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Is mastering creative thinking skills a mandatory competency for Interventional Cardiologists?
Elaheh Malakan Rad , J. Forbes Thomas
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Introduction: Dealing with difficult situations in the pediatric cardiac catheterization and cardiac intervention laboratory, not only needs mastering knowledge and skills, but also demands capability to create new solutions for unpredicted complications that suddenly arise. Mastering creative thinking by the operator can be life-saving for patients in these setting. The aim of this study is to evaluate the views of interventional cardiologists on the importance of mastering creative thinking skills in their career success. We also sought the necessity of teaching this skill to the trainees in interventional cardiology and undergraduate medical education. 
Materials and Methods: A short 5-item questionnaire on "Creative thinking skills and success in medical career "was distributed among interventional cardiologist through Congenital Cardiovascular Interventional Study Consortium (CCISC). We also sent the survey by email to other interventional cardiologists that we had their email address. Twenty-three interventional cardiologists answered the survey. 
Results: Fifty-seven percent of respondents had a working experience of equal to more than 20 years. Sixty-one percent of the respondents used creative thinking during their cardiac catheterization and intervention procedures. Eight-seven percent of interventional cardiologists voted for teaching creative thinking skills to fellows of interventional cardiology as either "must learn (52%)" or " better to learn (35%)".
Conclusion: This study shows creative thinking is used frequently by successful interventional cardiologists.  Most of the respondents considered teaching creative thinking skills as "must learn" in the curriculum of interventional cardiology and "better to learn" in curriculum of undergraduate medical education.

Keywords: Is mastering creative thinking skills a mandatory competency for Interventional Cardiologists?
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Type of Study: Original Research | Subject: Curriculum
Received: 2015/12/21 | Accepted: 2015/12/21 | Published: 2015/12/21
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Malakan Rad E, Thomas J F. Is mastering creative thinking skills a mandatory competency for Interventional Cardiologists?. 3. 2017; 1 (1) :29-33
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