TCVS New Core Curriculum

BOARD RESOLUTION 2017-05

A Resolution on the implementation of the new TCVS curriculum effective January 2017. This Resolution is in consonance with our PATACSI mission and vision and with accepted international curriculum standards.

“WHEREAS, the Philippine Association of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeons Inc. (PATACSI) through its Surgical Training Committee, has the prime responsibility of reviewing and revising the TCVS curriculum to keep it relevant and abreast with accepted international curriculum standards. And, in consonance with Article VIII Section 1.L (Committee on Surgical Training) of our constitution, PATACSI is duly tasked to evaluate and revise the existing TCVS curriculum if deemed necessary, through our regular curriculum workshops.

“WHEREAS, the structured and standardized core curriculum (1st and 2nd year) of the focused program will be based on a outcome-based curriculum, the contents of which were initially deliberated on and presented by designated THORACIC, CARDIAC and VASCULAR working groups.

“WHEREAS, finality on the issue of implementing a Focused (Tracking) Program was voted upon during the August 08, 2015 workshop which will be carried out and adapted by each training institution depending on the institution’s strengths and preferred specialty training (cardiac/ thoracic/ vascular).

“WHEREAS, the Philippine Association of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeons Inc. (PATACSI) Board of Directors presented the final draft of the TCVS Core Curriculum during the PATACSI Annual Business Meeting dated 02 December 2016 held at Aloe AB, Marco Polo Hotel, Ortigas, and approved during that general assembly.

“WHEREAS, the Philippine Association of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeons Inc. (PATACSI) Board of Directors will distribute the final instructional design for Thoracic, Cardiac and Vascular Core Curriculum for guidance of the accredited training institution for proper implementation.

“THAT, during said workshop, an extensive review of the issues raised during past core curriculum workshops (2008-2014) and their pertinent output were presented, so that all participants may be clear with what has been achieved, what stills needs to be discussed and what still needs to be done to standardize the TCVS curriculum program, in accordance with a competency- based education as advocated by the Philippine government to keep up with the ASEAN Mutual Recognition Arrangement.

“THAT, during said workshop moderated by Dr. Fernando Melendres, the issue of a ‘Focused’ curriculum program was lengthily discussed and eventually voted upon.   In this focused program, the first two years of the TCVS training curriculum would require standardized knowledge, skills, operations, and attitudinal rigors of designated cardiac, thoracic, and vascular topics and diseases. The final year of training will revolve ONLY around the trainee’s chosen field of specialty: cardiac or thoracic or vascular.

“RESOLVED, that the structured and standardized core curriculum (1st and 2nd year) of the focused program will be based on an outcome-based curriculum, the contents of which were initially deliberated on and presented by designated THORACIC, CARDIAC and VASCULAR working groups. Again, all training institutions were duly represented in the three working groups.

“RESOLVED, that the Thoracic, Cardiac and Vascular Core Curriculum will be implemented effective 01 January 2017 in all PATACSI Accredited Training Program on the first year TCVS Fellows of all training institutions.