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First time imaging specialist to head the French Cardiac Society

Professor Pascal Guéret, FESC, Head of the Cardiology department at the University Hospital Henri-Mondor in Créteil (Paris), was elected president of the French Society of Cardiology (SFC) during the SFC congress in Paris last January.

“The SFC must represent all key players in cardiology. Without necessarily expecting compensation in return, we must unite and expand, including cardiologists from universities and general hospitals, practicing cardiologists, researchers, young cardiologists in training... and of course the French Federation of Cardiology (FFC), which has already been closely associated with the SFC for the past two years”

“With this perspective in mind, my predecessors have involved the general hospitals in the setting up of registries. I wish to take this further, ensuring extensive adherence and the possibility to be elected at the Board. I am in fact in favour that the Board should include the whole spectrum of cardiologists.

SFC Congress in Paris in Feb. 08 

“I shall continue the efforts to reactivate and support clinical research in France. The research units must be reinforced by making available assistance, methodology and biostatical advice, assistance in English edition, etc.. Also, we are working with the FFC on a project, which will allow fundraising not only from private industries, but also from associations, insurance companies and individual citizens. The project has been delayed, but the foundation should be established in 2008”.

“The SFC has recently created a group of “cardiologists in training” (interns, head-of-clinics and general hospital assistants). Each region has its own representation office, and the idea is to offer means to participate in working groups and allow for a dedicated forum of expression.”

“In the area of publications, the French language journal “Les Archives des Maladies du Coeur et des Vaisseaux” has a relatively low impact factor and has difficulties attracting articles from the younger generation. The SFC has therefore decided to terminate this publication and replace it with two other journals, both edited by Elsevier-Masson:

  • An English language journal, “Archives of Cardiovascular Diseases”, mainly for publication of original articles. The editorial committee is headed by Ariel Cohen as Editor-in-Chief.
  • A French language journal “Archives Pratiques” oriented towards continued medical education headed by Editor-in-Chief Jean-Yves Artigou.

“As it is already the case with other specialties, the SFC is keen to contribute to the internship period increase to five years instead of 4, and create additional diplomas to validate complimentary studies in specialties such as pacing, interventional cardiology, paediatric cardiology. This seems necessary in order to balance things out.

“I will also continue my endeavours to cooperate more closely with allied professions such as radiology. Already two years ago, we created a working group combining cardiologists and radiologists from university and general hospitals, as well as practicing cardiologists. This scientific collaboration has become crucial especially in the process of endorsing new techniques. Currently, a study which aims at validating the EVA-SCAN coronary scanner is taking place. It has also been necessary to further develop education towards a slice imaging diploma in cardiovascular disease launched in 2006, in a balanced way between the two specialties.

Last but not least, the SFC must by all means reinforce the French representation in the ESC, and increase the participation of French cardiologists in the nucleus of the ESC working groups and the various committees.

Based on a translation from an article in (French Edition) which you can read here in full, courtesy of to which you can subscribe for free.