Widely considered the new epidemic of the 21st century, heart failure is a leading cause of hospitalization in patients over 65 years of age. The increasingly complex demands of treating such patients calls for a new kind of physician, i.e. a cardiologist who is not only competent in clinical medicine and pharmacotherapy, but is also skilled in cardiac devices and their programming. This specialist must also be highly knowledgeable in imaging modalities and procedures of the coronary circulation and valvular apparatus, and similarly qualified in the management of patients with end-stage heart failure.
To address this largely still unmet educational need, the Heart Failure Association (HFA) of the ESC and the European Heart Academy – in collaboration with the Zurich Heart House – developed a novel postgraduate course in heart failure (PCHF). The PCHF is a two-year program consisting of eight modules, each module of a 2.5 day duration. The course includes a total of 160 hours of classroom time and 140 hours of self-study, and its successful completion leads to a Certificate of Advanced Studies of the University of Zurich (CAS UZH in Heart Failure). Unlike at congresses, the PCHF modules offer interactive sessions between speakers and participants, workshops, rapid fire sessions, live case seminars and ward visits. The course structure with its hands-on approach enables participants both to improve their clinical skills in diagnostic procedures and increase their therapeutic knowledge. Considering the broad spectrum of the course, PCHF is clearly one of the most exciting educational experiences in cardiology available today, and it is made possible thanks to a strategic collaboration among academia, professional organizations and industry partners.
After highly constructive and encouraging feedbacks from the last two PCHF courses, we are delighted to announce the 3rd edition of the PCHF for 2018/2019.
We look forward to receiving your applications and meeting you in Zurich.
With best regards,
Frank Ruschitzka, MD, FESC
President Heart Failure Association of the ESC
and Director Heart Failure Unit
Alec Vahanian, MD, FESC
Chair of the European Heart Academy
European Society of Cardiology
Thomas F. Lüscher, MD, FESC, FRCP
University Hospital Zurich