Jul 30, 2012
WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 30, 2012) – New structural heart disease (SHD) interventions over the past decade are driving demand for advanced interventional cardiology training programs, but training in this specialized area remains in its infancy, according to new survey results released today by the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI)‘s Structural Heart Disease Early Career Task Force and e-published in Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions. The survey found that while the majority of interventional cardiology training programs involve structural interventions – such as transcatheter aortic valve replacement, pulmonic valve implantation and mitral valve repair – few offer dedicated SHD fellowships.
“Structural heart disease care has changed significantly in recent years, and new treatments require specialized training on complex interventions,” said Mehmet Cilingiroglu, M.D., FSCAI, associate professor of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Heart and Vascular Institute in Pennsylvania and an author of the paper. “Our survey found SHD training remains in its early stages. As we advance care for patients, it’s essential that we establish structured training programs with standardized requirements that can help new interventional cardiologists build their skills in this important area.”
The survey of 50 Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accredited interventional cardiology programs found:
Based on the survey, the task force called for a structured curriculum for SHD training with uniform requirements. “As interventional cardiology advances, so do our education and training needs,” said J. Jeffrey Marshall, M.D., FSCAI, FACC, SCAI president and medical director of the cardiac catheterization laboratory at Northeast Georgia Heart Center. “SCAI is committed to continuously improving education programs to equip cardiologists with the necessary tools and resources to provide the best care for our patients.” The SCAI Structural Heart Disease Early Career Task Force was established in 2011 to provide a forum for interventional cardiologists who are seeking advanced SHD training or are currently involved in a SHD program.