Ultrasound Curricula of Student Education in Europe: Summary of the Experience

Helmut Prosch, Maija Radzina, Christoph F. Dietrich (Coresponding Author), Michael Bachmann Nielsen, Sven Baumann, Caroline Ewertsen, Christian Jenssen, Adnan Kabaalioglu, Wojciech Kosiak, Wolfgang Kratzer, Adrian Lim, Alina Popescu, Vladimir Mitkov, Cosima Schiavone, Martin Wohlin, Matthias Wuestner, Vito Cantisani

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Background Despite the increasing role of ultrasound, structured ultrasound teaching is only slowly being integrated into the curricula of medical schools and universities all over Europe.

Aim To survey the current situation at European universities regarding the integration of ultrasound in student medical education and to report on models of student ultrasound training from selected European universities.

Methods A questionnaire survey focusing on the implementation of curricular ultrasound education was sent out to the 28 presidents of the national ultrasound societies of the European Federation of Societies for Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology (EFSUMB), who were asked to distribute the questionnaires to the medical universities of their countries.

Results Overall, 53 questionnaires were returned from 46 universities in 17 European countries. In most of the universities (40/46 universities, 87%), the theoretical background of ultrasound is taught. However, in only a minority of universities is ultrasound integrated in anatomy courses (8/46 universities, 17%) or basic science courses (16/46 universities, 35%). Practical skills in ultrasound are taught in 56% of the universities (26/46 universities) and tested in a practical exam in seven of the responding universities (15%). The number of hours in which ultrasound was taught ranged from one to 58 (mean, seven). The respondents reported that lack of time and limited faculty funding were major hurdles.

Conclusion According to our survey, only a minority of European universities has integrated ultrasound into the preclinical curriculum thus far. Future EFSUMB initiatives will continue to promote the introduction of ultrasound as an integrative part of the core curriculum of student medical education, and the preparation of proper teaching material.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)E25-E33
JournalUltrasound International Open
Issue number01
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2020


  • guideline
  • methods & techniques
  • teaching
  • ultrasound

Field of Science*

  • 3.2 Clinical medicine

Publication Type*

  • 1.1. Scientific article indexed in Web of Science and/or Scopus database


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