December 2020

December 2020 - This year saw three new centres awarded with certificates of excellence by the European Training Assessment Programme (ETAP 2.0) for the outstanding quality of their training programmes. Amongst the recently accredited centres is the Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin, one of Europe’s largest and most well-renowned university hospitals, which was awarded a Platinum certification. Joining it were Klinikum Wilhelmshaven in Germany, which was awarded a Silver certification, and Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Sweden, which was awarded a Gold certification.

Despite the many challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused, ETAP 2.0 has still been able to provide certifications entirely virtually this year. The programme has striven to overcome pandemic’s barriers by offering virtual assessment of institutions. As a global programme ETAP 2.0 can provide evaluation of training programmes in any imaging institution in the world, making it easy for any institution to take part in the programme.

Professor Bernd Hamm, Director of the Institute of Radiology at Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin and former president of the ESR, was extremely positive about the accreditation of his centre and the necessity of the assessments ETAP 2.0 carries out: ‘Programme’s such as ETAP 2.0 are essential in setting standards for imaging training centres across the world. Our trainees are the future of imaging and it is paramount that we provide the best training possible to them – ETAP 2.0 helps to ensure this. I am extremely proud that Charité has been recognised for its outstanding training programme, which includes personalised monitoring and mentorship of trainees, specialised courses given by dedicated teaching staff and mandatory participation in multidisciplinary meetings and training’.

Professor Laura Oleaga, Chair of the Radiology Department at Hospital Clínic Barcelona and former chair of the ESR Education Committee, who’s hospital was certified by ETAP 2.0 in 2019 added: ‘Finding ways to strengthen the reputation of our institution and achieve excellence in education are  ongoing goals of Hospital Clínic Barcelona. Certifications like ETAP 2.0 are hugely beneficial in helping us to achieve these goals. It allows us to assess our training programme which benefits not only the hospital but also all trainees and eventually the patients. Ultimately, it enables us to get the very best from our students by helping us to understand in what areas of medical training we excel and in what areas we can improve’.

ETAP 2.0 ensures that your training department meets the quality of standards set by the ESR European Training Curriculum and the UEMS, giving visibility to its quality with European and international recognition. It further certifies that an institution’s training programme is effective and that its residents’ level of competence is high with Silver, Gold and Platinum certifications awarded to training institutions based on several methods of evaluation. The programme was set up by the European Board of Radiology (EBR) and UEMS Section of Radiology, with the support of the European Society of Radiology (ESR).

In efforts to continuously harmonise radiological standards, the EBR are currently offering a special promotion that combines the benefits of the European Diploma of Radiology (EDiR and ETAP 2.0. Radiology departments that commit themselves to having all their last year residents sit the EDiR examination will benefit from receiving free assessment of their radiology training programmes by ETAP 2.0. To watch our video introduction to ETAP 2.0 click here.

If you would like to see your institution assessed and accredited by ETAP 2.0, click here for more information about applying.