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President’s Message - December 2012

Season: 2012

Happy Holidays: CACH Network has had a great 2012 and is looking forward to an exciting 2013!

Highlights from 2012

National And International Collaboration

The ties with national and international organizations in the field of congenital heart disease have been strengthened. A close cooperation among associations and their members helps transfer knowledge and expertise.

Network Website Is Our Flagship Publication

The CACH Network website continues to be an international success with impressive numbers of hits and users: there are more than 95,000 hits and more than 8,000 visitors per month. The website has a global impact: some top regions include USA (Washington State) China (Beijing), France (Paris), Ukraine (Kiev), United Kingdom (England) and Russian Federation (Moscow).

Physician Certification in ACHD in the US

The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABS) announced the creation of physician certification in ACHD on December 5, 2012. This announcement of an ACHD subspecialty certification in the US nails ACHD down as an equal partner among other subspecialties. This decision is a landmark and a milestone in the young history of ACHD and transitions ACHD into a new era!

CCHA Is An Important Partner

The Canadian Congenital Heart Alliance (CCHA) remains our key partner to improve awareness of ACHD nationally and internationally. CCHA are shifting away from Ontario focused activities to national activities. CCHA as a national organization has been successful to open satellites from East to West and has chapters in Quebec, London –Middlesex (Ontario) and British Columbia. CCHA is hoping to revive the Nova Scotia Chapter.

CCHA offers its members different types of insurances (e.g. non-medical life insurance through Canada Protection Plan, TIC travel insurance); more information is available at

Highlights from 2013

ACHD Training Guidelines: Position Statement and Area of Focused Competence Diploma

Training and Maintenance of Competency Guidelines in any subspecialty have a high priority to establish and to meet national and international standards. Germany was to first to introduce guidelines regarding training in ACHD in 2010 (Hess J, et al. Int J Cardiol 2011; 149:16-91). Creation of an ACHD certification was recently announced in the US (please see above) and guidelines are in preparation in Europe.

The CACH Network Board has also taken initial steps to write a Position Statement on Guidelines for Training and Maintenance of Competency in ACHD, which will be jointly developed with the Canadian Cardiovascular Society (CCS). This Position Statement should culminate in an Area of Focused Competence (AFC) Diploma from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC): the Council of the RCPSC recently approved the AFC Diploma Program in 2011. This will be a long and rocky process during the next two to three years.

CACH Network Newsletter

An e-Newsletter under the leadership of Dr. Jasmine Grewal, Vancouver (BC) will be published every 4 to 6 months. This will facilitate communication and exchange of information among the 15 centres, allow us to present updates of the CACH Network centres from East to West, to highlight research, and to provide updates for the Nurses/Nurse Practitioners amongst other topics. The first Newsletter will be published in early 2013.

23rd Annual ACHD Symposium at Skamania Lodge: June 2-5, 2013

The organizing committee under the leadership of Dr. Craig Broberg and Dr. David Sahn are composing an outstanding program. Please mark June 2-5, 2013 in your calendar.

The ACHD e-Learning Center

As the number of ACHD patients is growing, an increasing number of health care providers with expertise in ACHD are needed. One implication – amongst others – is the development of high quality training programs, courses and educational material and the provision of easy access to such material. This is one of the global missions of the International Society of Adult Congenital Heart Disease ( and the purpose of the ACHD e-Learning Center, which is established under the leadership of Dr. Gary Webb, Chair of the Editorial Board of the ACHD e-Learning Center, and Dr. Erwin Oechslin, Chair of the WG on Education Committee of ISACHD. The generous support of the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital will make this e-Learning Center happen.

The international Editorial Board from North America, Europe and Asia has recently screened and evaluated existing material for quality and suitability which will be published in partnership with the authors of the material: the ACHD e-Learning Center is an e-portal for easy and global access of available education material in ACHD.

As we near the end of 2012, the Board of CACH Network wants to thank you for your continuing support. We would also like to extend a warm welcome to those of you who have joined our CACH Network over the past year – it’s great to have you on board!

On behalf of the CACH Network Board Members, we express our sincere thanks for your collaboration throughout this closing year and wish you many achievements and mountains of joy in this coming 2013.

Erwin Oechslin, MD
President, CACH Network