National Certification in Critical Care Echocardiography

Its Time Has Come

José L. Díaz-Gómez, MD, FCCM, FASE; Heidi L. Frankel, MD, FACS, FCCM, FCCP; Antonio Hernandez, MD, MS, FCCM


Crit Care Med. 2017;45(11):1801-1804. 

In This Article

A new ERA Is Upon us

The National Board of Echocardiography (NBE) engaged the National Board of Medical Examiners to develop and administer a critical care echocardiography (CCE) examination. Eight medical societies are collaborating to develop examination infrastructure and material. The societies include the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM), American Society of Echocardiography (ASE), Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists, American College of Chest Physicians, American Thoracic Society, American College of Emergency Physicians, Canadian Critical Care Society, and World Interactive Network Focused on Critical Ultrasound. The NBE anticipates offering the CCE examination to eligible candidates in January 2019. Candidates will only be required to present a valid medical license (not specialty board certification) in order to take the CCE board examination. This guest foreword summarizes the issues that have led to the examination pathway and poses questions for our critical care community.