Concept, development, administration, and analysis of a certifying examination in echocardiography for physicians

Arthur E. Weyman, Aggie Butler, Raja Subhiyah, Christopher Appleton, Edward Geiser, Stephen A. Goldstein, Mary Etta King, Sanjiv Kaul, Arthur Labovitz, Michael Picard, Thomas Ryan, Jack Shanewise

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Abstract

In 1993, the American Society of Echocardiography appointed a committee to develop an objective examination in echocardiography. In 1995, a pilot of this examination was administered, with operational examinations offered each year from 1996 to 1999. This report describes the development of the examination, including its underlying philosophy, the test itself, and the scoring process, and includes results from the first 4 examinations. To date, 1266 physicians have taken the examination, and roughly 60% of those have passed. The number of echocardiograms performed or interpreted each week had the largest effect on examination scores; the effects of both the amount of training and the practice discipline were small but significant. The evolution of the original committee and new directions for the testing organization are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)158-168
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of the American Society of Echocardiography
Volume14
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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    Weyman, A. E., Butler, A., Subhiyah, R., Appleton, C., Geiser, E., Goldstein, S. A., King, M. E., Kaul, S., Labovitz, A., Picard, M., Ryan, T., & Shanewise, J. (2001). Concept, development, administration, and analysis of a certifying examination in echocardiography for physicians. Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography, 14(2), 158-168. https://doi.org/10.1067/mje.2001.108119