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The EACVI’s Education Committee, chaired by Professor Denisa Muraru, is one of the most active and proactive committees within the EACVI.
Deputy Chair, Professor Giovanni Di Salvo (Royal Brompton & Harefield Trust, London, UK) explains, “The continuing medical education of members is our priority.
We are leading the education of new imagers in cardiology and, in this fast-paced field, we are continually trying to develop our initiatives and widen the range of training opportunities.”
The EACVI provides a broad spectrum of online learning initiatives including the ever-popular webinar series. Live and on-demand webinars are available free to EACVI Silver Members, while EACVI Regular members can access live webinars for a nominal fee. In common with the goal of the EACVI as a whole, webinars encompass the multimodality approach and there are expert sessions on echocardiography, nuclear cardiology, cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) and cardiac computed tomography (CT). Upcoming webinars include ‘How and why to measure RV and LA strain according to EACVI/ASE standards and Industry task force activities’ and ‘Essential tips on 3D echo acquisition and postprocessing’.
Another online learning initiative, EACVI e-learning programmes, are based on the core syllabus of each imaging modality. Nine high-quality tutorials have recently been added on multimodality imaging in congenital heart disease, with a set of tutorials on focus cardiac utrasound (FoCUS) now available. And as Prof. Di Salvo explains, a brand-new series of ‘micro-tutorials’ is being introduced next year: “These 2–3-minute short videos will focus on one particular aspect and provide a condensed ‘tips and tricks’ overview. The first micro-tutorial is on chamber quantification—other topics will follow.”
Joining five other Imaging Toolboxes, there will soon be a toolbox on Cardiomyopathies and Athlete’s Heart. “These ‘hubs of information’ have been developed by experts who always have a multimodality approach in mind,” says Prof. Di Salvo, “the pros and cons for each imaging modality are presented and the best pathway—in terms of the right modality(ies) at the right time for the right patient—is discussed.”
All these updates are included in the new version of the EACVI Continuing Education and Training Catalogue. “The catalogue allows trainees and imagers to see all the educational opportunities that the EACVI has in place,” concludes Prof. Di Salvo. “To provide an even better service, the Education Committee welcomes your suggestions and new ideas. We are also thinking ahead to future needs. The target is to train our members to become multimodality imaging specialists and for this to happen, we are defining the educational pathway and the steps needed, for example, what level of certification should be required for each modality. This is a very ambitious programme, but it is crucial for our future.”
Find out more! The new EACVI Continuing Education and Training Catalogue is available at: www.escardio.org/EACVICatalogue
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