Endobronchial Ultrasound (EBUS) Certified Training Programme

Aim

This training programme is designed to train qualified doctors to be able to independently perform endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS). The programme is in three parts and will ensure that participants have all the necessary knowledge and skills required to obtain ERS certification in EBUS.

Target audience

Qualified medical doctors with previous experience in:

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

Prerequisites

  • Part 1: Medical doctors must have 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.
  • Participants must have access to EBUS equipment within their local institution.

Training programme content

Part 1: Theory Part 2: Clinical and Simulation Training Part 3: Supervised Training
Verification of pre-requisites and registration Verification of pre-requisites and registration Verification of pre-requisites and registration
Online modules and theoretical course 2-day clinical observation and simulation training in host institution Supervised training in home institution
Multiple-choice question assessment Simulation and self-assessment Completion of 20 case reports and 3 video procedure assessment
Certification of Part 1 Certification of Part 2 Feedback from assessors
Certification of Part 3

Part 1 of the training programme provides participants with all the 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 required 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 course on site. 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 consisting of 30 multiple-choice questions. This test will be made available to participants for a limited period of 4 weeks. Participants will have to complete the test within an hour from the moment they log in and answer at least 21 questions correctly (70%). Each participant can have up to three attempts to pass. Participants that fail to pass the test will be able to re-sit the test again after three months by paying an administration fee of €50.

Part 2 of the training programme includes clinical observation and intensive simulation training over a period of two days. Participants can complete the training in one of the training centres in either Heidelberg, Amsterdam or Copenhagen. A maximum of two participants will complete the training per session. During training, participants will observe a number of procedures performed by experts in the field at their local endoscopy and bronchoscopy units. During the simulator training, the participant performs a complete procedure including introduction of the scope, identification of the six anatomical landmarks in the correct order, checking for enlarged lymph nodes and obtaining two biopsies from one of the stations.

Part 3 of the training is undertaken at the participants’ own institution under the supervision of their team leader. Participants are requested to create a portfolio of 20 EBUS procedures plus record three videos. The videos and case reports will be reviewed and graded to determine if the participant is qualified to independently perform EBUS. If all three parts of the training programme are successfully completed the participant will receive ERS EBUS 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 and identify next steps
  • Identify treatment options and referral options
  • Advise treatment team on next steps

Fees

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

For additional information please contact education@ersnet.org