New CMR Training Guidelines

Authors: R. Kim, O. Simonetti, M. Westwood, C. Kramer, A. Narang, M. Friedrich, A. Powell, J. Carr, J. Schulz-Menger, E. Nagel, W. Chan, J. Bremerich, K. Ordovas, R. Rollings, A. Patel and V. Ferrari

Guidelines for training in cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) were published by the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (SCMR) in 2000 and updated in 2007. Since these documents were published, the clinical practice of CMR has evolved and a need arose to provide a training pathway for physicians already in practice. In response, the SCMR has developed these new training guidelines which, as before, are designed to be internationally applicable to CMR practitioners with a variety of medical backgrounds. This document was written by the Certification Committee of the SCMR which is comprised of an international group of cardiovascular radiologists, scientists, and cardiologists.

The guidelines are intended to be used by credentialing committees of healthcare facilities and agencies internationally. Additionally, this document provides the criteria to receive official verification from the SCMR that training requirements have been fulfilled. Anyone who has met the Level 1, 2 or 3 training requirements as defined in the 2007 SCMR Training Guidelines by December 31, 2018 will be eligible for official verification by the SCMR in accordance with the previous guidelines. Anyone who has not fulfilled the training requirements prior to that date will be subject to the new requirements defined in this document.

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