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Thoracic ultrasound

Organisers : C. Laursen
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These skills-based courses provide participants with an overview of the knowledge and skills required to perform thoracic ultrasound to diagnose and treat patients with lung diseases. The maximum number of participants for each course is 8.

This course has been granted 9 CME credits by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME). The number of credits that you will receive corresponds to your attendance during the course. Please note that you need to sign the register of attendance each day to ensure that you receive the CME credits.

Target audience

Pulmonologists, thoracic surgeons, respiratory therapists, respiratory physicians, clinical researchers, radiologists, fellows and residents.

Previous knowledge and experience of performing ultrasounds is not required for this course. The hands-on training will be based on the individual physician’s previous experience prior to the course, beginners as well as more experienced physicians are welcome to attend.

Course format

Online modules Participants are asked to complete and successfully pass online modules before attending the practical course. These three online modules cover the basics of ultrasound, basics of lung ultrasound and advanced lung ultrasound. Each module includes theoretical slides, images, statistics, videos and self-assessment questions to facilitate learning. Participants will also be asked to complete a multiple-choice based pre and post test for each module. 80% correct answers are needed in order to pass the test. Please allow between 8-16 hours to complete the online materials.

Course Participants will develop their practical skills by performing ultrasounds on healthy volunteers as well as patients. The practical training will be supplemented by short lectures as well as case demonstration at the bedside. At the end of the course, the theoretical knowledge and practical skills of each participant will be assessed. They will perform an ultrasound examination on a patient which typically lasts 15-30 minutes. The course content and length are in line with the EFSUMB recommendations for the theoretical training in thoracic ultrasound (level 1 & 2).

Learning outcomes

Following this course, participants will

have knowledge of basic ultrasound physics have theoretical knowledge of thoracic ultrasound in accordance with EFSUMB requirements be able to perform a focused thoracic ultrasound examination be able to perform a diagnostic thoracic ultrasound examination