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J Electrocardiol. 2009 Jul-Aug;42(4):339-44. doi: 10.1016/j.jelectrocard.2009.01.004. Epub 2009 Mar 6.

Methods of teaching and evaluating electrocardiogram interpretation skills among cardiology fellowship programs in the United States.

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Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, The Ohio State University, Ohio, USA. alex.auseon@osumc.edu

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

This study examines the methods used by cardiology training programs within the United States to teach electrocardiogram (ECG) interpretation and prepare fellows for the American Board of Internal Medicine board examination.

METHODS:

A link to an 18-question Web-based survey was electronically mailed to 198 fellowship directors in the United States.

RESULTS:

The response rate was 45%. Most participating programs were university hospitals or affiliates (77%) and of moderate size (at least 11 total fellows [72%]). Programs were coordinated by senior (68%) general (60%) cardiologists. Only 42% of the programs performed formal testing. The American Board of Internal Medicine answer sheet was used by most faculty (92%) when teaching ECG interpretation.

CONCLUSIONS:

Teaching of ECG interpretation varies among US fellowship programs. Coordination of curricula is performed by senior faculty, likely reflecting a trend toward subspecialization and dilution of ECG expertise among younger faculty. Future endeavors should focus on curriculum standardization with regular competency assessment.

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