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Behind the scenes of the European Examination in General Cardiology
  1. Chris Plummer1,
  2. Sarah Bowater2,
  3. Jim Hall3,
  4. Clive Lawson4,
  5. Georgina Ooues2,
  6. Susanna Price5,
  7. Russell Smith2,
  8. Ian Wilson6,
  9. Rob Wright3
  1. 1 Department of Cardiology, Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
  2. 2 Department of Cardiology, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, Birmingham, UK
  3. 3 Department of Cardiology, James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough, UK
  4. 4 Department of Cardiology, Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust, Maidstone, Kent, 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}nhs.net

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The European Examination in General Cardiology (EEGC) is a joint venture between the European Union of Medical Specialists, the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) and the participating National Cardiac Societies, including the British Cardiovascular Society (BCS). It provides a high-quality test of knowledge for cardiology trainees from 14 countries where it is used to support training. In the UK, the EEGC is taken in specialty training (ST)5, and can be retaken in ST6 and ST7 if necessary, and is approved by the GMC as a requirement for CCT.

Development of the exam (figure 1) starts at the ESC Congress in August with a question writing meeting (a). Each question has a clinical scenario, a single question and five possible answers shown in alphabetical order. The questions are written and edited by groups of cardiologists from a range of countries and subspecialties. The knowledge tested is mapped to the curriculum …

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