The EAPCI core curriculum for interventional cardiology was endorsed to ensure excellence in interventional cardiology and is based on three pillars: Knowledge, skills and professional development. Knowledge and skills are fundamental to guarantee high quality standards in daily clinical practice, whereas professional development and research ensure excellence and are of pivotal importance for novel evidence and medical advancements. It is therefore an absolute necessity to raise and support the interest of young cardiologists in research.
In the vast majority of cases the impetus for research is to get a clinical training or research as part of the duty. The genuine interest in research and novelty or the motivation to actively shape the future of the specialty is rare but enthusiasm and personal commitment are critical for the sustainability of research and medical progress.
A solid financial basis is an absolute requirement in research and needed to be independent. Main sources of funding are the industry, project-related or personal-related grants on a national basis as well as funding from scientific communities or international public authorities. Although industrial funding is easier to achieve, a minimum of competitive funding from either national or international sources is necessary to guarantee independence. Given the limited financial resources, applications of young researchers are very likely to fail. Peers look for credibility reflected by sustained success and coherent research in a distinct field. It is therefore pivotal for young researchers to cooperate with well recognised specialists to be successful with their applications and achieve a sufficient financial basis for their work.
A platform for research centres willing to serve as a host seems to be most promising. Centres should be asked to post their research interests, outcomes as well as collaborators and former fellows at that platform. Moreover, they should post their expectations on fellows (e.g. minimum of experience, funding, research plan). Former research fellows should be asked to share their experience using the platform of young Interventional Cardiologists and to discuss pros and cons of a research stay in distinct sessions during meetings. Already implemented how-to-sessions should be continued and extended (e.g. how-to write a grant application, a research plan) and fellows should have the opportunity of a clinical position after their research fellowship.
Finally, all efforts should help to carry out the EAPCI mission statement on research:
The EAPCI offers each year several grants, including for people interested in research. During EuroPCR 2013, 5 candidates have been awarded and will receive 25,000€.Read more about the EAPCI Fellowship programme.Read more about the EAPCI Summit 2013.
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