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  • 1. EUROPEAN HEART RHYTHM ASSOCIATION A Registered Branch of the ESC RULES for the EUROPEAN HEART RHYTHM ASSOCIATION (EHRA) (a Registered Branch of the ESC) TRAINING FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMME For clinical electrophysiology with emphasis on catheter ablation Chair: Karl Heinz Kuck Committee Members: Pierre Jaïs & Hein Wellens & Paolo Della Bella President EHRA: Joseph Brugada Terradellas Thanks to financial support by Biosense Webster and Biotronik, the EHRA is proud to offer this opportunity to individuals and centres To improve the quality of life of the European population by reducing the impact of cardiac arrhythmias and reduce sudden cardiac death 1 The European Heart House, 2035 Route des Colles- Les Templiers-BP179 06903 Sophia Antipolis Cedex Web Site : www.escardio.org/EHRA Email Contact: EHRA@escardio.org
  • 2. EUROPEAN HEART RHYTHM ASSOCIATION A Registered Branch of the ESC EHRA T R A I N I N G FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMME (in EP) - Rules valid for the application period starting on 15th September 2008 for applications for the periods 2009 (Advanced) & 2009-10 (Basic) - ________________________________________________________________ The EHRA invites you to apply for the Basic or Advanced EHRA Training Fellowship Programme to be started in 2009. Purpose of the Training Fellowship Programmes To provide an opportunity for clinical training in the field of Electrophysiology in an ESC regular member country preferably other than the applicants’ own, for medical graduates having completed their cardiology training but before obtaining a “permanent”, “senior staff” or "consultant" post. Training in fields directly related to cardiology may also be considered. The goal of this award is to help young candidates attain clinical competence and acquire high quality experience in cardiological practice. This experience shall enable them to contribute to improvement of academic standards in their country. With this goal in mind, preference may be given to applicants from countries or regions where modern clinical cardiology is not yet strong, provided that there is sufficient evidence that the applicant will, after the training period, contribute to such improvement. Eligibility Applicants eligible for the award are those who:  Are citizen or permanent resident of a country which is a regular ESC member  Have completed parts of their cardiology training  Are less than 40 years of age at the day of the application deadline  Are a member of the EHRA (New EHRA Membership 2009) Applicants who have not been ordinarily residents of such a country throughout the three years preceding the application date are not eligible. Periods of residence mainly for full time education will not be considered as ordinary residence for this purpose. To improve the quality of life of the European population by reducing the impact of cardiac arrhythmias and reduce sudden cardiac death 2 The European Heart House, 2035 Route des Colles- Les Templiers-BP179 06903 Sophia Antipolis Cedex Web Site : www.escardio.org/EHRA Email Contact: EHRA@escardio.org
  • 3. EUROPEAN HEART RHYTHM ASSOCIATION A Registered Branch of the ESC Tenure Basic (2 years) and Advanced (1 year) EHRA Training Fellowship Programmes are offered for 2009. Fellows will have to start the training programme before the end of the calendar year 2009. Level of support Fellows will receive a sum of 25,000.00 € per annum for their living expenses. The amount will be paid in two times, i.e. 12,500.00 € at the beginning and 12,500.00 € after 6 months. If for any reason a fellow has to stop his/her training before the end of the training period, the refund of the amount paid in advance may be requested. Training Fellowship Programme Proposals may be submitted for specialised training or further training in the subject relevant to a particular clinical interest. Application forms are available on the EHRA website: www.escardio.org/EHRA, section: Education The application period starts on 15th September 2008. The closing date for the submission of applications for the both, the Advanced and the Basic Training Fellowship Programme is: 15th December 2008 To improve the quality of life of the European population by reducing the impact of cardiac arrhythmias and reduce sudden cardiac death 3 The European Heart House, 2035 Route des Colles- Les Templiers-BP179 06903 Sophia Antipolis Cedex Web Site : www.escardio.org/EHRA Email Contact: EHRA@escardio.org
  • 4. EUROPEAN HEART RHYTHM ASSOCIATION A Registered Branch of the ESC NOTES ON APPLYING FOR TRAINING FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMMES 1. All parts of the application should be returned by the closing date in paper (letter) form to: EHRA c/o The European Heart House ESC Office for Associations 2035 Route des Colles, Les Templiers, B.P. 179 06903 Sophia Antipolis, France Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted unless if postmarked before 15th December 2008. As the signatures on each of the parts of the application are key parts of the application, applications will not be accepted via fax or e-mail. 2. Candidates are requested to carefully read and make sure they understand the Rules for EHRA Training Fellowship Programmes. Submission of an application will be taken to imply acceptance of all the conditions. Any application which is not in accordance with these rules will not be considered. 3. Applications will be submitted to the EHRA Training Fellowship Committee for consideration as received by the office; applicants are therefore urged not to submit incomplete forms and to arrange for the forms to be completed in clear typescript to ensure good quality reproduction. Incomplete or illegible forms will be rejected. 4. Applications must conform to the pre-defined layout and provide the necessary information within the space(s) provided in the form; only in exceptional cases additional sheets may be accepted (e.g. list of publications), so make a careful selection of your documentation. 5. Part A and the candidate's name box on Parts B and C should be completed by the applicant. Candidates are asked to note that it remains their responsibility to pass on Parts B and C of the application form to the responsible persons. The candidate himself has to ensure that these parts are addressed to the EHRA as indicated in Paragraph 1. Failure to return the parts before the closing date will be considered as incomplete application and as such the entire application will be rejected. To improve the quality of life of the European population by reducing the impact of cardiac arrhythmias and reduce sudden cardiac death 4 The European Heart House, 2035 Route des Colles- Les Templiers-BP179 06903 Sophia Antipolis Cedex Web Site : www.escardio.org/EHRA Email Contact: EHRA@escardio.org
  • 5. EUROPEAN HEART RHYTHM ASSOCIATION A Registered Branch of the ESC 6. Section 5. of the application form for individuals: Please indicate the term of your current appointment. 7. Section 7. of the application form for individuals: It is essential to include all pertinent publications. 8. Individuals and Centres interested to participate in the EHRA Training Fellowship Programme are invited to submit their applications separately. The Training Fellowship Programme Committee will select both - individual candidates and training centres - and will jointly determine about the attributions. Pre-arrangements between Centres and Individuals will not be taken into account, unless they conform to the decision taken by the Committee. 9. If an applicant has ever had any serious illness which might hinder his/her future career, he/she is requested to inform the EHRA. This information may be sent separately and addressed to the Chairman of the Training Fellowship Programme Committee. To improve the quality of life of the European population by reducing the impact of cardiac arrhythmias and reduce sudden cardiac death 5 The European Heart House, 2035 Route des Colles- Les Templiers-BP179 06903 Sophia Antipolis Cedex Web Site : www.escardio.org/EHRA Email Contact: EHRA@escardio.org
  • 6. EUROPEAN HEART RHYTHM ASSOCIATION A Registered Branch of the ESC EHRA TRAINING FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMMES _______________________________________________________________ TERMS AND CONDITIONS Part 1 - Purpose and scope of the EHRA Training Fellowship Programmes (EP) Part 2 - Method of application Part 3 - Standard regulations Appendix I - Residence eligibility for the EHRA Training Fellowship Programmes PART 1. PURPOSE AND SCOPE OF THE TRAINING FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMMES Purpose of the programmes 1.1 The EHRA Training Fellowship Programme shall enable physicians, who have completed their cardiological training but have not yet obtained a consultant or equivalent permanent status, to obtain specialized training in the field of cardiology and clinical electrophysiology in Europe, preferably outside their home country. The programme was launched to promote the development of academic medicine in the field of clinical electrophysiology. Period of training fellowship 1.2 Basic (2 years) and Advanced (1 year) EHRA Training Fellowship Programmes are available for 2009. To improve the quality of life of the European population by reducing the impact of cardiac arrhythmias and reduce sudden cardiac death 6 The European Heart House, 2035 Route des Colles- Les Templiers-BP179 06903 Sophia Antipolis Cedex Web Site : www.escardio.org/EHRA Email Contact: EHRA@escardio.org
  • 7. EUROPEAN HEART RHYTHM ASSOCIATION A Registered Branch of the ESC Financial support 1.3.1 The EHRA Training Fellowship Programme provides 25,000.00 € per annum to cover the fellow’s living expenses. The amount will be split in two payments, i.e. 12,500.00 € at the beginning and 12,500.00 € after 6 months. 1.3.2 A fixed-term, non-salaried contract is usually signed between the training centre and the fellow, whereby the fellow subscribes to the usual professional regulations of the training centre as well as the legal and social security requirements of the host nation. 1.3.3 Training centres will be required to confirm in writing their agreement on this process. To improve the quality of life of the European population by reducing the impact of cardiac arrhythmias and reduce sudden cardiac death 7 The European Heart House, 2035 Route des Colles- Les Templiers-BP179 06903 Sophia Antipolis Cedex Web Site : www.escardio.org/EHRA Email Contact: EHRA@escardio.org
  • 8. EUROPEAN HEART RHYTHM ASSOCIATION A Registered Branch of the ESC PART 2. METHOD OF APPLICATION Eligibility 2.1 Applicants must meet the residence requirements set out in Appendix 1. 2.2 Applicants who are in doubt about their eligibility for residence reasons are advised to contact the EHRA (ehra@escardio.org) prior to submitting an application. 2.3 Application Criteria:  2.3.1 INDIVIDUALS: (I) Basic Programme (2 years): Addresses physicians new to clinical electrophysiology (EP). The fellow will gain advanced theoretical and practical knowledge in the fields of: diagnostic EP studies, catheter ablation of simple arrhythmias (Flutter, WPW, AV nodal re-entry). The fellow will be requested to publish one paper in the Europace Journal or in any other equivalent peer review journal and/or to present two abstracts at the Association’s congress or peer review congress. Fellows are also required to pass the EHRA accreditation exam in EP at the end of the programme. The costs of the exam may be covered up to a maximum amount of 1,000.00 € per fellow in addition to the grant. Application Criteria:  3-4 years of internship post-medical degree  Basic knowledge in cardiology  Little or no experience in clinical electrophysiology  Fluent English To improve the quality of life of the European population by reducing the impact of cardiac arrhythmias and reduce sudden cardiac death 8 The European Heart House, 2035 Route des Colles- Les Templiers-BP179 06903 Sophia Antipolis Cedex Web Site : www.escardio.org/EHRA Email Contact: EHRA@escardio.org
  • 9. EUROPEAN HEART RHYTHM ASSOCIATION A Registered Branch of the ESC (II) Advanced Programme (1 year): For physicians with more extensive experience in the field of cardiology and electrophysiology. The fellow will gain advanced theoretical and practical knowledge in the fields of: diagnosis (advanced mapping) and ablation of complex substrates such as: atrial fibrillation, LA re-entry tachycardia, ischemic VT and in difficult anatomic access procedures, such as aortic root, epicardial mapping, transseptal punctures. The fellow will be requested to publish some papers in the Europace Journal or in any other equivalent peer review journal and/or to present some abstracts at the Association’s congress or peer review congress. Fellows are also required to pass the EHRA accreditation exam in EP at the end of the programme. The costs of the exam may be covered up to a maximum amount of 1,000 € per fellow in addition to the grant. Application Criteria: Basic theoretical and practical experience of:  Diagnostic EP studies  Catheter ablation of simple arrhythmias: shall have performed at least 50 catheter ablations  Fluent English To improve the quality of life of the European population by reducing the impact of cardiac arrhythmias and reduce sudden cardiac death 9 The European Heart House, 2035 Route des Colles- Les Templiers-BP179 06903 Sophia Antipolis Cedex Web Site : www.escardio.org/EHRA Email Contact: EHRA@escardio.org
  • 10. EUROPEAN HEART RHYTHM ASSOCIATION A Registered Branch of the ESC  2.3.2. TRAINING CENTRES: Preference will be given to centres that have active training fellowship programmes and fulfil the below minimum criteria: Catheter ablation: Catheter ablations 350 / year Afib 100 / year (advanced program) VT 10 / year (advanced program) LA Tach 10 / year (advanced program) In addition there should be:  At least one dedicated EP lab  At least 2 qualified EP in the department  Active use of a 3D mapping system  Minimum of one procedure performed daily  Current active fellowship programme  Fluent English As part of the Programme, the Department will be requested to publish papers in the Europace Journal or in a peer journal. To improve the quality of life of the European population by reducing the impact of cardiac arrhythmias and reduce sudden cardiac death 10 The European Heart House, 2035 Route des Colles- Les Templiers-BP179 06903 Sophia Antipolis Cedex Web Site : www.escardio.org/EHRA Email Contact: EHRA@escardio.org
  • 11. EUROPEAN HEART RHYTHM ASSOCIATION A Registered Branch of the ESC Submitting a formal application 2.4 Application forms are available on the EHRA website: www.escardio.org/EHRA, section: Education. The application period starts on 15th September 2008. The closing date for applications for the Training Fellowship Programmes is 15th December 2008. Applications will be considered by the EHRA Training Fellowship Committee within the first trimester of 2009 and successful candidates and centres will be informed shortly afterwards. Applicants and centres having been selected will be invited to a meeting in June 2009 to be held at the Europace Congress 2009 in Berlin, where they will be expected to attend. 2.5 Applicants are advised to read the following notes carefully before submitting an application. Location 2.6 Training will be in a suitable university department or similar institution within a country who is a regular ESC member, and all individual placements will be decided exclusively by the EHRA Training Fellowship Committee 2.7 The costs of return travel to the training centre will be covered up to a maximum amount of 500 € per fellow in addition to the grant. 2.8 The EHRA is unable to provide assistance with transfer or household removal expenses incurred by EHRA Training Grant recipients on taking up an award. Conditions for application 2.9 Submission of applications for the Training Fellowship Programme take for granted that fellows and training centres accept the regulations relating to the programme. The EHRA intends the programme to be operated with flexibility and reserves the right to deal as it sees fit with any application of unusual nature. Furthermore, the EHRA reserves the right to waive any rule, subject to the need to ensure that training funds are properly expended. To improve the quality of life of the European population by reducing the impact of cardiac arrhythmias and reduce sudden cardiac death 11 The European Heart House, 2035 Route des Colles- Les Templiers-BP179 06903 Sophia Antipolis Cedex Web Site : www.escardio.org/EHRA Email Contact: EHRA@escardio.org
  • 12. EUROPEAN HEART RHYTHM ASSOCIATION A Registered Branch of the ESC 2.10 Individual applications must be supported in each case by: (I) The Head of Department or Supervisor of the department or establishment in which the candidate is currently working. The applicant should show the Head of Department the whole application form with Part A already completed, together with these regulations, and ensure that the latter is aware of the closing date; Part B of the form should then be detached for completion and transmission to the EHRA by the Head of Department to the address indicated on page 1 of these rules before the closing date, providing one copy to the applicant. (II) An independent referee of the applicant's choice who is familiar with his/her work should complete Part C of the form and send it directly to the EHRA to the address indicated on page 1 of these rules before the closing date, sending one copy to the applicant. 2.11 Applicants are responsible for making sure that all the parts are returned to the EHRA before the closing date. To improve the quality of life of the European population by reducing the impact of cardiac arrhythmias and reduce sudden cardiac death 12 The European Heart House, 2035 Route des Colles- Les Templiers-BP179 06903 Sophia Antipolis Cedex Web Site : www.escardio.org/EHRA Email Contact: EHRA@escardio.org
  • 13. EUROPEAN HEART RHYTHM ASSOCIATION A Registered Branch of the ESC PART 3. STANDARD REGULATIONS: Status of EHRA Training Fellows 3.1 A training fellowship under these regulations will normally be administered through the medium of a fixed-term, non-salaried contract between the training fellow and the training centre. Insurance and tax 3.2 The applicant is responsible for the set-up of his own personal and professional insurance and for compliance with taxation rules according to the local fiscal regulations. Additional awards and employment 3.3 Additional grants may be received by fellows from other parties but should take into account the educational support already offered by the EHRA of 25,000.00 € per annum. 3.4 It will be a condition of any training programme that fellows do not engage in private practice for personal gain. 3.5 In case fellows are asked by their host institutions to undertake medical duties outside normal working hours, their supervisors shall consult the EHRA in advance about the arrangements and any additional payment which may be involved. To improve the quality of life of the European population by reducing the impact of cardiac arrhythmias and reduce sudden cardiac death 13 The European Heart House, 2035 Route des Colles- Les Templiers-BP179 06903 Sophia Antipolis Cedex Web Site : www.escardio.org/EHRA Email Contact: EHRA@escardio.org
  • 14. EUROPEAN HEART RHYTHM ASSOCIATION A Registered Branch of the ESC Holidays 3.6 Fellows may take holidays in accordance with the conditions of service of the host institution up to a maximum of six weeks during a complete year. The date and duration of any holiday proposed beyond this period should be reported to the EHRA. Sick leave 3.7 Fellows will be subject to the normal conditions of service of the host institution as far as sick leave is concerned, but the EHRA should be notified if a fellow is likely to be away through illness for more than a month. 3.8 Fellows are obliged to have health insurance either provided by the host institution or sourced by themselves. Honorary clinical contracts 3.9 Fellows who undertake, as part of their training programme, any work concerned with the care of patients, are reminded that they should be in possession of a honorary clinical contract from the appropriate health authority. 3.10 Responsibility for seeking such a contract will lie with the Head of the Department in which the fellow is working, following the usual practice of the local Medical School. Should any difficulties be encountered, the EHRA should be informed. Change of project or supervisor 3.11 Any changes in a fellow’s training programme or supervisor from those originally approved by the EHRA will require the EHRA Training Fellowship Committee’s prior consent. To improve the quality of life of the European population by reducing the impact of cardiac arrhythmias and reduce sudden cardiac death 14 The European Heart House, 2035 Route des Colles- Les Templiers-BP179 06903 Sophia Antipolis Cedex Web Site : www.escardio.org/EHRA Email Contact: EHRA@escardio.org
  • 15. EUROPEAN HEART RHYTHM ASSOCIATION A Registered Branch of the ESC Final report and subsequent position 3.12 Fellows are required to submit a final report (one A4 page maximum) at the end of the training period on the work undertaken and to inform the EHRA of their proposed appointment upon conclusion of the training period. Fellows are encouraged to take this opportunity to put forward any comments they may have on the EHRA Training Fellowship Programme. The report must be sent to the EHRA (same address as for the application) before the end of the training period signed by both, the fellow and the training centre. Local regulations 3.13 Fellows, while not employed by their training centre, will be subject to the terms of employment of that training centre. 3.14 In order to comply with the new EU Regulation 36-2005 the candidate might be subject to take a language test. According to this regulation any foreign person should justify he/she has the technical qualification and speaks the language of the host centre + if non EU citizen that there is a public interest to recruit. The EHRA Training Fellowship Committee will take a special look at the language spoken by the candidate and will try to take this into account when making the individual placement decision. 3.15 Centres are held responsible for mentioning all the specific requirements for their country and centre in their application form. To improve the quality of life of the European population by reducing the impact of cardiac arrhythmias and reduce sudden cardiac death 15 The European Heart House, 2035 Route des Colles- Les Templiers-BP179 06903 Sophia Antipolis Cedex Web Site : www.escardio.org/EHRA Email Contact: EHRA@escardio.org
  • 16. EUROPEAN HEART RHYTHM ASSOCIATION A Registered Branch of the ESC Appendix I RESIDENCE ELIGIBILITY FOR EHRA TRAINING FELLOWSHIPS 1. These Rules will apply to the award of an EHRA Training Fellowship (EP) 2. Subject to the following provisions of these rules, a candidate must, at the date of application for a Training Fellowship: (a) Be a citizen or permanent resident in a country which is a regular ESC member and (b) Have been ordinarily resident in such country for the period of at least 3 years immediately preceding the date of application. 3. Any candidate who is the child of a citizen of a regular ESC member country will be eligible for a training fellowship if at the date of application: (a) He/she is resident in an ESC member country and (b) His/her parent, being such a citizen, is employed in an ESC member country or, if not, has been employed in an ESC member country for an aggregate period of 1 year during the period of 3 years immediately preceding the date of application, and (c) His/her parent has been ordinarily resident in an ESC member country for the 3 years immediately preceding the date of application. To improve the quality of life of the European population by reducing the impact of cardiac arrhythmias and reduce sudden cardiac death 16 The European Heart House, 2035 Route des Colles- Les Templiers-BP179 06903 Sophia Antipolis Cedex Web Site : www.escardio.org/EHRA Email Contact: EHRA@escardio.org
  • 17. EUROPEAN HEART RHYTHM ASSOCIATION A Registered Branch of the ESC 4. A candidate who is a refugee or the spouse or child of a refugee will be eligible for an award if at the date of application the refugee: (a) Is ordinarily resident in an ESC member country, and (b) Has not been ordinarily resident outside an ESC member country since being recognized as a refugee or granted asylum. 5. For the purpose of these rules: (a) A candidate will not (except for the purpose of paragraph 4) be treated as ordinarily resident in a place specified in these rules if his residence is, wholly or mainly, related to receiving full-time education (b) A period of ordinary residence will not be treated as being interrupted by an absence which is caused: (I) By the temporary employment abroad of the candidate, their spouse or their parents, or (II) The temporary full-time education abroad of the candidate or their spouse. ******* To improve the quality of life of the European population by reducing the impact of cardiac arrhythmias and reduce sudden cardiac death 17 The European Heart House, 2035 Route des Colles- Les Templiers-BP179 06903 Sophia Antipolis Cedex Web Site : www.escardio.org/EHRA Email Contact: EHRA@escardio.org