Focus on PoCUS or hocus pocus? Integrating point-of-care ultrasound into residency and clinical practice


Ultrasound ; point-of-care ; residency ; education ; curriculum ; anesthesia

Published online: Jun 30 2020

L. Vernieuwe (*), P. Van de Putte (**), J. Deen (***), S. Bouchez (****)

(*) Department of Anesthesia, University Hospital Antwerpen, Wilrijkstraat 10, 2650 Edegem
(**) Department of Anesthesia, Imeldaziekenhuis, Imeldalaan 9, 2820 Bonheiden, Belgium
(***) Intensive Care Department, ZNA Middelheim, Lindendreef 1, 2020 Antwerpen, Belgium
(****) Department of Anesthesia, Ghent University Hospital, Corneel Heymanslaan 10, 9000 Gent, Belgium


Point-of care ultrasound (PoCUS) is a new clinical diagnostic paradigm that plays an instrumental role in the ongoing anesthesiologist’s evolving role towards a perioperative physician. Currently, there are few approved curricula that incorporate a PoCUS program into anesthesia residency. This article examines relevant PoCUS applications for anesthesiologists, presents an overview of existing international guidelines for education and training, and reflects on the need for specialty-wide standards. We present a possible framework, that could offer a first move towards a structured PoCUS pathway for Belgian anesthesia residents and facilitate its incorporation into national anesthesia practice.