Wessex Cardiology Trainees

CMR Introductory Course at Queen Mary's

We have been asked to highlight this course to you all. It is an introduction to Cardiovascular MRI which might appeal to those of you who are imaging orientated, or those with core curriculum goals in mind. It is being held at Queen Mary's in London on November 13th 2017.

Topics covered include physics made easy, essential CMR safety, how to do a CMR scan, CMR in heart failure, stress perfusion scanning, cardiomyopathies. I'm sorry to say that the early booking period has already passed (as this course is in a couple of weeks), so it will set you back £85.

ACHD training day - date change

Dear all

In order to provide the usual high class faculty for the ACHD training day they have had to move the date to the 30th of November. This should be an excellent day on interatrial communications and VSDs. Please let your trusts know of the change in date so that you can be given the time to attend. If you would like to sign up please contact me jwh20485@gmail.com

STC Meeting Feedback

The cardiology Specialist Training Committee (STC) met last Friday and as trainee representatives we attended on your behalf. The following is a summary of information from the meeting which we feel you need to be aware of.

1) It is now compulsory for all ST3 and ST4 trainees to spend one week in each year (two weeks in total) attached to the Adult Congenital Heart Disease (ACHD) team at University Hospital Southampton. If you are currently an ST3 or ST4 trainee you need to identify a week where you can take study leave from your current post and liaise with Dr Aisling Carroll regarding spending that week with her team. We advise you to do this well in advance.

2) Please put the following dates in your diaries for 2018 and remember to share them with your new trusts.

  • ARCP 15th June 2018 (you do not need to attend in person)
  • ARCP documents deadline 31st May 2018
  • PYA and Unsatisfactory Outcome ARCP 2nd July 2018 (you must attend in person)
  • Rotation planning 14th September 2018 (you must attend in person)

3) From around 2019 onward your cardiology rotations are going to move from their traditional start date of January, to a more conventional August start date. This will bring us in line with other specialties and also, more importantly, with external fellowships and research posts. To retain flexibility and to prevent trainees being limited to a single entry/exit point each year, jobs will run from August to February, then from February to August, with the expectation that most jobs are still twelve months in duration. This is a positive move by the STC, but we may all have to be patient whilst it gets introduced. Inevitably some jobs will be extended to 13 months to facilitate this change, whilst those in research or looking at fellowships will have to bear this possible change in mind. 

4) By now you should all have received you job allocations for next year. It is not possible for everyone to be allocated where they wish to go,  but please do not despair! Good luck in your new posts.

South Coast EP Group (SCEG)

The next South Coast EP Group (SCEG) meeting will take place on Thursday 23rd November 2017 at Hotel Du Vin in Winchester, from 7pm onwards. Refreshments and a buffet supper will be provided by Biosense Webster and the evening will comprise two excellent talks:

1) Ablation in ARVC - Dr Senthil Kirubakaran

2) Utility of Ripple Mapping in Diagnosis and Ablatino - Dr Richard Bala

Attendance is free of charge and all Wessex cardiology trainees are invited. There is no need to confirm your attendance in advance. Feel free to join us.

Cardiac Sarcoidosis Symposium

We have been asked to share information with you regarding the Cardiac Sarcoidosis Symposium which takes place on November 14th 2017 at the National Heart and Lung Institute in London. Registration cost £100. For more details and to register click here.

Poole training day - 10/10

Dear all,

Thanks to all those who have signed up to the Poole training day on the 10th October. There is still capacity if you would like to come. It kicks off at 0900 in the post-grad center at Poole Hospital - click here for the program.