Training in cardiovascular computed tomography: The Fellows-In-Training perspective

Ritesh Dhar, Sanjay Bhojraj, Mouaz Al-Mallah

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Abstract

Background: Cardiovascular computed tomography angiography (CCTA) is an emerging diagnostic technique in the evaluation of patients with suspected coronary artery disease. The recent CoCATS guidelines recommend that all cardiovascular fellows be exposed to CCTA in their training programs; however, not all programs have the ability to provide such training. Objective: This study aims to describe the present opinions of Fellows-in-Training (FIT) toward CCTA training. Methods: Cardiovascular FITs in the state of Michigan were contacted through the American College of Cardiology, Michigan chapter, e-mail list and were asked to complete a 12-question anonymous survey examining attitudes toward CCTA. Results: Sixty (54%) of 112 FITs completed the survey. Ninety-one percent of respondents had a CCTA program at their hospital and 52 (87%) considered CCTA important toward increasing their professional competitiveness. In addition, 93% had interest in obtaining at least level 2 training irrespective of their future career plans. The most important factors influencing their choice of third-party courses were cost, number of live cases, and student-to-faculty ratio. Finally, 47% supported creating an additional fourth year of training in advanced imaging, and 40% would pursue such training. Conclusion: Most cardiovascular FITs are interested in seeking advanced training in CCTA. Cardiovascular training programs should incorporate CCTA in their core curriculum to meet the increasing interest in CCTA among trainees.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)92-95
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of cardiovascular computed tomography
Volume4
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2010

Keywords

  • Coronary CT angiography
  • Training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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