The use of normal pregnant volunteers in ultrasound education - first insights of student experience,

Gillian Coleman, Heather Venables, JP Mayes, Rebecca Evans, College of Health and Social Care, University of Derby

The use of normal volunteers has been well utilised in ultrasound education. This has been restricted to non-pregnant volunteers in accordance with BMUS guidelines on the use of volunteers for teaching purposes.

Guidelines and governance procedures for the use of normal pregnant volunteers have been produced by the academic team at the University of Derby in conjunction with the obstetric clinical team at University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust and in consultation with the BMUS safety group. Pregnant patient volunteers recruited from the local Obstetric ultrasound department at the Royal Derby Hospital will be utilised during the Obstetric module academic teaching on the University campus to enhance and embed practical learning within the academic practice.

Student feedback obtained during the first academic uses of pregnant volunteers will be discussed to provide insight into how this has enhanced their learning experience.

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