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European Heart Agency extends its postgraduate education

ESC Congress News 2015 - London

THE EUROPEAN HEART ACADEMY was established by the ESC two years ago to train future leaders in cardiovascular medicine. It is one of three divisions of the European Heart Agency, the ESC’s Brussels bureau. By collaborating with universities in Europe, the Academy provides specialised courses that lead to academic degrees under the European Union Bologna Framework.

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Current and upcoming programmes

Current programmes include the Postgraduate Course in Heart Failure which began in 2014 and is set to begin round two in January 2016. It was designed by the Heart Failure Association (HFA) of the ESC in collaboration with Zurich University and the Zurich Heart House in Switzerland, and leads to a Certificate of Advanced Studies.

Future leaders in arrhythmology should check out the Diploma of Advanced Studies in Cardiac Arrhythmia Management, which starts in October 2016 and is a collaboration between the Academy, Maastricht University Medical Centre and the ESC’s European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA).

The Master of Science in Translational Cardiovascular Medicine also launches soon. Designed for cardiovascular clinicians and researchers, it was developed with the German Centre for Cardiovascular Research (DZHK) and the University of Hamburg in Germany.

Master in Health Economics

The Master of Sciences (MSc) in Health Economics, Outcomes and Management in Cardiovascular Sciences begins this year in a course devised by the Academy and the London School of Economics. The programme is the ESC’s response to the growth of economic evaluation as a central component of departments and hospitals. The practice of cardiovascular medicine is increasingly shaped by economics yet the relevant skills are not taught at medical school or during specialisation. Students will learn how to use clinical, economic and other types of evidence in decision-making.

The course is targeted at cardiologists and others who focus on CVD in their day to day work including policymakers and those working in the manufacturing industries.

The foundations of health economics and outcomes research will be taught in a number of compulsory courses on quality and outcomes, and students can tailor their choice of modules to their area of interest - and work with an LSE mentor to help meet their aims for the course.

Graduates will emerge with those competencies needed to apply for leadership positions in cardiovascular medicine, both in the traditional sense and in broader roles such as hospital management.

The European Heart Academy is fostering collaborations with selected universities to satisfy the increasing need for continuous medical education. More information on the roles and functions of the Academy can be found at the European Heart Agency stand, located at ESC Plaza P520.

More information about the European Heart Agency and the European Heart Academy