Joint and Soft Tissue Injection Workshop

Course Description

This highly practical course is aimed at practitioners who would like to improve or develop their assessment and management skills of musculoskeletal conditions. Delegates will practice and develop hand-on skills to inject joints using simulation anatomical models.  This course is suitable for resident doctors, postgraduate trainees, and GPs.

Course Objectives

This course aims to:

  • Provide an understanding of the use of injections in the management of joint and soft tissue pathology.
  • Outline the indications and contra-indications for joint and soft tissue injections including when to refer.
  • Discuss practical considerations for consent, equipment, techniques, and complications.
  • Identify tips and pitfalls.
  • Demonstrate practical techniques and injections to the shoulder, elbow, wrist, and knee simulated models.

Course Outcomes

At the end of the course, participants should be able to:

  • Briefly outline the general musculoskeletal anatomy. 
  • Demonstrate soft tissue assessment and be able to evaluate the need for intervention with injection therapy.
  • Understand and discuss the indications and contraindications for injections.
  • Identify safety techniques involved in injection administration including correct equipment and complications that may occur.
  • Demonstrate safe and accurate injections in joints and soft tissues using anatomical simulation models.
Who Should Attend?

This course is suited for:

  • Resident doctors of relevant medical branches
  • General practitioners
  • Postgraduate students of relevant medical branches

Training Strategies

The following training strategies will be adopted for this course:

  • The course will be divided into theoretical and hand-on training per each region.
  • Interactive training will be an integral part of the training program, which will include case studies, question-answer based discussions, and clinical problem-solving activities.
  • Using interactive models for the hand-on part of the program, an assistant trainer will help in delivering the hand-on part of the course.

Delivery Plan

Day 1 (4 hours):

  • Overview of common large joints (knee, shoulder, hand, wrist and soft tissue) (9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.)
  • Indications, contraindications, and precautions (9:15 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.)
  • How to choose right equipment for injections (9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.)
  • Coffee Break (9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.)
  • Demonstration and hand-on practice (shoulder/hand) (10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.)
  • Coffee break  (11:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.)       
  • Demonstration and hand-on practice on knee joint (11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)

Starts February 25, 2023 
Ends February 25, 2023 


Hours per Day: 4  
Number of Days: 1
Total Hours: 4


Morning 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.




School of Medicine (SOM), University of Kurdistan Hewlêr. 


Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be awarded a training certificate from the School of Medicine of UKH co-branded with the Council of Ministers of the Ministry of Health (MoH), as well as the Professional and Executive Education Centre, UKH. 

Trainer Biography

Dr. Avin M. Arif Maroof, Senior Specialist of Rheumatology and Medical Rehabilitation, works as a full-time faculty at the School of Medicine at the Internal Medicine department of UKH. She holds a MBChB, HDRMR, and a FACR. She is the Deputy President of the Kurdistan Rheumatology Society and was head of the Rheumatology department at Rizgary Teaching Hospital where she supervised and trained many resident doctors and postgraduate students. She lectured Rheumatology and Physical Therapy in many universities in Erbil, including HMU and Cihan University. She is a member of the European League of Associations of Rheumatology (EULAR), and she is EULAR trained in musculoskeletal injections and ultrasonography. She was a speaker at many national and international scientific events and published many papers in the field of rheumatology.