The next certification exam in CMR will be held during CMR 2018, the joint EuroCMR/SCMR Meeting, on Wednesday 31 January 2018 in Barcelona, Spain.
EACVI preparatory course to certification in CMR will take place on 16 - 18 November 2017 in Sophia-Antipolis, France.
The EACVI CMR section offers a process for certification of individuals in CMR.
The aim of this process is to set a European standard for competency in the practice of CMR for the benefit of patients undergoing CMR studies. Ultimately, the goal is to develop a standard of training in CMR that is mutually accepted by national and European authorities and internationally recognised.
Please note: Institutional Accreditation is not currently offered but is planned for the near future.
For the preparation of the certification processes please click here to see the Core Syllabus.
EACVI preparatory course to certification in CMR will take place in Sophia Antipolis, France, 16 - 18 November 2017.
The next certification exam in CMR will be held during The joint EuroCMR*/SCMR Meeting, on Wednesday 31 January 2018 in Barcelona, Spain.
The registration for the exam is separate from that of the congress. You do not need to register for the congress to sit the exam.
Please note: Certification of CMR competency by the association is not a compulsory or regulatory certificate and an individual's right to report and sign clinical CMR studies in individual countries remains defined by national laws and regulations.
Certification of Competency in CMR can be obtained at three levels, with different requirements for each level. All certification requires candidates to demonstrate that they have acquired knowledge from appropriate sources and developed skills in the clinical practice of CMR. Levels 2 and 3 require the completion of a case log book and passing the European CMR exam.
Level 1 competency is the most basic level and reflects core CMR training that should be obtained by all cardiology trainees according to the ESC Core Cardiology Curriculum. No formal certification process is offered.
Level 2 competency is the level required for an individual wishing to report CMR studies—with local or remote support from a Level 3 certified individual. Certification of Level 2 competency fulfils the requirement of subspecialty training in cardiac imaging as set out in the ESC curricula.
Level 3 competency is required for individuals wishing to perform, interpret, and report CMR studies fully independently, to lead a CMR laboratory and to supervise CMR training programmes in an accredited CMR training centre.
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Certification in Level 2 and 3 are offered by the ESC - level 1 is not.
European CMR certification is valid only in conjunction with national and local regulations. On its own, it does not constitute the right to report CMR studies. Although European CMR certification may be obtained during medical training, independent reporting will, in most instances, require completion of medical training.
The applying candidate must:
The CMR certification application must be submitted no later than 2 years after sitting the exam with cases taken from 2 years before up to 2 years after having sat the exam.
The primary pre-requisite to obtaining certification at Level 2 or 3 is to have passed the European CMR exam offered annually.The exam is currently held on the last day of the annual EuroCMR meeting.Click here for further information.
1. Spend a minimum amount of time working under the supervision of a level 3 EACVI section CMR certified expert:
2. Submit a Logbook of 150 (Level 2) or 300 (Level 3) cases.
Please also note that the log book should not under any circumstances be completed by hand and must be typed up in order to assure clarity for graders.
3. Include supporting information in their submission
All supporting information is listed in the Check List.
CME points can be obtained from courses endorsed by the EACVI Section CMR (formerly CMR Working Group) or by SCMR.Any course declared by applicants that are not endorsed by either of these entities will only be accepted under the discretion of reviewers.Click here for further information on CMR courses offered by the ESC.At least one course declared must be entirely dedicated to CMR.
Please note that 50% (level 2 - 15 and level 3 - 25) of the CME points can be self-directed. Examples of self-directed learning could include: Reviewer activity for CMR-related journals/articles (requires evidence), organised teaching in CMR department (requires details and confirmation from level 3 certified supervisor in the department), reading CMR book, reading CMR articles (needs to be detailed).
Please find a template of the Supervisor Letter.
If candidates have trained in several institutions, separate supervisor letters detailing the duration and content of training in each institution should be provided.
Supervisors must be level 3 EACVI section CMR certified.
Important: If multiple supervisor letters are supplied, one of them must include an overall assessment of the candidate’s training and competence. Usually, this will be the supervisor who has overseen the last stage of the candidate’s training.
When all required indications cannot be obtained in a candidate’s training centre, candidates should seek to receive on-site training in other centres. If this cannot be achieved, cases or teaching files from other centres can be used, but not for more than 75 (Level 2) or 150 (Level 3) cases.
When there is no Level 3 certified individual at the candidate's institution, remote supervision can be considered. Please note that this is not a substitute for mentoring in the home institution and applications will only be considered where on-site mentoring is not possible. Remote mentoring requires prior approval by the Exam Board. The remote mentor must be EACVI section CMR level 3 certified.
Candidates considering remote supervision should write to the Exam Board with the following information:
The Exam Board will consider each application for remote supervision and reply to the candidates within 4 weeks. The Exam Board may ask for changes to the proposed remote supervision plan and may contact the remote supervisor directly.
1. Gather the documents required
Check List of documents needed to submit2. Submit the required documents via the submission link
Candidates who passed the exam will receive a link to submit the logbook. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you don't have it.All documents not in English must be accompanied by a translation.
Online to the ESC Certification Team.
This is done via an online web form which is made available to candidates who have already passed the exam.Candidates will receive the link to the submission form along with their results from their CMR exam.
The CMR certification application must be submitted no later than two years after sitting the exam with cases taken from two years before up to two years after having sat the exam.
Upon receipt, documents undergo an administrative check by the ESC Certification Team. Candidates submitting incomplete, out of date or incorrect documentation will be contacted and outstanding documents requested with a two-week deadline.
Complete submissions will be reviewed by two independent assessors. In the case of disagreement between the assessors, the chair of the CMR exam board will make a final decision.
A decision will be sent to candidates three months after all documents have been sent for review.
Individuals with Level 2 European CMR certification can upgrade to Level 3. For an upgrade, within the period of 5 years (whilst the Level 2 European CMR certification is still valid) candidates need to submit all the documents required for a level 3 European CMR certification but do not need to retake the European CMR exam.
In order to request an application for an upgrade, you must send your CMR level 2 certificate to email@example.com. You will then be sent a link to register for the process. Then up to seven working days later you will be sent a link to submit your upgrade application.
Cases for the logbook of the upgrade submission must be taken from the 24 month period before starting the upgrade.
In your upgrade application, you must include ALL documents for the standard level 3 application, your level 2 certificate and include in your letters that you are applying for an upgrade.
Please note that if you achieve your upgrade application you will receive a new certification dated from the date of achievement and lasting for a five-year period.
Applications need to be received before the Level 2 certificate expires.
All appeals on certification should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Should escalation and further administrative works be needed, the appeal process will be charged at 100 EUR.
The exam is in English and fully computer-based with each candidate having their own computer terminal displaying questions and images. It consists of 100 questions in multiple-choice format with one single best answer for each question. Each correct answer will receive one mark. There is no negative marking for incorrect answers as in previous European CMR Exams.
The examination will consist of Two parts:
Part A of the examination will last two hours and be sat first. Part B will last 30 minutes.
Due to the split nature of the examination, no candidate will be permitted to leave early.
Please note: No materials used in the exam can be removed from the exam room. Anyone found cheating will be banned from taking the exam in the future.
Results will be based on a pre-defined pass mark, so unlike previous CMR exams will not depend on the results of other candidates taking the test at the same time.
Candidates will be notified by email within four to six weeks after the exam of their outcome and a given a certificate stating their achievement in the exam if they pass.
The CMR Logbook must be submitted no later than two years after sitting the exam with cases taken from a 24-month window (from two years before up to two years after having sat the exam).
Along with the other documents that can be found in the checklist please find:
Logbook template (.xls. note there are x4 tabs in this editable excel document)
Please also note that the logbook should not under any circumstances be completed by hand and must be typed up in order to assure clarity for graders.
The anonymised, original CMR studies must be accrued within a 24 month period with cases taken from two years before up to two years after passing the written exam. The cases cannot go beyond this 24-month window.
Cases must be entered into the logbook template in chronological order: i.e. 1/01/13, 2/01/13....25/12/13 and have the following TOTAL numbers:
Where not all required indications can be obtained in every training centre, the candidate should endeavour to receive specific training in another centre. If this cannot be achieved, cases or teaching files from other centres can be used, but not for more than 100 (Level 2) or 200 (Level 3) cases.
The candidate must have been present during the acquisition of at least 50 (Level 2) cases and 100 (Level 3) cases.
Applicants should keep a separate list (in compliance with all data protection regulations at their institution) that identifies the submitted CMR studies in the logbook so that they can submit full reports or image data upon request.
No unique patient identifiable data should be contained in the logbook.
The logbook must be written in English.
Under no circumstances should the log book be completed by hand. It must be typed up in order to assure clarity for graders.
The logbook must be submitted no later than two years after sitting the exam. If the deadline is not respected, the exam has to be repeated in order to apply for certification.
Supervision: Teaching must take place under the supervision of a Level 3 EACVI section CMR certified individual.For further information see section above on Supervisor Requirements
Process is not yet available
It is recommended that following certification, Level 2 accredited individuals maintain their skills by documentation of at least 20 h (Level 3: 40 hours) of CME in CMR every three years plus the acquisition and primary reporting of at least 100 CMR (Level 3: 200) original studies every three years. These cases have to be new cases acquired within the recertification period under the responsibility of the candidate and must be reported by the candidate as a first or senior reader. It is also recommended that candidates participate in an active training programme either in their own institution or by contribution to national or international educational activities in CMR.
A recertification programme is not currently offered by the ESC, but is planned for the future.
Please note that the grandfather route is now closed. For any further questions or information please email email@example.com.
Congratulations to all those who have achieved certification levels 2 and 3 in cardiovascular magnetic resonance with the EACVI section CMR.
Candidates successfully certified have been approved by the CMR Exam Board Committee at either Level 2 or Level 3 in the certification process.
Please click here to view the list of:
EACVI section CMR certified individuals Level 3 (.xls)
EACVI section CMR certified individuals Level 2 (.xls)
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