One of the key needs identified by the European Society of Cardiology is the training of future leaders in arrhythmia management and research. For this purpose, a unique two-year postgraduate educational programme entitled 'Diploma of Advanced Studies in Cardiac Arrhythmia Management' (DAS-CAM) has been established. DAS-CAM trains the future leaders in cardiac electrophysiology by integrating state-of-the-art knowledge of cardiac arrhythmia management, ranging from fundamental mechanisms to the design of a clinical electrophysiology unit, with leadership skills, biostatistics and health technology assessment.
DAS-CAM is a collaboration between Maastricht University, the European Heart Academy (EHA) and the European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA). It consists of eight modules (six of which take place in Maastricht) each chaired by two expert anchor persons supported by the Scientific Program Committee. The first DAS-CAM cohort consisted of 32 cardiac electrophysiologists from 20 different countries who received their diplomas in October 2018.
A second cohort has started in January 2019. Researchers from CARIM have a major role in the DAS-CAM programme, with four CARIM Principal Investigators serving as anchor persons and several CARIM researchers involved as members of the Scientific Program Committee. In addition, a number of participants from the first DAS-CAM cohort will continue to be affiliated with CARIM through a PhD research project.
Structure of the DAS-CAM programme. CARIM anchor persons are shown with coloured photos.