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Application for the Postgraduate Program in Cardiac Electrophysiology And Pacing

Cardiac Arrhythmias management is rapidly developing as a subspecialty within cardiology that is devoted to the diagnosis and the treatment of cardiac rhythm disorders, including invasive evaluation of their mechanisms, controlled destruction of arrhythmogenic myocardium by percutaneous catheters, and implantation of cardiac rhythm management devices. Catheter ablation is the therapy of choice for most supraventricular tachycardias (over 100 000 interventions performed every year in Europe). Device implantation for arrhythmia treatment, sudden death prevention, and cardiac resynchronization are practiced regularly nowadays (performed in more than 200 000 patients in Europe per year). The increase in the indications and the number of all of these procedures depicts the present scenario by emerging indications, an increasing number of invasive procedures, and the establishment of new practicing units and professionals. Nevertheless, these procedures require cardiologists with comprehensive knowledge of cardiac arrhythmias disorders and who are trained in cardiovascular catheter manipulation, heart electrical signal recording and interpretation, and device implantation and follow-up to ensure both patient's safety and quality. Thus, it appears to be imperative to promote and ensure sufficient and homogeneous training and qualification in cardiac arrhythmias management amongst these professionals.

 

Main Postgraduate Faculty

Prof. Dr. Carlo de Asmundis, Director of the Heart Rhythm Management Centre, Centrum voor Hart- en Vaatziekten, UZ Brussels

Prof. Dr. Gian Battista Chierchia, Director of Atrial Fibrillation Program, Centrum voor Hart- en Vaatziekten, UZ Brussels

Prof. Dr. Pedro Brugada, Scientific Director, Centrum voor Hart- en Vaatziekten, UZ Brussels

Prof. Dr. Mark La Meir, Director of the Department of Cardiac Surgery, Centrum voor Hart- en Vaatziekten, UZ Brussels

Prof. Dr. Yves De Greef (ZNA Middelheim)

 

 

 

 

Program Objectives

-  achieve excellence in all areas of arrhythmia and pacing management

- develop expertise in the diagnosis and management of arrhythmias disorders, including invasive and noninvasive testing, and all therapeutic modalities including medical management, device implantation and follow-up, catheter ablation and clinical cardio-genetic.

- participate in all activities of the Heart Rhythm Management Centre, UZ Brussel; meet arrhythmia patients to observe, diagnose, manage, and judge the effectiveness of treatments for these patients.

- get the opportunity to assume continuing and increasing responsibility for both acutely and chronically ill patients to learn the natural history of a wide variety of cardiac arrhythmias and how to treat them. Fellows are given increasing responsibility in invasive procedures in the EP laboratory.

- participate to consulting on patients with arrhythmias and implanted devices in the intensive care units and other inpatient units.

- rotate among each of the EP faculty clinics as well as the outpatient device clinic, thus affording trainees the opportunity to observe and manage patients longitudinally, and to gain experience with device follow-up and management.

Research Training

During the clinical training year, time is available to complete research projects and undertake smaller projects including case reports. Our fellows typically publish two to three peer reviewed publications during their clinical year and complete prior research projects. We encourage individuals without significant electrophysiology experience in their fellowship to participate in a comprehensive program that involves research and extended clinical training for two to three years (PhD program).

Application Procedure

- This postgraduate program is given in English.

- It is mandatory to have a cardiology degree before applying; the program is for full trained cardiologists with the objective of obtaining skills in interventional cardiac electrophysiology and cardiac pacing.

- The candidates have to apply online via the registration form or via mail to the course coordinator at the attention of prof. dr. Carlo de Asmundis, (hrmc@uzbrussel.be). A complete application must include: the application Form, Curriculum Vitae, Copy of Identity document and two Letters of Recommendation (these documetns can be uploaded when registereing online).

- Before starting the course it is mandatory for the accepted candidate to have obtained full official recognition of his medical doctor and cardiological diplomas in Belgium (the candidate will not be allowed if this condition is not fulfilled): candidates from European Union Country have to apply to recognition of their diplomas at the Belgian Health Authorities (this procedure can take up to 6 months). Candidates having graduated outside of the EU have to apply for temporary recognition from the Belgian Health Authorities according to the procedure of Art. 146 of the Belgian Royal Decree 78. They also have to prove their basic knowledge of Dutch and their application for recognition has to be submitted in Dutch following the temporary degree recognition. They have to submit a certificate of knowledge of the Dutch language (level B) with their dossier. More information on this procedure can be found on the website of our Health Authorities:www.health.belgium.be. This procedure can take up to 9 months.

- Registration fee = € 200,00/academic year. No salary and/or grant will be paid by our institution. Any financial matter (including grants from the European Heart Rhythm Association or from any other institution) is to be arranged by the fellow himself, as well as all travelling and accommodation in Brussels.

 

Timeframe for the Training starting with the academic year November 1st:

Applications can be sent in between July until May of the previous academic year.

Selection will be made and confirmed in June of the previous academic year to be able to start the next academic year.

 

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References: You are requested to arrange for letters of recommendation to be sent directly by each of the 2 faculty memberswho have personal knowledge of your professional and personal qualifications. One of these letters should come from the service chief under whom you most recently served.

Faculty Members who have been requested to send a letter of recommendation:

Faculty member 1

Faculty member 2

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