NASPExAM Changes Name to International Board of Heart Rhythm Examiners

New Identity Reflects Significant Growth and Global Value of Exam

Nov 02, 2006, 00:00 ET from Heart Rhythm Society

    WASHINGTON, Nov. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The NASPExAM, which recognizes
 proficiency in cardiac pacing, defibrillation and electrophysiology,
 announced that it has changed its name to the International Board of Heart
 Rhythm Examiners (IBHRE).
     The new name reflects the organization's significant program
 development as well as the expanded recognition and value of the exam
     "The International Board of Heart Rhythm Examiners is proud to continue
 NASPExAM's 25-year tradition of recognizing achievement in the field of
 cardiac pacing and electrophysiology," remarked Charles J. Love, MD, FHRS,
 FACC, FAHA, President of IBHRE, Professor of Internal Medicine and Director
 of Arrhythmia Device Services of The Ohio State University Division of
 Cardiovascular Medicine. "Our new identity more clearly communicates the
 organization's international make-up and the educational and strategic
 goals of the exam."
     In addition to the name change, the IBHRE has developed a new strategic
 plan, and an expanded Board of Directors has been charged with its
 implementation. The members of the Board are:
     *  John Camm, MD, FHRS (England)
     *  Christine Chiu-Man, MSC (Canada)
     *  Marleen E. Irwin, RCRT, FHRS (Canada)
     *  Chu-Pak Lau, MD, FHRS (China)
     *  Charles J. Love, MD, FHRS, FACC, FAHA (USA)
     *  Edward V. Platia, MD, FHRS (USA)
     *  Dwight Reynolds, MD, FHRS (USA)
     *  Neil F. Strathmore, MBBS, FHRS (Australia)
     The leadership will evaluate a number of initiatives to expand and
 improve the organization and its exam offerings. In particular, IBHRE is
 planning to move the examination to computer-based testing (CBT) in the
 fall of 2007. The Board is also working with the Japanese Heart Rhythm
 Society to make the examinations available in Japanese.
     The first exam offering under the new name will take place on December
 9, 2006 in Phoenix, AZ. For future exam dates and for more information on
 resources and preparation tools, please visit IBHRE's new Web site at
     About IBHRE
     The International Board of Heart Rhythm Examines (IBHRE), formerly
 NASPExAM, sets the standard of excellence for cardiac device and arrhythmia
 professionals. The exams are recognized as the highest benchmark of
 professional competency in cardiac pacing and defibrillation for physicians
 and associated professionals, and for electrophysiology for associated
 professionals. Founded as NASPExAM, Inc in 1985 by Dr. Seymour Furman and
 other leaders in the field, IBHRE offers examinations for special
 competency in cardiac pacing and cardioversion defibrillation for both
 physicians and allied professionals as well as an exam in special
 competency for cardiac electrophysiology for allied professionals. More
 than 5,000 individuals have demonstrated their specific competency in
 cardiac pacing and implantable defibrillation by passing the IBHRE exam.
     IBHRE is a self-governing subsidiary of the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS).
 For more information, please visit the Society's Web site at

SOURCE Heart Rhythm Society