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EAPCI Core Curriculum for Percutaneous Cardiovascular Interventions (2020): Committee for Education and Training European Association of Percutaneous Cardiovascular Interventions (EAPCI) A branch of the European Society of Cardiology

DOI: 10.4244/EIJ-D-18-00448

1. CHRU Lille, Institut Coeur-Poumon, Department of Cardiology, Lille, F-59000, France, France
2. Hospital de Santa Cruz CHLO, Carnaxide, Portugal; CEDOC, Nova Medical School, Lisboa, Portugal
3. Medizinische Klinik I, Landshut-Achdorf Hospital, Landshut, Germany
4. University Cardiology Clinic, Majka Tereza 17, 1000 Skopje, Macedonia
5. Bristol Heart Institute, Bristol, United Kingdom
6. Leviev Heart Center, Sheba Medical Center, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Israel
7. AOU Maggiore della Carità, Eastern Piedmont University, Novara - Italy
8. Department of Cardiology and Structural Heart Diseases, Medical University of Silesia, Katowice, Poland
9. CHU Lille, Institut Coeur-Poumon, Department of Cardiology, and INSERM U1011, Lille, F-59000, France
10. Hospital Clinic, Cardiovascular Clinic Institute, Institut d'Investigacions Biomèdiques August Pi i Sunyer (IDIBAPS), Barcelona, Spain
11. University Heart Center Graz, Medical University Graz, Graz, Austria
12. American University of Beirut Faculty of Medicine and Medical Center, Lebanon
13. Hopital la Timone, Marseille, 13005 France
14. Clinical Center of Serbia, Department of Cardiology, Belgrade, Serbia
15. LKH Hochsteiermark/Bruck, Tragösserstrasse 1, 8600 Bruck / Mur, Austria
16. Cardio-Thoraco-Vascular Department University Hospital of Bologna, Policlinico S. Orsola - Malpighi (Pav. 23), Bologna, Italy
17. Hospital Universitari Germans Trias i Pujol. Badalona. Spain
18. Med Campus III., Kepler University Hospital Linz, Faculty of Medicine, Johannes Kepler University Linz, A-4021 Linz, Krankenhausstraße 9, Austria
19. The James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
20. St. James's Hospital, Dublin, Ireland
21. Med. Klinik und Poliklinik I, Klinikum der Universitaet, Ludwig-Maximilian University, Munich Heart Alliance at DZHK, Marchioninistr. 15, D-81377 Munich
22. Heart Center Leipzig at University of Leipzig, Department of Internal Medicine/Cardiology and Leipzig Heart Institute, Leipzig, Germany
23. Department of Cardiology, Kantonsspital St. Gallen, Rorschacherstrasse 95, 9007 St. Gallen, Switzerland
24. Department of clinical science and education, Karolinska Institute, division of cardiology Södersjukhuset, Stockholm, Sweden
25. Department of Cardiology, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, Denmark
26. Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust and Oxford NIHR Biomedical Centre
27. Hungarian Institute of Cardiology, Haller street, 1096 Budapest, Hungary
28. Wilhelminenhospital Vienna, Montleartstrasse 37, A-1160 Vienna, Austria
29. Cardiovascular Center OLV Hospital, Aalst, Belgium
30. Cardiovascular Intervention Unit, Department of Cardiology, Centro Hospitalar de Vila Nova de Gaia, Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal
31. Cardiothoracic and Vascular Dpt. AOUP,University of Pisa, Italy
32. University Hospital Puerta de Hierro-Majadahonda, Madrid Spain
33. Semmelweis University, Heart and Vascular Center, Budapest, Hungary
34. Cliniques universitaires Saint-Luc, 10, avenue Hippocrate, 1200 Bruxelles, Belgium
35. Translational and Clinical Research Institute, Faculty of Medical Sciences, Newcastle University and Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, United Kingdom
36. Department of Cardiology, Thoraxcenter, Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam, the Netherlands
37. Department of Cardiology, Swiss Cardiovascular Center, University Hospital Bern, Bern, Switzerland
38. Queen Mary University of London, Barts Heart Centre, London, United Kingdom
39. Med. Klinik I, Städtische Kliniken Neuss, Lukaskrankenhaus GmbH, Preußenstr. 84, 41464 Neuss, Germany
40. Jagiellonian University Medical College in Poland, 17 Kopernika St., 31-501 Krakow, Poland

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The proposed 2020 Core Curriculum for Percutaneous Cardiovascular Interventions aims to provide an updated European consensus that defines the level of experience and knowledge in the field of Percutaneous Cardiovascular Intervention (PCI). It promotes homogenous education and training programmes among countries, and is the cornerstone of the new EAPCI certification, designed to support the recognition of competencies at the European level and the free movement of certified specialists in the European Community.
It is based on a thorough review of the ESC guidelines and of the EAPCI Textbook in Percutaneous Interventional Cardiovascular Medicine. The structure of the current Core Curriculum evolved from previous EAPCI Core Curriuclum and from the “2013 core curriculum of the general cardiologist” to follow the current ESC recommendations for Core Curriculums. In most subject areas, there was a wide - if not unanimous - consensus among the task force members on the training required for the interventional cardiologist of the future. The document recommends that acquisition of competence in Interventional Cardiology requires at least 2 years of postgraduate training, in addition to 4 years devoted to cardiology.
The first part of the curriculum covers general aspects of training and is followed by a comprehensive description of the specific components in 54 chapters. Each of the chapters includes statements of the objectives, and is further subdivided into the required knowledge, skills, behaviours, and attitudes.

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