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- Richard L. Popp, MD, FACC,
- William W. Parmley, MD, FACC and
- John A. Benson Jr., MD∗
- ↵∗Address for reprints: John A. Benson, Jr., MD, American Board of Internal Medicine, 200 South West Market Street, Portland, Oregon 97201.
The American Board of Internal Medicine has called on directors of cardiology training programs to establish systems to evaluate, document and substantiate those components of overall clinical competence considered essential for certification in the subspecialty. Many of these can be assessed only by repeated direct observations. In particular, proficiency is now required in advanced cardiac life support including cardioversion, electrocardiography (including ambulatory electrocardiographic monitoring) and exercise testing, echocardiography, insertion of arterial lines and right heart catheterization (including insertion of temporary pacemakers). The goal of this expanded evaluation program is to ensure that the public and the profession can identify, through certification, physicians with demonstrated excellence in cardiovascular disease.
- Received February 22, 1988.
- Accepted March 7, 1988.