2020 EAPCI core curriculum for percutaneous cardiovascular interventions

Eric Van Belle, Rui C. Teles, Stylianos A. Pyxaras, Oliver Kalpak, Thomas Johnson, Israel Moshe Barbash, Giuseppe De Luca, Jorgo Kostov, Radoslaw Parma, Flavien Vincent, Salvatore Brugaletta, Nicolas Debry, Gabor G. Toth, Ziyad Ghazzal, Pierre Deharo, Dejan Milasinovic, Klaus Kaspar, Francesco Saia, Josepa Mauri, Jürgen KammlerDouglas Muir, Stephen O'Connor, Julinda Mehilli, Holger Thiele, Daniel Weilenmann, Nils Witt, Francis Joshi, Rajesh Kharbanda, Zsolt Piroth, Wojciech Wojakowski, Alexander Geppert, Giuseppe Di Gioia, Gustavo Pires-Morais, Anna Sonia Petronio, Rodrigo Estévez-Loureiro, Zoltan Ruzsa, Joelle Kefer, Vijay Kunadian, Nicolas Van Mieghem, Stephan Windecker, Andreas Baumbach, Michael Haude, Dariusz Dudek

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

1 Citation (Scopus)
23 Downloads (Pure)


The proposed 2020 Core Curriculum for Percutaneous Cardiovascular Interventions aims to provide an updated European consensus that defines the level of experience and knowledge in the field of percutaneous cardiovascular intervention (PCI). It promotes homogenous education and training programmes among countries, and is the cornerstone of the new EAPCI certification, designed to support the recognition of competencies at the European level and the free movement of certified specialists in the European Community. It is based on a thorough review of the ESC guidelines and of the EAPCI textbook on percutaneous interventional cardiovascular medicine. The structure of the current core curriculum evolved from previous EAPCI core curricula and from the "2013 core curriculum of the general cardiologist"to follow the current ESC recommendations for core curricula. In most subject areas, there was a wide - if not unanimous - consensus among the task force members on the training required for the interventional cardiologist of the future. The document recommends that acquisition of competence in interventional cardiology requires at least two years of postgraduate training, in addition to four years devoted to cardiology. The first part of the curriculum covers general aspects of training and is followed by a comprehensive description of the specific components in 54 chapters. Each of the chapters includes statements of the objectives, and is further subdivided into the required knowledge, skills, behaviours, and attitudes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-31
Number of pages9
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - May 2021


  • Miscellaneous


Dive into the research topics of '2020 EAPCI core curriculum for percutaneous cardiovascular interventions'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this