GLOSSARY UEMS-Cardiology Section

DEFINITIONS in order to the structure
 
UEMS (Union Européenne des Médecins Spécialistes):
Representative organization of all medical specialists in the EU. The UEMS was created in 1958 and is constituted by the representative organizations of medical specialists in the member states of the EU and the EFTA countries as well as associate members and observers from other European countries.
 
Specialty:
Nationally or internationally recognized area of medical specialization for which a structured postgraduate training programme exists.
 
UEMS/(Mono-)Specialist Section:
Representative body of physicians in the EU in any given specialty. Members of the UEMS specialist sections are appointed by the appropriate professional organizations of the specialties in the EU member states and EFTA countries in accordance with UEMS rules of procedure. The UEMS specialist sections deliberate and make proposals on matters of concern to their particular specialty and submit their findings to the UEMS in order that they may be coordinated as necessary with the interests of the other specialties and the profession as a whole.
 
UEMS-Cardiology Section:  
One of the Speciality Sections of the UEMS representing the Specialists in cardio-vascular diseases of Europe with special regards
  • to supply the EU and also the Non-EU representatives with informations related to cardiovascular disorders and general public health coming from the different EU organisations, and beyond from other non-EU organisations;
  • to transfer the opinions of the UEMS-Cardiology Section to the EU bodies via the UEMS or the Committee Permanent or directly with the aim to influence their decision making processes;
  • to answer questions from the delegates, if possible, or to organize answers on specific questions related to CV-diseases, CME, training in Cardiology, general public health topics etc.
  • to harmonize differing structures between several countries to achieve a European level;
  • to stimulate all improvements related to diagnosis, therapy, medical training, continuous professional development, Evidence Based Medicine and also Public Health care predominantly in CV diseases in adult and paediatric patients.
 
European Board:
A body set up in each specialty by the relevant UEMS specialist section.
 
National Authority (See UEMS Charter on Training of Medical Specialists, 1993):  The organisation responsible for qualification of medical specialists in each member state of the EU. It can be a combination of competent professional or university organizations, a national board or college or a national governmental authority advised by a professional authority. It sets standards in accordance with national rules and EU legislation as well as considering UEMS European Board recommendations. In some cases, the national authority is organized regionally within the country with national coordination. When acting in the field of the postgraduate training of specialists its tasks include among other things the setting of national standards and supervising the following on a national level:
  • Duration of training,
  • Contents of training,
  • Quality control,
  • Control of capacity of training according to demand,
  • Procedures for entrance of training,
  • Assessments or other means of qualification.
 
National Board or College:
The (representative) national (professional) organization which monitors the training of medical specialists in each of the member states according to the rules in existence within the EU and within the EU member states. When acting in the field of postgraduate medical training its task includes setting national standards and supervising the following:
  • Duration of training,
  • Contents of training,
  • Quality control,
  • Control of capacity of training according to demand,
  • Procedures for entrance of training,
  • Assessments or other means of qualification.
 
Professional Coordinating Authority:
The representative national professional organization which monitors and coordinates continuing medical education of all medical specialists in each of the member states according to the rules in existence within the EU and within the EU member states. It can be the same professional body as the national authority or national board or college, which monitors and coordinates postgraduate training. It should be organized in sections for each specialty recognized in the member state. Its tasks in the field of continuing medical education include among other things the setting of national standards and supervising the following on a national level:
  • Structure of continuing medical education, professional input
  • Availability of continuing medical education
  • Assessment and accreditation of continuing medical education
  • Quality assurance of continuing medical education
  • Safeguarding of the financial independence of continuing medical education
 
 
Standing Committee of European Doctors (Comité Permanent, CP)
was founded in 1959. Its membership includes the national medical associations of the European Union member states and of the European Free Trade Association countries as well as observer and associate member national medical associations from other European countries. Its principal objectives are to study and promote within the European Union the highest standard of medical training, medical practice and health care; to study and promote the free movement of doctors; to represent the medical profession of the EU member states at the level of the European Union.
 
European Society of Cardiology:
The ESC was founded in 1950. The goals of the ESC were clearly defined in the original statutes: "to foster the development of cardiology, to further scientific exchanges, to encourage personal contacts and to establish standards of training for cardiologists and those who work in the field of cardiovascular disease." The European Society of Cardiology has now broadened its goals and is "dedicated to improving the quality of life of the European population by reducing the impact of cardiovascular disease".
These goals have clearly been achieved as the Society now includes 47 National Societies, 26 Working Groups, a Science Council and almost 32.000 members.
The Annual Congress of the ESC is the largest medical forum in the World in Cardiology, which presents the latest developments in experimental and clinical cardiology.

Global Cardiology Network
The ESC collaborates with different organizations around the world in joint projects. The European Society of Cardiology works in close collaboration with the members of the GCN which are the American College of Cardiology (ACC), the American Heart Association (AHA), the Asian-Pacific Society of Cardiology (APSC), the Inter-American Society of Cardiology (IASC) and the World Heart Federation (WHF).

European Heart Network (EHN),
which has been instrumental in bringing about the debate on action on Cardiovascular Disease in the European Union, is very excited about the potential of the European Heart Health Initiative.

European Resuscitation Council (ERC)
was founded in 1989. Among the founding fathers were members of the European Society of Cardiology and of the European Society of Anaesthesiology who felt that international and multidisciplinary cooperation on a European scale in the field of cardiopulmonary resuscitation was needed, taking into consideration the great diversity of conditions between countries in Europe.

World Heart Federation (former ISFC)/ WHO
Worked with WHO as an official NGO since 1960. Collaboration between WHO and the ISFC will continue to be essential for the implementation of the ISFC's plan to help developing countries and economies in transition to combat CVD more effectively. A recent example is the MEMORANDUM OF UNDER-STANDING, signed between WHO, UNESCO and ISFC. The objective of this joint co-operation will be to develop a programme of work to promote heart health of children, especially in developing countries through the prevention of rheumatic heart disease and Chagas' disease, the promotion of healthy lifestyles and reduction of risk factors for CVD and other non-communicable diseases. Our fundraising activities with both private and public institutions will help us to implement these programmes.

EACCME (European Accreditation Council for CME):
In Europe the main Authorities for the accreditation of providers of formally planned CME and for the awarding of CME credits are the National Authorities designated for this purpose. Specialty based associations, both national and European, can assume these functions if no national professional CME Authority exists. European coordination is established by affiliation to the European Accreditation Council for CME (EACCME), which acts as an umbrella structure and a clearing-house for CME credits in Europe. The EACCME is set up by the UEMS. Accreditation of CME providers and awarding of CME credits by National Authorities will not be affected by the EACCME.
Function of the European Accreditation Council for CME: The EACCME acts as an umbrella structure for the affiliated National CME  Authorities and as a clearing-house for accreditation and CME credits in Europe. The EACCME authorizes the international accreditation of providers of formally planned CME and implements the international exchange of CME credits in accordance with the affiliated professional authorities. These professional authorities adhere to comparable procedures:
  • A similar system of awarding of CME credits.
  • The recognition of CME credits awarded by other affiliated professional Authorities and confirmed by the EACCME.
  • Recognition by the host country of CME credits obtained by migrating specialist before migration.
  • The adherence to common quality criteria.
The EAC-CME was founded in 1999 and started working in 2000.

EBAC (European Board for Accreditation in Cardiology)
is a joint initiative of the UEMS-Cardiology Section of the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS) and the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) and is now a sub organisation of the UEMS-CS in the field of approval of all cardiology CME events at a European level.

ESC Education Committee
is responsible for drafting and developing the curricula, which EBAC evaluates educational events and products.