Advanced Cardiovascular Intervention (ACI) is the British Cardiovascular Intervention Society’s (BCIS) main annual meeting held each January at the London Hilton Metropole.
This year the three day conference packed in an impressive selection of lectures, live cases, breakout sessions and case discussions.
Besides from the excellent educational sessions that all interventionalists benefited from, there were several features of this congress specifically designed for the young practitioner.
Firstly, there was the Angio Review Sessions, where young interventionalists had the opportunity to present their cases in front of the audience for the gratification of all involved. These sessions were not only hugely popular, but sharing of cases proved highly educational, especially for those starting in their career.
Next, there was the Young Investigators Award Session. Here the best research by young interventionalists was show-cased in front of an expert audience and a panel of judges. This year, there was a very high calibre of research presented with some of the work recently published in the Lancet. However, the highlight was the session on Wednesday evening dedicated to young interventionalists entitled “from trainee to consultant: the defining years of your career”. A large audience of trainees gathered to hear presentations and discussions on a range of topics including “what makes a good interventionalist”, “how to get a job”, “life in surgical v non-surgical centres” and “EAPCI YOUNG: what can it do for you?”
ACI is a meeting full of educational opportunities for all, but it is particularly beneficial for the young interventionalist. This, combined with the substantial discount that trainees get on the registration fees means that the annual BCIS ACI congress has much to offer the YOUNG community.
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