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By young cardiologists for young cardiologists

ESC Congress News 2015 - London

THIS YEAR’S ESC Cardiologists of Tomorrow (CoT) track promises to be bigger and more engaging than ever before with a packed programme offering more sessions, clinical cases and opportunities for interaction.  

Young cardiologists from the CoT nucleus taking part in this year’s  CoT track.Now in its fifth year, the CoT track has expanded to 18 sessions over four days, with more than 4000 expected. The programme, devised by young cardiologists for young cardiologists, provides up-to-date information on key areas of CVD. ‘Our idea is to give young cardiologists the opportunities to get involved and become active participants,’ explains Ricardo Fontes-Carvalho from the Gaia Hospital Centre, Portugal, and member of the CoT nucleus which developed the programme.    

The track, he stresses, is not exclusively intended for young cardiologists, with everyone welcome to attend. ‘Cardiology is team work, and it’s important for young people to work together with senior clinicians. It’s only through these joint efforts that we’ll improve patient care,’ he says.    

Highlights of the track include the ever popular Clinical Case Learning sessions where cases are presented by young cardiologists in a highly interactive forum. This year, from nearly 400 submitted cases, 39 have been selected for presentation, with topics on catheter ablation (29 Aug 11:00-12:30), PCI procedural complications (30 Aug 08:30-10:00), acute cardiac care (31 Aug 16:30-18:00), invasive electrophysiological studies (1 Sep 11:00-12:30), PCI/stents, devices and technique (1 Sep 14:00-15:30), and valvular imaging (1 Sep 16:30-18:00).      

In a special session four finalists from those selected will present the most challenging clinical cases (31 Aug 14:00-15:30) with the overall winner announced at the Awards Ceremony (31 Aug at 18:00, The Hub).

The Young Investigator Awards (with sessions on coronary pathophysiology and microcirculation, thrombosis, population science, ageing and senescence, basic science and clinical science) offer additional opportunities for young scientists to win prizes. A highlight here is that Nobel prize winner Elizabeth Blackburn will chair the session on Ageing and Senescence (30 Aug 12:40-13:50, Regents Park – The Hub).  

Exploring the future of cardiology represents an important focus for the CoT track, with sessions including the most game-changing innovations of the year (29 Aug 09:00-10:30), and smartphone apps to improve clinical practice (31 Aug 07:30-08:15). There are also plenty of sessions providing practical tips and tricks, including ‘How to wake up your professional skills’ (30 Aug 07:30-08:15); ‘Finding a job’ (31 Aug 15:35-16:20), and the interpretation of trials and statistics (1 Sep 08:30-10:00).       

The CoT track is just one of the activities of the ESC Cardiologists of Tomorrow initiative which was launched in 2010 to support cardiologists and trainees under 36 years of age. It is now supported by a network of 32 national societies representing more than 5000 members, and provides ‘young blood’ for the ESC. CoT has good links to ESC committees and to specific subspecialty young groups, including the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging Club 35, the Young Electrophysiologists, Young Interventionalists, Young Acute Cardiovascular Care Association, Heart Failure Specialists of Tomorrow and Scientists of Tomorrow.    

CoT members have participated in discussions leading to the new ESC Core Curriculum for General Cardiology which defines the knowledge and skills necessary for training in cardiology. They are also actively involved in the development of the ESC eLearning Platform.Running in parallel is the Scientists of Tomorrow track, now in its second year, with nine sessions over four days. Highlights include cell therapy in cardiac disease (30 Aug 07:30-8:15), mechanisms of action of emerging therapeutics (30 Aug 14:00-15:30), and gut microbiota as new players in CV medicine (1 Sep 16:30-18:00). All sessions are held in Regents Park – The Hub.