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After graduation at a German-French school, I accomplished my medical studies at the Saarland University in Homburg/Saar in 2007. During my studies, I enjoyed spending time abroad. Besides studying for one year in Perugia (Italy) with the ERASMUS exchange programme, I spent several months in France (Nice), Canada (Toronto) and Switzerland (Basel). Since 2008, I work as a resident in the department of cardiology (director: Professor Michael Böhm) and I am currently in the fifth year of cardiology training. Over the years, acute cardiac care has become my main fields of interest. I am the chair of the German National Young Group (German Chapter of Young Cardiologists) and nucleus member of the ESC Cardiologists of Tomorrow (COT).
For me, spending time abroad, speaking other languages and connecting with people from different countries have always been important and throughout my studies, I invested time in order to realize this. I am very happy to get the possibility to apply and to further extend my experience and skills as being part of the COT. Major aims of the COT are to provide excellence in training and education and to create a networking platform for all young cardiologists throughout the ESC countries. The ESC provides us with many interesting offers regarding educational tools like webinars, textbooks and grants. We are implicated in different ESC committees and have the great opportunity to play active parts in the creation and moderation of the programme for the ESC congress. Thus, we are involved in the society and get to know its structure very early. By the creation of young groups within the different ESC associations, we hope to promote excellent young specialists in the different fields of cardiology. So, being part of the COT combines the great experience of building international networks with young peers and the opportunity of having targeted support in the specific area of interest.
Acute cardiac care is a fascinating, interesting but also challenging subspecialty for young cardiologists. Since it encompasses many different fields of cardiology, it requires broad clinical knowledge. More than in other fields of cardiology, a good multi-disciplinary cooperation is mandatory for becoming a good clinician in acute cardiac care. A major offer by which ACCA could help young cardiologists is to provide them optimal educational tools. Grants could be very valuable for supporting excellent young specialists in this area. Networking and personal exchange between the young peers is crucial and should be promoted as much as possible, for example by organizing sessions and informal meetings during the congresses. One major tool to realize this and to create a sense of community would be the creation of a young ACCA group. This group could be integrated within the different organs of the association and help ACCA to get more implication from younger colleagues.
As many of the COT are young colleagues with little clinical experience, the condensed acquiesce of clinically relevant knowledge and skills is crucial for them. Thereby, finding the optimal educational way of presenting the topics will be more important than the topics themselves. In my opinion, the ESCeL platform is a very promising tool in this regard and will certainly be very interesting for the young community.
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