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ACC exam: successful canditates

30 August Paris 2011

Acute Coronary Syndromes (ACS)

Dear ACC successful candidate,

Congratulations once again for passing the first step of the ACC certification process!

To enable you to complete the full process, you will be required to fulfil the second step which is the log book submission. Upon passing the log book process, you will be then fully certified.

Now, we cordially invite you to submit your log book whether you wish to complete the process.

You will find below all information you may need to submit your logbook.

We look forward to counting you within the new ACC certified!

With our best regards,
The certification office

Requisites to apply:

  • To be a certified cardiologist by the National Health authority
  • To be a medical doctor
  • To have passed the written examination,
  • To have the practical expertise described in the log book section (50 Euros will be required to submit your logbook)
  • To be a member of the ESC Working Group on Acute Cardiac Care. If you are not a member yet, you can apply on-line.

Documents to be submitted to obtain the Certification in Intensive & Acute Cardiac Care:

  • Cardiologist certification (copy of certificate)
  • Detailed Curriculum Vitae
  • ICCU director’s letter
  • Log book
  • Document of having passed the examination (mail from the ESC Office for Working Groups, on behalf of the Certification Committee)

The log book summary sheet:

A log book (practical assessment) has to be submitted within 24 months after the examination, although is highly recommended to do so within 12 months. If the log book is not sent within this time interval, the candidate will need to re-sit the examination.

The log book has to provide evidence that the applicant has taken care of the number of patients and performed the number of required techniques described in Section 4 of the ACC Core Curriculum.

The log book must list all the cases for each treatment or procedure, except for ECG interpretation. Different skills must be written on a separate page. Use the number of pages necessary to list all cases for each type of patient and skill.
The logbook must be signed by the ICCU’s director.

Note: For ECGs just give the number of patients seen every day (according to the size of the ICCU and the average number of patients seen during on calls)

ICCU director’s letter

A letter from the director of the ICCU stating the following items is needed:

The applicant has worked full time in an ICCU of a Department of Cardiology during at least 12 months (6 months during general cardiology training and 6 month during a special training as junior attending physician) and has been on call at least 1 night per week for at least three years.
The applicant has done additional training: anaesthesiology 1 month, pneumology 1 month, nephrology 1 month, and general intensive care unit 3 months (the type of intensive care unit and length of time may depend on the hospital characteristics)
Certifies that the log book has been supervised and signed by him/her  


Certificates are usually delivered during the General Assembly of the Working Group on Acute Cardiac Care at the ACC Congress or can be withdrawn at the ESC Stand of the ESC Annual Congress.

Note that to claim the certificate all the following materials have to be submitted to the ESC certification office 

Once you have registered you will receive a confirmation with instruction on how to submit your log book accordingly.