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Postgraduate Course in Heart Failure

Joint collaboration between the European Heart Academy of ESC, Heart Failure Association and University of Zurich

The increasingly complex demands of treating heart failure patients call for a new kind of physician, a heart failure specialist. Postgraduate Course in Heart Failure (PCHF) offers interactive sessions between speakers and participants, workshops, rapid fire sessions, live case seminars and ward visits. The course leads to a Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Heart Failure delivered by the University of Zurich and endorsed by the European Heart Academy of the ESC.

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Programme overview 

Widely considered the new epidemic of the 21st century, heart failure is a leading cause of hospitalisation in patients over 65. The increasingly complex demands of treating such patients calls for a new kind of physician, i.e. a cardiologist who is not only competent in clinical medicine and pharmacotherapy, but is also skilled in cardiac devices and their programming. This specialist must also be highly knowledgeable in imaging modalities and procedures of the coronary circulation and valvular apparatus, and similarly qualified in the management of patients with end-stage heart failure.

To address this largely still unmet educational need, the Heart Failure Association (HFA) of the ESC and the European Heart Academy – in collaboration with the University of Zurich – developed a novel postgraduate course in heart failure (PCHF).

Structure and content

PCHF consists of a two-year programme with eight modules of 2.5 days each, a total of 160 hours of lectures and 140 hours of self-study. Each module is chaired by an internationally recognized expert. Lectures offer interactive discussions between speakers and participants, practical sessions and life-case seminars. The course is based on a practice-oriented structure where participants can improve their clinical skills in diagnostics and increase their therapeutic knowledge.

The programme is based on the currently published core curriculum of the ESC HFA, and its successful completion leads to a Certificate of Advanced Studies issued by the University of Zurich (CAS UZH in Heart Failure).  

Module Topics - 2020/2021

Year 1

  • Module 1
    How to Approach Heart Failure
    30 January – 1 February 2020 l Zurich
  • Module 2
    Specific Forms of Heart Failure
    2 – 4 April 2020 l Zurich
  • Module 3
    Drug Treatment in Heart Failure
    2 – 4 July 2020 l Zurich
  • Module 4
    Arrhythmias & Device Therapy in
    Heart Failure I
    8 – 10 October 2020 l Zurich

Year 2

  • Module 5
    Device Therapy in Heart Failure ll
    28 – 30 January 2021 l Brussels
  • Module 6
    Multidisciplinary Procedures
    15 – 17 April 2021 l Zurich
  • Module 7
    Acute and Advanced Heart Failure
    8 – 10 July 2021 l Zurich
  • Module 8
    Mechanical Circulatory Support & Transplantation in Heart Failure
    28 – 30 October 2021 l Zurich

Who should attend?

To be eligible for enrolment, applicants must be either board-certified cardiologists or must have completed at least two years of successful clinical training in cardiology with a primary interest in modern heart failure management.


The application period is now closed for January 2020 intake. For additional information about the programme, click on 'more info'.

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Tuition Fees

Course fees are 1,000 CHF (subject to limited changes).

Travel, accommodation and other course expenses must be covered by the participants. 

More Resources 

If you would like more information on the programme or the application procedure, please contact the European Heart Academy or visit the dedicated website of the PCHF Zurich.