Wessex Cardiology Trainees

Advance Notice: Training Days 2013

The official Wessex training days for 2013 are being finalised by Paul Kalra. In the meantime, please note the following, and arrange for clinical cover and clinics to be cancelled as appropriate for the SpRs taking over from your post.
As always, the themed speciality training days are open to all. 
 
January - Evening meeting, likely advanced HF with speaker from Harefield ie VADs and TX - date TBC

February 5th - Marriott Portsmouth Medtronic hands on programming around ICD: indications, implant and 'emergency out of hrs follow up'

April 23rd - South Coast HF Meeting - Poole

Shape of Training Review - BJCA Evidence Submission

The "Shape of Training Review" is the next potential big reorganisation of specialty training. Some of the changes under consideration would make this potentially even bigger than MMC. It is essential that we try to stay fully engaged with the process to ensure our views as cardiology trainees are fully considered in any new training infrastructure.

Afzal Sohaib,  BJCA secretary, is collecting input from trainees in order to coordinate a formal response from the BJCA.

There is a "call for evidence" process underway on www.shapeoftraining.co.uk. Sohaib has put together a summary document outlining the key points that will affect us. If you can have a look and email me with any thoughts, I will feedback a summary of responses.

With best wishes,

James

BJCA Courses and Education: Heart Failure

The 5th BSH Heart Failure Day Training and Revalidation
7 February 2013
Wellcome Collection Conference Centre, London

This training day has been designed to meet the educational needs of the heart failure component of the core curriculum in cardiovascular medicine, as well as the needs for advanced training in heart failure. It will provide an in-depth discussion around particularly challenging and often controversial management issues that will be relevant to trainees.

The programme and application form is available here. Note the travel grant available if you apply by 17th January 2013.


Heart Failure training day Birmingham 12/12/12


This is promising to be a very good update in heart failure management. There are 25 places left for Cardiology SpRs from other deaneries if you are interested in attending. There is booking fee of £50 that is refundable on attending the course. In case of a no Show the cheques will be cashed by the West Midlands deanery. Please send cheques with your name to the address below
 
 
If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us.

Kind Regards;

Angie Ghattas and Kully Sandhu
StR4s West Midlands Deanery
Birmingham

Email for Correspondence: info@cardiotrain.org
Address for Correspondence:
West Midlands Cardiology training
Office 514
27 Colmore Row
Birmingham
B3 2EW

Hampshire Heart Failure Group Meeting - January 23rd 2013

Dear All,

The rearranged Hampshire Heart Failure Group meeting is being held on Wednesday 23rd January 2013 at the Winchester Hotel, Worthy Lane, Winchester, SO23 7AB.

This meeting, Dr Cowburn will talk about Ultrafiltration.

As always, you are encouraged to bring along any heart failure case studies for discussion.

The meeting is open to all, and trainees are especially welcome. There is no fee as the event is sponsored by an educational grant from Servier Laboratories. 

Please confirm attendance by 14th December to leanne.lord@uk.netgrs.com

Please see this invite for further details.

Outcomes from STC meeting 28th September

DATES FOR 2013

ARCP dates - Friday 06/09/13 and Tuesday 10/9/13 - with a year's notice the Deanery will not accept any trainee being on annual leave/aboard during these two days.

Round 1 Interview Dates - 15th and 16th April 2013

Training Days
Local training days have become less frequent than previous years and hence the attendance has been less. It has been proposed that training days occur once every month with the exception of August and December. National training days will still be included into our training program but we have requested local training days sub-specialty based (ie ACHD, Imaging, HF, Devices, EP). Dr Farrell will feed this back to Dr Kalra and a template has been drawn up.

Fellow Posts
The STC members are aware that the number of intra-deanery Fellow posts is increasing and are keen to govern these in the next year. Dr Farrell is hoping to meet with Consultants from individual hospitals to set core criteria (ie level of entry) into a subspecialty fellow post. The aim of this is not undermine the general cardiology ST training in years ST3-ST5.

ePortfolio
A number of Trainees still attended their ARCP without completing the necessary parts to the e-portfolio. If you have any questions regarding your e-portfolio please ask a)your supervisor b)a fellow ST trainee c)deanery d)e-portfolio or there is a you tube video and "how to use the portfolio". Please remember to "link" your assessments and ask you supervisor to open your MSF.

Rotation Date & Sub-Specialty Training
A number of trainees have raised the issue of the January rotation date resulting in reduced sub-specialty training for those with an August CCT date. There are no plans to alter the date to August. The main sub-specialties with concerns re: duration of sub-specialty training are those procedure based (ie PCI or devices). It has been proposed that a trainee commencing a January rotation at ST5 should in preparation for becoming ST6 in August, make plans with their educational supervisor to help start the sub-speciality training. The STC members believe procedure based sub-specialty training may still require fellowship posts.

Trainee Feedback
Dr John Paisey has asked Sam Fitzsimmons and James Rosengarten to take on the trainee feedback for next year. The aim is to improve the numbers who reply by removing the Consultant input.

Any questions please contact Sam Fitzsimmons at sjgroves@hotmail.com

Thanks

Sam

CANCELLED Hampshire Heart Failure Group Meeting - Wednesday 7th November

Due to conflict with the BHF conference, this meeting has been postponed until January. Further details to follow.

CANCELLED Hampshire Heart Failure Group Meeting - Wednesday 7th November

Dear All,

The next Hampshire Heart Failure Group meeting is being held on Wednesday 7th November at the Winchester Hotel, Worthy Lane, Winchester, SO23 7AB.

This meeting, Dr Cowburn will talk about Ultrafiltration.

As always, you are encouraged to bring along any heart failure case studies for discussion.

The meeting is open to all, and trainees are especially welcome. There is no fee as the event is sponsored by an educational grant from Servier Laboratories.  

Please confirm attendance by 26th October to leanne.lord@uk.netgrs.com

Please see this invite for further details.

BJCA Courses and Education: Core Curriculum

YDF Lipid Course 2012
1 November 2012
Royal College of Physicians

For further information on the programme and registration, please visit the YDF website.

This is aimed primarily at SpRs who will have to treat patients with dyslipidaemia, but who aren't necessarily primarily lipidologists, eg cardiologists and endocrinologists. The course is free including lunch.

BJCA Courses and Education


CRY International Conference 2012 - Cavendish Conference Centre, London

12 October 2012 Sports Cardiology: From Theory to Practice
13 October 2012 Diagnosis and Management of Inherited Cardiovascular Diseases

There is no delegate fee to attend this conference.
For further information on the programme and registration visit the CRY website.

Cancelled - Portsmouth Training Meeting

Apologies for not informing you sooner but the Portsmouth meeting for September (that looked like it might be tomorrow evening) will not take place. 

The next official Wessex day will be the ACHD day at Southampton next week, and you are strongly encouraged to attend the cardiorenal meeting that follows a few days later.

Questions? Concerns? Your chance to have your (anonymous) say


Dear All

The time has come for another STC meeting the Deanery on the 28th Sept.

As your STC Trainee Representative I would appreciate you emailing me with any questions or concerns requiring your Cardiology training at sjgroves@hotmail.com

Given the SpR feedback to the National survey suggested the Wessex Deanery Trainees are very unhappy, this will be an obvious question at the meeting so any feedback would be greatly appreciated. I can ensure you that any feedback you give me will be kept anonymous (it will be me who takes the flack:) )

Thanks

Sam

Reminder: SCEG: Thursday 20th September, Hotel du Vin, Winchester 7.30 pm

SCEG will be on Thursday 20th September in Hotel du Vin, Winchester.
Drinks form 7 pm on, talks to start from 7.30.

Dr Sean O’Nunain, Cardiologist and Electrophysiologist at the Royal Sussex County Hospital will educate us on his work with the Civil Aviation Authority.

Dr Paul Roberts, Cardiologist and Electrophysiologist at Wessex Cardiothoracic Centre will educate us on the utility of left ventricular endocardial pacing.

Drinks and buffet dinner are provided courtesy of St Jude Medical,

The meeting is open to all interested professionals, please feel free to invite colleagues not included on the email circulation, no need to confirm in advance.

Look forward to seeing there,


John Paisey

November - BCS National Training Day

November Training Meeting -  Core curriculum
BCS National Training Day
26th November 2012 - Day event
The Royal College of Physicians, London 
This official national training day will be the November meeting for Wessex trainees.
Please arrange for clinics to be cancelled and cover arrangements made as appropriate.

You need to register for the event but the fee is reduced for BCS members.
You can become a joint BCS/BJCA member for a discounted rate which will also give you reduced registration to the annual conference in 2013, in addition to other benefits.

Southampton Transoesophageal Echocardiography Course 2012 (SOTOEC) - 12-13th November 2012

Once again this Philips and Heartworks supported course returns to Southampton. The faculty includes many of our senior imaging trainees and the programme includes theory and hands on training.

Aimed at trainees in Cardiology, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Anaesthesia and ITU, as well as echocardiographers, the course continues to receive excellent feedback.

The Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians have approved the course for 12 category 1 (external) CPD credits.

Click here for the flyer and details of how to apply

BJCA Courses and Education: Heart Failure

British Society for Heart Failure 15th Annual Autumn Meeting
29 - 30 November 2012
Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, London
For further information, please click here to visit the website.

BJCA Courses and Education: Imaging

Cardiac MR in Clinical Practice
1 - 2 October 2012, Leeds General Infirmary
For further information on the programme and how to register, please click here to download the flyer.

British Heart Valve Society Annual Meeting
15 October 2012, Governors’ Hall, St Thomas’ Hospital, London
For further information on the programme, please click here.

BJCA Courses and Education: Intervention

Coronary arterial and microvascular fluid-structure interactions: Evolving concepts and investigative approaches
17 September 2012, National Heart and Lung Institute, London
This one day symposium has been approved for 6 CPD credits by the Royal College of Physicians.
The registration fee for trainees is £50.
For further information and registration, please click here.
The meeting includes presentations and discussions on two important recent studies on:
Adenosine-independent evaluation of coronary stenosis    
The assessment of myocardial perfusion by CMR            

BCIS Advanced Cardiovascular Interventional Trainees Course
5 - 6 December 2012, Radisson Blu Hotel, Leeds
Fully funded for subspeciality trainees.
For further information, please click here for further details.

October Training Day - Wessex Regional Adult Congenital Imaging Day

As previously publicised, the October training day, open to all trainees, is the ACHD imaging day on the 2nd October 2012.

The programme has now been finalised. It promises to be an informative day, with coverage of echo skills in ACHD, as well as more specialist techniques. Click here for the programme.

You must register for the event. Places are free but  limited so please complete your registration ASAP.


Training Days 2012-2013

A welcome to all the new trainees in the region. If you know of someone who has not subscribed to the mailing list, please encourage them to do so from the link on the website.

Paul Kalra is finalising dates for the second half of 2012 and beyond.

Meanwhile, the following September/October dates have been confirmed, so please make arrangements to cancel clinical commitments and arrange cover where needed:

South Central Electrophysiology Group 
20th September - Evening event
Hotel du Vin, Winchester
Regional EP meeting, optional for trainees. Further details to follow. 

September Training Meeting - Intervention
27th September - Evening event
Venue TBC
Dr. Alex Hobson, Portsmouth. Further details to follow.

October Training Meeting - Adult Congenital Cardiology
Wessex Regional Adult Congenital Imaging Day
2nd October 2012 - Day event
Wessex Heartbeat
This meeting requires free registration. If you didn't already receive the application form, you can download it here.

7th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Cardiorenal Forum
5th October 2012 - Day event
Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), 66 Portland Place, London WC1B 1AD
This meeting is optional, but offers excellent multidisciplinary education. Further details are here.

November Training Meeting - General
BCS National Training Day
26th November 2012 - Day event
The Royal College of Physicians, London 
This official national training day will be the November meeting.
You need to register for the event. The fee is reduced for BCS members. You can join as a joint BCS/BJCA member for a discounted rate which will also give you reduced registration to the annual conference in 2013, in addition to other benefits.

I'll try to keep the calendar on the webpage updated with these and future events. You can add them to your iCal, outlook or google calendar from there.

BJCA Courses and Education: Imaging

Newcastle Echocardiography Course
18 - 20 September 2012, Millennium Copthorne Hotel, Newcastle upon Tyne
For further information on the programme and registration, please click here to download the brochure.

BSE Core training in Echocardiography 2012
27 - 28 September 2012, Post Graduate Centre, Nottingham University Hospitals, City Campus
For further information, please click here to download the flyer.

Cardiac MR in Clinical Practice
1 - 2 October 2012, Leeds General Infirmary
For further information on the programme and how to register, please click here to download the flyer.

Cardiac Imaging Liverpool - 2 Day Course in Cross sectional Cardiac Imaging
6 - 7 October 2012, Hope Street Hotel, Liverpool
For further information on the programme and how to register, please click here to download the flyer.

Cardiac Imaging Liverpool - 6 Day Cardiac CT Course
7 - 12 October 2012, Hope Street Hotel, Liverpool
For further information on the programme and how to register, please click here to download the flyer.

BSE Annual Meeting and Exhibition 
2 - 3 November 2012, Harrogate International Centre
For further information, please click here to download the flyer

BJCA Courses and Education: Heart Failure

British Society for Heart Failure 15th Annual Autumn Meeting
29 - 30 November 2012
Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, London
For further information, please click here to visit the website.

BJCA Courses and Education: Intervention

Essentials of Radial Access
15 August 2012, University Hospital of North Staffordshire
Registration is free and numbers are limited. For further information on the programme and how to register, please click here to download the invitation brochure.

AIM-Radial 2012
13 - 15 September 2012, Qu├ębec City, Canada
For further information on the programme and registration, please visit the AIM-RADIAL 2012 website.

BCIS Advanced Cardiovascular Interventional Trainees Course
5 - 6 December 2012, Radisson Blu Hotel, Leeds
Fully funded for subspeciality trainees.
For further information, please click here for further details.

BJCA Courses and Education: Core Curriculum

Practical Cardiology 2012, Exeter College, Oxford, 14 - 16 December 2012
A sponsored course, free to delegates. Register early to avoid disappointment.

http://www.med-education-services.co.uk/

Reminder: Tomorrow: Hampshire Heart Failure Group Meeting

A reminder about tomorrow evening's meeting for those interested in attending.

http://wessex.cardiologytrainees.co.uk/2012/07/hampshire-heart-failure-group-meeting.html

Hampshire Heart Failure Group Meeting - 18.45 - Wednesday 11th July

The next Hampshire Heart Failure Group meeting takes place on Wednesday 11th July, at the Winchester Hotel, Worthy Lane SO23 7AB.

Discussion and cases chaired by Paul Kalra, followed by dinner.
Please bring along any cases for discussion.

The full programme is here.

The meeting is kindly sponsored by Servier. Please confirm attendance to Leanne.

CANCELLED Wessex Cardiac Imaging meeting 26th June at QAH Portsmouth

Further to the recent post, the meeting on the 26th June has been postponed due to lack of confirmed attendance.

Wessex Cardiac Imaging Meeting - QAH - Tuesday 26th June 2012

The next regional Wessex Imaging Meeting meeting takes place in the Educational Centre, Level E, Queen Alexandra Hospital, Southwick Hill, Portsmouth PO6 3LY.


It will commence at 8.30 with breakfast, aiming to finish by lunchtime.


The meeting is open to all consultants, trainees and allied heath professionals in the region. If you are interested in attending please let me know to ensure space and catering. In addition, if you have any cases to present and discuss, please send them through in advance of the meeting.


Regards,


anjana.siva@porthosp.nhs.uk



British Heart Valve Society

Interested in valve disease?

The British Heart Valve Society was formed in 2010 with the purpose of improving the care of patients with heart valve disease within the British Isles, by increasing awareness and knowledge. The Society has four main types of activity: meetings, articles, research, and working groups.

The BHVS is keen to broaden its membership, and hopes to recruit from all disciplines involved with the science and clinical care of heart valve disease.Benefits include reduced cost for registration to symposia, access to educational resources on the website, engagement with an exciting new initiative to improve patient care, ability to run for membership of Council, ability to be involved in BHVS training events, research projects and publications.

See www.bhvs.org.uk for more details

Places still available for BCS webcasting and roving reporter positions

See previous post here:

http://wessexcardiology.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/webcasting-reporting-faculty-interviews.html

Hampshire Heart Failure Group Meeting 11th July

The next Hampshire Heart Failure Group Meeting takes place on 11th July.
There will be a talk on the management of post MI heart failure followed by an opportunity to discuss any cases you are welcome to bring along.

See here for details. Please confirm attendance directly to Leanne.

Webcasting, reporting, faculty interviews: British Cardiovascular Society 28th to 30th May IMPORTANT OPPORTUNITY TO ENHANCE YOUR CV

Dear All

CV short on publications?
Need exposure?

Last year at the BCS conference; with a huge effort from a multitude of SpRs we managed to cover the entire conference with "Roving Reports" and Webcast the 3 main rooms.
This gave great opportunities for many SpRs to enhance their profile with online BCS publications and letters of thanks form the BCS executive.
Webcasting is very easy, each room will be covered by 2 SpRs and supported by an experienced webcasting superviser. Its a very simple program that just requires the user to start the presentation and change slides at the same time as the speaker. The second webcaster prepares for the next speaker in the session and writes brief bulletpoints for the report. Webcasters sit at a desk on the side of the hall with a laptop each and are able to watch the whole lecture with ease.
You can see the links to webcasts and reports here:
http://www.bcs.com/ace/webcasts2011.asp?navcatid=30

We made such a success last year that they want us back! Covering more rooms and getting even more individual exposure.

In return I have negotiated a number of concessions for our hard work, see below.

The webcasts are now covering the 4 main rooms (Auditorium, Exchange Hall, Fitzroy, Charter 2), in these rooms we will have two webcasters as before and we will integrate a short bullet point "Roving report" to allow the webcasters name to be linked to the work and searchable on google (allows web references for CV). Charter 1 and 4 will be covered by traditional roving reporters.

In addition for those who are interested we have been promised exclusive access to the headliners of our choice. A short interview by the SpR and the chance to write the article and have it published on the BCS website. The names are impressive and this will certainly be a great opportunity for those involved

Prof K Fox
Dr Iain Simpson
Prof Greg Whyte
Prof Sanjay Sharma
Dr William Zoghbi, President ACC…what his aims are for the next year? Links with BCS?
Dr Andrew Wragg (simulators and non-technical skills simulation- Carry on in the Cath Lab)
Dr Nicola Smart (winner 2012 Michael Davies Award)
Winner of YRWP 2012
Thomas Lewis Lecture – Prof Alec Vahanian
BCS lecture supported by Joy Edelman Legacy- Prof Rory Collins
Prof Peter Weissberg (BHF)

In addition! For anyone who isn't a member of the BCS free entrance to the conference will be organised for those that contribute to webcasting.

Lastly.... A table (or maybe 2) at the Gala Dinner for us all to enjoy a bit of networking... and top quality wine...

As per last year

A link to the program is here:   http://www.bcs.com/conference/calendar.asp?day=Monday&navcatid=30

We are intending to match as many sessions to sub-speciality interests as possible.

If you are interested please could you forward the following details to myself and Robin Ray (important you email both of us) asap:


phillip@fischerfreeman.com
robray@gmail.com

    Your sub-speciality interests? Mobile number?

    Any sessions you would particularly like to webcast and/or report?

    Is your attendance definite or is it dependent on study leave permission? Which days are you attending?

    Any keynote speakers you are interested in interviewing?

    Are you interested in coming to the Gala Dinner on the webcaster table?


Please feel free to forward this email to any other colleagues going to the BCS Annual Conference this year.Your help would be massively appreciated!

Best wishes

Phillip Freeman and Robin Ray

BCS C&E Committee SpR representatives

British Junior Cardiologists Association Survey

You should have recently received an invitation to complete the 2012 BJCA survey of trainees. Many of you will already have completed this and appreciate the benefits of feeding back this kind of information to a trainee organisation with influence at a national level.

Nationally, the response rate has been below 30%, and although typical for professional surveys, the BJCA council are keen to see responses from at least 50% of the 800 trainee members. The BJCA is a made up of people like you who are local deanery trainees, but more importantly, consultants of tomorrow. There are many pressing issues that affect our future, whether it be sub-consultant grades, shift working or workforce planning.

David Holdsworth, the BJCA secretary and trainee from Oxford, aims to present the findings at the trainees session at the BCS conference. Previous surveys have given weight to discussion with the BCS and SAC.

Please have a look in your inbox for the email invitation that was sent a couple of weeks ago. If there are technical difficulties or the link was never received, please let me know by reply and I will pass on your concerns.

Best wishes,

James

Portsmouth Training Day, This Thursday 29th, Portsmouth Marriott Hotel

The training day takes place at the Portsmouth Marriott Hotel, with registration from 9.15

As mentioned previously, please bring along an ECG or Holter of a difficult pacing indication.
 
Click here for the full programme

Oxford Live PCI 2012 Tuesday 17 April 2012

This One Day live course aimed at: Cardiologists, Cardiac Surgeons, SpRs and Professionals involved in caring for Cardiac Patients including:

  • Interactive Cases

  • Left Main: an Advanced Operators Workshop

  • Diabetes: What an Interventionalist needs to know

  • Valve Disease-TAVI vs Surgical AVR?
Organised by:
Professor Adrian Banning
Dr Bernard Prendergast
Professor Keith Channon
Dr Raj Kharbanda
Location: John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford

Website: http://www.millbrook-medical-conferences.co.uk/Events/April-2012/Oxford-Live-2012.aspx

SCEG 7.30 pm 22nd March, Hotel du Vin, Winchester

The next South Central Electrophysiology Group meets next Thursday in Winchester:

‘Special Considerations for Device Therapy in Renal Impairment’
From Dr Paul Kalra, Heart Failure and Device Specialist at Portsmouth

And

‘Non Contact Mapping as a Clinical and Research Tool’
From Dr Arthur Yue, Cardiac Electrophysiologist at Southampton

As ever from 7 pm refreshments and a buffet will be provided courtesy of St Jude Medical.
All are welcome, please pass on the invitation to any interested professionals, no need to confirm attendance in advance.

The Vascular Interventions Training Course (VITc), 3 - 5 July 2012, Coombe Abbey, Coventry

A highly recommended course utilising simulation and hands-on training in a pan-interventional environment ranging from peripheral vascular, coronary and structural interventions. Places are limited per speciality (Interventional cardiology, cardiothoracics, radiology and vascular surgery) and so early booking via the website is recommended. The course also provides a fascinating environment for interaction between disciplines with cross-over in interventions and skills. Course fee is £600 which includes all meals and accommodation.

If you have any specific questions about the course, please contact Bristol trainee Ali Khavandi.

Basic Cardiovascular Intervention (official BCIS training course) Basic Cardiovascular Intervention (official BCIS training course) 19 - 20th April 2012

This is an official BCIS training course and represents an important and exciting evolution in the BCIS model for education and training. In due course there will be two courses per year - basic cardiovascular intervention for trainees and advanced cardiovascular intervention for trainees which will start to parallel the syllabus and form the two key training courses for those undertaking advanced module training in interventional cardiology.

Further details are here

Feedback from Specialist Training Commitee meeting

Dr. Sam Fitzsimmons, Wessex trainee and STC link, has posted the minutes from the recent meeting. Thanks to all those who provided questions. Topics covered include recruitment, ARCP/RITA, e-portfolio and sub-speciality training, amongst others.

download from here

Portsmouth Training Day - March 29th

Further details about the programme at Portsmouth later this month to follow. In the meantime, a message from Dr. Dominic Kelly, Wessex SpR and Device Fellow, Bournemouth.

Dear All,

I've been asked to present "indications for pacing" at the Portsmouth training day. The topic has the potential to be rather dull so I thought what would be better is if everyone could bring 1 ECG, 24hr tape or other, of a grey pacing indication and we could discuss each in the context of current guidelines.

Thanks

Dom Kelly

Southampton Transoesophageal Echocardiography Course 2012 (SOTOEC) 14th-15th May

Once again this Philips and Heartworks supported course returns to Southampton. The faculty includes many of our senior imaging trainees and regional experts. The programme includes theory and hands on training.
The previous courses have received excellent feedback.

The flyer and booking information is here


Training meeting 29th February - Hampshire Heart Failure Group

Paul Kalra has confirmed that the Winchester based training meeting will take place on 29th February.
The informal meeting will be first of the Hampshire Heart Failure Group. It takes place at the Winchester Hotel, Worthy Lane, Winchester, SO23 7AB.

The meeting begins at 19.00 with a heart failure update and case discussions preceding dinner at 21.00.

details of the programme are here


The menu does need to be pre ordered, so can you make your choices and reply back to me (or directly to Leanne) by this Friday. Let me know if there are any problems with the link.

Many thanks,

James

Research in Cardiology 2012, 27 April 2012, Royal College of Physicians, London

This is a 1-day comprehensive symposium organised by the British Cardiovascular Society.

This course has been designed to nurture, enthuse and promote the next generation of cardiovascular researcher. It is aimed primarily at those Cardiology Specialty Trainees either currently or planning to undertake an Out of Programme period of research towards attaining an MD or PhD or to those junior doctors considering postgraduate research prior to applying for an ST3 Cardiology post. The Expert Faculty will take delegates through the entire research process from finding a good supervisor and applying for grant funding to getting published and writing up your thesis.

For further details and to register for the course please go to click here

Essential Surgical Skills for Cardiologists, 16 March 2012, The Royal College of Surgeons of England, London

This highly recommended course, run in association with BCS and HRUK, is being held once again in March.
See the RCS webpages for more information.

From Sam Fitzsimmons: Any issues? STC meeting next month

The next STC meeting is being held on the 2nd March 2012. As the "new" SpR representative Sam would like to know if other trainees have any issues that they would like addressed at this meeting?

Items on the agenda include ARCP/RITA and eportfolio but any comments/concerns are welcome on sjgroves@hotmail.com

Scottish Mechanical Circulatory Support (VAD) Meeting, 23 February 2012, Glasgow

Details for this heart failure course are here.

There is no registration or attendance fee. Maximum of 100 places. To book your place and for any other enquiries, please contact:

Margaret Mochan, Tel: 0141 951 5602, Email: margaret.mochan@gjnh.nhs.uk

Cardiac CT Hands-on Workshop, 23 - 24 March 2012, Basildon Cardiothoracic Centre

Details of this CT course with level 1 accreditation are here

St George's TOE Course March 28th - 30th 2012

St George's have sent through details of the following TOE courses. Have a look at their website for more information.

Transoesophageal Echocardiography Course
London, St George's Hospital
March 29th and 30th 2012
This course comprises two days encompassing the theoretical background and practical applications of transoesophageal  echocardiography. Lectures covering all the major topics related to the subject are given by leading experts. There will be opportunity for case study discussions, and plenty of examples will be demonstrated.

TOE Workshop
London, St George’s Hospital
March 28th 2012
One day workshop including practical session consisting of intensive small group instruction on Heartworks simulators.

Contact
Carrie Victor-Smith
Cardiac and Vascular Sciences, St George's University of London, Cranmer Terrace, London SW17 0RE

Training Day Updates

Further to recent updates, Paul Kalra has confirmed the following dates for training meetings:

Wednesday 29th February - Winchester - EVENING meeting (19:30)

Thursday 29th March - Portsmouth

Tuesday 17th April - Poole - South Coast Heart Failure Meeting

Please cancel clinical commitments and arrange cover as necessary

Adult Congenital Heart Disease and Heart Disease in Pregnancy Meeting

Sam Fitzsimmons, our STC trainee rep and ACHD trainee, has passed on details regarding two adult congenital and heart disease in pregnancy training days.

The ACHD day might be of interest to those wishing to sub-specialise, or those seeking more confidence in managing such conditions, but the pregnancy day is more general training.

Both sessions take place at the RSM in London in February with a cost to trainees of £65.





Reminder - Isle of Wight Training Day - 26th January 2012

The first official training day of the year takes place next Thursday. Clinical commitments should already have been cancelled by your previous post holder.
Registration is from 9.30 in the Postgraduate Medical Centre at St. Mary's, Newport. A lunch is provided with refreshments throughout the day.

The programme is subject to final changes but is a good mix of core syllabus topics for the KBA, as well as practical problem solving.

Don't forget to plan your journey to the Island - my favourite is the hovercraft but there are car and passenger options from both Portsmouth and Southampton.

Reminder - 4th British Society for Heart Failure Medical Training Meeting - Thursday 9 February 2012

Paul Kalra has asked me to remind you all of the BSH Medical meeting that takes place next month.
There is a great programme and attendance is a must if you wish to subspecialise in heart failure.


He tells me the travel grant of up to £100 is still available, although I notice that the official flyer and application form states the deadline was extended until the 13th January. It must still be worth a try.


James

South Coast Heart Failure Update - 17th April 2012

The annual South Coast Heart Failure Update takes place this year on April 17th at the Purbeck Suite, Haven Hotel, Sandbanks, Dorset, BH13 7QL.

Organised by Dr Christopher Boos of Poole Hospital, this one day event has previously received very positive feedback from trainees and is highly recommended. It will form our April training day so please ensure that clinical commitments are cancelled so that you can attend.

Co-chaired by Dr Peter Cowburn and Dr Paul Kalra, the faculty includes both local and national experts, covering a wide range of topics.

Although the meeting will be our April training day, registration is open to all. As before, the places are allocated on a first come, first served basis, and you must register ASAP to avoid disappointment.

Download the agenda here
Download the application form here