I took officially the presidency of the European Association of Percutaneous Cardiovascular Interventions (EAPCI) already 5 months ago and am pleased to inform you about the following achievements:
January 30th was the deadline for submission of applications for Research and Training Fellowships in Interventional Cardiology. Since this activity was established in 2003 by the Working Group in Interventional Cardiology under the leadership of Prof Antoine Lafont, around 70 European young cardiologists (below 36 years of age) have been offered the opportunity to spend one year doing research or clinical work in a foreign centre. My opinion is that this has been our most important achievement to create a European interventional community, made of really active individuals who feel and think as Europeans. We have acknowledged the work done by Professor Lafont who chaired the EAPCI Fellowship Committee for the past 4 years and welcome the new Chair, Prof Michael Haude, who will ensure fair evaluation of the applications by an international panel. This year the announcement during EuroPCR will see the former fellows sharing their experience with newly appointed fellows to ensure they benefit the most of this opportunity.
The slides of the 4th European Interventional Cardiology Fellows Course, London 2009 are now available online. The course covered the key subjects of the Core Syllabus of Interventional Cardiology published in 2005 in EuroIntervention. In this edition, we added a 2 hour test following the model of the ABIM exam of Interventional Cardiology: our fellows scored highly after having listened to updated reviews of the critical aspects of interventional cardiology given by experienced dedicated lecturers.
We invite all Fellows (and not only, we senior also need an update every now and then) to visit the website and, if they can, participate in the next edition, held in the prestigious Royal College of Physicians near Regent's Park.
As in the previous year, we need to continue to submit good interventional work to the ESC congress. The deadline for Abstracts is 14 February and I would like to encourage you to submit your latest research for ESC Congress 2010!
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