The Sage Gateshead UK,9th - 11th December 2013
Ultrasound 2013. The 45th Annual Scientific Meeting of the British Medical Ultrasound Society
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: -
Day 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 Gateshead.

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 SVT.

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.
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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 & Rhodri Evans.

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 …
Borsha Sarker    
Chair of 2013 Organising Committee    
Ultrasound 2013 is organised by: British Medical Ultrasound Society  |  27 Old Gloucester Street, London WC1N 3AX  |  Tel: +44(0)20 7636 3714  |  Fax: +44(0)20 7323 2175