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Diploma

General Information

The European Board of Cardiovascular Radiology (EBCR) Diploma is a common European qualification in cardiovascular radiology, which helps to standardise training and expertise in Cardiovascular Radiology across Europe.

The EBCR Diploma confirms specific competence of radiologists to perform, interpret and report cardiovascular CT and MR independently. 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 public.

EBCR Diploma Committee

Chairman EBCR Diploma
Ch. Loewe, Vienna/AT

Members
K.-F. Kreitner, Mainz/DE

Ch. Peebles, Southampton/UK

Requirements

REGULAR DIPLOMA

1. Board certified Radiologist

Each applicant needs to verify the status of board certification as radiologist by provision of respective documents.

2. 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:
a) RIS statistic printout of cardiovascular MR and CT cases or
b) 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.

3. 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.

4. Curriculum Vitae

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

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. Membership

Each candidate has to be an ESR and ESCR member in good standing.

8. Registration

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

9. Application form

The completed form must be submitted to the ESCR Office.

10. Application fee

€ 400 for full members and € 600 for corresponding members.

EXPERT DIPLOMA

1. 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
– Publishing extensively in the field of cardiovascular imaging

2. Membership

Full member of ESR and ESCR in good standing.

3. Registration

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

4. Application fee

€ 400 for full members and € 600 for corresponding members.
Please note: ESCR representatives who serve as examiners will be reimbursed € 200.

5. Curriculum Vitae

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

6. Application form

The completed form must be submitted to the ESCR Office.

Knowledge base

Please refer to the European Training Curriculum for Subspecialisation in Radiology (Level III) in order to check the knowledge requirements.

Examination Structure

REGULAR DIPLOMA

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.

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.

Examination Fee
Full Members: 400€
Corresponding members: 600€

EXPERT DIPLOMA

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.

Examination Fee
Full Members: 400€
Corresponding members: 600€

Maintenance

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.

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.