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EBUS training programme Part 1

Organisers : J. Annema, P. Frost Clementsen, F. Herth, L.Konge
Faculty disclosure

The aim of this programme is to train qualified doctors to be able to independently and competently perform endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS). This three-part training programme will ensure that participants have all the necessary knowledge and skills required to obtain ERS certification in EBUS. All activities related to this training programme are linked to the EBUS curriculum.

Target Audience

Qualified medical doctors with previous experience in:

  • Bronchoscopy
  • TNM classification of malignant tumours
  • Staging patients - oncology and other conditions

Participants must have access to EBUS facilities in order to practice EBUS procedures and complete part 3 of the programme.

Course information

PART 1 of the training programme provides participants with all relevant knowledge to be competent in EBUS. Participants will be invited to complete an online questionnaire about their experience and expectations. In addition all participants are requested to study online modules which cover topics such as anatomy, indications and contraindications, imaging modalities and basic ultrasound. These online activities must be completed before attending the on site course. The course provides participants with a theoretical and practical insight into EBUS. The clinical literature will be reviewed, and the equipment and techniques will be demonstrated.

To obtain certification of Part 1 participants will be asked to complete an online assessment test consisting of 30 multiple choice questions. This test will be made available to participants from 1 March to 29 March 23:59 CET. Participants will have to complete the test within an hour from the moment they log in and answer correctly at least 21 questions (70%). Each participant will have one attempt. Participants failing to pass the test will be able to resit the test again after three months by paying an administration fee of €50.

CME credits

The completion of the course will award participants with 17 CME credits + 4 CME credits for the online modules.


The training programme should be completed within 2 years.

Participants must have access to EBUS facilities in order to practice EBUS procedures and complete part 3 of the programme.

  • Part 1 Medical doctors must have post-qualified experience of performing bronchoscopies, TNM classifications and patient staging.
  • Part 2 Participants must have completed part 1 of the programme and obtained certification.
  • Part 3 Participants must have completed part 1 and part 2 of the programme and obtained certification.

Learning outcomes and competencies

Following completion of this training programme, the participant should be able to:

  • Independently assess patient history and results
  • Identify indications and contraindications
  • Perform independent procedures
  • Interpret results and draw conclusions

Training programme fees

Part 1 Part 2 Part 3
Junior ERS Members €900 €1,100 €350
ERS Members €1,000 €1,200 €400
Non ERS member €1,100 €1,300 €450

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A limited number of bursaries are available which provide either full financial support to attend the course or cover the cost of the registration fee. To be eligible to apply you must be:

Please note that only one bursary can be allocated per person per calendar year.

Selection from the pool of applicants will be made by the organising committee based on the submission of:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • A one-page personal statement explaining how you would apply the knowledge gained from this course. Access to EBUS equipment should also be mentioned.

Please send your complete application to

  • Bursaries application deadline:15 November, 2018
  • Notification of selection results:30 November, 2018