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Live from EuroPCR 2010: Interview of Professor Carlo Di Mario

President of the EAPCI

View the slides of the EAPCI  General Assembly here
held on Tuesday 25 May 2010
during the EuroPCR Congress



You officially took over the presidency of the European Association of Percutaneous Cardiovascular Interventions (EAPCI) in September 2009, can you please let us know which are your priorities for the Association?

The beauty and the problem of Europe is diversity and this applies to interventional cardiology as well. Free movement of professionals throughout Europe means the process of training and the subsequent interventional practice should become more homogeneous. EAPCI wants to develop a common process of training of fellows and continuous education of interventionalists, following the same curriculum in all the European countries. EAPCI funds fellowships for trainees and researchers to promote the temporary integration of young cardiologists in other European countries. EAPCI wants to promote the creation of registries to monitor coronary and structural procedures in Europe. EAPCI is developing programs to endorse and eventually promote randomised clinical trials with potential to inform future guidelines. We are currently promoting with an initiative called Stent for Life the application of primary angioplasty for STEMI.
The General Assembly of Tuesday May 25th has been organised to allow all members or interventional cardiologists outside Europe to know the EAPCI priorities and question our choices in an open forum.

Which is the involvement of EAPCI in the scientific programme of EuroPCR?

The Scientific Program Committee of EAPCI works on proposals to submit to the EuroPCR Board and Program Committee. Members of this EAPCI Committee participate in the abstract grading process and contributes with proposals of young new clinicians and scientists to the renovation of the EuroPCR Board. We also have a direct participation in the decision making process of the invited sessions at the ESC congress.

Do you have a specific message you would like to address to the audience?

Become a member of EAPCI. There is no membership fee and you will be involved in the main choices EAPCI will face in the next weeks.

References

Article published in  the Daily Newsletter from EuroPCR - Daily n°1 / Tuesday 25th May 2010 - Paris