Can I ask on this also? Some have said you can apply for the advanced pte exam without being on a ct fellowship? Is this true? Does one need a supervisor?
I'm hoping to start a ct fellowship probably 2020 and had it in my head that having this exam would be a bonus!
This comes up a lot, so I'll try to summarize what the NBE says in a few places.
If you don't have the proper qualifications to merit "certification" then you can become a "testamur" by simply taking the test. You supply no additional information
to the NBE and you simply get a check mark. Any licensed physician (maybe not even anesthesiologists?) can take the test if they want to spend a lot of cash.
Here's the Advanced PTEeXAM handbook:
http://echoboards.org/docs/AdvPTE Cert App.pdf
First point - the "Practice Experience Pathway" where docs who did a ton of echo could get certification is no longer possible
for those who completed training after 2009.
The most applicable requirement (other than specific number requirements which you can reference above) in the document:
"Applicants must have a minimum of 12 months of clinical fellowship training dedicated to the perioperative care of surgical patients with cardiovascular disease
. Training obtained during the core residency (anesthesiology, internal medicine, or general surgery) may not be counted toward this requirement. Fellowship training in cardiothoracic or cardiovascular anesthesiology
must be obtained at an institution with an ACGME or other national accrediting agency accredited fellowship in cardiothoracic anesthesiology."
I don't know how strict the National Board of Echo is on this requirement and whether one could complete a CCM fellowship to meet such a requirement - my sense is, assuming they are following the letter of this document (and why wouldn't they?) is that a CCM-only trainee would be denied certification unless they can prove 12 months of only cardiovascular surgery and ICU training with no MICU/SICU/NICU/BICU/TICU etc... Which of course isn't the purpose of a CCM fellowship.
it would be very strange for a Testamur in Advanced TEE to apply to a program - that person claims to already have the echo knowledge (since he or she took the test), why does he or she need a fellowship? It would raise a lot of eyebrows in a close-knit, fairly competitive field.
Fellowship + 300 cases + passing score = board certification
Close, see above.