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Cardiology training in the UK 2012 – EP remains popular

Full results from the 2012 British Junior Cardiology Association (BJCA) survey were reported recently in the British Journal of Cardiology,1 by Dr David Holdsworth (BJCA President). The survey findings provide an insight into the current situation in UK cardiology training, as well as a perspective on the changes brought about by modular re-organisation of cardiology specialist training, a new cardiology curriculum (2010) and the time constraints of the European working-time directive (EWTD).

As in previous surveys, trainees were asked to state their preferred primary subspecialty. These responses demonstrate a general trend (2004–2012) for reduction in coronary intervention and general cardiology as subspecialty choices, a stable proportion preferring electrophysiology (EP) and increasing preference for imaging (especially cardiac magnetic resonance and cardiac computed tomography), heart failure and complex device implantation (see figure 1). The result is a more balanced distribution of trainees across an increasing range of cardiology subspecialties.

Full results from the survey are available at

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Figure 1. Pacemaker procedures


1. Holdsworth D. Cardiology training in the UK – an observational study based on the 2012 BJCA survey. Br J Cardiol 2013;20:22–4.

Published on: April 26, 2013

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