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Interventional Cardiology Certification

Certification organised by the European Association of Percutaneous Cardiovascular Interventions (EAPCI)

The European Association of Percutaneous Cardiovascular Interventions (EAPCI) is proud to offer certification in interventional cardiology. 

EAPCI certification exam for physicians will be held in Paris on 21 May 2019, during EuroPCR Congress.

Registration is open. 



Upcoming exam

Date: 21 May 2019

Venue:

Palais des Congrès de Paris

2 Place Porte Maillot, Paris, France

Schedule*:

13:00 - 14:00    Check-in Candidates

14:00 - 14:15     Instruction to candidates

14:15  - 17:15      Exam (3h)

*EAPCI reserves the right to modify this schedule if required. ESC strongly recommends planning late return flights.

About the certification

The goal of the EAPCI is to assure optimal quality in interventional cardiology by assessing the competence in knowledge, skills and attitudes of physicians.

Benefits from being certifed in Interventional Cardiology:

  • Certification in EACPI gives credibility and professional legitimacy to an individual by demonstrating his/her competency on getting this certification.
  • The certification process will identify qualified practitioners in interventional cardiology and should enhance their professional image.

Certification in EAPCI is not a compulsory or regulatory certificate of competence or excellence. Individuals' rights to report and sign clinical studies in individual countries remain to be defined by National laws and regulations.

Testimonials

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Dr. Bernhard Haring - Germany
"The EAPCI certification exam provides a valuable learning opportunity for the theoretical basis of interventional cardiology.
This helps to provide evidence-based care for patients in daily clinical practice."

 

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Dr. Eric Holy - Switzerland
"Taking the EAPCI certification exam last year together with other candidates from ESC member countries represented for me an unique opportunity to accredit my theoretical and clinical skills in interventional cardiology at an international and competitive level. Studying for the exam provided a deep-dive understanding of interventional cardiology’s principles and practices."

 

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Dr. Geroge Besis - United Kingdom
"This exam provides an opportunity to test the theoretical knowledge in interventional cardiology based on a well defined curriculum.The completion of the certification process will result in a prestigious and European wide diploma in Interventional cardiology."

 

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Prof. Wojtek Wojakowski - Poland
"I took the exam because as a president of the national interventional working group I recommend it to my colleagues and fellows. I wanted to get personal experience which was excellent. Our work requires continuous postgraduate education and re-evaluation. EAPCI examination and certification are essential tools in maintaining professional competence of interventional cardiologists."

 

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Dr. Luís Leite - Portugal
"The EAPCI certification exam was an essential step in my training, it is a great opportunity to test your own knowledge according to the best standards of Interventional Cardiology in Europe!"

 

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Dr. Maged Mokbel - Romania
"This exam represents a unique opportunity to obtain EAPCI's recognition in interventional cardiology, such a chance not to ignore or postpone. Preparing refreshed and updated my knowledge, while succeeding assured and improved my ability to take decisions."

 

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Assist. Prof. Mustafa Yilmaztepe - Turkey
"I took this exam in May 2018 to assess my knowledge in interventional cardiology and I think this international certification process will provide a great opportunity to see how qualified you are."

 

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Dr. Santiago Camacho Freire - Spain
"This exam was the option to certify my knowledge and skills in interventional cardiology in a standardized way, it opens a world of possibilities for working in any European country."

 

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Dr. Mohammady Shahin - Egypt
"EAPCI certification is a great achievement in my personal career and added a lot to my national and international recognition as a skilled interventional cardiologist."

 

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Dr. Michail Papafaklis - United Kingdom
"Participating in the first EAPCI certification was a great opportunity for me since I was about to complete my Interventional Cardiology Fellowship In London, UK. Obtaining the European Certificate in Interventional Cardiology provides me with concrete evidence regarding my training which was not available before this new initiative. The EAPCI certification helps in the standardisation of the training in Interventional Cardiology and the accomplishment of skilled young Interventionists who can work in international catheterisation laboratories. Therefore, I feel that the EAPCI certification will help me gain more recognition among the Interventional Cardiology community."

 

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Mr. Theodoros Sinanis - Germany
"I have only three words: self-confidence, knowledge, professional recognition."

 

Certification process 

EAPCI aims at developing a standardised certificate for interventional cardiologists practising in ESC member countries so as to ensure comparable requirements for EAPCI and certified specialists.

The system will be designed to certify both practical experience and knowledge in interventional cardiology medicine and will be divided into two parts:

  • Part A: theoretical knowledge based on PCR-EAPCI Textbook and ESC Guidelines.  
    This part consists of 100 multiple choice questions (MCQs) based on a clinical stem, and with 5 options, and only single best answer. If the candidate fails to the exam, she/he will have to wait 11 months before taking up another exam.
  • Part B: practical skills assessment. This part is under development.

How to prepare for the examination?

The EAPCI proposes to the candidates to use the following reading list or to take part in specialised courses:

The topics that will be covered by the exam are available here

Eligibility

  • EAPCI Member. If you are not a member, join now for free.
  • Doctors with national board certification in cardiology or doctors during cardiology specialist training (fellows) as confirmed by their training director (letter of confirmation).

Practical information

  • Examination sessions are usually held twice a year: one during EuroPCR and one during ESC Congress.
  • EAPCI Certification exams are delivered on a tablet-based system (provided on site).
  • Candidates will receive exam results within 8 weeks of taking the exam.
  • Upon successful completion of the theoretical exam, candidates will receive an EAPCI certificate stating that candidates 'have passed the theoretical examination of the European Association of Percutaneous Cardiovascular Interventions, a branch of the ESC', valid for 5 years. After 5 years, a re-certification exam could be considered.

Exam registration

Fee types Date Online fees (until seats sold out/10 days before exam date)
EAPCI Early Regular Member fee From 26/02/2019 to 12/03/2019 €540* (VAT included)
EAPCI Late Regular Member From 13/03/2019 to 10/05/2019 €594* (VAT included)

*Fees do not include transport & accommodation.

Register

Online registration deadline: 10 May 2019 (with no exceptions). 

 

However, registration may close earlier when the exam room capacity is reached.

There is no onsite registration

In order to respect exam room capacity, registrations will be managed on a first come first served basis.
We encourage you to register online as early as possible to guarantee a seat.

If you sat this exam less than 6 months ago we highly encourage you to wait for your results before registering. 

Please read the Terms and Conditions

Payment and general conditions

All registration fees are quoted in Euros (€) and include national applicable VAT. Payment in any other currency will not be accepted.

Registration fees are based on the date of receipt. The prices indicated are only applicable if both registration form/request and payment are received before the registration deadlines.

Registration will be acknowledged upon receipt of payment and a valid email address (please ensure your My ESC profile is updated). A confirmation email will be sent within ten working days after having submitted the payment.

Cancellation

If candidates have to cancel their registration for the exam, please contact us.

Up to 6 weeks before exam takes place: 50% refund

From 6 to 4 weeks: 50% refund

From 4 weeks to exam date: 50% refund

No show: no refund

In the event of illness or other serious unforeseen circumstances, a letter of proof will be required and the full amount may then be refunded.

In the unlikely event that the EAPCI cancels the exam, the full registration fee will be refunded. However, EAPCI is not liable for any cost incurred by the cancellation of accommodation and travel arrangements.

Detailled certification process

Theoretical part

Examination description

The exam is in English and is performed on a tablet-based system.

It consists of 100 questions in multiple-choice format with one single best answer for each question. Each correct answer received one mark. There is no negative marking and a wrong answer received no marks. The exam breakdown uses a prescribed quota of questions in the different subject areas of the EAPCI. Questions may contain text only or have a combination of text and still images or movies. 

The duration of the examination is 3 hours with no break.

Examination day

Exam check-in:

  • Candidates are required to come to the registration desk at least 30 minutes before the start of the exam.
  • Candidates must bring and present a valid photo ID document (passport or national identity card) to confirm their identity.
  • A photograph of each candidate will be taken which will be transmitted to the candidate's tablet so that ID can be verified in the examination room.
  • Once registered, the candidate will be admitted to the examination room.

 Before the start of the exam:

  • Candidates must sit at the correct table corresponding to their candidate number.
  • Only when instructed, candidates should scan their barcode.
  • Further instructions on how to use the system will be given by the invigilators before the exam starts.
  • An overview of the exam process and platform can be found here.
  • All coats, bags, mobile phones and personal effects must be left at the back or the side of the room and must not be taken to the examination table. No calculators are allowed (a calculator is provided within the tablet system). 

 During the exam:

  • Candidates will be given instructions on how to login and how to start the exam system.
  • A timer starts immediately the exam is commenced. The timer will run for the duration of the examination and automatically terminates the exam at 3 hours.
  • Assistance can be requested at any time during the exam by touching the "help" button on the tablet. An invigilator will be notified immediately and will come to the candidate's desk.
  • If a candidate needs to go to the restroom, he/she must request assistance and wait for an invigilator or host/hostess to accompany him/her.
  • If a candidate completes the exam before the end of the session, assistance should be requested. The candidate may leave only once authorised but will need to sign out and will not be readmitted to the exam room.
  • Candidates who have been identified by the invigilators as disturbing the exam or cheating will be required to leave immediately and will fail the exam.
  • As mentioned above, no personal effects, coats, bags, food or drinks are permitted on the exam table. Water can be provided on request.
  • A single piece of plain paper and a pencil will be supplied for each candidate. This must not be taken out of the examination room and must be left on the table at the end of the exam. Candidates may request another piece of paper but, in this event, the original piece of paper will be retained by the invigilators and exchanged for a new blank piece of paper. 
Examination results

Results of the examination will be sent to the email address registered on your 'MyESC' account. Results are only released following verification and validation by the Certification Committee Chairperson, usually within two months of the completion of the exam.

All examination questions go through a rigorous assessment prior to the exam. Questions are reviewed by a committee of Certification members who are senior experts in Interventional Cardiology. They are then all reviewed again by the Certification Chairperson. The final selection of questions is scrutinised by the Certification Committee once again as part of the standard-setting process prior to the examination. This defines the pass mark for the examination. Following the examination, the questions are all reviewed once more by the Certification Committee to ensure that the standard setting has been accurate. Any questions which perform badly in terms of discrimination of candidates or those with a negative correlation to the overall results may be removed. 

There is no appeal process following the written assessment. 

Upon successful completion of the theoretical exam, candidates will receive an EAPCI certificate stating that candidates 'have passed the theoretical examination of the European Association of Percutaneous Cardiovascular Interventions, a branch of the ESC', valid for 5 years. 

Practical skills assessment

The practical skills assessment part of the EAPCI Certification for Physicians is not open yet.