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Clinical cases in the spotlight

Heart Failure 2016 Congress News

Since 2015, an extensive program of Clinical Cases is available at the Heart Failure congress.

This year, there is even a Clinical Case Competition. Ewa A. Jankowska (Department of Heart Disease, Wroclaw Medical University, Wroclaw, Poland) coordinator of the Heart failure specialists Of Tomorrow (HoT) initiative explains the full range of clinical cases. 

Introducing the concept of Clinical Cases at last year’s Heart Failure congress has proven to be an absolute hit as the number of this year’s submissions was very high, Prof. Jankowska reveals.

“A total of 217 clinical cases was submitted and reviewed and graded by senior faculty members and HoT members.”

Ninety-nine percent of cases was submitted by young cardiologists. Of these 217 cases, 74 were finally selected based on the highest grading score. They have been assigned to be presented in the Clinical Case sessions in the Agora or in the Moderated Clinical Case Corner. The rather exotic titles of some of these sessions are bound to attract attention. ‘Catch me, if you can: cases of very fast (or slow) heart’ and ‘When the heart is burning: cases of inflammatory cardiac involvement’ to name a few. These titles have been chosen for a specific reason.

“These Clinical Cases are special”, Prof. Jankowska explains. “They are unique; often it concerns difficult cases which usually expand beyond the guidelines. Unexpected events and no standard treatment guarantee that this is exciting and very educational material.”

A special feature of the Clinical Cases during this year’s congress is the Clinical Case Competition. This will be held in Agora from 11.00-12.30 on Saturday. Four presenters will take up the challenge by presenting and discussing their case in 22 minutes. Five judges will then decide which case deserves the predicament ‘Best Clinical Case of 2016’ and who will be awarded. The criteria for selecting the Best Clinical Case will not only take the complexity of the case into account but also the way it was managed.

Prof. Jankowska hopes to see many delegates at the Clinical Cases Competition: “Competitive elements always attract a lot of people. I expect the audience to be a good mixture of young, HoT members and more senior cardiologists. This competition, and the Clinical Cases in general, are of high educational level. Attending is a good method to brush up or acquire some new knowledge.”

This is particularly true for HoT members as the HoT initiative was set up to provide a platform for an active and creative network of young people interested in heart failure in a unique interdisciplinary manner. The HoT initiative is directed under the leadership of the HFA Board and the HFA President, and aims to facilitate mutual collaboration between young communities from different countries. It will help spread the HFA's mission to the younger generation, promoting young excellence in the HFA field and the heart failure specialisation. Prof. Jankowska is passionate about HoT.

She explains: “HoT members have to be at least a regular member of the HFA, a professional in training or/and aged up to 40 years. Currently, 36 HoT national representatives cover the majority of Europe. More than 80% of HoT members are physicians, and importantly nurses, physiotherapists, basic researchers and students also participate. The number of HoT members exceeds 700. Apart from the moderated poster sessions and the challenging case session, there are various other activities specifically aimed at HoT members. This covers not only the HFA Career Cafe, but also a HoT Walk with patients on Sunday morning, a joint HoT and HiT session, and HoT spot (networking meetings). Almost too much to choose from!” 

View the session programme and access the resources on SP&P