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A career in CMR

Breakfast session

The Heart Imagers of Tomorrow breakfast session "A career in CMR" took place on Saturday14th of May and it employed training and certification on CMR.

Dr. Manish Motwani from Los Angeles, Unites States discussed the training curriculum in both Europe and United States and advised on the young trainees how they could create a successful career pathway by combining clinical and research work, as well as taking part in the EACVI young community and grasp one of the multiple opportunities that EACVI offers. He also stressed the importance of applying for EACVI training and research grants.

Dr. Alberto Roghi from Milan, Italy shared his experience from taking CMR as a later career choice and he explained in detail the demands of his hospital and his everyday practice. His lecture highlighted the challenges that a young cardiologist faces when he chooses to perform CMR. Dr. Roghi also explained the different opportunities through the evolution of CMR.

Last but not least, Dr. Mark Westwood from London and chair of the CMR certification, discussed the different levels of accreditation and he adviced the potential exam candidates on how to pass the written exams as well as how to create a successful logbook.
The session was chaired by Dr. Julia Grapsa and Dr. Francisko Alpendurada and there was a panel of experts from various counties who discussed training and education for CMR. Young people from the audience participated to the discussion.

Main points were that certification exams are important to reach clinical excellence and that trainees from Europe may need to spend a 6 month or 1 year fellowship for further expertise in CMR. Radiologists should work together with cardiologists for the delivery of everyday clinical work. Finally, they all agreed that there is an increasing need of the CMR modality, in countries across Europe.

As a conclusion, EACVI supports actively the young community, promotes mentorship and encourages CMR certification. Young cardiologists will be the heart imagers of tomorrow!

The content of this article reflects the personal opinion of the author/s and is not necessarily the official position of the European Society of Cardiology.