Canadian Journal of Cardiology
Training/Practice: Training in Cardiovascular Medicine and Research|Articles in Press

Evaluating Independent Echocardiography Interpretation Skills; A Novel Assessment Tool

Published:February 25, 2023DOI:
      Echocardiography is an essential imaging modality for clinical care. Currently, by virtue of graduating from cardiology residency and performing/interpreting an arbitrary number of echocardiograms, cardiology trainees are deemed competent to independently practice echocardiography. There is no formal assessment to ensure their competence. Recognizing this unmet need, we developed a novel echocardiography assessment tool and piloted it in a sample of 38 participants (including 7 expert echocardiographers). The tool was found to be valid and reliable in assessing independent echocardiography interpretation skills; thus can be used during training to ensure cardiology residents achieve competence in echocardiography before completing their training.


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