Table 1. New initiatives for young interventionalists.
P. A. Calvert
N. Gonzalo Lopez
Gregory Ducrocq: Interventionalists have a lengthy curriculum and training and we wanted to provide innovative tools to accompany them along their long path. To do this, we have chosen to work by developing along two different axes as Davide Capodanno said above. In detail, they would be:
Davide Capodanno: This link with EuroPCR is a natural and strong one. The EuroPCR goal to “disseminate the essence above and beyond the annual Course” is something we take seriously and, by definition, fellows and younger interventionalists are the privileged recipients of this opportunity. The NIFYI Committee thus feels a strong partnership with EuroPCR, working together with many of the senior colleagues of the PCR family to highlight unmet needs of the younger interventional community; proposing and developing, as well, dedicated solutions.
EuroIntervention is of central importance as well, with this journal being seen as closest to the world of fellows and young interventional cardiologists, due to its dedication to training resources, hot topics relevant to contemporary practice and free-of-charge dissemination via the most modern technologies available (i.e., the iPad and the dedicated, content-rich and continually updated website). The NIFYI Committee seeks to participate in the growing success of the EuroIntervention by promoting submissions, as well as committing to encourage increasing peer review among fellows.
There is a clear role for the EAPCI, and for myself as President, in supporting and facilitating such initiatives as the NIFYI, which is one of the most important projects our association is engaged in today. We are confident that the best way to encourage innovation in education for young interventionalists is by involving them in the implementation of educational solutions that are developed by them and for them, and as you can see for yourself from the above, our young interventionalists have made great strides since this initiative was first announced.
But it is not just for the young interventionalists that we are doing this, it is for ourselves and for our future patients as well; this committee represents the future of interventional cardiology. Its members, and the junior cardiologists it helps succeed on their professional paths, are the European KOL’s of tomorrow. What better goal can any association have than to ensure, in this positive, constructive, participatory and interactive fashion, its longevity and the quality of its future membership.
Today we have the power of preparing for our future – of working with our successors – and through the NIFYI initiative, I think you will agree, we have done just that.
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