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Education and Research

Educational Programme of the Working Group on Myocardial and Pericardial Diseases



Educational Programme

This initiative was launched in 2014 and starts beeing implemented in 2015.

With the support of the European Society of Cardiology, other relevant European Organisations in the field of genetics, and Industry partners, the Working Group is involved in the development of a Core Educational Programme.

This Educational Programme aims at promoting three sub-topics of myocardial and pericardial diseases:

  • Inherited cardiomyopathies
  • Inflammatory or infective myocardial diseases
  • Pericardial diseases

It is tailored to the needs of different specialists, as well trainees as cardiologists, physicians or clinical geneticists.

It is composed of the following elements:

Educational sessions taking place during the Working Group Annual meeting

Sessions are given by international experts during the annual meeting of the Working Group, recorded and webcasted for e-learning use

Webcasts 12th Annual Meeting, Florence - Italy

Webcasts 13th Annual Meeting, Warnemünde - Germany

Webinar Programme

Two live webinars per year are planned. They are recorded in a professional TV studio. Each webinar follow a case-based interactive format with polling and self assessment.

  • The first webinar “Diagnosis and Treatment of Myocarditis” was held on 15 September 2015. It highlights the recently published position paper of the Working Group (Eur Heart J. 2013 Sep; 34(33):2636-48.)
  • The second webinar “Proposal for a revised definition of Dilated Cardiomyopathy and its implications for Clinical Practice” was held on 29 June 2016. It highlights the recently published position paper of the Working Group (Eur Heart J. 2016 Jan 19. pii: ehv727)

Access the webinars

Ah-hoc Webinar

Key Message booklets

Booklets present key facts from position papers written and published in the EHJ the previous year.

The 2015-2016 booklets will present key facts from:

  • Position statement of the ESC Working Group on Myocardial and Pericardial Diseases called “Current state of knowledge on aetiology, diagnosis, management, and therapy of myocarditis”
  • Position statement from the ESC Working Group on Myocardial and Pericardial Diseases called “Diagnostic work-up in cardiomyopathies: bridging the gap between clinical phenotypes and final diagnosis”

Clinical Case based learning Portal

For the past 6 years, the Working Group has developed a selection of interesting and educational clinical case studies for which a suggested treatment/answer is required.

Currently, the clinical cases are published on the Working Group website and sent out to members via a dedicated newsletter.

Access Cases of the month

The Working Group is willing to develop a clinical case-based learning portal, using the previous and coming cases, in accordance with standards of the ESC Clinical Case. Aiming to present real and typical clinical scenarios, these clinical cases will be the opportunity to discuss findings and management, and refresh clinical competence in testing knowledge through them.

In addition to the Educational Programme presented below, you can of course find resources from past ESC Congress.