“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.
“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”.
“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 theheart.org (French Edition) which you can read here in full, courtesy of theheart.org to which you can subscribe for free.
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