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Training programmes for cardiothoracic anaesthesia: curricula, administration, and evaluations 

Training programmes for cardiothoracic anaesthesia: curricula, administration, and evaluations
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Training programmes for cardiothoracic anaesthesia: curricula, administration, and evaluations
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Jane Heggie

and W. Scott Beattie

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199653478.003.0041
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date: 17 October 2019

Cardiovascular and cardiothoracic postgraduate educational programmes are essential to the development and maintenance of anaesthesia as a specialty. In addition to the care of the surgical patient in the operating room, the role has expanded to include interventional cardiology and electrophysiology suites, perioperative medicine, cardiovascular critical care, and perioperative transoesophageal echocardiography. We must teach how to become educators, with the ability to critically evaluate our specialty. Mentorship assumes a key role. A fellowship programme must provide core clinical competencies. Educational formats involving didactic lectures, simulation, research and teaching must exist; however, programmes must provide the clinical opportunities, teaching, and mentorship to achieve these goals. These may exist in the framework of a teaching hospital approved for residency training. A structure for selection, governance, oversight, and career planning must be present to enable each candidate to meet their personal goals and the competencies required by the programme.

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