European Association of Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology and Intensive Care (EACTAIC) Fellowship Curriculum: Second Edition
Gabor Erdoes 1 , Patrick F Wouters 2 , R Peter Alston 3 , Jan-Uwe Schreiber 4 , Dominique Bettex 5 , Theofani Antoniou 6 , Maria Benedetto 7 , Stefaan Bouchez 8 , Laszlo Szegedi 9 , Kirstin Wilkinson 10 , Giovanni Landoni 11 , Sascha Treskatsch 12 , Purificación Matute 13 , Vera von Dossow 14 , Dieter Van Beersel 15 , Dragana Unic-Stojanovic 16 , Mona Momeni 17 , Philippe Gaudard 18 , Andrea Szekely 19 , Philippe Burtin 20 , Anna Flo-Forner 21 , Caetano Nigro Neto 22 , Jens Fassl 23 , Manuel Granell 24 , Joachim M Erb 25 , Ricard Navarro-Ripoll 26 , Marc Vives 27 , Fawzia Aboul Fetouh 28 , Simon J Howell 29 , Nandor Marczin 30 , Alberto Hernandez Martinez 31 , Alain Vuylsteke 32 , Hossam El-Ashmawi 33 , Blanca Martinez Lopez de Arroyabe 34 , Chirojit Mukherjee 35 , Steffen Rex 15 , Gianluca Paternoster 36 , Fabio Guarracino 37 , Mohamed R El-Tahan 38
This document represents the first update of the Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anaesthesia Fellowship Curriculum of the European Association of Cardiothoracic Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care. After obtaining feedback from exit interviews with fellows in training, graduate fellows, and program directors, 2 modified online Delphi procedures with questionnaires were conducted. A consensus was reached when two-thirds of responding committee members gave green or yellow ratings on a traffic light system, and >70% indicated strong agreement or agreement on a 5-point Likert scale. The new regulations include the following: (1) more flexibility in the fellows` rotation, as long as the total number of days, rotations, and cases are completed during the training year; (2) recommendation for strict compliance with national working-time guidelines; (3) no extension of fellowship training to compensate for annual and/or sick leave, unless the required minimum number of cases and rotations are not reached; (4) interruption of fellowship training for >12 months is allowed for personal or medical reasons; (5) introduction of a checklist for quantitative assessment of standard clinical skills; (6) recommendations for a uniform structure of exit interviews; (7) possibility of a 1-month training rotation in a postanesthesia care unit instead of an intensive care unit; and (8) provided all other requirements have been met, the allowance of progression from the basic training year to the advanced fellowship training year without first passing the transesophageal echocardiography examination.