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2014-2016 EAPCI Committees aims and responsibilities



Databases & Registries

The aim of this committee is to organize ongoing and future registries involving percutaneous cardiovascular interventions. The goal for the next 2 years is to initiate the Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS) Registry in collaboration with the EurObservational Research Programme and the Acute Cardiovascular Care Association (ACCA). This registry will capture the current state of Primary PCI, but is also planned to include thrombolytic therapy and non-reperfused patients. Thus, it will help to provide contemporary benchmarking against ESC guidelines and address not only differences in practice patterns but also compare some aspects of the quality of care available to patients in different European countries.

Education & Training Committee

The main goals of the this Committee for the next two years (2014-2016) will be the promotion of the EAPCI/ESCeL platform use by the young interventional cardiologists in training across Europe and around the world. This Committee will be devoted to the auditing process necessary to provide a feedback at the European level to the trainees. This feedback is of critical importance to have access to the certificate recognizing the high standard of training in interventional cardiology at the European level. Furthermore, with the planned delivery of the second version of the ESC eLearning platform at the ESC 2014 Congress in  Barcelona, it will be possible for qualified (senior) interventional cardiologists to create their own personal account and use the Continuous Medical Education (CME) and Continuous Professional Development (CPD) areas of this educational platform for their benefit. This second version of the platform will also allow the presence of educational materials in local languages. In summary, the aim of this project is to deliver the highest European standard of training and education, to as many as possible, at the lowest cost possible.

 

Fellowship

The main goal of this Committee is to provide an opportunity for clinical training in the field of interventional cardiology for young physicians who are in the course of their basic cardiology training.
This is achieved thanks to the offer of Training and Research Grants which help young candidates to:

  • attain clinical competence
  • acquire experience of high quality cardiological practice
  • conduct research in the field of interventional cardiology in centers located an ESC Member and Affiliated countries other than their own. 

Completion of this apprenticeship learning and/or research program enable them to contribute to introduce new treatment modalities and improve academic standards upon return to their own country.
This program should also be considered as a valorization of the geographical mobility as well as cultural exchanges and professional practice in the field of cardiology.

 

National Cardiac Societies & International Affairs

The aim of this committee is to:

  • Promote the EAPCI activities and its membership in meetings of National Cardiac Societies.
  • Encourage links between websites (in cooperation with the Web and Communication Committee).
  • Maintain updated contact information for National Cardiac Societies / Interventional Working Groups representatives.
  • Promote the visibility of EAPCI in the national congress.
  • Reactivate with the National Working Groups,  European Statistic of Interventional Procedures performed each year .
  • Promote the participation of the National Working Groups in the preparation of the EAPCI proposals to the ESC Congress' Scientific Programme.

New Initiatives For Young Interventionalists

This committee was created in 2011 under the presidency of Jean Fajadet. Many initiatives have been already put in place to address the unmet needs of the young generation of interventional cardiologists, including CathGo (the search engine for training opportunities in Europe), the development of specific contents for EuroPCR and PCR Seminars, and the creation of the EAPCI European Fellows Course. Along this line, the 2014-2016 Committee will continue to capture expectations and develop new initiatives around three pillars:

  • Community and networking
  • Research and education in interventional cardiology
  • Career orientation

Scientific Programme & Congress

The main task this committee is to provide visibility of our association by preparing high quality, interactive and educational sessions for the upcoming ESC congresses. This year is a unique opportunity with the release of the new Myocardial Revascularization guidelines whereby EAPCI role was of key importance. It our responsibility to take the lead and make connections with other associations/working groups which share common interest with our association. I wish good luck to everyone and hope for an interactive committee.

Website & Communication

The purpose of this committee is to:

  • Enhance the visibility of EAPCI through web based communications.
  • Support other EAPCI committees activity and improve communication among EAPCI members.
  • Provide an easy-to-use and updated web-based portal for scientific and educational news.
NEW COMMITTEES

Nurses & Allied Professionals in Interventional Cardiology

The purpose of this committee is to:

  • Build a network for Nurses and Allied Professions working in the field of interventional cardiology in Europe.
  • Support the development of training and education  program for Nurses and Allied Professions working in the the field of interventional cardiology in Europe (ESCeL).
  • Contribute to even better Nurses and Technicians sessions during EuroPCR - and maybe other meetings.
  • In the long term construct a foundation for sharing of knowledge and development of translational research among Nurses and Allied Professions throughout Europe.

Scientific Documents & Initiatives

The Scientific Document Committee (SDC) was established by the board of the European Association of Percutaneous Intervention (EAPCI) in June 2014 with the aim of supervising and monitoring the preparation and publication of Expert Consensus and Position Papers of the EAPCI.

The SDC was created to:

  • Promote improvement in patient care
  • Meet the need for thorough and comprehensive guidance on a number of issues in percutaneous coronary and structural heart intervention that are not met by current guidelines
  • Assist in disseminating the work of the EAPCI

The purpose of EAPCI scientific statements is to:

  • Give a comprehensive and balanced overview of the chosen topic
  • Summarise existing knowledge
  • Identify evidence gaps
  • Point to areas in need of improvement in the implementation

The SDC will work in coordination with other ESC Associations as well as other non-ESC scientific organisations aiming at disseminating and improving knowledge and expertise around patients care.

Women

The mission of this committee is to attain gender equality at the professional and patient level.

Its values are:

  • a profound professional knowledge
  • a scientific rigorousness
  • an innovative spirit
  • a passion for gender equality

Its objectives are to:

  • Encourage female physician to choose interventional cardiology career
  • Help women to achieve equal career chances as men
  • Increase awareness of interventional and research community about gender-related disparities in diagnosis and treatment of cardiac patients
  • Support systematic enrollment of women in clinical trials and to ensure the consideration of women in all aspects of scientific literature, whether clinical trials, guidelines or regulatory processes
  • Develop educational programs on gender-based issues in interventional cardiology