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TEE Certification: a close collaboration between EAE and EACTA

Three years of EAE-EACTA joint certification



Dear Friends and Colleagues,

The EACVI (European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging) and EACTA (European Association of Cardiothoracic Anaesthesiologists) joint process of certification in TEE (Transesophageal Echocardiograpy) has now reached 3 years of active life. After a long preparation work and many meetings between panels of experts expressed by the two associations, it was finalized in the year 2005. The first examination was run in Montpellier on June 4th, 2005, during the annual EACTA meeting. The examinations have been subsequently and regularly held twice a year, during the EAE congress, EUROECHO (in December) and the annual EACTA Meeting (in May-June).

We are now close to the 7th edition of the examination, that will be held in Antalya (TR) during the EACTA meeting next 14 June 2008, followed by the examination in Lyon (FR), during EUROECHO on 12 December 2008.

The certification process includes the examination plus an expert evaluation of a log-book of TEE examinations performed by the candidate and certified by a supervisor. Also, we have provided an European Certification to around fifty candidates.

This is collaboration not just across Europe but also between our two organisations which is an important achievement. An enthusiastic expert team drawn from the EAE and EACTA will run a tough but fair process of voluntary assessment. This will identify those with the knowledge and skill to perform and report transesophageal echocardiograms, which may then be adopted in each country in accordance with the national laws for medical practice. For those who have been accredited we hope this will be the start of a lifelong pathway of learning and development.

We strongly encourage cardiologists, anaesthesiologists and physicians throughout Europe to seek "Certification in Adult Transesophageal Echocardiography" as a mark of recognition for their knowledge and skill, for the credit that this brings to their department and for the assurance this brings to their patients of the high standards of their work.

 

It represents an opportunity for all those performing TEE to advance themselves through the achievement of an internationally recognised credential.

Petros Nihoyannopoulos, M.D                                  Marco Ranucci, M.D
EAE President                                                             EACTA President