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UK Cardiology Training in Core Echocardiography Symposium Report: the good the bad and the ugly


Training in core echocardiography skills within the UK has been the focus of considerable discussion following recent national surveys. This article reports the proceedings of a joint meeting held by the British Society of Echocardiography and British Junior Cardiologists’ Association. It considers the current issues impacting on high-quality training and presents potential solutions for the future.


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Kydd, A., Sohaib, A., Sarwar, R. et al. UK Cardiology Training in Core Echocardiography Symposium Report: the good the bad and the ugly. Echo Res Pract 1, D9–D14 (2014).

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