Roadmap for cardiovascular education across the European Society of Cardiology: Inspiring better knowledge and skills, now and for the future

Dipak Kotecha, Jeroen J. Bax, Céline Carrera, Barbara Casadei, Bela Merkely, Stefan D. Anker, Panos E. Vardas, Peter P. Kearney, Marco Roffi, Michelle Ros, Alec Vahanian, Franz Weidinger, Ronen Beeri, Andrzej Budaj, Paolo Calabrò, Katarzyna Czerwińska-Jelonkiewicz, Flavio D'Ascenzi, Tom De Potter, Kevin F. Fox, Juha HartikainenBrendan McAdam, Davor Milicic, Agnès A. Pasquet, Alessandro Sionis, S. M.Afzal Sohaib, Costas Tsioufis, Patrick M.J. Verhorst, Paulus Kirchhof*, Armagan Altun, Manuel P. Anguita, Rusudan Agladze, Stephan Baldus, Nuno Bettencourt, Alexander N. Borg, Haran Burri, David Carballo, Milica Dekleva, Aurel F. Demiraj, Jaan Eha, Andrejs Erglis, Norbert Frey, Anna Freyschuss, Carmen Ginghina, Lino M. Gonçalves, Julia Grapsa, José R. González-Juanatey, Robert Hatala, Thordis Hrafnkelsdóttir, Richard Isnard, Line Joubert, Ausra Kavoliuniene, Alina S. Kerimkulova, Elena Kinova, Jesper Kjaergaard, Eleni Kletsiou, Anna Kontsevaya, Ulf Landmesser, Dorin Lisii, Julia Mascherbauer, Mohamed S. Mourali, Joseph A. Moutiris, Barbara J.M. Mulder, Gamela Nasr, Elena Nesukay, Latifa Oukerraj, Lidija Poposka, Susanna Price, Regina Ribeiras, Svein Rotevatn, J. Rafael Sádaba Sagredo, Per Anton Sirnes, Russell E.A. Smith, Šekib Sokolović, Felix C. Tanner, Ivo A.C. Van Der Bilt, Olivier Varenne, Stephan Von Haehling, Marco Zavatta, Aurel Demiraj, Šekib Sokolovic, Iveta Bajare, Russell Smith, Ausra Kavoliuniene, Afzal Sohaib, Lidija Poposka, Elena Kinova, Alexander Borg, Davor Milicic, Dorin Lisii, Joseph Moutiris, Jesper Kjaergaard, Patrick Verhorst, Gamela Nasr, Svein Rotevatn, Gamal Shaban, Jaan Eha, Katarzyna Czerwinska-Jelonkiewicz, Juha Hartikainen, Nuno Bettencourt, Richard Isnard, Carmen Ginghina, Rusudan Agladze, Yulia Balanova, Norbert Frey, Marco Zavatta, Milica Dekleva, Anastasia Kitsiou, Robert Hatala, Costas Tsioufis, Manuel P. Anguita, Christina Chrysoou, Anna Freyschuss, Zoltan Csanádi, Thorarinn Gudnason, Barbra Dalton

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Aims: The provision of high-quality education allows the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) to achieve its mission of better cardiovascular practice and provides an essential component of translating new evidence to improve outcomes. Methods and results: The 4th ESC Education Conference, held in Sophia Antipolis (December 2016), brought together ESC education leaders, National Directors of Training of 43 ESC countries, and representatives of the ESC Young Community. Integrating national descriptions of education and cardiology training, we discussed innovative pathways to further improve knowledge and skills across different training programmes and health care systems. We developed an ESC roadmap supporting better cardiology training and continued medical education (CME), noting: (i) The ESC provides an excellent framework for unbiased and up-to-date cardiovascular education in close cooperation with its National Societies. (ii) The ESC should support the harmonization of cardiology training, curriculum development, and professional dialogue and mentorship. (iii) ESC congresses are an essential forum to learn and discuss the latest developments in cardiovascular medicine. (iv) The ESC should create a unified, interactive educational platform for cardiology training and continued cardiovascular education combining Webinars, eLearning Courses, Clinical Cases, and other educational programmes, along with ESC Congress content, Practice Guidelines and the next ESC Textbook of Cardiovascular Medicine. (v) ESC-delivered online education should be integrated into National and regional cardiology training and CME programmes. Conclusion: These recommendations support the ESC to deliver excellent and comprehensive cardiovascular education for the next generation of specialists. Teamwork between international, national and local partners is essential to achieve this objective.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)1728-1738
Number of pages11
JournalEuropean Heart Journal
Issue number21
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2019

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  • Assessment
  • Curriculum
  • ESC
  • Education
  • European Society of Cardiology
  • Knowledge
  • Skills
  • Training


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