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Joint Session in Rome, Italy 2013

For the second year, the Italian society of Cardiology invited the nucleus members to participate to a ICOT-CoT Joint Session.

On December 14th, 2013 in Rome during the 74th Congress of the Italian Society of Cardiology (SIC) occured the second edition of the joint Symposium “Italian Cardiologists of Tomorrow (ICOT) meet the ESC Cardiologist of Tomorrow nucleus”.

The first session of the symposium was dedicated to an extremely important topic entitled “Creating a new generation of Cardiologists”. In this session, under the valuable chairing of the SIC Academic Authorities, Prof. Panos Vardas, President of ESC, underlined the crucial importance of the relationship between scientific Societies and young cardiologists and informed the audience about all actions undertaken by the ESC in order to make this relationship stronger in the future. 

Then, the topic on education of the young cardiologists has been deeply addressed emphasizing the importance of a good mentor in order to become a cardiovascular investigator and making over that academic cardiology now and in the future still represents the main player for a complete and updated training of the fellows.

Training and Education are two of the main missions of ESC and the biggest challenge is still represented by the need of harmonizing cardiology training across Europe. The discussion was focused indeed on the state of the art and the future initiative ESC is carrying out. The clear message for the panel was that the most powerful weapon in order to achieve such an ambitious target and to standardize upward cardiology education all over the continent, may be represented by ESC e-Learning platform, which current status allows all the community to be optimistic about this topic.
The symposium successfully carried on all day long with a constantly active contribution from the audience. Attendees were both young cardiologists/fellows and their mentors. The session continued with three other sessions fully dedicated to fellows and young cardiologists.
The first one was about “The new boundaries of Cardiology” and the young speakers addressed several hot topics including new anti-platelet drugs, cardiac magnetic resonance and pocket echocardiography, Takotsubo cardiomyopathy and stem cells.
The second session was dedicated to “Imaging in Heart Failure with preserved Ejection Fraction” and discussion addressed the main diagnostic and therapeutic issues of this challenging syndrome.
Finally the last session was a “how to session” entitled “The half full glass: what does it teach”. The session underlined the cost-benefit ratio of different invasive technique, from PCI, through AF ablation, up to CRT.

Italian Cardiologists of Tomorrow (ICOT) was created in 2012 starting with the successful organisation of two international Simposia during the SIC national Congress (“The management of patients with Acute Coronary Syndrome” in 2012, with the participation of all the CoT nucleus members, and the previously quoted “The ICOT meets the ESC COT nucleus” in 2013) and a regional one in Piemont “From the School to the work world”.

Further achievements of ICOT had been:

  • Promoting ESC Training and Research Grants of 2012 and 2013 program
  • Submission of several clinical cases for ESC 2013
  • Creation of database of all ICOT followers and of a survey about Educational needs 
  • Creation of an ICOT logo and email account
  • Establishment of an official regulation for the ICOT members turn over and definition of aims and  competences of each member
  • Editing of two E-learning modules for ACCA online e-learning platform (by Dr. Saverio Muscoli)
  • Creation of ICOT web site (work in progress)
  • Online publication of the survey on “educational needs of fellows in cardiology”
  • Developing of an educational program in the secondary schools for prevention of cardiovascular diseases, project “young cardiologists speak to students”

On December 14th, the ICOT Board had been renewed, achieving a significant reduction in the number and the average age of the members. Congratulations to the new Chairman, Dr. Saverio Muscoli who was elected.

Luca Santini                                    Giuseppina Novo
Past Chairman of ICOT                     Chairman of SIC “Young Section”