Wessex Cardiology Trainees

KBA Registration Deadline Approaching - End of this week!

Dr Calver has asked me to forward this on - ST5s please take note and ensure you register prior to the deadline.

2015 European Exam in General Cardiology (EEGC ) EXAM REGISTRATION OPEN until  23:59 FRIDAY 27 FEBRUARY 2015

The date for this years' European Exam in General Cardiology (formerly the Knowledge Based Assessment or KBA) will be Thursday 18 June 2015.

The exam is run by the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) with the BCS acting as liaison with all UK candidates, and will be held in Pearson Vue exam centres across the UK on Thursday 18 June 2015.

Given that the EEGC is a mandatory aspect of UK Cardiology Training, I would be most grateful if you could assist The BCS by ensuring that all of your St5  trainees are made aware of the below information:

Online registration is open on the BCS website (link below) until 23:59 Friday 27 February. Trainees can go through to the registration system and pay for their place using a credit/debit card. The fee for 2015 is £400.

Once you have registered and paid for your place, in April 2015, you will be sent an email from Pearson Vue with your booking information, and confirming at which test centre, and at what time, you will sit the exam.

Visit the BCS EEGC webpages for information on how to prepare, the structure of the exam and some sample questions: http://www.bcs.com/pages/page_box_contents.asp?PageID=526

The BCS will email you 1 month before the exam date with further details.

If you have any questions about the exam, please contact Neil Smith at the British Cardiovascular Society on smithn@bcs.com or call 0207 380 1915.

Many thanks in advance for your assistance in this matter, and please feel free to contact me on the below details should you require any further information or assistance.

Kind regards,

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5 Day SCCT Level II Cardiac CT Course - Hilton, Tower Bridge 10th - 14th March

Dear All,

There are a few places remaining on this, very good looking, course in London 10th - 14th March.

Delegates will have the opportunity to review ca. 300 cardiac CT scans with 20 hours of lectures & interactive teaching. Each delegate will have their own cardiac CT workstation.

Please follow this link to the course website for further details.

The course director, Dr Ronak Rajani, has suggested that it should be possible for Wessex trainees to attend for the reduced rate normally only available for King's Staff - £1400. This represents a significant saving on the advertised rate.

Those interested should email the Philips representative using this link to secure booking at the reduced rate.



Surrey Radial Course - 18th May 2015

I have been forwarded details of this one day course on radial access, which may be of interest to some of you. It is to be held at Frimley Park Hospital and also has the benefit of being free...

Please follow this link for the flyer.



Upcoming Courses

I have been given the details of a couple of courses which may be of interest:

  1. 21st Annual Transoesphageal Echocardiography Course, 16-17 April 2015, Michael Heron Lecture Theatre, St George's Hospital, London - Please follow this link for more information.
  2. Liverpool Hands On Cardiac Pacing Course, 18-19 June 2015 - Please see the flyer here.


BCIS Basic Cardiovascular Intervention Course - 16th & 17th April 2015

Prof Curzen has brought this to my attention - looks like a great training opportunity for those planning to pursue intervention as a career.

The flyer can be accessed by following this link.



Three Lions & Sanjay Sharma...

Dr Rakhit has asked me to publicise the inaugural PFA and FA Cardiology in Football Symposium, which will be held at Wembley on the 27th March 2015 prior to the England vs. Lithuania Euro2016 qualifying game.

The programme will cover the FA screening programme, the effects of exercise on the heart and the overlap with heart muscle disease. The faculty is internationally renowned in this field and the range of topics to be covered looks fascinating.

As well as Sanjay Sharma, Stricly's Fabrice Muamba will be on the bill - so there is something for everyone!

Registration is £90.00 and, from what I can see, includes a ticket for the match afterwards.

Follow this link for the flyer.