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Reflecting on two years of "Paper of the Month"

Coming up for two years ago, the ESC Working Group on Thrombosis (WGT) "Paper of the Month" scheme was launched. 

The "Paper of the Month" was created in part as a response to the shutdown of in-person meetings due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Then, in its early stages, it facilitated another avenue of communication between the members of the WGT.

Each month, a notable recent and relevant paper is chosen from the thrombosis literature by a junior member of the WGT, who summarises and produces a short commentary. This is then greatly complemented by a second commentary, written by a senior WGT member.

The viewpoints can be compared, contrasted and used to gain great insight into the paper’s importance and implications for the field. I have had the honour of choosing and commenting on two papers since the scheme launched, finding it a very enriching experience.

The papers I have commented on are of clinical interest, but other colleagues have focussed on more basic science-orientated topics. Dr Heleen van Beusekom, Communications Officer for the WGT, should be credited with launching and maintaining such an enlightening series.

If you are a junior member of the WGT and are interested in becoming involved in the ‘Paper of the Month’, then please contact Will Parker, Vice-Chair WGT Young Researchers.