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Core Curriculum for Percutaneous Cardiovascular Interventions

Prepared by the Committee for Education and Training of the European Association of Percutaneous Cardiovascular Interventions (EAPCI)

The 2020 Core Curriculum for Percutaneous Cardiovascular Interventions provides an updated European consensus that defines the level of experience and knowledge required in the field of Percutaneous Cardiovascular Intervention (PCI).


It promotes homogenous education and training programmes among countries and is the cornerstone of the EAPCI certification, designed to support the recognition of competencies at the European level and the free movement of certified specialists in the European Community.

It is based on a thorough review of the ESC guidelines and of the PCR-EAPCI Textbook in Percutaneous Interventional Cardiovascular Medicine.

The structure of the current Core Curriculum evolved from previous EAPCI Core Curriculum and from the “2013 core curriculum of the general cardiologist” to follow the ESC recommendations for Core Curriculum.

In most subject areas, there was a wide - if not unanimous - consensus among the task force members on the training required for the interventional cardiologist of the future. The document recommends that the acquisition of competence in Interventional Cardiology requires at least two years of postgraduate training, in addition to four years devoted to cardiology.

The first part of the curriculum covers general aspects of training and is followed by a comprehensive description of the specific components in 54 chapters. Each of the chapters includes statements of the objectives and is further subdivided into the required knowledge, skills, behaviours and attitudes.


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Published on the 07 July 2020 in EuroIntervention

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