Echocardiography fellowship is trying to increase the practical skills and theoretical knowledge of cardiologists and improve the quality of education, research, and medical treatment services and access to the latest medical scientific findings. In respect to echocardiography development, this science is now considered one of the most important tools for diagnosing and determining treatment strategies in cardiovascular diseases. Echocardiography is based on the technology of the ultrasound waves for the assessment of cardiovascular function and structure. This technology clinically entered cardiology 40 years ago and has steadily developed since then, and gradually more complex diagnostic modalities have been introduced. This development along with the unique characteristics of this imaging method has made echocardiography an integral part of cardiology and has had a significant impact on the diagnosis and treatment of heart diseases, including medical and surgical treatments. In fact, this is one of the main and probably the most common imaging techniques for assessing the structural performance of the heart. Considering the expansion, sensitivity, and complexities of this method, echocardiography is currently taught as a fellowship course around the world. Therefore, since cardiology specialty training program in Islamic Republic of Iran is in parallel to that of developed countries, it is essential to extend this course in the country and develop training courses in academic centers both at theoretical and practical levels. Obviously, this process requires a curriculum under the supervision of Ministry of Health and Medical Education. Therefore, after several meetings and with the participation of the experts of the compilation committee, this curriculum was developed to set the minimum requirements.
Echocardiography fellowship is a subset of cardiology, and the graduates are engaged in screening, diagnosing, and recommending treatment and care for patients with cardiovascular diseases using ultrasound imaging and provide the society with their knowledge and expertise in the areas of education, research, and health services.
1-To train knowledgeable, competent, and liable Physicians in order to provide echocardiography related diagnosis, treatment, prevention, education, and research in the society.
2-In next 10 years, Iran will be among the top countries in the world in terms of educational standards and research products and service provision people in this field.
Expected Competencies at the End of the Program
Specific Competencies and Skills
Procedural Skills (Diagnostic-Therapeutic procedures) and variety of patients: All cases of TTE including:
- Rheumatic valve diseases
- Other valve diseases (congenital)
- Prosthetic valve diseases
- Assessment of left and right ventricular systolic (and diastolic) functions
- Degenerative valve disease
- Systemic blood pressure
- Cardiomyopathies (congestive, hypertrophic, restrictive, etc.)
- Ischemic heart disease
- Infective endocarditis
- Non-cyanotic congenital heart disease (operated and non-operated)
- Heart tumors
- Increased pulmonary arterial pressure and pulmonary embolism
- Aortic diseases (aneurysm and dissection)
- Complex cyanotic congenital diseases
- Operated complex congenital diseases and surgical shunts
- Pericardial diseases (Tamponade and CP)
IOTEE (Intraoperative transesophageal echocardiography ordered by a cardiac surgeon or an anesthesiologist)
Interventional TEE (including mitral valve repair, embedding aortic valve, left atrial appendage closure, ASD closure, and percutaneous repair of prosthetic valve regurgitation)
TDI, TSI, strain imaging
General Requirement: To apply for this program, you will need to fulfill a number of requirements, which can be found in the Graduate Admission Requirements.
Specific Requiremetns: Holding an M.D. or M.B.B.S. degree. Having and approved Specialty and Subspecialty in Cardiology received in Iran or abroad
The eligible candidate should have successfully completed an approved related Degree program and should be proficient in English or Persian.
Tehran University of Medical Sciences has a rolling application system and reviews student applications all year round.
However, the deadline for the September intake is June 31.
Education Fees and Yearly Expenses
For complete and comprehensive information about fees and expenses, please refer to the Education Fees and Yearly Expenses section.
Duration: 18 months.
For more information, please download the Program Curriculum of Echocardiography
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