JOURNAL OF NUCLEAR CARDIOLOGY NEWS UPDATE
OUR TRAINEES, OUR FUTURE
It is the end of one academic year and the beginning
of the next academic year. As the director of the car-
diology fellowship program at Brown, it is a natural time
for me to reﬂect on the education of our trainees, what
works well and what things we can do better. Similarly,
it is a good time to think about how the American
Society of Nuclear Cardiology provides our trainees,
early-career physicians, and technologists the resources
to provide the best care for our patients and become
leaders in the world of nuclear cardiology.
It is difﬁcult to know exactly how many new
physicians will be engaged in nuclear cardiology after
they complete training. One can estimate this based on
the number of individuals applying for and sitting for the
Certiﬁcation Board of Nuclear Cardiology (CBNC).
Data from the CBNC over the last 5 years indicate that
they received between 700 and 800 new applications
each year for the exam (Figure 1). Of this number, 650-
700 individuals will sit for the exam, and around 80% of
those applicants will pass the exam. It is interesting to
note that a majority of the ﬁrst-time applicants take the
CBNC exam before completing their fellowship train-
ing. The bottom line is that there are over 500 new
physicians entering the work force annually that are
anticipating to include nuclear cardiology in their prac-
tice. How many of those individuals actually will
perform nuclear cardiac studies is more difﬁcult to
ASNC has a variety of educational resources for our
early-career physicians and trainees. Our annual Scien-
tiﬁc Sessions have a wide spectrum of offerings that can
provide information on the basics of nuclear cardiology,
practical information on how to set up a nuclear cardi-
ology practice, and best practices in nuclear cardiology.
These sessions are complemented by more advanced
topics that allow all of our members the ability to
expand into more cutting-edge areas of nuclear cardi-
ology. The Scientiﬁc Sessions also provide a great
opportunity for trainees and early-career members to
present their research and to network with their
Immediately before the Scientiﬁc Sessions, the
ASNC Board Exam Preparation Course provides an
intensive review of nuclear cardiology for those that are
planning on sitting for the CBNC examination. The
Board Prep combines case-based clinical lectures, read
with the expert sessions, and mock exams to help pre-
pare participants for the CBNC exam. In addition to the
ﬁrst-time takers of the CBNC exam, the Board Prep is
also attended by those individuals who are planning on
recertifying for the CBNC, providing another opportu-
nity for our younger members to network.
In addition to the annual Scientiﬁc Sessions and the
Board Prep, ASNC helps support the noninvasive
imaging education of our trainees through the ‘‘Nuclear
Cardiology and CT for Fellows-In-Training’’ course.
This free live course is held just before the American
College of Cardiology Scientiﬁc Sessions. The course
focuses on providing an in-depth review of how to apply
multimodality imaging based on the Appropriate Use
Criteria to trainees that are attending the ACC meeting.
ASNC encourages fellows-in-training and early-
career physicians to join the society to take advantage of
the other educational resources that are available to
members. One resource that may be of particular use to
our trainee and early-career members is the CareerS-
tarter eNews blog that was recently launched. This
quarterly publication provides helpful tips to physicians
III, MD, PhD, FASNC,
of ASNC, 2017.
J Nucl Cardiol 2017;24:1459–60.
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