Basic PTEeXAM 2014 Administration Announcement

The National Board of Echocardiography and the ASA established a strategic partnership to mutually promote an examination and certification process in Basic Perioperative Transesophageal Echocardiography. Initial projections included an estimate of 300 examinees per year. However since administration of the first annual Basic PTEeXAM in 2010, only an average of 141 examinees per year have taken the exam, with an average pass rate of 87% over the past three years. While the NBE and ASA actively research reasons for this discrepancy in the number of examinees, and discuss possible future developments for this important collaboration, both organizations have agreed that it would be of greatest mutual interest to administer the next Basic PTEeXAM in the fall of 2014 rather than 2013.

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