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EACVI Training grants benefits

The EACVI Training Grants - the best way to:

  • Develop your academic skills
  • Broaden your career opportunities
  • Gain a unique experience to network outside your country
  • Contribute  to the enhancement of your country's academic standard upon return
  • Be awarded during our annual EACVI congress EuroEcho-Imaging

Why apply for an EACVI Training Grant?

Can you imagine dedicating entire half a year to an imaging technique you are most interested in? And learning it form the world leading experts? Not possible in your home institution I assume!

My story began with my passion to learn Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (CMR). I was a cardiologist in training in Slovenia and I was overwhelmed by echocardiography. However, I realized that when echo meets its limits CMR can provide a clue. Since CMR was not widely implemented in my country I decided to learn it abroad. With the help of EACVI training grant my dreams came true and I’ve spent incredible, intense six months in Bristol, UK. I gained a great amount of knowledge and experience in the field of CMR. Furthermore, I’ve met outstanding people, great experts and great friends. Finally, after finishing the training in CMR I got an opportunity to further broaden my knowledge in the field of multimodality cardiovascular imaging in Netherlands for a year. So, my career got an unforeseen and exciting spin. However, the plan to return to Slovenia and to start practicing CMR is my firm commitment, hopefully as a better imager and a better cardiologist!

Did my story convince you to apply for a EACVI training grant?


Tomaz Podlesnikar

EACVI HIT Committee member 2016-2018 & HIT Ambassador for Slovenia

It was a great honour for me to be awarded an EACVI Training Grant and spend six month at the Department of Cardiac, Thoracic and Vascular Sciences at the University of Padua (Italy). My training supervised by Professor Luigi P. Badano gave me a lifetime chance to enhance and develop new skills in three-dimensional echocardiography and deformation imaging within a busy clinical and research environment.

Saying that EACVI Training Grant was an important step in my professional development would be an underestimate. It opened new horizons for me and significantly changed my way of thinking both clinically and researchwise and also allowed to learn how new technologies could be implemented in my home country. It helped me to gain confidence so I was successfully passed theoretical exam and prepared clinical cases for obtaining EACVI Accreditation in TTE. Overall it was a great opportunity to establish professional links with colleagues from many countries and also motivated me to apply for new research grants; this has later materialized in the ESC Research Grant 2015.


Elena Surkova

EACVI HIT Ambassador 2016-2018 for Russia