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How to succeed in the EEGC: a guide for trainees and their trainers
  1. Georgina Ooues1,
  2. Chris Plummer2,
  3. Jim Hall3,
  4. Clive Lawson4,
  5. Susanna Price5,
  6. Russell Smith1,
  7. Ian Wilson6,
  8. Rob Wright3,
  9. Sarah Bowater1
  1. 1 Department of Cardiology, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, Birmingham, UK
  2. 2 Department of Cardiology, Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
  3. 3 Department of Cardiology, James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough, UK
  4. 4 Department of Cardiology, Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust, Maidstone, UK
  5. 5 Adult Intensive Care Unit, Royal Brompton Hospital, London, UK
  6. 6 Department of Cardiology, Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, Wakefield, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Chris Plummer, Department of Cardiology, Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE7 7DN, UK; chris.plummer{at}

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All doctors are highly experienced at passing exams during medical school and in postgraduate training. However, for a number of trainees, notably those who have had a period out of programme to undertake research or for parental leave, the European Examination in General Cardiology (EEGC) is the first exam they will have sat in more than 4 years. In addition, the challenging and busy nature of cardiology training, annual review of competence progression and advanced modular training allocation process can allow little time or energy for revision. Finally, personal circumstances and responsibilities change as we get older, and this can pose additional difficulties, and at times conflict, when preparing for the exam.

Understanding the exam and topics covered

The British Cardiovascular Society (BCS) emails all cardiology trainees about the EEGC in November of their fifth Specialty Training year (ST5)—if you are in ST5 and don’t receive this email, you should contact the BCS and inform your training programme director. It is important that trainees understand the structure of the exam and the topics covered. This information is covered in detail in Behind the Scenes of the European Exam in General Cardiology, Heart 2019 and on the BCS, European Society of Cardiology (ESC) and theUnion of European Medical Specialists  (UEMS) websites.

Preparing the knowledge required to pass the exam

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