Thoracic Ultrasound Certified Training Programme

The aim of this training programme is to train qualified doctors to be able to independently perform thoracic ultrasound in order to diagnose and treat patients with lung diseases. This three-part training programme will ensure that participants have all the necessary knowledge and skills required to obtain ERS certification in thoracic ultrasound. All activities related to this training programme are linked to the Thoracic ultrasound curriculum.

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 training programme. The hands-on training will be based on the individual physician’s experience, beginners as well as more experienced physicians are welcome to attend.


The training programme should be completed within 2 years.

  • Part 1 - Theory: Previous knowledge and experience on thoracic ultrasound is not required - registration open now
  • Part 2 - Clinical and Simulation Training: Participants must have completed part 1 of the programme - registration coming soon - upcoming dates include: 23-24 January 2020 - Odense, 12-13 March 2020 - Oxford, 26-27 March 2020 - Amsterdam, 7-8 May 2020 - Bristol
  • Part 3 - Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE): Participants must have completed part 1 and part 2 of the training programme.

Training programme content

Part 1: Online modules Part 2: Practical course and online portfolio Part 3: OSCE examination
Registration Verification of prerequisites and registration Verification of prerequisites and registration
Online modules 2-day practical course and simulation training in host institution OSCE Examination
Multiple-choice question assessment Simulation and self-assessment 5 station assessment
Certification of Part 1 Creation of an online portfolio including five case reports Certification of Part 3
Certification of Part 2 Thoracic Ultrasound Training Programme Certification

CME credits: An application will be made to EBAP (European Board for Accreditation in Pneumology) for CME accreditation of this event.

Part 1 of the training programme provides participants with all the relevant knowledge to be competent in thoracic ultrasound. Participants will be invited to complete an online questionnaire about their experience and expectations. All participants are required to run through six (6) online modules covering an introduction, basic principles of ultrasound, focused lung ultrasound, chest sonography, US-guided procedures and focused cardiac ultrasound. Each module includes theoretical content, images, statistics, videos and self-assessment questions to facilitate learning. Please allow between 12-20 hours to complete the online materials.

To obtain certification of Part 1, participants will be asked to complete an online assessment consisting of 30 multiple-choice questions. Participants will have to complete the test within an hour from the moment they log in and answer at least 78% of all questions correctly. Each participant will have one attempt to pass. Participants that fail to pass the test will be able to register on MyERS to re-sit the test again by paying an administration fee of €50.

Part 2 of the training programme consists of a practical course including clinical observation, hands-on training on volunteers and patients and simulation training over a period of two days. Participants can follow the course in one of the training centres in either Amsterdam, Bristol or Odense or Oxford. All courses follow the same programme and ensure a student-teacher ratio of 3:1. After the practical course participants are requested to create an online portfolio including five (5) case reports.

Part 3 of the training programme is an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) which will take place for the first time on Saturday, 5 September 2020 at the ERS International Congress in Vienna. If all three parts of the training programme are successfully completed the participant will receive ERS certification in Thoracic ultrasound. Participants failing the OSCE examination may register on MyERS to re-sit the examination for a fee of €100.

Learning outcomes and competencies

Following the training programme, participants will

  • Have knowledge of basic ultrasound physics and principles
  • Have theoretical knowledge of thoracic ultrasound in accordance with international requirements
  • Be able to identify indications
  • Know how to plan the procedure and prepare the patient
  • Be able to independently perform a focused lung ultrasound examination and assess thoracic structures
  • Have the basic knowledge to assess related structures (the lower neck, the upper abdomen, the heart)
  • Be able to perform a diagnostic thoracic ultrasound examination and perform a real time thoracic ultrasound guided pleural aspiration
  • Interpret and integrate ultrasound findings into the clinical context
  • Identify treatment and referral options


Part 1 Part 2 Part 3
Early Career ERS Members €100 €1200 €200
ERS Members €150 €1300 €250
Non ERS member €200 €1400 €300

For additional information please contact


Committee members


Jouke T. Annema


Academic Medical Centre Amsterdam The Netherlands



Laurence M.M.J. Crombag


Academic Medical Centre Amsterdam The Netherlands



Lars Konge

Clinical Professor

Copenhagen Academy for Medical Education and Simulation (CAMES) Denmark



Christian B. Laursen

Associate Professor and Consultant in Internal and Respiratory Medicine

Odense University Hospital Denmark



Nick Maskell

Professor of Respiratory Medicine

University of Bristol United Kingdom



Pia Iben Pietersen

Clinical Researcher

Odense University Hospital Denmark



Najib Rahman

Associate Professor and Consultant in Respiratory Medicine Clinical Director of the Oxford Respiratory Trials Unit

University of Oxford United Kingdom


More information on each Part and Registration

ERS Training programme

Thoracic Ultrasound Training Programme Part 1


1 November, 2019 - 5 September, 2020

The aim of this training programme is to train qualified doctors to be able to independently perform thoracic ultrasound in order to diagnose and…