced Fetal Cardiac (Lead TBC) and Head & Neck (Rhodri
Evans and Lol Berman). There is also a full day of focused education and
practical training in Point of Care Echo designed for Intensivists and
Emergency Care Medicine.
Early booking is advised
for these packages as places are strictly limited.
The Sage as a venue is able to accommodate some satellite meetings and BMUS are
delighted to welcome for 2013 the National AAA Screening Program, RCN Fertility
Nurses and welcome back the popular Vets!
Finally, I'm delighted that we have the support of the Ultrasound Equipment
Manufacturers for the Technical Exhibition. They will not only have an
extensive display of state of the art equipment, showcasing the latest
technological developments, but will also be supporting the educational program
with sales and applications support in the practical sessions and separate
bite-sized Education on the Stands. We also plan to showcase the best of the
North-East with some product tasting and smaller shopping opportunities in the
run up to the Christmas festivities.
Don't miss the BMUS ASM
this year. You might regret it
Chair of 2013 Organising Committee