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EHRA Summit 2012

Post-graduate education in a changing and challenging environment


The annual Summit of the European Heart Rhythm Association ( EHRA ) on Post-graduate education in a changing and challenging environment took place at the European Heart House in Sophia Antipolis on 18-20 March 2012.

A fruitful discussion on post-graduate education took place, with the very active participation of members of national Working Groups in Electrophysiology and Cardiac Pacing, EHRA representatives of several Committees (education, accreditation, national and international relations, etc), affiliated societies as well as authorities and industry representatives.

The summit aimed not only at productive discussion and valuable feedback to guide the EHRA activities, but also showed that post-graduate education in EP is a global challenge, and no clear plans and projects are being developed in different countries by health and education authorities. Therefore, a dramatic lack of regulation will probably have a negative impact, in a market with a growing demand for post-graduate education in arrhythmology.


Several subjects regarding post-graduate education were discussed:

  • How to start EP and rhythm management career
  • What should be the role of health authorities and national scientific societies
  • What are the challenges in the theoretical and practical knowledge acquisition
  • What would be the role of EHRA, implementing fellowship programs and accreditation process
  • How can the programs be financed
  • How to establish a transparent and fair collaboration of industry in the education process,
  • How to build the image of EP and arrhythmology, making it more understandable for authorities and public
The summit was attended by 102 participants, with 30 speakers, 45 representatives of National Societies and Working groups from 37 ESC member countries, and 10 representatives from sister societies. Also 14 industry representatives participated in the meeting.  


Here are some comments of the attendees answering the final questionnaire:

Will you recommend your members to join the EHRA?

  • It´s an excellent opportunity to be part of a great association
  • High European standards and cooperation.
  • EHRA is an important society offering many benefits to its members
  • because of spreading of knowledge, good ideas and influence on the industry
  • Better contacts and more information
  • What could EHRA do to help you promoting membership in your country?
  • Joint meetings
  • EHRA should participate actively at our national congress
  • discount of the member fee
  • More teaching Material on web page Free online europace
  • Webinars also for the referral physicians, with a more basic information and interaction.
  • Local educational activities. 
  • Combined membership national society and EHRA.

What was the take home message after the EHRA Summit?

  • EHRA and affiliates have to work hard together in order to be the best rhythm association
  • The differences in daily practice of PM/EP therapies are extremely great in various countries over Europe.
  • Systematic approach is needed in individual EP career and Field development in every Country.
  • International collaboration is key to EHRA development
  • Joint efforts necessary to meet training needs in the entire ESC area
  • promote the rational solutions for rhythm disorders, to educate young colleagues in several centers
  • Major Gaps in education framework with no identified solution. 
  • Changing enviroment with new opportunities for training and education. Great disparity of resources and requirements even within Europe
  • EHRA and Industry are natural partners in education in a highly technological field of medicine.
  • EP is a rather new field and more effort should be made to get more public attention and consideration.

The EHRA Summit was the sixth meeting between the European Heart Rhythm Association and the Presidents and Chairpersons of the all Working Groups on Electrophysiology, Arrhythmias, Cardiac Pacing and Heart Rhythm of the ESC National Societies.The European Heart Rhythm Association is happy to share with you the different point of view of the lecturers.

The presentations of the meeting are available below in PDF format

Post-Graduate education in a changing and challenging environment 

Day 1 
Welcome A. Auricchio
Introduction  L. Mont    
Optimizing the career path from cardiology to sub-specialty C. Vrints
EP trainees in Europe: is there a gap to be filled? P. Leyva
Upcoming challenges in career development S.G. Priori

How national societies/working groups might influence the process of engagement in EP?

The case in Spain I. Fernandez-Lozano
The case in UK    J. Morgan 
The case Central and East Europe L. Géllér
How much practice/knowledge in basic science should be included in clinical EP training program? P. Volders
Knowledge transfer from industry to physician. Seeking for a transparent process    J. Calle

Challenges in transfer of theoretical knowledge related to innovative technologies or compounds

Medtronic A. Vincent
Daiichi-Sankyo  F. Abel
A way to interrelate different EP education initiatives throughout Europe H. Heidbuchel
Day 2 
Role of national healthcare system in EP skill development S. Trines
Role of industry in supporting EP skill development: A point of view of Eucomed      C. Vincent
The case of Biosense Webster D. Shepherd
The case of Siemens B. Fahn
European programs and European incentives to post-graduate education L. Goncalves
EHRA Fellowship program. A continuously evolving concept  J.L. Merino
Career development in EP. Do we have an issue in Europe?  K-H. Kuck
Twin challenges in increasing workload in EP community and decreasing reimbursement C. Sticherling
Building the image of electrophsiology and arrhythmia specialist across Europe. What is missed and to how close the gap? J. Camm
EHRA certification process  K. Zeppenfeld
Role of clinically employed allied professionals in EP. Where do we stay today and how to move forward in Europe? C. Deaton
Managing information flow about EP for patients H. Burri
The Eastern Countries Initiative R. Hatala
EHRA clinical research trials and registries: An update C. Blomstrom-Lundqvist