The 1st Global Advanced MSK Course for Radiologists that was held in Kuala Lumpur from 6th-8th October 2016 was a great success. Delegates came from as far as Denmark to expand their knowledge of MSK. What was even more amazing was the all-time high ratings we achieved for the course, surpassing that of even our Basic Course in Penang that we have been running for the past 7 years.
We started this Advanced Radiology course to provide an avenue for radiologists who already report MSK MRI and practise MSK USS regularly to upgrade their knowledge and fill in any gaps of knowledge they may have. Our decision to launch this course was well-received by many delegates who were grateful for the interactive sessions that were primarily focused on running through cases and answering any questions they had with regards to daily MSK MRI reporting and MSK Ultrasound scanning.
Both our Kuala Lumpur and Penang courses are unique because we have dedicated sessions covering the various joints. For each joint, the course begins by lectures that go in detail over the normal gross and radiological anatomy. In the Penang course, the lectures are long and detailed, assuming that there is no basic knowledge and this is good for senior residents and junior radiologists. Then basic pathology is covered using actual patient MRI and Ultrasound video cases using the pearls and principles learnt from the lectures.
In the practical sessions in Penang, each delegate is first taken through the routine MSK USS technique for each joint but in Kuala Lumpur the individuals will ask the faculty to go through what they would like to review and fill in gaps in knowledge. The faculty will also show any new techniques.
Through various cases, we are able to demonstrate the common roadblocks faced by radiologists and physicians and provide methods to solve them. The research done in my institution has been targeted to the Asian population, making this course extremely unique and popular among Asians, but Europeans and Australians also attest the practical usefulness of the pearls and tips shared.
We also limit the practical sessions to have 1 faculty to 6 participants to give more personalized attention to individual participants. Furthermore, 4 free additional tables with models are present so that delegates can practice the newly learned skills to see if they can perform the examination independently or call on the faculty for further help. As such, it is important after you have been shown how to do the Basic technique in the Penang Course to go immediately to the additional free tables and see if you can reproduce the full examination. If not, the faculty can be called to any of the tables after the first round of teaching for further teaching and demonstration.
All the major ultrasound companies also bring their machines for practical usage and it is a good opportunity to see and try out the latest range of equipment from GE, PHILIPS, SIEMENS, SAMSUNG, ESAOTE, SUPERSONIC and hopefully also TOSHIBA in the 2017 course.
My vision is to make MSK Radiology as simple and down-to-earth as possible by sharing tips and tricks I learnt along the way during my 20 years as a practicing MSK radiologist. I look forward to building a growing pool of radiologists who will be able to face daily MSK MRI and USS cases with ease and provide the best care for patients. I concentrate on a problem-solving approach which is very different from a diagnosis approach only. This solves the current cause of the patients’ symptoms.
Please do read the recent delegate testimonials on the Penang and Kuala Lumpur courses. Please note most participants are best attending the Penang course first and then going back to practise for about a year and then attending the Advanced course for more focused and advanced training.
Our course may be more expensive than other courses in Asia but when you actually experience the quality of the lectures, materials, faculty, practical sessions, the venue and the great food, you will, like others who attended previously say it was worth every dollar.
Our Penang Basic Radiology course for March 15th to 18th 2017 is already currently overbooked, with over 60 applicants vying for the 42 available seats, and we expect our Physicians course to be full soon. As guarantee of a place is only upon payment, we encourage all delegates to make payment early so that you can secure one of the limited seats available. At this point the course is still open to everyone until 42 delegates make payment.
We hope to have the KL Advanced Radiology course annually but the next dates have yet to be fixed so do monitor this website for updates. It will most likely be held in August 2017 in Kuala Lumpur so keep this period free if you are hoping to attend the advanced course.
Professor Dr John George
Course Coordinator Global MSK Courses 2016/2017