It was recently announced that a 2021 Advanced Training Statement on Vascular Medicine, co-authored by the American College of Cardiology (ACC), the American Heart Association (AHA), the Society for Vascular Medicine (SVM), and the American College of Physicians (ACP), has been published.
The statement appeared online in the ACC’s Journal of the American College of Cardiology, in the AHA’s journal, Circulation: Cardiovascular Interventions, and in the SVM’s journal, Vascular Medicine. It was developed in collaboration with the Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC), the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI), the Society for Vascular Nursing (SVN), and the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS).
According to a press release, the Advanced Training Statement addresses the core competencies required of vascular medicine specialists and complements the training in vascular medicine mandatory of all physician trainees during the standard three-year general cardiovascular fellowship.
Furthermore, the document identifies selected competencies of vascular medicine specialists that go beyond core expectations that may be achieved by some advanced trainees during their formal fellowship training or through subsequent training experiences.
In addition, this Advanced Training Statement provides examples of appropriate measures for assessing competence in vascular medicine training, including knowing the strategies to improve vascular health equity by understanding sex, race, and ethnicity-related differences in clinical epidemiology, causes and outcomes of vascular disease.