CathGo is an online tool launched during EuroPCR 2013 that will provide young interventionalists with a list of centers matching their professional and geographic wills accross ESC Member Countries. This is also a way to promote centers willing to host a fellow. Interested Fellows, in particular those willing to apply to EAPCI Training & Research grants programmes, can search for centres based on different filters (i.e country, techniques available, number of procedures...).
When the Young meet the Seniors...
Dr Davide Capodanno is a Researcher and Interventional Cardiologist in Ferrarotto Hospital, University of Catania (Italy). He is co-chair of the New Initiatives for Young Interventionalists Committee (NIFYI) of the EAPCI. CathGo has been developed under his leadership.
Could you present us CathGo?
CathGo is the EAPCI search engine of training opportunities. In other words, it is a database of European centers that are willing to host young fellows for dedicated training in interventional cardiology and/or research. By accessing the CathGo website, the applicant can consult the database and restrict his/her research based on a range of filters, including the number and type of procedures performed in each center, the hosting country and the language required. Once selected the center of interest, the system provide more specific information and finally to the contact details to apply for the fellowship.
How this idea occurred to you?
As part of the EAPCI NIFYI Committee Program, we identified promotion of international mobility as one of our main goals. This was an unmet need that came directly form the young community. On one side, we know that many fellows have difficulty when selecting the center where they want to spend their fellowship period: the most renowned centers have a long waiting list, or the contact persons are unknown, or important information to drive a conscious choice are lacking. On the other side, many less renowned centers would like to attract fellows for increasing their visibility and have a help in their daily practice, including research activities. We have just come up with an idea to facilitate this mutual exchange.
Dr Stelios Pyxaras is a Young Interventional Cardiologist recently awarded by the EAPCI Fellowship Programme. Born in Greece and rich of several experiences abroad, he will reach Germany (Gemeinschaftskrankenhaus Bonn, St Petrus) for a fellowship on the "role of von Willebrand factor and ADAMTS-13 in patients with aortic stenosis undergoing TAVI".
I was lucky enough to have clear the ideas regarding finding a fellowship and this facilitated the entire process.
Interesting tool that may help tremendously the effort of young cardiologists on achieving clinical competence in interventional cardiology.
Helps to get in contact and realize different realities that otherwise are difficult to assess by distance.
Prof Adam Witkowski, FESC, is a Senior Cardiologist, Director of the Interventional Cardiology & Angiology Department at the Institute of Cardiology of Warsaw (Poland). He is the co-chair of the Fellowship Committee of the EAPCI.What is your opinion about CathGo?
I am convinced that CathGo is a very important EAPCI initiative and a well-designed tool to simplify the contact between young fellows looking for training/research fellowships and centers with experienced operators and scientific activities. This is relatively easy with CathGo to find a hospital which fit to expectations. Of course personal contacts are important as well.
Is your centre included in the database?
Yes, Institute of Cardiology in Warsaw is included in this database.
How your centre and the fellows could benefit from this tool?
Fellows may select my center especially if they want to learn how to diagnose and treat patients with acute coronary syndromes, valvular and structural heart diseases. We can also offer the possibility to join ongoing research programs or together designed a new research. Center obviously may benefit from the professional and research activity of young people.
Want to have your centre listed?
CathGo is an on-going project, therefore you're always on time if you are interested! If so, please contact us or submit your e-form here.
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