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Recommendations from the Association for European Paediatric and Congenital Cardiology for training in diagnostic and interventional electrophysiology

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  09 December 2020

Thomas Kriebel*
Department of Paediatrics and Paediatric Cardiology, Westpfalz-Klinikum, Kaiserslautern, Germany
Eric Rosenthal
Department of Paediatric Cardiology, Evelina London Children’s Hospital, London, UK
Roman Gebauer
Department of Paediatric Cardiology, Heart Center, University Hospital Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany
Juha-Matti Happonen
Department of Paediatric Cardiology, Helsinki University Children’s Hospital, Helsinki, Finland
Fabrizio Drago
Department of Paediatric and Paediatric Surgery, Bambino Gesu Children’s Hospital, Rome, Italy
Ulrich Krause
Department of Paediatric Cardiology and Intensive Care Medicine, Georg August University Medical Center, Göttingen, Germany
Nico A. Blom
Department of Pediatric Cardiology Leiden University Medical Center, Leiden, Amsterdam University Medical Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Tomasz Książczyk
Department of Paediatric Cardiology and General Paediatrics, Medical University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland
Laszlo Kornyei
Gottsegen György Hungarian Institute of Cardiology, Hungarian Paediatric Heart Center, Budapest, Hungary
Author for correspondence: Thomas Kriebel, MD, FEHRA, Department of Paediatrics and Paediatric Cardiology, Westpfalz-Klinikum Kaiserslautern, Hellmut-Hartert-Straße 1, 67655 Kaiserslautern, Germany. Tel: +49 631 2031370; Fax: +49 631 2031782. E-mail:


The field of electrophysiology (EP) in paediatric cardiology patients and adults with congenital heart disease is complex and rapidly growing. The current recommendations for diagnostic and invasive electrophysiology of the working group for Cardiac Dysrhythmias and Electrophysiology of the Association for European Paediatric and Congenital Cardiology acknowledges the diveristy of European countries and centers. These training recommendations can be fulfilled in a manageable period of time, without compromising the quality of training required to become an expert in the field of paediatric and congenital EP and are for trainees undergoing or having completed accredited paediatric cardiologist fellowship. Three levels of expertise, the training for General paediatric cardiology EP, for non-invasive EP and invasive EP have been defined. This Association for European EP curriculum describes the theoretical and practicsal knowledge in clinical EP; catheter ablation, cardiac implantable electronic devices, inherited arrhythmias and arrhythmias in adults with congenital heart defects for the 3 levels of expertise.

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