Editorial Views  |   April 2017
A Road Map to Assess Clinical Competency in Basic Transesophageal Echocardiography
Author Notes
  • From the Department of Anesthesiology, Weill Cornell Medicine, New York, New York.
  • Accepted for publication September 15, 2016.
    Accepted for publication September 15, 2016.×
  • Corresponding article on page 718.
    Corresponding article on page 718.×
  • Address correspondence to Dr. Skubas: njs2002@med.cornell.edu
Article Information
Editorial Views / Cardiovascular Anesthesia / Radiological and Other Imaging
Editorial Views   |   April 2017
A Road Map to Assess Clinical Competency in Basic Transesophageal Echocardiography
Anesthesiology 4 2017, Vol.126, 582-584. doi:10.1097/ALN.0000000000001539
Anesthesiology 4 2017, Vol.126, 582-584. doi:10.1097/ALN.0000000000001539
A BASIC transesophageal examination is focused on intraoperative monitoring rather than on specific diagnosis. Except in emergent situations, diagnoses requiring intraoperative cardiac surgical interventions or postoperative medical or surgical management must be confirmed by an individual with advanced skills in transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) or by an independent diagnostic technique.1  Certification in basic perioperative TEE requires passing a written test and demonstrating clinical competency. The trainee must provide a case log to show that she or he interpreted at least 100 TEE studies and personally performed at least 50 basic TEE studies under supervision. In this issue of Anesthesiology, Bick et al.2  report an investigation that tested whether a trainee performs comprehensive and clinically meaningfully basic TEE studies.
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