One of the aims of the European Association of Percutaneous Cardiovascular Interventions (EAPCI) is to encourage and support the training of future interventional cardiologists.
In order to make heard the local educative needs from international countries and to bring information on useful educational activities to the national levels, EAPCI appointed active members of the interventional community to enhance the educational and professional growth of our “Young” members.
The EAPCI Young Committee was developed with the aspiration to make heard the needs and bring on the ideas, enthusiasm and experiences of interventional cardiology fellows and interventional cardiologists early in their careers, for the benefit of their young peers. Young Interventionalists’ main task is to act as a direct link between our Committee and the entirety of fellows of interventional cardiologists in their early career from your country, by actively participating in the promotion and organization of activities such as educational meetings, congresses, networking, and the development of training opportunities.
For countries with no appointed ambassadors, Interventional Working Groups have been approached and the nomination of one representative is on-going. Proposed representatives will be contacted in due course.
Stylianos Pyxaras: Group leader for EAPCI Young National Ambassadors
Maria Radu: EAPCI New Initiatives for Young Interventionalists committee co-chair for this initiative
Released on January 2016
How did the idea of the Young National Ambassadorship (YNA) arise?"The idea for this initiative derives from the unmet need to create a link between young interventional cardiologists that make part of a local national reality but may have no connections to the international interventional community. On the other hand, Young EAPCI looks forward to receive constructive feedback and ideas from young physicians, the latter being an invaluable resource in terms of productivity, enthusiasm and intelligence."
What will be the role of the YNA towards the National Interventional Working Groups?"We expect that each appointed YNA will enhance interaction between National Working Groups (WG) and Young EAPCI. Likewise, our committee looks forward to facilitate and actively contribute in initiatives, workshops and programs by and for the local young interventionalist communities. Communication and networking are the key concepts of this initiative."
How do you expect that it will improve the link between EAPCI and the interventional community in the ESC Members countries?The YNA incarnates the institutional entity that will act with enthusiasm and motivation to address educational and professional needs in terms of over-the-border networking and support of national activities, which may benefit from the cooperation with Young EAPCI. The whole concept aims to offer to each and every young interventionalist the opportunity to liaise with peers by having a reference point – the appointed YNA – as direct interlocutor. Intuitively, the active presence of YNA can greatly enhance the possibilities of professional growth and educational development, both in at the national and European level."
What are the qualities of an efficient YNA?"Communication skills, inherent knowledge of local realities, enthusiasm, will to promote the Young EAPCI mission for continuous educational growth and cooperation among young colleagues."
What would be the most important actions to start as a YNA?"In the beginning, it would be essential to get an overview of the different catheterization laboratories at the national level, and to identify their current fellows and interested mentors and supervisors. If not already existing at the national level, this will facilitate the formation of a national network of young interventionalists. Such a network would suggestively provide the basis for starting a discussion regarding the current educational situation in the respective country with the aim to identify the unmet needs of young interventionalists. Aided by the connection to the Young EAPCI via the YNA, the activities within the different national networks and that of the Young EAPCI committee, may mutually inspire one another on how to achieve new educational goals both at the local catheterization laboratory level, as well as at the international level."
What advice can you provide the newly appointed YNA?"In order to create a balanced national network among young peers, it is important to keep an open mind and make sure that everyone who is interested in participating is heard with respect to their concerns, needs and requests. At the same time, the YNA should aim to develop collaboration with the national interventional working group, striving to seek advice and support to address the identified needs. In addition, it would be of great advantage if the YNA stays up-to-date about various educational activities taking place both nationally and internationally, and is willing to share this information with the fellow colleagues."
How do you envision this initiative in 5 years from now?
"The role of the Young EAPCI is to provide a starting point for identifying the needs of young interventionalists by young interventionalists. In the five years that have passed since the creation of EAPCI Young Initiatives, this has already resulted in the organization of a number of educational activities in terms of tailored sessions at EuroPCR, and the demanded and appreciated annual EAPCI Fellows‘ Course. Seeing that such achievements are possible, more young interventionalists will hopefully be inspired to become involved in similar activities, where the YNA will be essential in organizing and facilitating this kind of work. In five years from now, we envisage that the mutual experiences that we expect to gain underway, will translate into active and stable national networks that support the growth of educational and professional activities, while at the same time allowing exchange of experience between young peers at the national and international level."
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