Since its creation in 2003 the Certification Committee, has put in place 3 exams: on TTE, TEE and CHD.
The aim was to provide a high level of achievement in the professional life of echocardiographers and to standardise the Echo practice throughout Europe.
The EAE invites Dr. Bogdan A. Popescu, Chairperson of the EAE Certification and Accreditation Committee to give us an overview on the certification activities and on the evolution since 2003.
The EAE Certification-Accreditation Committee includes 4 specific sub-committees, one for Laboratory Accreditation and 3 for individual certification such as:
• Adult Transthoracic Echocardiography, TTE
• Adult Transesophageal Echocardiography, TEE (jointly with EACTA)
• Congenital Heart Disease Echocardiography, CHD (jointly with the AEPC)
The committees for individual certification organize certification exams for the respective subspecialty.
The certification committees are lead by Alex Stefanidis (Greece) for TTE, John Kneeshaw (UK, on behalf of EACTA) and Frank Flachskampf (Sweden) for TEE, and Owen Miller (UK, on behalf of AEPC) for CHD, while the laboratory accreditation committee is lead by Simon Ray (UK).
I would like to thank all of them for their hard voluntary work – it is a team effort and nothing can be done alone.
I would also like to warmly thank our colleagues and friends from the two Associations which help the EAE run the TEE and the CHD certification process: EACTA and AEPC. It is an important process and we are privileged to work together with them towards a common goal.
The certification process is divided in 2 steps:
Together with the Committee Chairs we aim at checking the quality of the process at various steps (eg written exam, logbooks) to assure consistency between different cohorts, to keep a high quality level, and to align this process at the European standard.
The EAE was the first ESC Association to run a certification exam and credit has to be given to Kevin Fox (UK) who had a decisive role in setting the process at the beginning and running it so successfully for many years.
In fact, the main objective of initiating such a process was to ultimately improve patient care be by offering a certification process meant to assess the competence of an individual performing echocardiography, to harmonise the way Echo is practiced in Europe and to increase the level of qualification of the echocardiograhers.
To increase the chance of success to the written examination, we invite you visit the certification section on the EAE website to access some helpful documents as well as the EAE Recommendations for training, competence, and quality improvement in echocardiography.
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