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 internationally. "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 http://www.IBHRE.org 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 http://www.hrsonline.org.
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