– YEAR 2019/2020

Course will be delivered in English. Sufficient level of command of English is required.


The information provided by medical imaging has taken an important position in diagnostic processes and therapeutic decision-making in modern medicine. Medical imaging includes heavy imaging equipment (medical scanner, magnetic resonance) which are in a constant state of evolution in order to provide more accurate information. Medical imaging also comprises a lightweight technology which is mobile, free from temporal and spatial constraints, non-invasive, and harmless to the patient, providing a dynamic real-time information that can be repeated indefinitely: the ultrasound.

Radiologists and ultrasound technicians (=sonographers) usually perform examinations in a centralized medical imaging department. There is, however, an increasing need for this technology in other areas such as at the bedside of the patient, within surgical care units, intensive care units, emergency units and finally in operating rooms. Many clinical situations can benefit from a real-time information that will immediately impact and optimize the therapeutic approach, or even guide some therapeutic gestures. Ultrasound can really represents the stethoscope of surgeons, intensive care doctors and emergency doctors.

Medical imaging, in all its forms, has gradually developed an interventional approach that allows it to join the circle of surgeons using images to guide a therapeutic gesture, just like the flexible or rigid surgical endoscopy for instance.

The University Diploma in Surgical Ultrasound aims to familiarize medical specialties, dealing with digestive diseases, with interventional and diagnostic ultrasound by making them aware of the practice and potentialities of ultrasound through a one-to-one mentoring with radiologists.


The purpose of this University Diploma is to teach candidates about the basic principles of ultrasound and the handling of the ultrasound scanner but also to give them the necessary skills to efficiently integrate ultrasound in their daily practice.
It meets the needs of surgeons to include ultrasound imaging in the pre-, per- and post-operative management of their patients.

The course is mainly addressed to digestive surgeons, gastroenterologists, endoscopists or any other specialties (intensive care, internal medicine or emergency physicians for instance) with an interest in the use of ultrasound for the patient follow-up in pre- or post-operative consultations or during interventions.

With this new training course, we wish also to familiarize our candidates with basic interventional procedures such as ultrasound-guided percutaneous procedures (puncture, biopsy etc.).

In addition to the deepening of basic principles, the course will be particularly focused on:

  • The diagnosis of complications of surgery
  • Ultrasound in the operating room, particularly in hepatobiliary surgery
  • Ultrasound “surgeon’s stethoscope”, at the bedside of the patient, or in intensive care
  • Practical and clinical training developed on the one-to-one mentoring, with participation in medical rounds in the different units.


Specialties include: Specialists with an interest in the use of ultrasound for the patient follow-up in pre- or post-operative consultations or during interventions

  • Digestive surgeons
  • Gastroenterologists
  • Endoscopists
  • Radiologists interested in a training course dedicated to the digestive sphere
  • Internal medicine residents
  • Intensive care and emergency physicians

Level of access: Initial and continuing education

  • Final year medical students
  • Residents
  • Chief residents
  • Specialists working in public or private institutions

Training delivered exclusively in English : sufficient level required


  • Duration: 1 year
  • Number of places available: 20 seats (minimum 10 participants)
  • Hourly volume: The training is divided into 60 hours: 25 hours of theory, 20 hours of hands-on practical sessions and 15 hours of clinical placement.

Structure : The proposed University Diploma offers an “on-line” education – upon request and accessible from any computer platform – and hands-on training sessions.
Hands-on training and clinical placement will be carried out within the IHU Strasbourg. The emphasis is put on the one-to-one mentoring on which these placements are based. On the experimental platform of the IHU, students are supervised by ultrasound expert radiologists who will guide them in the acquisition and mastery of gestures and procedures. Clinical exposure is gained through participation in medical visits within the Hepato-Digestive Pole. The patients concerned are informed of the purpose of education and can give their consent or oppose it freely.

The University Diploma of digestive surgical ultrasound offers the unique environment of the Institute of Image-Guided Surgery- IHU Strasbourg with access to modern and innovative technologies: the online learning platform, technologies and training resources provided during the placement (ultrasound scanners, teaching models used: phantoms, virtual tumors, etc.).


Application: Pre-registration form + CV and cover letter to the attention of course director

Selection: according to the order of receipt, provided that the candidate meets targeted audience criteria and that pre-registration receives a favourable opinion.

Administrative Registration fees for the year 2019-2020: amount set by ministerial decree – amount not communicated this day
– To be paid to University of Strasbourg

Specific curriculum fees: – To be paid to IHU Strasbourg

– Initial education:

  • 800 € (residents)
  • 1 110 € (chief residents)

– Continuing education:

  • 1 600 € (paid by self)
  • 2 200 € (paid by employer)

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