Following is a list of top 10 online ECG learning courses
I have researched the internet as well as used my own experience to make a list of top 10 online ECG learning courses.
Medmastery is pretty impressive. The learning platform has accrued a bunch of prestigious awards over the last few years on the back of their simple didactic presentation and use of world-renowned educators. “We only teach you what’s really relevant and leave out the rest.”
Medmastery has full CME accreditation with ACCME and UEMS, and offers three separate ECG courses designed to take students from amateur level through to total mastery. The course structure is logical and the content concise getting to the core of essential knowledge rather than padding with superfluous material. Medmastery states its courses are designed to not overwhelm students but rather equip them with the ‘20% of skills that will help to solve over 80% of cases‘ – no mean feat.
Many of the learning platforms reviewed focus on knowledge-acquisition, whereas Medmastery seems to be more about building solid foundation skills and promoting and wide-based knowledge platform. Check out the ECG Yellow Belt; ECG Blue Belt and ECG Black Belt Courses on a free trial membership and get the first chapter of every course for free.
ECG Weekly is a case based ECG educational tool aimed to provide regular, useful, contextual in-line learning in a a video-based format. The educational team is led the inimitable Amal Mattu, tenured professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine; and Ali Farzad emergency physician at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas.
The weekly ECG cases are augmented by video explanations or ‘ECG Workouts’ with the key teaching points and references in easily digestible bullet-point format, available to review and download. A large portion of the content is available in FOAMed format, and access to the full site is very affordable at a mere $1 a week and includes access to cardiology literature reviews.
The ECG Academy is another great resource for anyone looking to up their ECG game with a growing list of medical/nursing and PA schools subscribed to the resource. “Learn To Read Electrocardiograms – By Watching Video Tutorials.”
ECG Academy was created by Dr. Nicholas Tullo, a cardiac electrophysiologist with a passion for teaching and has been reviewed previously on LITFL. Courses have been designed for all levels of learner from cardiology technicians to fellows. The site offers three levels of courses, incrementally increasing the learners knowledge base and allowing them to progress to the next learning tier.
With over 60 hours of ECG education offered across all three tiers, learners have the option to start with the basics or shoot straight through to the most advanced level. In addition to the three ECG courses, Dr Tullo also provides weekly ChalkTalks which are 5-6 minute ‘how to‘ video tutorials based on a single rhythm strip or 12-lead ECG.
Participants can claim Category 2 CME points for completing the certificate, but at this time not the courses are not approved for Category 1 CME.
Pricing is flexible with options to complete a certificate for a fixed price or subscribe for continuous access to each course level. For those looking to get their feet a little wet first, the ECG Academy also offers a free basic subscription which gets you access to 3 hours of content and 10 ChalkTalks.
Using a mixture of 3D animation, audio narrative, images, and detailed text, this ECG course by BMJ Learning is an interesting one. As you would expect from one of the world’s leading medical journals, BMJ Learning has all of its courses undergo a peer-review process and this course is no exception.
The course offers 16 modules of increasing difficulty (and intensity) with a huge amount of information crammed into the 14 hours and 30 minutes of the course. The course covers basic interpretation and abnormalities of clinical significance. There is also a reference list of key abnormalities with ECG examples and a (small) library of ECGs to practice.
BMJ Learning courses are accredited for CME/CPD by colleges, associations, and authorities from around the world but not with specific accredited ACCME/UEMS CME points.
This Clinical ECG Interpretation course is centered around the ECG interpretation book of Dr Araz Rawshani. It offers videos to supplement the textbook content. For a one-off cost of $100 (currently selling for $15), this is more of an online e-textbook purchase with video tutorials and ECG tests thrown in for free.
The content is comprehensive and you can check out some parts of the book or trial some ECG tests for free if you want to get a good look before you buy. This is a structured program and the difficulty builds up gradually compared to other books which oversimplify content in a bid to keep it print-friendly.
Simple Education Essential Guide to electrocardiogram (ECG) interpretation. 11-part comprehensive guide to ECG interpretation with over 3 hours of video content and course manual for download.
Taught by electrophysiologist Prof Richard Shilling and Cardiologist Dr Andrew Sharp, this course is designed to give doctors a solid background in ECG interpretation. With case examples and an MCQ quiz at the end, this course is for those looking for a quick entry to ECG interpretation with a little more depth than the Cardiotute course.
With only 3 stars out of 5 as voted by course-takers however, it may be good as an adjunct to your learning rather than your primary source of ECG training.
The Premier ECG Workshop is an advanced course with over 7 hours of personal instruction by Dr. Amal Mattu, a renowned educationalist specialising in Emergency Medicine cardiology. The program aims to prime the user with the ability to interpret ECGs like an expert!
Course covers more advanced topics, subtle and sinister signs and diagnosis not to be missed. Topic covered include:
- Recognizing ACS
- Subtle ECG Manifestations of Cardiac Ischemia
- ECG Mimics of Cardiac Ischemia
- Diagnosing Dysrhythmias
- Bradydysrhythmias and AV Blocks
- Wide Complex Tachydysrhythmias: Myths and Pitfalls
- Syncope, Sudden Death, and the ECG
- Corexcel offers a different option to the other courses reviewed here. Rather than following a set learning pathway, the platform monitors student progress and adapts based on your learning needs. This allows you to concentrate on ECG subject areas you may be having problems with, while focusing less on concepts you already understand.
- Though it doesn’t list the duration of the course, it is advertised as an introduction to ECG so we suspect it is more suited to students and early-career physicians. Certificates are generated once a student reaches a 95% average rating across all of the exercise categories.
- Cardiotute has been around for a long time. And by long, we mean it won an Australian Achiever Award back in 2001. The course consists of 15 video tutorials, a downloadable workbook and the option to purchase a DVD of the course.
- Described as ‘relevant to division 1 registered nurses, ambulance officers and medical practitioners‘ the course outlines basic ECG principles with more specific review of infarctions; ischaemia and arrythmias. The brevity of the course would suit those with very little prior ECG experience; those requiring a refresher in ECG principles or those with access to a DVD player.
- Medvarsity describes itself as ‘India’s leading online medical certification and training company‘. Their 12-Lead ECG course provides 20 hours of learning content aimed at health professionals across the board. It is not subscription-based but rather, a course you pay for outright and must complete within 3 months of commencing.
- Though we didn’t get past the paywall, the curriculum shown on the site appears to be in line with the content provided by other institutions reviewed here. With an overall rating of 3.7 by Medvarsity users, the platform may be worth a look but it’s difficult to gauge the quality of the course without any previews available.
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