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The ESC eLearning platform in interventional cardiology blew out its first birthday candle!

One year has passed, discover what has been achieved so far and read more about the platform in Belgium!

In February 2013, the EAPCI launched the ESC eLearning platform in interventional cardiology, an online education platform which implements the EAPCI curricula, to set the professional standards of cardiology practice and patient care.

Up to now, 111 candidates from 34 different countries  enrolled on this educational tool which is a a proof of interest for online training.

The EAPCI would like to address a special thanks to all the candidates, national coordinators, training directors and involved countries for their confidence and interest for the educational online platform.

Please feel free to contact us for any query.

What were the main objectives of the platform?

The ESC eLearning platform enhances the value of ESC, EAPCI and PCR content and strengthens this speciality of cardiology via the delivery of curricula and the harmonisation of training.

This 24-month programme mapped to the EAPCI curricula and leading to a certificate of excellence in training in interventional cardiology allows enrollees to improve their skills and knowledge.

Martine Gilard, Co-Chair of the EAPCI Education Committee and National Coordinator for France, explained:

The goal is simply to help different countries by providing a friendly platform with tools and services that may reduce the costs to National Cardiac Societies and may better harmonize training across Europe.
Read the complete interview.

The platform seen from... Belgium!

Belgium is one of the top country of the EAPCI, with 82 members. The launch of the ESC eLearning platform attracted 7 candidates since then...Discover from their mouths the reasons of their enrollment and why you should join them.

As a fellow in interventional cardiology in Leuven (Belgium), I registered for the e-learning platform of the EAPCI around one year ago.
The main reason to subscribe to this educational program was the online access to the PCR-EAPCI Textbook and the opportunity to study the different topics in the book with extended matching questions after each chapter.
For me, the online platform makes me inclined to read on different theoretical concepts in a more systematic way. The platform also gives you opportunity to keep track of the number and types of procedures you perform, although only coronary interventions can be registered.
One suggestion... perhaps extending the scope of the online registry to interventions in structural heart disease and valve disease (e.g. TAVI, LAA closure, etc.) can be considered in the future.

 Dries De Cock, M.D.
 Fellow in Interventional Cardiology
 University Hospitals Leuven

I am very pleased to have the opportunity to work and to learn on the ESC eLearning platform.
I have registered for having the possibility to improve my theoretical knowledge and to be part of a European learning program in interventional cardiology.
About  the benefits that I have experienced as a result of your program: improvement of knowledge and skills in interventional field.

Claudiu Ungureanu
Department of Cardiology
Saint Pierre University Hospital


Next steps…

Lino Gonçalves, Chair of the EAPCI Education Committee, strongly believes and supports the platform and explained in an interview published in EuroInterventional Journal (January 2014 issue) the goals for 2014.

This year we hope to achieve the launch of the second version of the platform, which will feature extra language possibilities.

For example, national societies should have the opportunity to upload their own language material to the platform to make this more accessible to their local trainees and seniors. It will be the societies themselves who will be responsible for the quality of what they upload. Another feature is that a national society may request that their outstanding material be translated into English and shared with everyone on the platform.

We believe this to be a very interesting feature, which can bring a national educational experience to an international audience.

Another objective would be also to have more an more National Coordinators appointed. Without this key role, candidates can not start the programme.

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