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Individual Accreditation in Interventional cardiology : where are we?

A few months have passed since we interviewed Prof. Carlo Di Mario, President-Elect of the EAPCI and Chairman of the Accreditation Committee on the role of his Committee and his vision of the accreditation process in interventional cardiology.

Let’s have a look at what the Accreditation Committee has been up to in the last few months...

A newly appointed Committee...

The Committee on Accreditation, chaired by Prof Vahanian and Prof Di Mario looks after the training of young interventionalists and re-accreditation of more senior ones. 9 new members nominated by their relevant Interventional National Society and /or Working Group have recently been appointed to join this committee, ensuring a fair European representation :

  • Dr. Ernst Aleksander (CR), Chairman of the Working Group of Invasive and Interventional Cardiology of The Croatian Society of Cardiology
  • Dr. Nicholas Curzen (UK), Representative of the British Cardiovascular Intervention Society (BCIS)
  • Dr. Knut Endresen (NO), Representative of the working group of interventional cardiology in Norway
  • Prof. A.R. Galassi (IT), Representative of the Italian Society of Vascular and Endovascular Therapy (SICVE)
  • Dr. Gregory Pavlides (GR), President of the Hellenic Working Group in Interventional Cardiology
  • Dr. Andres Iñiguez Romo (SP), Representative of the Spanish WG PCI
  • Prof. Volker Schächinger (DE), Chairman elect, Working group of Interventional Cardiology of the German Cardiac Society
  • Prof. Jan Vojacek (CZ), Representative of the WG of Interventional Cardiology of the Czech Society of Cardiology
  • Prof. Stephan Windecker (CH), Representative of the Working Group in Interventional Cardiology from the Swiss Society of Cardiology

The plan for Individual Accreditation in Interventional Cardiology

The Accreditation process in interventional cardiology was discussed within the EAPCI Accreditation Committee Members, with the support and contribution of the President of the EAPCI, Dr. William Wijns, Dr Peter Mills, EBSC Chairman and the Chairman of the EAPCI Committee for Web and Communication Dr Andreas Baumbach.

The EAPCI Accreditation Platform will be based on the Curriculum and Syllabus for interventional cardiology subspecialty training in Europe   published in EuroIntervention (EIJ. 2006, 2:31-36) and will reflect the recommendations of the document of the Task Force on Subspecialty Accreditation of the European Board for the Speciality in Cardiology (EBSC) (PDF 260kB) previously published (Eur Heart J. 2007;28(17):2163-71). To start with, the accreditation process will be dedicated to cardiology fellows before the “Grandfather” position is addressed in the future.

Following the EBSC template, the EAPCI Accreditation e-platform will consist of 3 online modules:

  • knowledge,
  • practical skills
  • and attitudes/behaviour

and will provide a structure for educational activities. In addition, it will elaborate teaching, learning and assessment methods as well as an educational reference point by defining the minimum training standards required.

Upon completion of the training in Interventional Cardiology as per the standards of the EAPCI Accreditation process, the Fellow will receive a European Diploma in Interventional Cardiology. However, it should be stressed that this certification confirms that the candidate has fulfilled all the requirements of the European Medical training process. However, this is not sufficient in itself to allow medicine or cardiology practice in Europe.

What will happen next?

  • The EAPCI Accreditation Committee will works towards the identification of the educational materials as well as the European training centres will the support of the National Societies in Interventional Cardiology
  • A pilot of the online accreditation platform will be presented at the ESC Congress in Munich (30 August – 3 September 2008)

More news will be made available soon on the EAPCI website.