To Be Certified or Not to Be: Is That the Question?
Interventional cardiology, more than any other discipline in medicine, sprang forth like Athena, if not as fully armed, at the specific time when Andreas Gruentzig performed the first coronary angioplasty in 1977. As this procedure became the principle raison d'etre for a subspecialty of cardiology, a movement for establishing accredited training and testing was mounted by the Society for Cardiac Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) and the American College of Cardiology (ACC). The purpose of establishing formalized, recognized training and testing certification was the same as it was for internal medicine practitioners 80 years before, that is to recognize "to their peers and the public that these physicians have the clinical judgment, skills and attributes essential for the delivery of excellent patient care."1 Conversely it is to identify those who do not possess these qualifications so that they might consider a different line of work.
- interventional cardiology
- American Board of Internal Medicine
- Received September 4, 2015.
- Accepted September 16, 2015.