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A congress track just for young members

ESC Congress News 2016 - Rome, Italy

Dedicated programmes for the cardiologists and scientists of tomorrow

Photo caption : Four of the Cardiologists of Tomorrow ‘nucleus’: from left, Afzal Sohaib, Saverio Muscoli, Rafael Vidal Perez (a former nucleus member) and Maria Rubini: ‘Catering for educational needs of cardiologists in training.’

Four of the Cardiologists of Tomorrow ‘nucleus’: from left, Afzal Sohaib, Saverio Muscoli, Rafael Vidal Perez (a former nucleus member) and Maria Rubini: "Catering for educational needs of cardiologists in training." 

The Cardiologists of Tomorrow (CoT) Track, which includes 18 sessions, has been designed by young cardiologists to specifically cater for the educational needs of cardiologists in training.

‘With an increasing number of congress delegates now aged 35 and under we anticipate that CoT track sessions will prove more popular than ever before,’ says Afzal Sohaib, a member of the CoT nucleus of seven young cardiologists who devised the track.

Highlights include six clinical case learning sessions, where young cardiologists will present cases in a highly interactive forum. This year, out of 376 submitted cases, 42 have been selected for presentation, with topics including structural interventions (Sunday 14:00-15:30); inflammatory heart disease (Sunday 16:30-18:00); arrhythmias (Monday 16:30-18:00); ‘nightmares’ in the cath lab (Tuesday 14:00-15:30); and cardiomyopathies (Tuesday 16:30-18:00).

‘Our clinical cases range from the weird and wonderful to classical cases,’ says Sohaib, from Imperial College, London. ‘They offer a tangible way to see how guidelines work in practice and learn about exceptions to the rule.’ The advantage of clinical cases, he adds, is that unlike abstracts they do not require loads of data to be generated. ‘All you need is one good case, which means young cardiologists get an opportunity to present at an international meeting early on in training.’

In the ‘Challenging Case’ session the four overall finalists will present their cases (Sunday 11:00-12.30), with the overall winner announced at the Awards Ceremony (Monday 18:00-19:00, Agora 1 –Poster Area).

Early birds can get their day off to a bright start with the three Science at Breakfast sessions – ‘Obesity - Friend or foe in heart failure’ (Sunday 07:45-08:15); ‘Timing of surgery in infective endocarditis’ (Monday 07:45-08:15); and ‘Sport is not always healthy for your heart’ (Tuesday 07:45-08:15,).

The eight scheduled symposiums include ‘Looking at the crystal ball’ (Monday 8:30-10:00), ‘What does the busy cardiology need to know about recent advances in cardiology’ (Monday 11:00-12:30) and the ever popular ‘How to interpret statistics in clinical trials’ (Tuesday 16:30-18:00).

‘East meets West’ is a joint session with Korean young cardiologists exploring conditions affecting Eastern populations, including Takotsubo cardiomyopathy and Takayasu disease (Monday 12:45-13:45).

There’s an opportunity for networking in joining the CoT corner on the ESC Stand where several CoT leaders and nucleus members will be present. ‘Interactions at conferences are enormously valuable because they open the way for scientific collaborations, and for young cardiologists to share their experiences of training in different countries,’ says Sohaib.

Please note all the sessions are in Michelangelo – the Hub unless otherwise stated.

Running in parallel is the Scientists of Tomorrow track, now in its third year, with 11 sessions over three days. Highlights include ’Raising funding in Europe’ (Sunday 12:45-13:45); The value of innovative animal models’ (Monday 08:30-10:00) and ‘MiRNAs in cardiovascular disease’ (Tuesday 11:00-12:30). All these sessions are held in Bernini - The Hub.

More info on the Cardiologists of Tomorrow.

Click here to read other scientific highlights in the full edition of the Congress news.