Education - ISHLT Academy



ISHLT ACADEMY

PURPOSE

The purpose of the ISHLT Academy is to develop an enduring resource of education in core and masters level competencies in the fields of cardiopulmonary transplantation, mechanical and biological support of the failing heart, advanced lung disease (including pulmonary vascular disease), infectious diseases and other related disciplines.


HISTORY

In response to goals developed at the 2006-2007 Strategic Planning Meeting, the ISHLT Education Committee established the ISHLT Academy.

The ISHLT Academy draws on the wealth of experience and expertise within the society to deliver high quality educational experiences with the goal of enabling our members to improve and maintain the highest possible standards in the care of patients with advanced heart and lung disease and those undergoing heart or lung transplantation.

The ISHLT Academy, operating under the auspices of the ISHLT Education Committee, represents the 'brand name' that will be associated with the educational opportunities offered by the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation to its members and interested non-members.

The purpose of the ISHLT Academy is to develop an enduring resource of education in core competencies in the field of cardiopulmonary transplantation, mechanical and biological support of the failing heart, advanced lung disease (including pulmonary vascular disease) and cell replacement therapy.

These educational endeavors complement the ISHLT's existing activites in the promulgation of new science, registry analysis, guideline statements and monograph series as a consolidated activity designed to train and educate young clinicians, trainees and those looking for a refresher course in clinical practice mandates in the field.

The opportunities provided by the ISHLT Academy is multi-modality and multi-disciplinary and is guided by the identified educational needs or 'practice gaps' of ISHLT members.  When available, core curriculum and competency documents for different disciplines within the society will guide content of academy activities.  The activities of the academy run throughout the societies interface with its members with material provided in written format via articles in the Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation, via the ISHLT Monograph series and via educational meetings.  Select educational activities included within the Annual Meeting will also carry the academy brand and will run in concert with the scientific content of the annual meeting.


ISHLT currently offers both Core Competency Courses and Master Classes (see below) in a variety of topics. Both types of courses are conducted during an Academy Day on the Tuesday prior to each Annual Meeting. Core Competency Courses are also made available as on-demand Webinars (link to be posted soon). Access to these webinars is free to all ISHLT members.

Core Competency Courses
A Core Competency Course (CCC) is an educational event designed for professional development in accordance with the mission and strategic plan of the ISHLT. The primary aim is to offer professionals with limited expertise or familiarity of a given topic a state of competence with the foundational knowledge and core concepts of a particular area and to provide a review course for established providers in the field. As science within each field progresses, participation in the CCC will enable all participants to achieve better familiarity with evolving core standards of evidence-based care.

The CCC are unique educational offerings by virtue of their distinguished and diverse international faculty. The CCC include a commitment to the highest educational standards for content delivery and professional development.

The CCC provide foundational knowledge and applied clinical expertise for each topic. The CCC are neither a research forum nor the place to speculate about controversies in the field. Separate educational activities exist for such needs.

An Application (to be posted soon) to conduct a CCC must be submitted by the sponsoring Scientific Council for review and approval by the Education Committee and the Board of Directors. All CCC must follow the Standards for Academy Core Competency Courses.
Master Class
A Master Class (MC) is an educational event designed for professional development in accordance with the mission and strategic plan of the ISHLT. The concept of Master Classes allows for further expert development beyond the level of CCC. An advanced and highly interactive environment is designed to enhance individual expertise and network development. Engagement in this process allows for in "mastery" of specific topics relevant in our field. New innovations or controversial clinical challenges can be subject to an in depth review with a highly interactive approach. Professional academic preparation and collaborative problem solving strategies are employed. Expert interaction in small groups provides significant impetus for career development. The significance of the proposed Master Classes is the augmented learning opportunity through critical appraisal. Moderated discussions and focused interaction of specialists allows for application and integration.

An Application (to be posted soon) to conduct a MC must be submitted by the sponsoring Scientific Council for review and approval by the Education Committee and the Board of Directors. All MC must follow the Standards for Academy Master Classes.


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