Cardiovascular disease is of continuing importance as the result of a growing burden of risk factors in both developing and developed countries and the increasing number of elderly people worldwide. The recruitment and training of a new generation of Cardiovascular Pathologists is crucial to sustaining clinical excellence and to advancing our knowledge of cardiovascular disease. These pathologists will also have a key role in undergraduate and postgraduate training. In 2005 a task force of the Society for Cardiovascular Pathology published a document on the role of Cardiovascular Pathology as subspecialty of Anatomical Pathology (Pathological Anatomy). The 2005 report emphasized the need for a core curriculum and structured learning for residents and fellows in Cardiovascular Pathology. This new consensus statement on training is the result of collaboration between Cardiovascular Pathology Societies based in Europe and North America. It includes a detailed curriculum and describes three levels of expertise that can be developed.
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