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H.R. Muller Moran, M. Maurice-Ventouris, M. Alharbi, B.T. Ahn, J.M. Harley, K.J. Lachapelle. Pan-Canadian initiative on Fundamental Competencies for Transcatheter Cardiac Surgery: A modified Delphi consensus study. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. Published online August 2021.
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Transcatheter techniques have created new challenges for cardiac surgery training programs. Traditionally focused on open surgery, substantial disparity has developed between the need for hybrid surgeons and the results of current training paradigms. The historical basis for cardiac surgical training, barriers towards the adoption of transcatheter techniques by surgeons and pathways towards becoming a transcatheter cardiac surgeon are discussed.
Cardiac surgery training has evolved over the past 60 years since the development of cardiopulmonary bypass and its recognition as a distinct specialty. The emergence of newer technologies and a traditional emphasis on open chest surgery has produced disparities in the dissemination and adoption of less invasive transcatheter techniques. As such, it is essential for contemporary training programs to begin developing “hybrid” surgeons, competent in both open and percutaneous domains. Formalized pathways, including Competence by Design and Areas of Focused Competency, are being developed to further ensure the acquisition of transcatheter skills by cardiac surgery trainees.
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Disclosures: RCA has an unrestricted grant from Pfizer Canada Inc, and has received honoraria from Abbott Nutrition, Edwards Lifesciences, and AVIR Pharmaceuticals for work unrelated to this article