Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Training

Musculoskeletal ultrasound training is infused within the fellowship training program.  Even for those who do not go on to become accredited in MSKUS, we strongly believe that knowledge of musculoskeletal ultrasonography can enable rheumatologists to be more insightful about joint pathologies.

Hands-On Regional Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Workshop Sessions:

During the summer, as part of our 10-week hands-on workshop series, we cover the basics of musculoskeletal ultrasonography. 

  • Each week, we cover a region or topic, such as the hands, uses of doppler ultrasound, or ultrasound-guided injections.
  • Each session lasts for approximately 1 to 1.5 hours.
  • Following each session, an online questionnaire is sent to participants to consolidate knowledge and identify areas for further instruction
  • The Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Coloring Book is available to all fellows, so that they can synthesize their knowledge of sonoanatomy.

Ultrasound Teaching in Clinic:

At both UIHC and the VA Rheumatology clinics, fellows have access to a dedicated ultrasound machine.  They are encouraged to use ultrasonography during their clinic sessions.

We also support fellows who are interested in pursuing the USSONAR (Ultrasound School of North American Rheumatologists) course.  The availability of ultrasound for practice sessions and enthusiasm of faculty to provide feedback on images helps to improve the chances of selection into this increasingly selective program.