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EAPCI leads the way to harmonise cardiology training across Europe

New ESC eLearning platform for interventional cardiology trainees

In February the ESC e-learning programme (ESCeL) on Percutaneous Interventions went live on the internet.

Now the European Association of Percutaneous Cardiovascular Interventions (EAPCI) faces the challenge of getting the network underway within all the ESC National Societies.

Professor Lino Goncalves, leader of the ESC eLearning Platform Project and Chair of the EAPCI Training & Education Committee declared:

The ESCeL programme aims to provide the highest standards of training and education at the lowest possible cost to as many cardiology trainees as possible. The idea is to help homogenize training throughout Europe so cardiologists receive the same high quality education regardless of where they are from.
Lino Goncalves at ESC Congress 2012
Such standardization of training, he added, has been made even more important by the recent EU directives on free movement of patients and health care professional across European borders, expected to be introduced in 2014.

While the ESCeL programme is being launched separately by each of the six ESC Associations, EAPCI is especially gratified that their initiative represents the most comprehensive programme developed to date.

We have undoubtedly got the most advanced structure and are trail blazing for the entire ESCeL initiative

The EAPCI programme, which has been designed to last 24 months, consists of three modules:

  • Knowledge
  • Skills
  • Professional development (which is optional)

The involvement of local trainers is fundamental to the success of the project, with local trainers:

  • Evaluating the case studies
  • Signing off the number of procedures and patient safety information
  • Generally providing feedback and orientation for the trainee

Related articles to discover

  • ESCeL advantages for the National Cardiac Societies and best practices: read more.
  • ESCeL National Coordinators needed: read more.
  • ESCeL future developments: read more.

Access to the EAPCI ESCeL platform is open to EAPCI members interested to train in the field of percutaneous cardiovascular interventions or currently in training, for an annual fee of 120€ per calendar year.

Find out now if your country has a national coordinator.

Need more information on the ESC eLearning platform? Read the Frequently Asked Questions.