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Supporting members is of critical importance to the EACVI

EuroEcho-Imaging 2017

Next year, Professor Thor Edvardsen (Oslo University Hospital, Oslo, Norway) will take over the role of President of the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging (EACVI) from Professor Bogdan A Popescu (University of Medicine and Pharmacy Carol Davila, Bucharest, Romania). He tells Congress News about why supporting members will be a key part of his presidency.

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edvardsen-2012.jpgAccording to Prof. Edvardsen, his current role as President-Elect of the EACVI is “very much a supportive one”—helping current President Prof. Popescu and the EACVI board to meet the goals and aims of the society. However, he says an “even more important” duty is to provide backing to the members of the society—something he intends to continue to do when he takes over as President next year.

One of the ways that Prof. Edvardsen plans to support members is to ensure that the goals of EACVI are in line with its parent society, the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). He explains that the ESC is based on “five pillars”—advocacy, education, congress, membership, and research—and adds that one way that EACVI is aiming to be in line with the “education” pillar is to start an EACVI-backed imaging fellowship programme (similar to the programmes already provided by the ESC).

“Lots of members have asked me about this and, hopefully, becoming a fellow of the EACVI will be a possibility in the next two or three years,” Prof. Edvardsen comments. “There is also a programme for an advanced and comprehensive EACVI education in imaging being planned at the moment.”

As well as educational courses, the EACVI also supports members by producing recommendation papers. Prof. Edvardsen says that such papers are “extremely popular”, noting that the society receives requests for recommendation papers from members in various different countries. One paper now in development is a new recommendation paper on interventional imaging. He reports that this paper is in response to the growing field of interventional imaging. EACVI already has many members, in different countries, who are experts in interventional imaging and “interventional imaging” is a key theme of this year’s congress. Further to the paper, which Prof. Edvardsen says is due to be published “either next year or in 2019”, there are plans to have “lots of teaching courses around Europe” that feature interventional imaging.

Another benefit of becoming a member of the EACVI is being able to attend congresses at a discounted rate; also, the society strives to keep membership fees reasonable to allow, as Prof. Edvardsen explains, “different imagers around Europe to be able to afford to join”. Furthermore, the society is open to all imaging specialists—nurses and technicians as well as doctors—becoming members. To encourage sonographers and nurses to sign up, the EACVI has reduced the membership fees by half.  “Membership is very important to us. There are many clever, fantastic specialists whose expertise we need to bring on board. We will try to involve more working groups in different countries,” Prof Edvardsen observes.

Another group of the imaging community that the EACVI wants to encourage to become members are the young imagers—or the “Heart Imagers of Tomorrow” (HIT), as the committee within the society is called. Prof. Edvardsen says that young members should be encouraged to join because “they want to be educated; they want to learn new things”. He adds that encouraging young members is also “very important” because “we need to see who will replace us and who will be the next leaders”. 

Given that an overarching goal of the EACVI is to focus on patient-centric care rather than imaging techniques—which is why the society is moving towards a more multimodal imaging approach—the society is also looking at ways to support patients as well as members. Prof. Edvardsen comments that he hopes within the next two years to oversee the launch of a patient website “so that patients can see what we are doing, and how all our imaging studies are working”.