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ESC Cardiologists of Tomorrow at ACC Congress 2012

Members of Cardiologists of Tomorrow were invited to participate to the Acute Cardiac Care Congress in Istanbul. A specific session was organised on 22 October 2012 which was a great success! Read below the article written by Dr Upasana Tayal (London, England) who presented a case during the session

It is with a great amount of pride that I write about my experiences attending this year’s Acute Cardiovascular Care Conference (ACCA) in Istanbul in October.

This year, ACCA invited the ESC Cardiologists of Tomorrow group to organise a session of its own, entitled ‘Challenging Cases in Cardiogenic Shock’. On behalf of the nucleus, Dr Janine Pöss (Germany) made a call for cases through the leaders of the national young cardiologist organisations of the ESC National Cardiac Societies. Entries were received from many countries and the best of these cases were selected for presentation.

We were scheduled to speak at the very last session on the very last day of the busy 3 day conference, so to our pleasant surprise, the room was packed with enthused delegates. They asked many probing questions, they challenged the management of some of the cases and offered valuable insights from their own experiences. This high level of interactivity made this session particularly memorable and rewarding for both speakers and audience members alike.

To start with, Dr Angela Canteli from Spain presented a case of cardiogenic shock related to acute myocardial infarction in a young patient. Dr Canteli works at the Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplant Unit in the University Hospital Marques de Valdecilla in Santander. To follow, Dr Georg Fuernau from Germany, presented a case of acute myocardial infarction complicated by severe aortic stenosis and cardiogenic shock. Dr Fuernau is currently training in interventional cardiology and works at the University of Leipzig Heart Centre. Commenting on his experiences, Dr Fuernau clearly appreciated the interactivity of the session, saying, "I liked the talks in the session, especially the open and extensive discussions about the cases"

Finally, I presented a case of cardiogenic shock secondary to giant cell myocarditis. I am a cardiology registrar in London and the case was from when I was working in the Cardiac Transplantation Unit at Harefield Hospital, London. Having the opportunity to present at an international conference at such an early stage in my career was an incredible experience and I am very thankful to ACCA for giving the Cardiologists of Tomorrow this opportunity.

On behalf of the ESC Cardiologists of Tomorrow nucleus, I would like to extend our thanks to ACCA and especially Prof. Christiaan Vrints, Prof. Peter Clemmensen, Dr. Iwan Van Der Horst and Dr Suzanna Price for their support. I would absolutely encourage other trainees to apply next year, it’s a fantastic experience!