Curriculum in Interventional Cardiology: Setting Up Professional Standards

  • Jared M. O’LearyEmail author
  • Elias V. Haddad
  • Henry S. JenningsIII


This chapter addresses the current state of affairs involving the setting up of professional standards in interventional cardiology that have evolved over the past 40 years. The inherent evolutionary nature of applicable standards over this time period of rapid growth in the subspecialty is emphasized, beginning with the first coronary interventions of the 1970s, and the ongoing complexity of developing those standards in a period of rapid technological advances in tandem with worldwide expansion of these techniques in patient care delivery is addressed. The authors draw heavily on their collective experiential knowledge base primarily in the context of the current status of the issue at hand in the USA, commenting on analogies in other worldwide care delivery arenas where applicable, and utilize the primary example of professional standards currently expected of both trainees and practitioners of interventional cardiology in the USA in 2017. The chapter addresses expected standards in a temporal framework beginning with eligibility and training requirements for aspirants to become interventional cardiologists and subsequently the standards expected of the practitioner after training, dividing the latter into personal professional standards after training and systems-based professional standards after training in the broader institutional context. Important current professional standards and competency resources are referenced, and several tables are supplied to augment the process for interventional cardiologists, cardiac catheterization laboratory directors, hospital administrators, and privileging and credentialing bodies. The importance of physician self-governance and collective professional responsibility for creating and monitoring such standards is emphasized.



The authors gratefully acknowledge the helpful assistance in topic inclusion and chapter outline creation received from their SCAI colleagues Bonnie H. Weiner, Sunil V. Rao, James C. Blankenship, Kenneth A. Rosenfield, Peter Lanzer, Joseph D. Babb, Daniel M. Kolansky, Mark A. Robbins, Joaquin E. Cigarroa, and Michael A. Kutcher.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jared M. O’Leary
    • 1
    Email author
  • Elias V. Haddad
    • 1
  • Henry S. JenningsIII
    • 1
  1. 1.Interventional Cardiology Section, Vanderbilt Heart & Vascular Institute, Vanderbilt University Medical CenterNashvilleUSA

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