EUROPEAN DIPLOMA CARDIOVASCULAR IMAGING
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 cardiac CT and MR independently. This Diploma represents a recognised qualification in cardiovascular radiology (CR). 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
NEXT DIPLOMA EXAMINATIONS
The next regular EBCR Diploma examination will be held on occasion of the ESCR 2017 Annual Scientific Meeting between October 12-14, 2017, in Milan, Italy.
Note: Check below for Application forms on different levels.When applying, please send full application form AND all required documents at once. Candidatures with missing documents will not be taken in consideration.ESCR strongly recommend to apply at least a month prior to event date.
OUTLINE OF THE DIPLOMA
a.) The Cardiac Diploma is acquired in 2 steps -details are listed below-
b.) Step 2 comprises written and oral components
c.) 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 application form. Early application is therefore recommended.
d.) After the examination for step 2, 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.
e.) Successful candidates will be awarded the EBCR Diploma and may add EBCR (European Board of Cardiac Radiology) to their name.
f.) The Diploma examinations (written and oral) are held on occasion of ECR and ESCR annual meetings. Furthermore, diploma examination on occasion of large national meetings or congresses are possible and will be announced via ESCR website.
a.) 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 Cardiac CT and MR. The documentation can be done in 2 ways: 1) RIS statistic printout of cardiac MR and CT cases or 2) Logbook self declaration with names of patients and 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) cardiac CT and 100/300 cardiac 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 cardiac imaging modalities can be submitted towards the experience required.
b.) CME credits in cardiac imaging
40 CME credits category 1 specifically in cardiac imaging with various modalities (e.g. 50% CT and 50% MR) are required.
c.) ESCR Educational Course
The ESCR educational course is integrated into the annual meeting of the ESCR. Participants who 1) attended the educational course and 2) successfully completed the multiple choice test (Cardiac Imaging Examination ) after the course can download a certificate after the meeting from www.escr.org
d.) Letter of support
Letter of support from the candidate’s Cardiac Radiology programme director or department head confirming, that the candidate was trained in cardiac CT and MR for a cumulative duration of at least 3 and 6 months, respectively.
e.) Application form
The form can be downloaded here . The completed form must be submitted to the ESCR office.
f.) Curriculum Vitae
Including record of training posts in cardiac radiology, scientific and educational activities.
g.) Application fee
€400 for full members and €600 for corresponding members.
ESCR representatives who serve as examiners will be reimbursed €200.
h.) Full or corresponding membership of ESR and ESCR in good standing
i.) Please note that a valid registration to congress is necessary!
(Candidates judged to have satisfied step 1 are invited from ESCR to take step 2. This comprises written and oral components, both contributing 50% of the total score.)
a.) Written exam
o 30 multiple choice questions
o Single best answer format - (i.e. only 1 out of 4 possible answers correct)
o No negative marking for incorrect answers
o The exam lasts 45 minutes
o Candidates will be tested in all aspects relevant to cardiac radiology such as anatomy, physiology, clinical practice, pathology, cardiac CT and MR
b.) Oral exam
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.
SPECIAL REGULATIONS FOR EXPERTS
For a limited time, experts in cardiac radiology can obtain the diploma if they meet the criteria below. For application contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
a.) Proof of their expert status. This can either be done by submitting confirmation of national accreditation as an expert in field of Cardiac Imaging (including MR and CT required) or by submitting confirmation of the following criteria:
- At least 10 years of experience in cardiac radiology
- Published extensively in the field of cardiac 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 cardiac radiology, scientific and educational activities.
g.) Application Form
MAINTENANCE OF EUROPEAN BOARD OF CARDIAC RADIOLOGY
Cardiac 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 40 CME credits in cardiovascular CT/MR (or equivalent national credits) within 60 months. Furthermore, attendance at a minimum of one Annual Scientific Meeting of the ESCR within the past 60 months is required. A renewal fee of € 50.00 will be due.
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.
In case a candidate did not pass the European Diploma in Cardiovascular Radiology he/she has the possibility to retake the examination one year later. A reduced fee of € 200.00 will be granted for a re-examination.
In case of any questions in regard to the Cardiovascular Imaging Diploma or Examination please send your request to email@example.com.