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Certification and accreditation in CMR: To the right level and beyond

EuroCMR Congress News

Cardiac Magnetic Resonance


EuroCMR 2019 provides an opportunity for delegates to obtain a CMR Level 1 certificate if they attend at least 14 out of the 17 sessions in the ‘Level 1 certification in CMR track’. Doctor Mark Westwood, EACVI Certification & Accreditation Committee Chair 2018-2020, described Level 1 certification and its value in more detail:westwood-mark-2019.jpg

“Level 1 CMR certification is the level that we would expect every cardiology trainee to possess,” he said. “In some countries, CMR is well embedded into clinical practice; there are high-quality centres delivering large volumes of scans to large numbers of patients and it’s relatively easy for trainees to get appropriate experience. However, in large parts of Europe, there is a significant gap and it’s not possible for trainees to get adequate exposure to CMR.”

“In the EACVI, as leaders in the field of CMR at the European level, we feel that it will only be through training and educating the cardiologists of the future, at the grass roots level, that the full power of CMR will be more widely recognised and this will help us to get CMR embedded in a more equitable way across Europe.”

“At EuroCMR, we are able to deliver a high-quality training programme on an unparalleled scale due to the world-renowned international faculty,” Dr. Westwood said. “EuroCMR provides the ideal opportunity to gain Level 1 knowledge but if they choose, trainees can also enrich themselves at a much higher level of CMR knowledge—EuroCMR may inspire people who have come to learn the basics of CMR to continue and achieve Level 2 or 3 certification. It’s a very friendly community and delegates can interact with the leading experts in the field to learn even more.”

Dr. Westwood then discussed recertification: “We all know that development in medicine is an ongoing iterative process that does not stop when you reach a certain grade or point in your career,” he said. “Evidence is required that there has been continued learning in CMR, as it is such a rapidly developing field, and that CMR has continued to be used in practice by the clinician. However, we know that senior staff are very busy, and we need a simple pragmatic approach to recertification that was not too time-consuming or onerous. Examination is not required for recertification, but rather we look for evidence that the individual continues to maintain the required standard, for example, by attending courses, congresses (such as EuroCMR and EuroEcho) and by completing a log book of cases.”

“In addition to certification of an individual cardiologist’s knowledge and technical ability, patients increasingly want to be reassured about the quality of the environment in which the data are acquired and the quality of the service that we are giving them. EACVI laboratory accreditation in echocardiography has been available since 2009. We are now developing CMR laboratory accreditation, which will focus on all of the properties that define a quality service, such as the number and level of certified staff, the equipment, the type of scans acquired and the quality assurance procedures available. Accreditation is a voluntary scheme at the moment, but increasingly, these marks of quality and excellence are being recognised by patients and physicians.”

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