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NEXT DIPLOMA EXAMINATION

The next regular EBCR Diploma examination will be held on occasion of the ECR Congress between February 28 and March 4, 2018, in Vienna, Austria. The exact dates are to be announced soon. 


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 cardiovascular 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



OUTLINE OF THE DIPLOMA
The Cardiovascular Diploma is acquired in 2 steps. Please find the details below.

Step 1
Criteria fulfiment, application and provision of required documents

Step 2
written and oral components

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.

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.

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

The Diploma examinations (written and oral) are held on occasion of ECR and ESCR annual meetings.



REGULAR DIPLOMA

STEP 1
REQUIREMENTS

Application for the European Diploma in Cardiovascular Imaging is only possible for board-certified radiologists, who have to prove their status during application.

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

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 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) 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) 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.

d) 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 (Cardiovascular Imaging Examination ) after the course can download a certificate after the meeting from www.escr.org 

e) 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.

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

g) Curriculum Vitae
Including record of training posts in cardiovascular radiology, scientific and educational activities.

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

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

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






STEP 2

Candidates judged to have satisfied step 1 are eligible to proceed to step 2. The total score of minimum 50% from both oral and written parts is required to successfully pass the examination.

a) Written exam
o 30 multiple choice questions
o Single best answer format - (i.e. only 1 out of the possible answers is correct)
o No negative marking for incorrect answers
o The exam lasts 45 minutes
o Candidates will be tested in all aspects relevant to cardiovascular radiology such as anatomy,  physiology, clinical practice, pathology, cardiovascular 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 cardiovascular radiology can obtain the diploma if they meet the criteria below.

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
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 one year later. A reduced fee of € 200.00 will be granted for a re-examination.




MAINTENANCE OF EUROPEAN BOARD OF CARDIOVASCULAR RADIOLOGY

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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