Since the inception of the EAPCI, a fellowship funding program, set up in partnership with industrial companies, has been available to young physicians who are seeking to enhance their interventional cardiology skills in centers with expertise in this field.
Although this program has elicited considerable enthusiasm amongst young cardiologists, the financial support offered by the industry has gradually dwindled to only two grants awarded this year. Despite its high-priority ranking among EAPCI’ activities, it appears this programme was not associated with enough visibility from the industry’s point of view.
In addition, the selection of potential fellows has been made exclusively by the EAPCI according to the quality of the applicants’ research projects; the selected candidates have been randomly assigned to an industrial partner. As a consequence, it has often resulted in a complete lack of convergence between the selected fellow’s project and the specific field of activity of the industrial sponsor. Moreover, this situation has often precluded any robust communication links from being established between fellows and their sponsors, both during their training period and completion of the fellowship.
In order to rekindle our partners’ interest, we have decided to enhance the visibility of our fellowship program, particularly during EuroPCR, and to create sub-specialties (structural, coronary, peripheral) so that our industrial partners may be given the possibility of ‘selecting’ a candidate with a specific project akin to their activity.
Furthermore and new this year, in collaboration with the WIN initiative, we have set up a fellowship program dedicated to women cardiologists.Applications are opened since October 2012, more than 50 Young Interventionalists contacted the EAPCI Office to apply. We hope that the reshaping of our program will help it to thrive and live up to the educational objectives of our association for the benefit of our younger colleagues.
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