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Interview with Dr Jean Fajadet

Chair of the EAPCI International Affairs and National Societies Committee 2009-2011 and EAPCI President-Elect

EAPCI Activities are split over 8 committees: Web & Communication, Databases and Registries, Scientific Programme, International Affairs and National Societies, Education, Fellowship, Training and Clinical Research. Each have a well defined mission. 

Jean FajadetThis quarter, find out more about the role and objectives of the EAPCI International Affairs and National Societies Committee through the interview of its Chairman, Dr Jean Fajadet:

"My wish is that EAPCI becomes one of the largest and strongest Associations of the ESC"

 What is the role of your committee within EAPCI?

The EAPCI International Affairs and National Societies Committee has two major roles:

  • The first one is to promote EAPCI in Europe and to strenghten the relationships between the different Interventional Working Groups. We aim at creating a real European network where members can share, exchange, discuss and participate in the EAPCI activities.
  • The second one is to liaise with the different interventional cardiology associations or societies worldwide and to develop long-term relationships.

Which are the objectives and initiatives planned by your Committee during his term?

  • The first objective of the committee during this two-year term is to keep on promoting the association in Europe and to increase the number of members. The association is one of the youngest and it is really important to increase its visibility.

  • Secondly, we also want to stimulate and make the cardiologists aware about the different possibilities they have to actively participate in the EAPCI activities and contribute to its development.  I am particularly thinking of the EuroPCR meeting, EuroIntervention journal, Stent for Life Initiative, Training and Education programme, Registries…

  • The third objective is to ensure a high representation of the EAPCI in Europe. Our aim is to organise a joint session between EAPCI and the Working group/National Society during each official congress, to give an update on EAPCI activities.

How do you see the involvement of the National Societies and/or Interventional Working Groups members?

  • National Societies and Working Groups have always been involved in EuroPCR, the official course of the Association. Since many years, they have had the opportunity to organise joint sessions with another working group on a similar topic. This year again, the Presidents have been invited to add their input and contribute to the construction of the EuroPCR programme. This initiative has been well-received and showed the interest of the National Societies to share their ideas and opinions.
  • We also encourage members to take part in the different submission opportunities offered either by EuroIntervention Journal or EuroPCR (abstracts, call for clinical cases …).
  • Stent for Life is also an initiative that requires the contribution and help of the National Societies to reach its goals. Many actions are led in the different countries and the involvement of the National Societies is essential to their achievements.
  • I also invite the National Societies/Working groups to contact EAPCI if they feel that any ideas, suggestions on clinical research, education and training programme could be interesting at a European level. Proposals will be discussed and examined by the Executive Board and if accepted, EAPCI will make all endeavours to implement them.

Do you have a specific message you would like to address to the audience?

I would like to encourage all cardiologists who have a special interest in the field of cardiovascular disease to join the Association by registering in the website. We count on the National Societies and Working groups to increase the association awareness at the European level. My wish is that EAPCI becomes one of the largest and strongest Associations of the ESC.