Course information

Presentation

The ‘Imaging in Maternal-Fetal Medicine Training Course’ responds to the obstetricians’ and imaging specialists’ need for advanced training in diagnostic imaging. The training consists of a theoretical-practical part and a face-to-face week in Barcelona.

The theoretical-practical part includes an online training through specific modules to acquire basic and advanced knowledge, as well as different practical tasks such as discussing clinical cases and submitting images to validate the acquisition of the needed skills. This part is supported by an interactive platform consisting of discussion forums and Masterclasses taught by experts in the field.

The second part of this Course consists of a face-to-face week in Barcelona. During this week, there will be Meet-the-Professor sessions, workshops and clinical cases discussions. (See more details in the academic guide).

Target audience

Specialists in Obstetrics and Gynecology or in Imaging, who would like to receive high-level training in diagnostic imaging in Maternal-Fetal Medicine to capacitate them for their daily practice but have a limited time for such training.

General objective

High-level theoretical-practical training in imaging applied to maternal-fetal medicine.

Course duration:

From January 17th, 2022 to October 30th, 2022

Organization:

Fetal I + D Education Barcelona

Course directors

Eduard Gratacós

Francesc Figueras

Scientific Coordinator

Leticia Benítez

Venue:

The presential part will take place in Barcelona, Spain.

Registration fees and payment:

Registration fees have a cost 5.900,00€ / person.

Once the application is accepted, an initial payment of 1.550,00 € must be made within 10 days after receiving the acceptance letter. This amount will not be refunded in case of cancellation.

The rest of the payment 4.350,00 € can be made in a maximum of 3 fractions of 1.450,00 € before the start of the course.

Payments are non-refundable, except for cases of force majeure which require justification with the corresponding documentation.

More information

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Teaching structure

The teaching program of the Imaging in Maternal-Fetal Medicine Training Course includes 5 theoretical modules that fully cover practical diagnostic imaging in fetal medicine with an advanced training through theoretical classes and an interactive platform.

Each module contains videos with theoretical content that can be viewed online. These modules have a determined duration and will be carried out consecutively. Upon completion of a module, the student will have access to an evaluation test by means of multiple-choice questions that can include images and videos, with specific deadlines of completion.

Masterclass

The Masterclasses are interactive sessions with the professors that will be scheduled in the form of live online webinars, in which the students will be able to ask their questions to the experts, with the objective of solving any doubts that may have remained.

These sessions will be held before the end of the online exam period of each module and they will be coordinated by a moderator to ensure that they run smoothly.

Practicum

All modules include a practical part that consists of obtaining and submitting several ultrasound images, which must meet the criteria explained in the theoretical classes.

The images will be assessed and scored by the tutors of the course; the students will receive a personalized feedback that will allow them to detect possible pitfalls in order to improve their clinical skills.

The objective of this part is to provide decision-making and problem-solving tools in ultrasound scanning that are essential in the doctor’s daily clinical practice.

Clinic cases resolution

A forum will be created for each module using the Moodle platform. The students will be given access once the module is open. It will constitute the place to share questions and doubts regarding the studied topics. The directors of the module will propose clinical cases to generate a debate between the students.

Face-to-face Week

From May 16 to 20, 2022

The course includes a one-week period in Barcelona, that consists of:

  • Meet-the-Professor sessions, in which the students will be able to discuss in person the most relevant aspects of each module with expert professors in their specific area of knowledge.
  • Practical workshops on invasive procedures, with the use of simulators and guidance from experts in these procedures.
  • Clinical cases sessions, in groups of 10-12 participants. Examples of real clinical cases will be discussed to put the knowledge acquired in the different modules into practice. Participants will be asked to present their own clinical cases and they will be discussed within the group with the supervision of an expert.

Research project

The students must elaborate a final research project that will be evaluated by the expert committee. There are two modalities to choose from on the type of the final project:

  • Systematic literature review on a current subject related to the content of the course.
  • Original research in the student’s own setting.

The topic of the final project must be proposed by each student. The proposals must be sent to the coordinator team before February 15, 2022 in order to be assessed by the scientific committee, which will evaluate their suitability. The scientific committee will establish the definitive topic for each student’s project and assign a tutor to guide the student during the project’s development. It is necessary to pass the final work assessment (the passing score is 70) to obtain the university degree.

Preregistration

The number of places is limited. To apply, it is necessary to fill out the preregistration form within the established period. Form available here.

Applications submitted after the deadline will not be accepted.

Preregistration requirements:

  • * To be a medical doctor.
  • * To fill in the form in the Register section with the requested information, your CV and a motivation letter.

Important: The receipt of your application will be confirmed within a maximum of one week from the date of submission. Note that incomplete applications will not be considered.

Selection criteria

The geographical area - the intention is to represent the maximum number of countries.

The motivation letter.

The CV - previous experience in Fetal Medicine and the ability to obtain the requested images for the practicums included in the program are valued.

To take into account before preregistration

In order to validate a degree certificate awarded by a university or center of higher education abroad, it is necessary to carry out specific procedures to verify the existence of the institution that issued the degree and the studies that have been completed, with the legalization of foreign documents.

Information on the legalization procedure should be obtained from the university at which the course of study was completed, consular services in the country of issue, or the competent authority in each case. For more information also access the webpage of University of Barcelona: http://www.ub.edu/acad/en/admission/international/postgraduate.htm

Selection results

Maximum date to respond to the students will be October 31, 2021. Selected applicants will receive an email indicating that they have been accepted with the necessary information to start the registration process.

We recommend that you read previously the information available on our website in the section “to take into account before preregistration”.

Applicants not admitted will receive an email indicating that their application has not been accepted.

Preregistration requires a commitment to

  • Accomplish the planned educational activities to pass the course, including the evaluations and the submission of images and clinical cases in each module within the established deadlines (including a recovery period). Thus, we request that you don’t submit your preregistration application if you are not sure that you can accomplish the course requirements, either because of not being able to attend the presential part, or meet the deadlines for the submission of images, exams, payments, etc.

Cancellations

In the case of abandoning the course, the applicant must present a letter to the course coordinator, requesting the cancellation of his/her registration. The registration fee will not be refunded.

Course Certificate

A diploma that certifies the completion of "Imaging in Maternal-Fetal Medicine Training Course" will be issued by Maternal Fetal Medicine Barcelona with a qualification certificate. To obtain the course certificate, it is essential to pass all the theoretical and the practical parts of each module.

  • After satisfactory completion of all tests and materials required, participants will be provided with a university Diploma. It is a university-specific degree* awarded by the Continuing Education Institute-IL3 at the University of Barcelona. The name of the diploma awarded by the University will be: “Expert in imaging in Maternal-Fetal Medicine” and it has 20 ECTS credits.

INFORMATION ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY DIPLOMA

What is a university-specific qualification?

According to the regulations of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) most European universities offer specific degrees. In Spain, pursuant to article 2(g) of the Organic Law on Universities [Ley Orgánica 6/2001, de 21 de diciembre, de Universidades], the government allows Spanish universities to independently issue university-specific diplomas and qualifications. This enables the University to add to the official training it offers these so-called university-specific qualifications.

University-specific qualifications are specialised courses with various names (master's degree, postgraduate, expert, etc.). They are designed to flexibly meet the needs that arise in the labour market and society, so they are aimed at achieving objectives such as:

  • Providing specialised training with an immediate impact in the professional world.
  • Updating professional knowledge in order to encourage skills-building for professional practice.
  • Making a connection between academic work and social reality (this objective is supported by the frequent organisation of qualifications that are taught through an agreement with public institutions and private companies).

Therefore, the Expert in imaging in Maternal Fetal Medicine is an official University-specific degree issued by the University of Barcelona through its institute for continuous education (IL3). This degree certifies that the participant has received specialized training in imaging in maternal fetal medicine.

What is a university-specific qualification?

  • The main difference between the two is that official qualifications require a series of procedures and assessments by different public bodies such as the National Agency for the Assessment of Quality and Accreditation (ANECA), which are necessary in order to do a PhD, while University-specific qualifications do not need to be validated by institutions such as ANECA.

What validity does a university-specific qualification have outside of Spain?

  • A university-specific course has the same validity inside or outside of Spain, as it is a curricular qualification for unregulated studies approved by university boards under the Organic Law on Universities, which accredits the student's continuing education.
  • The European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) qualifies a program as a Expert when the required workload to achieve the learning objectives is >20 ECTS.
  • The ECTS credits are used by and accepted by effectively all European universities and also by many other institutions around the world.

What is is not a university-specific mater degree

  • It is not a preliminary stage to access a PhD program. Under special circumstances the course could be used for these purposes according to each country’s legislation, but this is not its primary purpose. This course requires completion of a research work, with the main aim of acquiring competences in the interpretation of research literature. In some individual cases, this work may be an original research, and even trigger a publication or the continuation of a research career after the course is completed. However, this is not the main aim of the Expert in Imaging in Maternal-Fetal Medicine, and therefore it should not be considered a formal training in maternal-fetal medicine research.
  • The European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) qualifies a program as a Expert when the required workload to achieve the learning objectives is >20 ECTS.
  • This course does not enable professional exercise irrespective of the local regulations of each country. For this reason, only specialists in Obstetrics & Gynecology or Radiologist can be accepted. In some specific countries, this type of activity could be used later to accredit or obtain an additional national qualification in the field of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, but this will always depend on local regulations and it is not an automatic feature of this degree whatsoever.

To take into account before pre-registration

  • In order to validate a degree certificate awarded by a university or centre of higher education abroad, it is necessary to carry out specific procedures to verify the existence of the institution that issued the degree and the studies that have been completed, with the legalization of foreign documents.
  • Information on the legalization procedure should be obtained from the university at which the course of study was completed, consular services in the country of issue, or the competent authority in each case. For more information also access the webpage of the University of Barcelona: http://www.ub.edu/acad/en/admission/international/postgraduate.htm
  • Establishing a connection between the academic activity and the social reality (this objective is endorsed by the organization of these degrees through agreements between public institutions and private companies).

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Project Manager: Mercè Sabaté