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Nucleus Meeting Report - Paris 2011

The following issues were discussed:

  • We are delighted to announce that that one hundred and forty-four new members joined the Working Group on Cardiovascular Surgery in the year 2011.
  • In addition, a positive trend was observed in the number of the national cardiac societies endorsing the 2010 ESC/EACTS guidelines on myocardial revascularization. However our Working Group recognized that while this has been done by 29 European Societies of Cardiology only 4 Cardiothoracic Societies have done so. We are asking EACTS to write to all European Societies of CT surgery to endorse the guidelines which only takes a few minutes to do electronically.
  • Our Working Group also recognizes that  a greater effort is certainly necessary to further speed up this process by promoting multidisciplinary team working in cardiovascular interventions. For this purpose, a short questionnaire is being prepared to be used for a European Survey through CTSnet on the implementation of the myocardial revascularization guidelines and multidisciplinary team approach in cardiovascular disease. This survey will be the basis for a  new Working Group position paper entitled “how to promote multidisciplinary team working for cardiovascular interventions”.
  • During the year 2011 the Working Group played an important role in writing/reviewing several ESC guidelines. However, there is a general agreement about the fact that the Working Group efforts in this important task need to be further increased. 
  • From a scientific point of view, four sessions of the ESC 2011 Meeting were organized by the Working Group on CV surgery and several proposals are being discussed before being submitted for the 2012 ESC Congress.
  • In terms of educational purposes, one of the most important aims of the Working Group will be offering training periods in specific excellence Institutions to trainees who compete for a dedicated grant.
  • Finally a decision is to be made about scheduling the next Working Group meeting in January 2012.