Recommended guidelines for training in adult clinical cardiac electrophysiology

Committee members Electrophysiology/Electrocardiography Committee members, Nancy C. Flowers, J. A. Abildskov, William F. Armstrong, Anne B. Curtis, Jonathan L. Elion, Paul C. Gillette, Jerry C. Griffin, Mark E. Josephson, Harold L. Kennedy, Costas T. Lambrew, Jay W. Mason, Gerald V. Naccarelli, L. Thomas Sheffield

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Training in clinical cardiac electrophysiology should take place in an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education accredited cardiology program, and the electrophysiology training program itself should be accredited by the Council. Each trainee must be eligible for board certification in Internal Medicine and either eligible for certification in Cardiovascular Diseases or in a program leading to eligibility. Training faculty should be certified in clinical cardiac electrophysiology or demonstrate equivalent credentials. At least two training faculty members are preferred. The faculty must be dedicated to teaching, active in performing or promoting research and must spend a substantial portion of their time in research, teaching and practice of clinical electrophysiology. A curriculum of training should be established. Faculty experts in the related basic sciences should be available and involved in teaching. The institution should have a fully equipped clinical electrophysiology laboratory and complete noninvasive capabilities. A close working relation with a cardiac surgery faculty member skilled in surgical treatment of arrhythmias is required. Training in application of pharmacologic and all current nonpharmacologic therapies, in the outpatient and inpatient setting, is necessary. The clinical exposure must include all facets of arrhythmia diagnosis and treatment and must be quantitatively sufficient to allow the trainee to develop proficiency. The period of training should not be less than one year in addition to the period of cardiology fellowship required by the ABIM for board eligibility. A continuous period of training is preferred.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)637-640
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American College of Cardiology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 1991

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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