Physician Training

Summary of Training Requirements for Performance and Interpretation of Adult Transthoracic Echocardiography

Cumulative Duration
of Training
Minimum Number of
Examinations Performed
Minimum Number of
Examinations Interpreted
Level 1 3 months 75 150
Level 2 6 months 150 (75 additional) 300 (150 additional)
Level 3 12 months 300 (150 additional) 750 (450 additional)
For more information on appropriate levels of training, please see:
Endorsed by the American Society of Echocardiography (Echocardiography: Pages 361-367)
ACC/AHA Clinical Competence Statement on Echocardiography, JACC, February 2003
A Report of the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association/American College of Physicians–American Society of Internal Medicine Task Force on Clinical Competence. Developed in Collaboration with the American Society of Echocardiography, the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists, and the Society of Pediatric Echocardiography.

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