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Promotion of Education in Europe: still Challenging? 

EUROECHO 2012 Congress News

Prof. Edyta Plonska-Gosciniak 

Prof. Edyta Plonska-Gosciniak
Topics: Echocardiography (Non-invasive imaging)
Date: 07 Dec 2012
The European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging (EACVI) highly contributes to providing educational tools, serving both the ongoing education requirements of established cardiologists and the training needs of young practitioners.

Dear delegates,

I’m proud to highlight that our Association is currently the most dynamic educational body within the European Society of Cardiology (ESC), offering a broad range of educational activities, including the Echo Boxes and Webinars. These activities serve both the continuing education needs of established cardiologists and training needs of young practitioners.
This year our Association has changed its name and profile, becoming the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging (EACVI).
The EACVI, with the help of the ESC Working Groups on Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance and Nuclear Cardiology and Cardiac CT, is now entitled to deliver education in all the imaging modalities.

The extension of these objectives is highly demanding, requiring an appreciation of developments in all imaging technologies in order to apply them to the better diagnosis of our patients.

Guided self-education will be necessary, as well as promotion of the new techniques among our members.

The EACVI Education and Web committees are currently working hard on the development of a comprehensive educational platform in imaging that will be placed at the disposal of our members.

The growing number of our members (over 2 900) and increasing interest from practitioners outside Europe has created a demand for more courses and Webinars.

All these factors make promotion of EACVI educational activities challenging.
From the perspective of an EACVI Teaching Course organiser, the increased number and extended scope of the courses will require greater involvement than ever before from the National Societies.
Organising courses in different countries with ‘friendly support’ from the EACVI Board seems to offer the best solution and provide improved access to the cardiovascular imaging knowledge for all members, mostly in their national languages and within an acceptable distance.
Moreover, this approach would promote networking based on the specific modalities.

Besides the new educational forums, such as Webinars, which seem to be proving effective, I believe that direct face-to-face exchanges between scientists should not be entirely abandoned.
Perhaps an agreement with the National Societies to recognise both national and EACVI education (for both e-learning and live courses) as a part of national cardiologist training would help the case.

A greater challenge, however, will be to inspire and stimulate some academic centres to use EACVI learning as a part of their post-graduate education.

Despite all the technical modalities we master, we should never forget that our education should not be aimed at becoming a better technician or engineer, but at becoming a better doctor and friend to our patients.

Authors: Prof. Edyta Plonska-Gosciniak
EUROECHO 2012 Congress News