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Working together: advancement in career orientation

Workshop moderated by As. Prof Christoph K. Naber and Dr Guillaume Schurtz - EAPCI Summit 2013

Workshop 5 - "Working together: advancement in career orientation"

A report from Guillaume Schurtz

A multiple objectives workshop

The first objective was to understand the unique features of different career options available in interventional cardiology and to learn how to find the place that best suits the abilities and plans of young fellows.

Secondly, we reflected on general basics of decision making throughout a career in interventional cardiology.

A lot of available career options

It can be an academic career coupling activity in intervention but also research ; working in a high specialized centre (public or private) in coronary artery disease (CAD), structural heart disease or peripheral disease ; broader in clinical cardiology and intervention….but also choose an orientation in industry.

Many resources exist for making choices and help them. The European Society of Cardiology (ESC) and European Association of Percutaneous Intervention (EAPCI) websites allow to obtain numerous useful information in particular CathGo, a unique feature that will be launched after the EuroPCR congress to provide mobility and training.

CathGo is a search tool to screen and identify European centres offering training opportunities filtered by personal needs and expectations. It seems necessary to create a new specialized resource on the current website to provide specific information for career orientation.

Another great resource is to meet people and experts in congress like EuroPCR or EAPCI and discuss about fellow’s opportunities in Europe.

Young interventional cardiologists may ask themselves a lot of important questions. How to choose the type of centre to practice? Requirements of specific diplomas to validate the fellowship? How or if to start research? How or if to become a fellow home or abroad? How or if to find a job abroad and how to come back later in their own country? How to get a touch or a feel of interventional cardiology? How to get connected with peers and industry? Is a career in industry an alternative option?

To conclude...

Answers to all of these questions are of course country specific. There are many centres in Europe potentially offering great interventional and research opportunities and willing to attract young fellows from abroad. This is going to be facilitated soon by the CathGo. The ultimate goal would be to create a kind of "Trip Advisor" to help fellows in their career opportunities.

With all these Internet information, the existence of international fellow courses, numerous congress (ESC Congress, EuroPCR, national conferences) and the creation of a Trip Advisor-like tool, young interventional cardiologists find help easier and advises to choose the best suitable career orientation.

Discover CathGo.

Read more about the EAPCI Summit 2013.