Student and Trainee Community

Welcome to the BMUS Student and Trainee Community

On these pages you will find links and useful information to help you during your training period and beyond.  Through a mixture of regular items and occasional features, we aim to offer extra opportunities to help you develop in your field of clinical ultrasound and give you the chance to share ideas. 


*** Call for abstracts from trainees - deadline extended until 30th September 2021 ***

There is still time to submit an abstract for this year's Ultrasound 2021 virtual Annual Scientific Meeting.  For further information please click here.


NEW!  A team from Hull University Hospitals offer a short analysis of the impact of COVID-19 on their training community.  Read their experiences here and please let us know if your experiences are similar.

NEW!  Snappy Questions is open only to trainees and students.  Look in 'Learning Resources' to find out more about Snappy Questions and how to take part.

Innovations in Ultrasound Physics

Learning Resources


BMUS Top Tips

BMUS Top Tips offers many handy hints on all sorts of topics.  New Top Tips are offered regularly. 

The latest Top Tips collection is from Ruth Reeve, Clinical Specialist GI Sonographer/Clinical Academic PhD Fellow down at Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust.  She offers tips that may help improve visibility of the elusive appendix.


BMUS Webinars

Regular webinars on a wide range of topics including techniqes, specific conditions, and ultrasound physics revision for FRCR examinations are provided free of charge to BMUS members and are just £15 each to non-members.  See the current Webinar schedule here

Past BMUS webinars are available to members.  Join BMUS at the discounted rate for students and trainees here.

Canon Medical Systems

Canon hosts a range of free webinars on their Medical Imaging Academy website.  Just click here to register. 

Professional Activity

Do you sometimes think that research, audit and scientific writing are activities only for senior clinicians?  Not so!  If you have the interest and spare time it is a straight forward process to start with a short, simple case report of an unusual condition.  Check out the BMUS Ten Top Tips for how to write a Case Report and consider submitting it to our scientific journal Ultrasound.

Alternatively, produce a shorter informal mini case report, keeping patient information anonymised and to a minimum, on more frequently encountered conditions and send to this website instead.  The best ones will be featured monthly.

Educational articles include audit and service evaluation.  Consider conducting a small audit within your department and submit your findings to this webpage.  What question do you think needs answering in your department?  Here's a simple flow diagram of the audit cycle to help get you started and ultimately share best practice with your peers.

BMUS Journal Club

Journal Club occurs quarterly to coincide with Editor's Choice from Ultrasound and its aims are to

  • encourage reading and critique of articles published in its peer reviewed journal, Ultrasound

  • stimulate discussion around other articles published in the world of ultrasound

  • further develop peoples' interest and knowledge of ultrasound

  • promote self-education and continuing professional development

Sonographer Writing and Publication (SWaP)

The SWaP are friends of the Journal Club and also provide a good forum for exchanging ideas around scientific writing for publication and will be happy to direct anyone keen to get started.  Find out more here.

Annual Scientific Virtual Meeting 2021

We welcome proferred papers from student and trainee members.  They may be on any subject including case reports, audit, original research or service delivery.  Those whose papers are accepted will benefit from discounted registration for the day of presentation.  Abstract submissions open in May.  See our website nearer the time for details or email Hazel at  for further information. 



Professional guidance

Are you or your department unsure as to what is currently recommended for specific best practice?  Check out our comprehensive Guidelines for Professional Ultrasound Practice for advice.  Remember also to check your local departmental protocols and ensure they are up to date.


March 2021

Now in its fourth year, the Ultrasound Training Academy based at Central Middlesex Hospital, London, gives an update on progress.

March 2021

It's absolutely not easy being a trainee or student in ultrasound but, once qualified, the world is pretty much your oyster.  Two professionals from Norwich, at very different stages in their careers, give a brief take on their experiences so far.  Most, if not all, of us will identify with at least some of their comments!  Many thanks to Sam and Guy

If you feel moved to write something, please get in touch with Hazel at 

Empowering students

Amanda Marland, Clinical co-ordinator for Direct Entry MSc in Medical Ultrasound at the University of Cumbria offers top tips for empowering students.