On 28 January 2013, the EAPCI launched an online survey for young (<35 years) cardiologists from ESC who previously expressed their interest in the interventional, with the aim of collecting their opinion and suggestions around the following topic: “How to address current challenges faced by young interventionalists”.
We received an impressive number of responses (148), higher than expected, reflecting the interest of the young community in discussing their unmet needs and interact with EAPCI. Such generous feedback is already serving as a basis for the preparation of the next EAPCI Summit, the yearly meeting of the national Working Groups operating in the 55 European Societies of Cardiology. This year the meeting will be dedicated to young interventionalists, and the results of the EAPCI survey will help us to articulate the discussions during the sessions and fit the participants’ expectations, with the ultimate goal of providing interventional fellows with tailored solutions.
The survey comprised several forms for open replies on different subjects (e.g., Training and Education, Clinical Research, Networking and Communication, Professional issues). This collection represented a unique opportunity to feel the pulse of the young cardiologists on problems that may be differently perceived at an older age or different level of experience. The complete results of the survey will be shared at the EAPCI Summit.
Here we report on a very short excerpt with a random selection of answers addressing the theme of career orientation in today’s reality. From these few and sharp comments you can perceive and understand the complexity of the problem and how much expectation and hope young people are placing on their mentors and senior advisers. This is an important responsibility, and EAPCI is committed to make sure that these instances do not go unheard.
I hope you can always keep an eye on young interventional cardiologists, helping us to be more in contact with other global young interventionists who are willing to share their knowledge;
It seems people keep opportunities to themselves, on a need to know basis. It is unclear how competitive sponsorship, grants and fellowships are and how good you would need to be to get one, it seems people who are already in the system do better and those that aren't are deprived of opportunity even if they may be clinically and academically just as good. It should be a meritocracy open to all;
I really appreciate the new trend in the EAPCI in devoting special interest for young interventional cardiologists. I need to attend international courses but I have financial difficulties... It will be great to find a way to offer reduced fees for us in Africa;
In this particular moment of European financial crisis, I feel that doors are closing for young interventionists. For other side, getting sponsor or financial support for congresses and courses is getting more and more difficult. I also think that there are too many courses and congresses without interest and the good presentations and courses are scattered. There is no time or money for all we would like to see. It's frustrating. Keep up the good work.
Interventional Cardiology is a close group where men are supported mostly. To be young woman and make a career in this field is practically unreal. Problems with diploma accept (for example if you are from Turkey) makes it even impossible.
The network of young practitioners is an emerging issue nowadays. The development of treatment strategies and PCI techniques is very quick and the training possibilities still are not accurate for young attending physicians. The network of young practitioners, who are motivated to perform international studies and registries, is needed, but for this we would need a possibility to have a better access to the best experts.
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