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Since it began in 2014, the Heart Failure Specialists of Tomorrow (HoT) community has gone from strength to strength. HoT has almost 1,000 members from 60 countries across all continents and 38 countries have their own national HoT representative group. Anyone who is 40 years old or under, a member of HFA and a professional in training (cardiologist, basic researcher, clinical researcher, nurse, physiotherapist or other professional) or a student aiming to become one of these professionals is most welcome to join.
Professor Ewa A Jankowska (Wroclaw Medical University and University Hospital, Wroclaw, Poland), one of the HoT founders and its current coordinator, explains some of the benefits of being part of the HoT community.
The HFA has special membership fees for HoT members. With HFA Silver membership at a reduced fee, HoT members can access HFA online education modules, the online version of the European Journal of Heart Failure, Heart Failure Congress slides and educational materials. HoT members can also apply for travel grants to enable them to attend annual Heart Failure Congresses. Prof. Jankowska explains, “HFA made available 200 travel grants (€400 each, including free registration) for Heart Failure 2019, prioritising those who are likely to have less income and lower chances to find financial support, people of younger age, from low- and middle-income countries and non-physicians. We are happy to provide this support to allow as many young members as possible the opportunity to attend, to learn, to interact with peers and experts in heart failure and to get involved with the HFA and its activities.”
“Joining HoT provides a range of activities and initiatives designed to develop expertise and competence in heart failure and to help career advancement in this field.”
There are several special HoT events at Heart Failure 2019 including the HFA Career Cafe, Young Investigator Award sessions, clinical case presentations and moderated poster sessions.
The HoT Walk will take place on Monday. The guided walk of approximately 3.5 kilometres will start at 18:00 from the venue and will take in one of the most famous and historic sights of Athens, the Acropolis. Prof. Jankowska encourages people to participate: “In recent years, hundreds of nurses, students, scientists, physicians, patients and relatives have walked through the old town in Florence, around the streets of Paris and through the Prater area in Vienna—some really interesting conversations about current heart failure treatments and innovations were had on the move.”
HoT activities are not just restricted to Heart Failure Congresses but are ongoing in many National Heart Failure Societies. HoT members in different countries together with leaders of National Heart Failure Societies organise their own networking and educational meetings and also contribute to the HFA activities led nationally, such as ESC/HFA Registry, HFA Atlas and the Heart Failure Awareness Days.
Prof. Jankowska describes how the HFA has developed a new annual award programme for the most active HoT groups within National Heart Failure Societies. In recognition of their activities, the first award for 2018 was given to Spain who received a €1,000 prize; Lebanon, Turkey and Poland were runners up and each received €500. Applications for the current year’s award will open in August 2019.
Also, since the 2018–2020 term, the HFA has introduced the rule that each HFA committee and study group should contain at least one representative from the HoT community. Here, both sides benefit: young people learn from the experts’ experience and experts are enriched by youth’s fresh and creative ideas.
Young clinicians can also attend the Clinical Trialists Summer School programme—in this, its third, year the event will be held in Montenegro in June. These courses aim to provide initial training in clinical investigation for young heart failure specialists. They are based on interactive sessions and practical workshops, for example how to design a clinical trial and how to interpret its results, led by world-renowned expert trialists.
A new HoT Facebook group is another way to keep in touch and to receive updates on courses, congresses, grants, webinars, networking events and other opportunities and initiatives designed by and for the HoT community.
“Involvement in the HoT initiative helps our younger members connect with each other and more readily learn from experts and colleagues,” says Prof. Jankowska. “We are committed to encouraging the younger generation in our speciality and promoting excellence at any level of experience. Please do join our community and take advantage of the many benefits of the Heart Failure Specialists of Tomorrow group.”
More information on activities can be found on the HoT webpage: www.escardio.org/The-ESC/ESCYoung-Community/Heart-failurespecialists-Of-Tomorrow.
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