Course

Tropical Medicine and PoC Ultrasound: an integrated approach

Tropical Medicine and PoC Ultrasound: an integrated approach is an online course built on over 30 years of experience with ultrasound in tropical diseases and on 20 years of Short Course on Ultrasound in Tropical Medicine (courseonultrasound.org) that the faculty have organized in Pavia every year since 2003.

Despite being a key element of clinical practice, especially in resource-poor areas, and the increasing amount of research and publications on the subject, ultrasound is still used in a rather patchy way and often thought of exclusively as a radiologist’s tool.

Our decades-long experience shows that ultrasound is often a key element of the clinical management in tropical diseases and is especially useful as the extension of the physical exam.

New applications of US in tropical medicine are constantly being explored and evaluated, beyond the areas where ultrasound has already proved its worth. .

This online course has been designed to be presented in a compact and interactive way using the clinical presentation (together with a brief overview the epidemiology and for parasites, life cycles) of several infectious and Tropical Diseases and the role that PoC ultrasound has in each of them.

The faculty are experts in their respective fields and have often collaborated on joint projects and publications.

The course is open not only to students, nurses, clinicians but also to those working in public health and those caring for migrants.

With over 70 hours of online lectures and clinical cases presentations, the course also has interactive discussions with faculty. Participants will learn about parasitic, bacterial and viral infections in which Point-of-Care ultrasound has a role and Point of care laboratory Diagnostics in Tropical Medicine.

Modules

Module 1 – Parasitic Diseases

SubjectHours
Filariasis4
Echinococcosis4
Schistosomiasis4
Toxocariasis1
Leishmaniasis2
Chagas2
Amebiasis2
Malaria2
Fascioliasis2
Clonorchis/opistorchis2
Total24

Module 2 – Bacterial Diseases

SubjectHours
Tuberculosis12
Brucellosis2
Bacterial abscess2
Melioidosis2
Cases6
Total24

Module 3 – Viral Diseases

SubjectHours
Covid 192
HIV12
Dengue2
Infections from Arboviruses (Zika, Chikungunya)2
PoCUS in the acutely ill Patient in the Tropics2
US screening for HCV and HBV in Africa4
Total24

Module 4 Point of Care Lab diagnostics

SubjectHours
Viral Infections4
Bacterial Infections4
Parasitic Infections4
Total12

Faculty:

Enrico Brunetti, MD

Calum Macpherson, PhD

Eskild Petersen, MD

Joachim Richter, MD

Tom Heller, MD

Tommaso Manciulli, MD, PhD

Andreas Neumayr, MD

Francesca Tamarozzi, DVM, MD, MSc, PhD

Claudia Wallrauch, MD

Francesco Taccari, MD

Contact and info:

Silvia Bensi silvia.bensi@unipv.it