The aim of this workshop was to discuss the need for an e-learning platform and also how the social networks already on the market could be used between fellows.
The main focus of the discussion was the ESCeL platform and how this could improve the education of future PCI operators. The program consists of three cores:
The first core gives the trainee a comprehensive review of the literature and finally a test of 450 MCQ are provided.
The second core enables the trainee to upload a number of cases for the local trainer to evaluate.
Finally, in the third core the trainee gets the opportunity to undergo 360 degree appraisal and to describe his/hers educational profile. The program is estimated to last for 2 years and ends with ESCeL certification.
The workshop attendees proposed to introduce the possibility of getting midway certification in case a fellow wishes to apply for a fellowship at another center or just to update their CV. The receiving center is thus able to assess the level of knowledge and skills of the trainee. Also, an important topic of discussion was the possibility of adapting the curriculum to the needs and demands of the national societies. No national society should feel, that entering the program would lower the national standard of education. At present, only few fellows are enrolled. The challenge for now is how to get the national societies to endorse the program by appointing a national coordinator (check now the status of your country). The task for the national coordinator is to appoint sub-coordinators for the 6 subspecialties (EAPCI, EACVI, EHRA, HFA, EACPR, ACCA). The sub-coordinators appoint a training director at each hospital that wishes – and are found suitable - to educate fellows. Each trainee is meant to have a local trainer to whom the trainee refers. Thus, the principle of apprenticeship will exist, as it is known from many countries today.
What the program offers is a platform to systematize the education and ensure a high European standard. However, it is not possible for a fellow to attend the program before his/her national society has endorsed the program. The workgroup expressed a wish of getting access to the "Knowledge" core prior to enrollment. Lastly, networking between fellows and also between seniors and fellows were discussed. The platforms already in use, such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Research gate, were in general regarded as too unfocused for this purpose. A new platform within the ESCeL universe is in the pipeline to comply with this demand. Within this "Educational Space" one can create a personal learning profile and communicate with peers who have the same areas interest. Overall, the idea of a web-based learning space, such as ESCeL, is welcomed and the future perspectives are very promising. So, start lobbying in your national societies. Discover ESCeL.Read more about the EAPCI Summit 2013.
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