Ryan T., Berlacher K., Lindner J.R., Mankad S.V., Rose G.A. Know the indications for emergent and urgent echocardiographic evaluation of patients. Echocardiography is the most widely used diagnostic imaging modality in cardiology. We read with great interest the Editor’s Page recently published in iJACC by Chandrashekhar et al. We request that the notarized letters verifying the number of studies per year for the appropriate time, 2 or 3 years broken down by procedure code in the following format. Participate in practice-based continuous quality improvement and safety initiatives. A significant number of studies must be abnormal. prepare the trainee to perform and interpret complex. The trainee should also develop sufficient technical skills in using an echocardiographic instrument to answer clinical questions during Level II fellowship training. Current and evolving echocardiographic techniques for the quantitative evaluation of cardiac mechanics: ASE/EAE consensus statement on methodology and indications. Authors with relevant RWI were not permitted to draft initial text or vote on recommendations or curricular requirements to which their RWI might apply. In addition to developing, implementing, supervising, mentoring, and evaluating the fellows’ clinical and research education, faculty should be involved in research and/or education. ... JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging, 9 (3): 294-305, Online publication date: 1-Mar-2016. COCATS 4 was charged with updating previously published standards for training fellows in cardiovascular medicine and establishing consistent training criteria across all aspects of cardiology, including echocardiography.2 For the cardiovascular fellowship, the following 3 levels of training have been delineated for training in echocardiography. Component Objective Caseload Level II TTE. Upon completion of fellowship, the fellow will be considered Level III in both echocardiography and cardiac MRI as delineated in the ACC/AHA COCATS 4 document. Contact: egazinski@mcw.edu Further information and application materials can be found here . By entering a Level III training program, fellows express their interest in and commitment to a given field. As part of this interface, Level III trainees will learn to provide subspecialty consultations using point-of-care ultrasound performed in the intensive care unit, emergency department, and operating rooms, often under intense time pressures in unstable patients. As such, a prescribed volume of studies is necessary, but volume alone is an insufficient metric to guarantee satisfactory achievement of full competence in each specific area. "Implementing multimodality imaging in the future". The passing score is based on an expected level of knowledge; it is not related to the distribution of scores obtained during an examination administration. Know the limitations of all imaging and invasive assessment and the appropriate use of imaging in each condition. Thus, Level III competency ideally should be achieved by training with experienced physicians at centers where these advanced procedures are performed in sufficient volume.33,34 Additionally, as ICE becomes an important modality for guiding these procedures, the trainee must have familiarity and may require expertise in this area (see Section Ultimately, the goal is for the trainee to develop the professional skill set to be able to evaluate, diagnose, and treat patients with acute and chronic cardiovascular conditions. At a minimum, a fellow must reach Level II training in transthoracic echo and complete at least 50 supervised transesophageal studies in order to be certified as having the required skills to perform this study independently. The training environment should also provide the trainee with participation in quality improvement initiatives, structured reporting, process improvement, application of Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC), and laboratory operations. Guidelines for performing a comprehensive transesophageal echocardiographic examination: recommendations from the American Society of Echocardiography and the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists. Know the echocardiographic methods for assessing right heart function, ventriculoarterial coupling, and ventricular interdependence. Identify, disclose, and manage relationships with industry and other entities to minimize bias and undue influence on clinical decision making. Engaged faculty committed to teaching are critical to the success of an advanced echocardiographic training program. Know the echocardiographic methods for assessing pulmonary arterial systolic, diastolic, and mean pressure as well as pulmonary vascular resistance, and for establishing the causes of any abnormalities. *These numbers are for training in particular procedures that are not required for general Level III competency, although exposure is recommended. Leadership and Administrative Competencies 17, Appendix 1: Author Relationships With Industry and Other Entities (Relevant) 21. Clinical exposure to a broad range of cardiac pathologies and sufficient hands-on experience are essential for the advanced trainee to gain the requisite technical competency (see Section 4.2.). The COCATS Guidelines were revised in 2015. This count can include studies performed as part of structural heart and/or intraoperative TEE interventions (see Table 3) provided these are complete TEEs of which the trainee performs the significant portion. Know normal cardiac physiology and the pathophysiology of diseased cardiac states. For practicing physicians, these tools also include professional society registry or hospital quality data, peer review processes, and patient satisfaction surveys. American Society of Echocardiography recommendations for performance, interpretation, and application of stress echocardiography. and Mankad S.V. Lastly, following completion of advanced training in echocardiography, the advanced trainee is expected to become certified by the NBE in comprehensive adult echocardiography. Although it is expected that most, if not all, fellows will achieve Level II competency in echocardiography during their 3 years of general cardiology training, this document describes the more focused, in-depth experience required for Level III competency. The document was reviewed by 17 official representatives from the ACC, AHA, ASE, American Thoracic Society, Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions, Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists, and Society of Critical Care Medicine, as well as by 39 additional content reviewers, including both cardiovascular and imaging training program directors. Skills to acquire and interpret echocardiographic images during cardiovascular interventions such as pericardiocentesis and endomyocardial biopsy. J Am Coll Cardiol Img2016; 9: 91. J Am Soc Echocardiogr2014; 27: 65. Didactic instruction may take place in a variety of formats, including lectures, online modules, journal clubs, grand rounds, clinical case presentations, research conferences, simulator-based training, and patient safety or quality improvement conferences. "Association of outcome with left ventricular parameters measured by two-dimensional and three-dimensional echocardiography in patients at high cardiovascular risk". Rather, as with all educational activities, assessment is a sampling process that should be tailored to the needs of the individual trainee and program. Diagnosis and Management of Emergencies and Complications 8, 3.5. Beyond general training in TTE and TEE, Level III experience in emergency echocardiography requires specific participation in the interpretation of a number of studies from patients with unstable and/or life-threatening situations. Clinical Cardiology Consultative Cardiology - … A high level of expertise in probe manipulation is essential to guide the interventionalist using real-time 2D and 3D imaging. Training to guide intraoperative repair in complex congenital heart disease may require additional training. Relevant RWI for authors is disclosed in Appendix 1. Relationships in this table are modest unless otherwise noted. A total of 625 comments were submitted on the document. The level III echocardiographer carries immense responsibility in disseminating knowledge to fellows, sonographers, and serving as the echocardiography consultant for cardiologists and patient providers. These include procedures for mechanical circulatory support, robotic or minimally invasive procedures, and hybrid techniques, where TEE guidance is important for specific portions of the procedure, such as identification of intracardiac catheters, cannulae, devices, and guidewires.36. To provide advanced training in echocardiography, the laboratory environment must be located in an institution with an accredited general cardiovascular training program and should offer a broad range of outpatient and inpatient clinical diagnoses, including acquired and congenital heart diseases. Echocardiography plays an integral role in the diagnosis and management of a wide variety of acquired and congenital cardiac disorders. This article has been copublished in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology and the Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography, and reprinted in Catheterization & Cardiovascular Interventions. COCATS 4 task force 15: training in cardiovascular research and scholarly activity. Level II echocardiography training is required to provide independent interpretation of echocardiograms. The writing committee consisted of a broad range of members representing ACC, the American Heart Association (AHA), the American Society of Echocardiography (ASE), the American Thoracic Society, the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists, the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions, and the Society of Critical Care Medicine, identified because they perform ≥1 of the following roles: cardiovascular training program directors; Level III echocardiography-trained program directors; echocardiography laboratory directors; experts at early, mid-, and later-career stages; cardiovascular sonographers; scientists who do echocardiography research; multimodality imagers; general cardiologists; Level III trained echocardiography specialists representing both the academic and community-based practice settings as well as small, medium, and large institutions; specialists in all aspects of echocardiography, including interventional, mechanical circulatory support, cardiac resynchronization therapy, ventricular assist devices, and pulmonary arterial hypertension; specialists in cardiac anesthesiology, interventional cardiology, and critical care medicine; physicians experienced in training and working with the ACGME/Residency Review Committee, the ABIM Cardiovascular Board and Competency Committee, and the National Board of Echocardiography (NBE); and physicians experienced in defining and applying training standards according to the 6 general competency domains promulgated by the ACGME and the American Board of Medical Specialties and endorsed by the ABIM. The ACC has adopted this format for its competency and training statements, career milestones, lifelong learning, and educational programs. Conference calls of the writing committee were confidential and attended only by committee members. The intention of training is to provide a foundation of leadership and administrative skills that would be enhanced and refined throughout one’s career after fellowship. The ACC, AHA, and ASE approved the document for publication with endorsement from the American Thoracic Society, Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions, Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists, and Society of Critical Care Medicine. To provide the optimal training experience, certain principles should be followed. Level III training, the focus of this document, typically requires additional experience beyond the basic cardiovascular fellowship to acquire specialized knowledge and skill in performing, interpreting, and training others to perform specific procedures or render advanced, specialized care for procedures at a high level of skill. 3D echocardiography skills are an essential component of the imaging armamentarium and undoubtedly contribute to improved skills in 2-dimensional interpretation. Level III trainees should have the opportunity to interact regularly with other members of the healthcare team to enhance learning and patient care. §Dr. Appropriately seek and integrate advice from consultants in a timely manner. The American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology make every effort to avoid any actual or potential conflicts of interest that may arise as a result of an outside relationship or a personal, professional, or business interest of a member of the writing panel. Of note, the ACC has developed a framework around competencies related to Systems-Based Practice, Practice-Based Learning and Improvement, Professionalism, and Interpersonal and Communication Skills that recognizes their universality and provides for common language across all Advanced Training Statements. Indications and guidelines for performance of transesophageal echocardiography in the patient with pediatric acquired or congenital heart disease: report from the task force of the Pediatric Council of the American Society of Echocardiography. Level III training programs are expected to evaluate progress in scholarly development. Special procedures are those that require specialized training across a broad array of clinical settings in which echocardiography is integral to the diagnosis and management of patients and in the guidance of invasive procedures and surgeries.21 The specialized procedures that may be included in Level III training are listed in Table 3. These devices extend the clinical utility of echocardiography by allowing the operator to offer a “visual physical examination” in a manner that can be applied practically in the clinical setting.11 Their appropriate application requires that the operator have a fundamental understanding of echocardiographic principles, cardiac anatomy/physiology, and resultant echocardiographic correlates. 7272 Greenville Ave. Numbers are based on consensus and intended as general guidance based on the educational needs and progress of typical Level III echocardiography trainees. ICE is increasingly used as the sole imaging technique to guide certain interventional and electrophysiology procedures, including transseptal puncture, transcatheter interatrial and interventricular communication closure, mitral and pulmonary valve interventions, left atrial appendage exclusion, endomyocardial biopsy, and radiofrequency catheter ablation.37,38 The ICE probe is inserted through a femoral, subclavian or internal jugular vein by the proceduralist (interventional cardiologist or electrophysiologist) and advanced into one of the right-sided cardiac chambers. . Intracardiac Echocardiography 17, 5. Clinical applications of ultrasonic enhancing agents in echocardiography: 2018 American Society of Echocardiography guidelines update. The minimum procedural volumes typically necessary for the development and demonstration of Level III competencies in each area are listed in Table 2. Competency for independent performance is demonstrated by the ability to completely characterize the cardiovascular anatomy and hemodynamics relevant to each specific interventional procedure, and to provide both immediate guidance to operators during device-related procedures and feedback regarding the satisfactory completion of the intervention. and Marwick T.H. : A second feature of competency-based training is recognition that learners gain competency at different rates. The participating faculty should include specialists with broad and varied knowledge of all imaging modalities and echocardiographic techniques, including newly developed echocardiographic technologies. 3D echocardiography skills are an essential component of the imaging armamentarium and undoubtedly contribute to improved skills in 2-dimensional interpretation. Level III training should not only include acquiring expertise in the technical aspects of advanced echocardiographic imaging methods (such as 3D, strain, and contrast imaging), but should also provide a structured educational program that enables the trainee to best apply these methods in the treatment of specialized patient populations. ... Table 2: COCATS Training Requirements for Transesophageal Echocardiography. Echocardiography plays an essential role in patient selection, preprocedural planning, intraprocedural monitoring, immediate results assessment, and follow-up of patients with structural and congenital heart disease undergoing catheter-based interventions.33,34 Interventional procedures that may require echocardiographic guidance (TTE, TEE, or intracardiac echocardiography [ICE]) include transcatheter valve replacement or repair, atrial and ventricular septal defect closure, patent foramen ovale closure, left atrial appendage exclusion, balloon valvuloplasty, closure of prosthetic perivalvular leaks, alcohol septal ablation, patent ductus arteriosus closure, pulmonary vessel angioplasty or stenting, pericardiocentesis, endomyocardial biopsy, and radiofrequency catheter ablation. Level 1: Basic level of training required of all trainees to complete the cardiology-training program. Know the echocardiographic findings to diagnose cause of undifferentiated shock, including evidence-based echocardiographic measures of fluid responsiveness and implications in management of volume expansion, hemodynamic assessment via echocardiographic methods to assess the etiologies of acute cor pulmonale, and treatable causes of cardiac arrest. Know the approaches to assessing atrial structure and function, including 2- and 3-dimensional imaging; spectral Doppler; and speckle tracking, including strain and strain rate analysis. use prohibited. In laboratories with a diverse and complex patient population, it would be expected that this exposure would be achieved as a matter of course. The 2019 ACC/AHA/ASE Advanced Training Statement on Echocardiography was published Feb. 19 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, and is the first time that Level III training for echocardiography … Competency Components and Curricular Milestones for Level III Training in Echocardiography. No additional procedure numbers are recommended as a minimum for Level III TTE acquisition. The trainee should have access to both ultrasound equipment and offline workstations for performance and interpretation of 2D and 3D TTE and transesophageal echocardiography (TEE), Doppler echocardiography, contrast echocardiography, stress echocardiography, and strain imaging. Methods for Determining Procedural Numbers 5, 3.4. Current laboratory directors without competency in 3D imaging should strongly consider gaining experience through continuing medical education initiatives. : The focus of this document is on delineation of the core competencies expected of all Level III trainees in echocardiography. These are supplemented by Lifelong Learning Statements that address the commitment to sustaining and enriching competency over the span of a career. Diastolic stress echocardiography: the time has come for its integration into clinical practice. Figueredo was employed by Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia as the Chair of Cardiology, Associate Chair of Medicine, and Director of the Cardiovascular Diseases Fellowship Programs and by Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University as a Professor of Medicine during most of this writing effort. It is recognized that this range will largely be dictated by the interventions offered at the training institution. Skills to acquire and interpret echocardiographic images using all techniques to assess and diagnose complex adult congenital heart disease and assist in interventions. Identify potential for impaired professional performance in oneself and colleagues and take action to mitigate. For a procedural area, such as echocardiography, achieving this level of competency depends on both the quality and volume of training. The document was simultaneously posted for public comment from May 14, 2018 to May 24, 2018, resulting in comments from 9 Level II and Level III echocardiographers from various academic institutions, including representation from cardiovascular and imaging training program directors and echocardiographers in early, mid- and later-career stages. A plea for an early ultrasound-clinical integrated approach in patients with acute heart failure: a proactive comment on the ESC guidelines on heart failure 2016. International Consensus on Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiovascular Care Science With Treatment Recommendations. Quality of care; judgments or actions that result in complications; and interactive behaviors with physicians, patients, and laboratory support staff should be considered. Table 3. Know the key imaging parameters that are important in determining indications and eligibility for surgical and nonsurgical interventions. This document provides examples of appropriate measures for assessing competence in the context of training. Level I training, the basic training required for trainees to become competent consultants, is required by all fellows in cardiology and can be accomplished as part of a standard 3-year training program in cardiology. In addition, a level of clinical expertise is highly desirable so that the echocardiographic findings can be fully and rapidly integrated with other clinical data. Circ Cardiovasc Imaging. For multiyear training programs, assessment of representative curricular milestones during training can identify learners or areas that require additional focused attention. Contact Us. The echocardiographic examination is an operator-dependent procedure in which it is possible to introduce confounding artifacts or to omit data of diagnostic importance. Transesophageal Echocardiography 14, Know the importance of serial comparisons and the principles of assessing serial change. Training should be performed in a laboratory in which 3D echocardiography is used routinely in a variety of applications, including assessment of chamber volumes, valvular heart disease, and congenital heart defects. Training Statement (COCATs) Level 2 in at least two of the following: Nuclear cardiology; Echocardiography; Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) Diagnostic angiography; At Scripps, our high clinical volume provides a higher volume/fellow ratio, which allows our fellows to become Level 2 in each of the above just by showing up to their rotations. Both the writing committee and the ACC Competency Management Committee approved the final document to be sent for organizational approval. Competence to perform each procedure is ultimately based on successful completion of all training requirements and favorable evaluation by the echocardiography program training director. 51, No. Dallas, TX 75231 Evaluation Tools: chart review, direct observation, in-training exam, preliminary report review, trainee portfolios. All rights reserved. Skill to review images from other cardiovascular imaging modalities for purposes of correlating with echocardiographic findings. Complete medical records and communicate results of diagnostic and therapeutic measures to patients and collaborating healthcare professionals in an effective and timely manner. Skills to acquire and interpret echocardiographic images to optimize temporary and permanent ventricular assist device function and to diagnose device malfunctions and complications. For more on AHA statements and guidelines development, visit https://professional.heart.org/statements. For advanced Level III training in stress echocardiography, further exposure and training are required. EAE/ASE recommendations for the use of echocardiography in new transcatheter interventions for valvular heart disease. In some cases, the echocardiographer manipulates the probe after it is introduced into the cardiac chambers and interprets the images. * Former competency Management Committee member ; member during this writing effort for! 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