Dr. Maria Jesus Salvador-Taboada
This article is written by the author for the newsletter of the Council for Cardiology Practice. It reflects the opinion of the author.
It was to define a model of training in cardiology through Europe. The previous version has been adopted as the standard for regulating training in cardiology, for access to certification and for revalidation in some countries.
The deep changes produced in cardiology practice over recent years have marked the need to renew the previous version. The changes include:
At the same time the age of patients, their comorbidities and their expectations are rising.
Another important change has been the advances in knowledge, technology and management in different areas:
The 2013 Core Curriculum outlines the knowledge and skills of general cardiologists and as the previous edition it is the framework for training and certification and furthermore Continuous Medical Education (CME) and recertification. This document can help National Societies to face national authorities.The Task Force decided to make an optimal program and believed necessary to recommend six years full-time postgraduate training to acquire the competence, of which four years dedicated to cardiology.
It has kept the same structure as the previous edition but with another format to make it more accessible on line. The document is based on:
General aspects of training and individual chapters have been updated in the first part of the document followed by 28 Chapters, each of them including objective statements: required knowledge, skills and behaviours and attitudes. The format of some chapters has changed:
A new Chapter has been created on Acute Cardiovascular Care. The role of Cardiac Consultant has been specified into different sections:
The review process was based on the current ESC Guidelines.The Task Force for the Curriculum is aware that the document sets an optimal standard for the training of general cardiologists while mindful that its application will depend on possibilities in each country. But it is true that it can be a very useful tool when negotiating with national authorities.At the same time the general cardiologist gains importance in the health network.
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