Expert recommendations on education, training and certification in perioperative Point-of-Care Ultrasound in Belgium (BePOCUS)


Ultrasound, point-of-care, residency, education, curriculum, anaesthesia

Published online: May 08 2023

P. Van de Putte1, L. Vernieuwe2, S. Bouchez3, J. Deen4, G. Schols1, B. Calle1, M. Van de Velde5, S. Rex5

1 Department of Anesthesia, Imeldaziekenhuis, Imeldalaan 9, 2820 Bonheiden
2 Department of Anesthesia, Algemeen Ziekenhuis Klina, Augustijnslei 100, 2930 Brasschaat
3 Department of Anesthesia, Onze -Lieve-Vrouw Ziekenhuis, Moorselbaan 164, 9300 Aalst
4 Department of Anesthesia, ZNA Jan Palfijn, Lange Bremstraat 70, 2170 Merksem, Belgium
5 Department of Anesthesia, UZ Leuven campus Gasthuisberg, Herestraat 49, 3000 Leuven


Point-of care ultrasound (PoCUS) is a diagnostic paradigm, instrumental in the evolving anaesthesiologist’s role towards a perioperative physician. The purpose of this article is to propose expert suggestions for a national standard towards official certification in perioperative PoCUS. Previously published recommendations in this journal constituted a first move towards a structured PoCUS pathway for Belgian anaesthesia residents1. This article defines in detail a pathway towards obtaining competency in airway ultrasound, lung ultrasound, gastric ultrasound, hemodynamic volume assessment, basic transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiography. An updated overview of the international literature on the education of perioperative PoCUS serves as a scientific backbone.