CRUS Basic Course

About the Basic Course

The Canadian Rheumatology Ultrasound Society’s Basic Course allows students to obtain the practical knowledge necessary to use musculoskeletal ultrasonography in their daily clinical practice.

The course emphasizes a thorough understanding of the normal anatomy as well as a basic knowledge of musculoskeletal pathology relevant for rheumatologists. Students will be able to assess treatment response via ultrasonography following completion of the course.

Course Format

The Basic Course employs a unique teaching model featuring hands-on instruction conducted over two weekend sessions.

All relevant joints are covered. Each session focuses on different anatomy and techniques:

  • Weekend 1: hand, wrist, ankle, feet
  • Weekend 2: shoulder, elbow, hip, knee

Mandatory practice is assigned after each session. Students are required to perform a set of scans and upload them to our website. Our expert sonographers will review each scan and every student will receive personalized feedback.

Students will learn through classroom sessions, sessions in the anatomy lab, and practical sessions with patient volunteers.

Course Details

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Course Program Weekend 2: Download


  • October 19-20, 2019
  • March 28-29, 2020


The course will be held in Toronto, Ontario at The Toronto General Hospital.

CME/AMA Credits

This Continuing Professional Development activity is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) and an Accredited Simulation Activity (Section 3)  as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, approved by Continuing Professional Development, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. Up to 5.5 hours of Section 1 and up to 6.5 hours of Section 3 may be claimed.


  • No prior knowledge of MSK ultrasound is necessary to participate in the Basic Course.
  • Students will require access to an ultrasound machine in their practice to complete the assigned practice scans.


  • $2500 — Regular Attendee
  • $2100 — Discounted Rate for CRA Members
  • $1600 — Residents

REFUND POLICY: In order to request a refund, you must contact and submit a request for refund no later than 14 days prior to the first day of the course. An administrative fee of $75 will be deducted from your refund. Cancellations or no-shows after this date are not eligible for a refund. Fax and mail cancellations are not accepted.

Course Inquiries

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