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EUROPEAN DIPLOMA IN CARDIOVASCULAR IMAGING

NEXT DIPLOMA EXAMINATIONS

The next EBCR Diploma examinations will be held:

- during ECR 2019 in Vienna, Austria (regular and expert)
- during ESCR 2019 in Antwerp, Belgium (regular)


GENERAL INFORMATION

The European Board of Cardiovascular Radiology (EBCR) Diploma is a common European qualification in Cardiovascular Radiology and will help to standardise training and expertise in Cardiovascular Radiology across Europe. The EBCR Diploma is endorsed by the European Society of Radiology (ESR).

The EBCR Diploma confirms specific competence of radiologists to perform, interpret and report cardiovascular CT and MR independently. This Diploma represents a recognised qualification in cardiovascular radiology. The EBCR Diploma will assist cardiovascular radiologists in the promotion of their skills and experience in cardiovascular radiology when dealing with other clinical colleagues and with the general public.

Chairman EBCR Diploma

Ch. Loewe, Vienna/AT 

EBCR Diploma Committee
K.F. Kreitner, Mainz/DE
Ch. Peebles, Southampton/UK


OUTLINE OF THE DIPLOMA

The Cardiovascular Diploma requires in-depth training and experience in cardiovascular Radiology as well as passing written and an oral examination.

Please be aware that the diploma is granted for a period of 5 years. After 5 years, renewal is requested and the proof of continuous activity in cardiovascular Radiology will be required. The examination itself has not to be retaken after 5 years.
Please find the details about the two steps (step 1: training and education; step 2: written and oral examination) as well as about diploma renewal below.

Step 1
Criteria fulfilment, application and provision of required documents

Step 2
Written and oral examinations
The written and oral examinations for the European Diploma of Cardiovascular Radiology are offered on occasion of the Annual Scientific Meeting of the European Society of Cardiovascular Radiology (ESCR), as well as during ECR.

Only a limited number of candidates can be accepted for step 2 at each meeting. Applications will be accepted on a first come, first served basis depending on the date of receipt of appropriate application form. Early application is therefore recommended.

After the written and oral examination, an examiners meeting will be held. At this meeting, the results of both components of the exam will be added together to produce a total score for the examination for each candidate. The scores for each candidate will be reviewed and potential fail candidates will be discussed. At the end of the meeting, a list of pass and fail candidates will be produced and candidates informed accordingly by Email. There will be no publication of the scores, but just of “passed” or “failed”.


EUROPEAN DIPLOMA IN CARDIOVASCULAR IMAGING
STEP 1 - REQUIREMENTS

Proof of Education in Radiology
a) Board certified Radiologist
Each applicant needs to verify the status of board certification as radiologist by provision of respective documents.

Proof of Training in Cardiovascular Radiology

b) RIS documentation or Logbook
All candidates must present a RIS documentation or logbook with a total record of their CR experience.
This should present the candidate’s CR experience in cardiovascular CT and MR. The documentation can be done in 2 ways:
1) RIS statistic printout of cardiovascular MR and CT cases or
2) Logbook self declaration with nature of examination.

The RIS documentation or logbook should be countersigned by the candidate’s CR programme director. The minimum qualifications required for entry to the examination are the following:
The candidate should have experience in at least 100/300 (life-cases/data-base-cases) cardiovascular CT and 100/300 cardiovascular MR studies. At least 50 of the CT life-cases should be contrast enhanced scans.
Up to 50 life-cases and 150 data-base cases of other cardiovascular imaging modalities can be submitted towards the experience required.

c) Letter of support
Letter of support from the candidate’s Cardiovascular Radiology programme director or department head confirming, that the candidate was trained in cardiovascular CT and MR for a cumulative duration of at least 3 and 6 months, respectively.

d) Curriculum Vitae
The curriculum vitae should especially include the records of training posts in cardiovascular radiology, scientific and educational activities.

Proof of Education in Cardiovascular Radiology
e) CME credits in cardiovascular imaging
40 CME credits category 1 specifically in cardiovascular imaging with various modalities (e.g. 50% CT and 50% MR) are required.

f) CI Examination
At the end of the Educational Track during each ESCR Annual Scientific Meeting, the applicants have to pass the multiple choice test (Cardiovascular Imaging Examination). The attendance of the educational course during ESCR and the pass of the CI examination are required. After successful examination the applicants can download a certificate from his/her MyUserArea.

Other requirements
g) Membership
Each candidate has to be an ESR and ESCR member in good standing.

h) Registration
Please note that for your diploma examination, a valid congress registration is required.

i) Application form
The completed form must be submitted to the ESCR office.

j) Application fee
€ 400 for full members and € 600 for corresponding members.



STEP 2 - EXAMINATION
Candidates judged to have satisfied step 1 are eligible to proceed to step 2. The total score of minimum 60% from the written part and 2 cases solved during the oral examination are required in order to pass the examination.

Written examination
- 30 multiple choice questions
- Single best answer format - (i.e. only 1 out of the possible answers is correct)
- No negative marking for incorrect answers
- The exam lasts 45 minutes
- Candidates will be tested in all aspects relevant to cardiovascular radiology such as anatomy,  physiology, clinical practice, pathology, cardiovascular CT and MR

Oral examination
This consists of a 20 minute oral examination by ESCR representatives in English. The examiners will show each candidate a series of cases. The examiners will test the candidate’s knowledge of all aspects of the cases under discussion – indication, clinical background, diagnosis, technical parameters, limitations, etc.


EUROPEAN DIPLOMA IN CARDIOVASCULAR IMAGING
EXPERT DIPLOMA

IMPORTANT INFORMATION
Kindly note that the application for the expert Diploma examination can be done only until the end of 2018. The last expert examination will be held during ECR 2019 in Vienna, Austria.

STEP 1 - REQUIREMENTS
a) Proof of their expert status. This can either be done by submitting confirmation of national accreditation as an expert in field of Cardiovascular Imaging (including MR and CT required) or by submitting confirmation of the following criteria:
- At least 10 years of experience in cardiovascular radiology      
- Published extensively in the field of cardiovascular imaging
b) Full member of ESR and ESCR in good standing
c) A valid congress registration
d) Application at least 2 months in advance
e) Application fee of € 400 for full members and € 600 for corresponding members
ESCR representatives who serve as examiners will be reimbursed € 200
f) Curriculum Vitae - Including record of training posts in cardiovascular radiology, scientific and educational activities.
g) Application Form

STEP 2 - EXAMINATION
Oral examination
This consists of a 20 minute oral examination by ESCR representatives in English. The examiners will show each candidate a series of cases. The examiners will test the candidate’s knowledge of all aspects of the cases under discussion – indication, clinical background, diagnosis, technical parameters, limitations, etc.

APPLICATION FOR THE DIPLOMA
For your application kindly complete the application PDF and return to the ESCR Office for approval by the Educational Programme Committee.

The ESCR Office will confirm the receipt of your application and all required additional information once received.
   


For submitting your application contact: office@escr.org.


RE-EXAMINATION
In case a candidate did not pass the European Diploma in Cardiovascular Radiology he/she has the possibility to retake the examination. A reduced fee of € 200.00 will be granted for a re-examination.



TERMINOLOGY
Successful candidates will be awarded the EBCR Diploma and may add EBCR (European Board of Cardiovascular Radiology) to their name. 



MAINTENANCE
RENEWAL REQUIREMENTS

Cardiovascular CT and MR are rapidly evolving thus requiring continuous medical education. ESCR  will renew the European Board in Cardiovascular Radiology Diploma every five years for full ESCR members in good standing upon proof of at least in total 40 CME credits in cardiovascular CT and MR (or equivalent national credits) within 60 months. Furthermore, attendance of at least one ESCR Annual Scientific Meeting within the past 60 months is required. A renewal fee of € 50.00 will be due.


In case of any questions in regard to the Cardiovascular Imaging Diploma or Examination please send your request to office@escr.org.
 
 
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