ESTI Lung Cancer Screening Certification Project

 

Aim

The advent of Lung Cancer Screening (LCS), will improve survival in patients at risk of developing lung cancer. It is important to ensure that LCS is practiced at a similar quality level to the trials that have proven its value, in order to ensure that there is maximal benefit from its introduction. The European Society of Thoracic Imaging (ESTI) plans to introduce the ‘European certification in nodule assessment and lung cancer screening” (ESTI LCS certification) at the beginning of 2020. This certification shall be a common European qualification for nodule assessment and for lung cancer screening. The objective is to standardise training and expertise quality across Europe.

The ESTI LCS certification project is supported by the European Society of Radiology (ESR).

General Information

General Information

1. The ESTI LCS certification is acquired in 3 steps
– Step 1: Email Application
– Step 2: Completion of all requirements (eligibility criteria)
– Step 3: Written examination
2. Only a limited number of candidates can be accepted for workshops and the examination, which will be held on meeting occasions like the annual ESTI congress or during ECR in Vienna. Applications will be accepted on a first come, first served basis depending on the date of receipt of application form. Early application is therefore recommended.
3. The result of the examination will produce a total score for each candidate.
4. Upon decision, a list of pass and fail candidates will be produced and candidates will be informed accordingly by email.

Terminology

Successful candidates will be awarded the ESTI Lung Cancer Screening Certification.

Handling Fee for the final examination

Full member: € 200.00
Corresponding member: € 300.00
Re-Examination: € 100.00

Additionl fee for workshops apply.

Step 1

STEP 1 – Email Application

Please send an email to office@myESTI.org in order to add your name to the LCS interest list. From now on you will be included in the mailing and newsletter list to be up-to-date. Furthermore, you can now start to complete all requirements of Step 2.

Step 2

STEP 2 – Completion of all requirements (eligibility criteria)

 

a) Application form
The completed application form must be submitted to the ESTI Office.

b) Certification
Certification as a specialist in radiology is required.

c) Proof of practice
The ESTI LCS certification may only be awarded to fully trained, licensed, and practising radiologists. Specialists from other fields and radiologists no longer in practice are specifically excluded from being granted the ESR supported ESTI LCS certification. For the purposes of this requirement, a proof of practice has to be provided. Chest CT has to be a significant part of the practice (a minimum of 200 chest CT scans to be read/year).

d) Curriculum vitae
A one-page curriculum vitae (CV) has to be provided.

e) ESTI and ESR membership
Applicants have to be active full or corresponding radiologist members in good standing of ESTI and ESR, in the year(s) of application and examination.

f) Attendance at a series of six (6) webinars
You have to attend six (6) LCS webinars. Details are available on the ESTI LCS webinar page.

g) Attendance at workshops on how to use CAD and AI software
Organised on occasion of ECR or at ESTI annual meetings. These workshops will be organised in collaboration with the industry but driven by members of the ESTI LCS working group.
(It may be possible to register at national workshops depending on CAD and AI software availability at national sites).
A certificate of attendance of at least one (1) workshop has to be provided. Details are available on the ESTI workshop page.

h) Attendance at workshops on lung nodule diagnosis and management
Organised on occasion of ECR or at ESTI annual meetings. Casebased analysis on dedicated workstations.
A certificate of attendance of at least one (1) workshop has to be provided. Details are available on the ESTI workshop page.

Step 3

STEP 3 – (Case-based) Examination

Once met the requirements from Step 2, the candidate can apply for the examination and will undergo a final LCS certification test. The examination takes place twice a year, once at the ESTI annual meeting and once during ECR.
The LCS certification test consists of a written component only. Each candidate will be examined by ESTI qualified examiners.

Written examination
The written examination will be run using a qualified software like the EDiR software or similar:
– 60 cases of lung nodule assessment and management
– Candidates knowledge will be tested in all aspects relevant to nodule assessment and lung cancer screening
– To obtain certification, a passmark of 90% is required

Application

Examination schedule is to be confirmed.

Maintenance

Diploma renewal after four (4) years

The LCS certification test/exam will have to be renewed after a period of four (4) years.

Re-Examination, Cancellation

Re-examination

In case a candidate did not pass the ESTI Lung Cancer Screening certification test he/she has the possibility to retake the examination one year later. A reduced fee of € 100.00 will be granted for a re-examination.

Cancellation

No refunds can be provided if the applicant withdraws his/her application after acceptance of the same. If applying again for the next examination, only 50% of the respective handling fee will be charged.