A dedicated group of people developed the ESCeL Platform. The platform will go alive by the beginning of 2013, and 38 educational courses and more than 250 MCQs (multiple choice questions) are already available inside the platform (according to the EAPCI core curriculum). After obtaining an agreement with the Europa Organisation, the EAPCI Board has chosen to use 78 chapters from two textbooks published by Europa: “Coronary stenosis imaging, structure and physiology” and “Percutaneous interventional cardiovascular medicine”, for the knowledge assessment part of the ESCeL platform.
After the launch of the EAPCI/ESCeL Platform at the ESC Congress in Munich, we expect that the National interventional cardiology groups will begin to actively participate in this project, by stimulating their trainees at the National level to participate in this training programme. Moreover, National groups can also participate in this project by producing their own educational materials according to the instructions provided by the EAPCI back office. These educational materials need to be approved by the EAPCI Educational and Training Committee before they are uploaded into the platform inside the appropriate courses. All these educational materials will then be used as the basis for the ESCeL Platform’s knowledge assessment program.
Some of these educational materials will be mandatory (e.g., guidelines or textbook chapters) and others will be optional. In the near future, trainees will be asked to collect a specific number of credits for each one of the EAPCI core curriculum topics. In order to successfully get the certificate of excellence in training at the end of the process, the trainee needs to collect the requested credits in the knowledge assessment area, and to pass both the skills and professionalism assessment as well.
Now, time has come to communicate this project at the National level. It is also important to identify the key players that will be involved in this project both at the National and European levels. The young interventional cardiologists in training need to be involved in this project as soon as possible in order to start their training programme within the ESCeL platform by the beginning of 2013.
The use of the ESCeL Platform, and the participation of all EAPCI’s members in this project, is critical for the development of a comprehensive long-term educational and training programme in interventional car¬diology across Europe. The impact of this project will be enormous and will be visible in the years to come. By providing the highest standard of training and education to as many as possible, at the lowest cost possible, to all EAPCI members, it will be possible to offer our patients the highest standard of care, in a harmonised way, across Europe.
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