From 2019, candidates must fulfil new logbook requirements available here.
Logbook regulations (until 2018)
Candidates who have successfully passed the written CMR exam must submit their logbook 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). No late submissions will be accepted and, if the deadline is not respected, the candidate will have to repeat the exam in order to apply for certification.
- Gather the documents required
- Submit the required documents via the submission link received within your exam result letter. If you are unable to find this link please contact us.
- 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 Candidates submitting incomplete, out of date or incorrect documentation will be contacted and outstanding documents requested.
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 complete submissions have been sent for review. Please note that assessors are volunteers and it can sometimes take more than the 3 months expected to receive your logbook result.
- Check list completed and signed
- Logbook cases (150 for Level 2 or 300 for Level 3)
- Certificate of success to the written CMR exam
- Cover letter
- Confirmation letter from your supervisor (including evidence that they are level 3 European CMR or SCMR certified)
- Evidence of being a registered physician
- A letter confirming that you have personally reported scans in my logbook, am in a recognised medical training post
- Advanced Cardiac Life Support documentation
- Proof of CME (continued medical education) in CMR:
- CMR Level 2: 30 hours
- CMR Level 3: 50 hours
The logbook must be written in English. All documents not in English must be accompanied by a translation.
Logbook cases collection
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:
- 150 cases for level 2 applications
- 300 cases for level 3 applications
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.
You should have spent a minimum amount of time working under the supervision of a level 3 EACVI section CMR certified expert:
- Three months (Level 2)
- Twelve months (Level 3)
The logbook should not under any circumstances be completed by hand and must be typed up in order to assure clarity for graders.
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.
Continued Medical Training (CME) points
CME points can be obtained from courses endorsed by the EACVI 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.
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).
Upgrade from level 2 to level 3
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 through contact us. 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.