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Conference in Salamanca for medical students

Long standing experience of the Congress of Cardiology for medical students

The Congress of Cardiology for medical students held in Salamanca-Spain (known as CARES) has been celebrated in the month of May, for the last 19 years.

The sessions take place over three days (thirty hours of teaching) and the Congress is accredited by the University of Salamanca as a Special Training Course.

The fundamental objectives of the Congress are:

  • to convey to the student the importance of continuing education in their future professional practice,
  • to teach in a practical manner how to manage clinical cases, "teaching the job",
  • to transmit to students the importance of research in their future medical practice
  • and finally to encourage students to choose a specialty in Cardiology.

Each edition has a central theme (2013- “Therapeutic advances in cardiovascular diseases") around which the discussions and conferences are organized, involving professors of cardiology. In addition there are three clinical cases that are resolved interactively, four sessions used to communicate research conducted by students under the guidance of a teacher, and finally holds a CPR and AED workshop supported by the Escuela de Urgencias y Emergencias del Instituto de Estudios de Ciencias de la Salud de Castilla y León.

Students participate actively by presenting clinical cases, co-moderate with a professional oral communications sessions, participate in discussions of the communications sessions and in the debates following the presentations of conferences, and 15 of them make up the Organizing Committee.

The last edition have enrolled 340 students from 3rd and 4th year, attendance is mandatory and is controlled by a barcode reader. The students have presented 20 oral presentations and 6 of them have been honored as the best according to the criteria of the Scientific Committee.

The Chair of Cardiology  in Salamanca University Professor Cándido Martin Luengo, the creator of this great event, tells that his personal experience with the Congress is fully satisfactory, the participation and involvement with the students in this Congress have been the key to generate interest in enrolling in the successive editions, the students have responded very positively to this type of training and have recognized that they have lived an unforgettable experience and many of them would like to be a cardiologist among other things after knowing the different aspects of the specialty due to have attended this meeting.

Dr Rafael Vidal Pérez
CoT nucleus member, FESC
Santiago de Compostela (Spain)