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EHRA’s role in delivering continuing medical education-educational courses and beyond

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Consistent with ESC’s strategic plan, education is one of the five main pillars that EHRAis committed to deliver to its community. Professor Jan Steffel, EHRA Education Committee Chair, explains, “Traditionally, EHRA’s role in education was mainly focussed on providing training courses on a variety of topics and this is still one of the most important aspects.”

Arrhythmias and Device Therapy


duytschaever-mattias-2019.JPGProfessor Mattias Duytschaever, EHRA Education Committee Co-Chair, is directing one of the EHRA training courses, which will take place from 23–25 May 2019 in Madrid. He says, “An experienced faculty will welcome approximately 100 participants from all over the world to a training course on advanced atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation. Educational talks and ‘Live-in-a-box’ cases will cover the broad spectrum of AF ablation, ranging from its mechanistic insights to practical ablation skills. It will be an intensive course, but we aim for a relaxed environment where participants can ask questions and interact with the faculty.”

steffel-jan-2019.jpgProf. Jan Steffel continues, “We have another course in November on troubleshooting of cardiac devices, including pacemakers, implantable cardioverter defibrillators and cardiac resynchronisation therapy, which is primarily meant as preparation for the

EHRA certification exam. We are constantly evaluating the training courses that we offer, how these can be improved, expanded, what further courses are needed, etc.”

“In addition to these important training courses, EHRA is going beyond to extend their education provision,” says Prof. Steffel. “In one such way, EHRA members can ‘attend’ webinars on a wider range of topics and can interact with opinion leaders via chat, polls and questions. We are delivering an average of one webinar a month and past webinars can also be accessed. The main advantage of webinars is that we are providing education directly to members’ desks and fitting into busy schedules.” He adds: “Like our training courses, we are aiming to keep these online training programmes at the very high standard that they are today.”

“In another approach,” says Prof.  Steffel, “we are expanding EHRA’s educational activities to other countries. We already have a productive programme between EHRA and Russia, and we are planning to expand this initiative to countries in North Africa, the Middle East and Asia.”

He continues, “The EHRA Education Committee is also working on the ESC eLearning (ESCeL) platform, which is rather like a mixture of live courses and webinars. The aim is that training courses will be recorded and can be reviewed by EHRA members even if they haven’t been able to attend the course in person. Our goal is to have all of our training courses on ESCeL and to renew all the available courses at least once every two years.” Prof. Duytschaever agrees: “The potential of this platform is currently clearly underused. I believe it could be of great educational value for EHRA members.” Prof. Duytschaever sees the ESCeL learning platform as an opportunity for a documented dialogue, saying, “In ESCeL, the user can review all the courses, tests and exams required to complete the curriculum. Based upon the progression bar, the user can follow their own educational track.”

Finally, Prof. Steffel provides details of another new educational initiative in the pipeline: “We are working on a reference library for electrophysiologists, which will contain all the landmark publications and most instructive papers on general and specific topics. To this end, we are joining efforts with the Young EPs as well as with the Certification Committee

to optimise the relevance of this project. The library is still in its infancy, but we are hoping to make good progress in 2019.”

EHRA’s role in education is not just about our training courses—we are going beyond to expand our initiatives and provide a range of high- quality activities.”

To learn more about EHRA’s educational activities, visit: www.escardio.org/Sub-specialty-communities/European-Heart-Rhythm-Association-(EHRA)/Education