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EACVI Heart Imagers of Tomorrow (HIT) – focusing on the young community needs

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Belonging to any of the ESC’s young communities is being part of a family that will follow you throughout your career. The EACVI HIT community is dedicated to young doctors under 40 years old or in training with special interest in cardiovascular imaging.

Assistant Professor Sorina Mihaila (Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Bucharest, Romania) explains the benefits she has received through her involvement with HIT, “It’s a great opportunity to meet young people with expertise in the field of cardiovascular imaging and to share our experiences. Four years ago, I became a HIT ambassador for Romania and I also joined the HIT committee. HIT meetings and events are active, interactive and fun. We share new ideas about research in the field of cardiovascular imaging; we propose projects and discuss issues about promoting young cardiologists among the EACVI community. We also encourage submissions for abstracts and oral presentations, propose scientific sessions for EACVI congresses and plan future projects between our centres.”

Dr. Mihaila continues, “Being involved with the HIT community has brought me visibility within the EACVI, allowed me to be a part of multicentre trials, and taught me a lot about connecting with people who I can learn from. I have acquired knowledge about the EACVI structure–it is my strong desire to be a continuous active part of the society. My experiences have also helped me to evolve inside the Romanian Society of Cardiology and I am now Secretary of the Romanian Working Group of Echocardiography and Other Multimodality Imaging Techniques.”

When becoming an EACVI member, not only will you receive a 50% discount on the Silver level membership of the leading international network on cardiovascular imaging, but you will also join a young and dynamic community full of ideas, resources and network opportunities. You will receive tailored educational and scientific materials; dedicated sessions and courses at EACVI congresses; discounts on registration for congresses, certification exams, teaching courses and educational products; and access to EACVI grants in training and research. In addition, you will have the support of national HIT ambassadors who share interests and ideas locally.

Professor Marcelo Miglioranza (Institute of Cardiology, Porto Alegre, Brazil) shares his experiences of HIT: “This community allows young people who are starting up to get in touch with the great experts in their field. It creates the wonderful possibility of exchanging experiences with colleagues from all over the world, and even opens doors for improving your skills by doing internships or fellowships abroad. That was the case with me when I became an EACVI Silver member, back in 2012. Since then, I have established a great network, connecting with seniors and young colleagues. Getting to meet the experts in cardiovascular imaging gave me the opportunity of spending time learning from them in valuable fellowships.”

He continues, “Being part of a community with my young colleagues has taught me a lot and has enabled me to take part in multicentre studies since I became a HIT ambassador for my country. The MASCOT study, for example, was entirely designed and conducted by the HIT ambassadors and committee members. As much as the HIT meetings have taught its participants, they have also encouraged us to take part in teaching and sharing our knowledge. That is something that I am applying in my own country, where I coordinate a research group working in partnership with some of my HIT colleagues and senior advisers.”

 

Interested in joining the HIT community? Interested in taking an active part in the HIT community as an ambassador or committee member? Visit: www.escardio.org/The-ESC/ESC-Young-Community/EACVI-HIT