CARDIAC ELECTROPHYSIOLOGY AND PACING

Are you a specialist in cardiology with a particular interest in the interactions between the various ways different categories of heart disease interact? Are you fascinated by the heart’s complexity and do you want to enhance the very special skills required for the early recognition and appropriate treatment of cardiac arrhythmias and other electrical problems of the heart? Then this is the practical and theoretical postgraduate programme you’re looking for!

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, device implantation and follow-up to ensure both patient's safety and quality.

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How does it work?

This practical and theoretical postgraduate training fills the gap in education that is required for the good practice of Clinical Electrophysiology and Pacing and prepares the Fellows for a successful certification. 

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).

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Study credits

ECTS (European Credit Transfer System): 1 credit represents 25-30 hours of study activity

Learning outcomes

Learning outcomes describe the intended knowledge and understanding, skills and attitudes that you must master after completing your studies.

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IF YOU WANT TO CONTINUE YOUR ACADEMIC CAREER, YOU CAN APPLY FOR A PHD POSITION AT THE VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT BRUSSEL. ALL YOU NEED IS A PROMOTER, RESEARCH SUBJECT AND SUFFICIENT FUNDING. ARE YOU UP FOR THIS CHALLENGE?

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