Highlights of the Programme:
Designed for our cardiologists in training, but open to all, these sessions cover topics which seem to be less well covered in the regional training programmes. There is also the SAC session covering trainee surveys, trainee issues and the consultant workforce.
Education for Revalidation Track
Revalidation is launched this year and the BCS is here to help you! This track covers all topics in the cardiology curriculum over a 3 to 5 year cycle to facilitate revalidation. Each session has a number of revalidation questions which are available on the website. If you correctly answer >60% of the questions you will receive a certificate for your portfolio. And don’t miss the ever popular ‘Top 10 Trials’…..
Affiliated Groups Track
This track includes sessions on congenital heart disease from BCCA , heart failure from BSH, imaging from BSE, CRM from Heart Rhythm UK, and coronary and structural intervention from BCIS (don’t miss the Live MDT).
Imaging Track (Tuesday/Wednesday only)
Supported by the BHF, this track includes session on all imaging modalities. The popular ‘read with the experts’ session will also be featured again this year together with the imaging poster session.
Clinical Science/Translational Research Track (CS/TR)
Supported by the BHF, this track covers cutting edge topics in cardiology and also hosts the discussant led poster sessions. The Young Research WorkersPrize for 2013 is also part of the track. Prizes will be awarded at the Annual Dinner.
Basic Science (Monday/Tuesday only)
This track, designed by BAS and BSCR, showcases basic science at its best. There is a joint session with BCS covering regenerative cardiovascular medicine. All basic science posters are hosted in this track. Don’t miss the BAS John French Lecture and the BAS/BSCR Young Investigators Award.
This year the Conference theme is ‘Innovation’ and we have 2 dedicated sessions co-hosted with Medical Futures to illustrate different ways cardiologists can get involved in innovation and also what to do if you have a bright idea and want to patent and develop it!
The BCS sessions also cover important areas of prevention (JBS3 guidelines), quality and commissioning.
Sports Cardiology includes the CPEX demonstration with a gold medallist from the London 2013 Olympic games on the rowing machine. This year it is in the Auditorium so you can get a good seat.
Don’t miss the Cardiology Challenge with your hostmaster Dr Rod Stables. Three institutions will test their general and cardiology knowledge for the coveted BCS Challenge Trophy. The winning team will be back to defend in 2014!
Abstracts and Posters
Abstracts will be presented at poster sessions to expert discussants in the final 30 minutes of certain CS/TR Track and Imaging Track sessions. The Basic Science Track (BAS/BSCR/BCS) abstracts are presented in a dedicated session on Monday and Tuesday afternoon. See the main programme for details.
BCS Young Research Workers Prize (YRWP)
The 5 contenders (clinical and basic science) will battle it out in front of an expert panel on Tuesday morning.
On Monday, Prof Anthony DeMaria will give the Strickland Goodall Lecture, entitled ‘Translating clinical research into clinical practice’ and on Tuesday, Prof Alain Cribier will give the Paul Wood Lecture, entitled ‘The development of transcatheter aortic valve replacement: From dream to reality, a 20-year odyssey’.
You are welcome to attend any of the sessions in the linked days of the Affiliated Groups: SCST for cardiac physiologists and the cath lab team, BACPR/BANCC/BSH for prevention and rehabilitation, and HCP (UK) aimed at patient representatives but open to all. All have excellent programmes lined up.
The Education Hall
We are grateful to all our Exhibitors for supporting the Conference. This year we have renamed the Exhibition as the ‘Education Hall’. We have asked all our Exhibitors to join in our educational programme through their stands and in the Innovation/Education Arena. This Arena has seating for 200 and will host dedicated educational and innovative ‘hot topics’ from industry and the BCS and Affiliated Groups. There are 2 other ‘hot topic’ zones and the programme of topics will be available in due course.
Don’t miss the ‘Innovation Mall’ showcasing innovators. Go and see what they have achieved and learn how to become an innovator yourself.
The simulators this year will provide education for the trainee and also trained cardiologists in basic procedures and more advanced/new procedures. Each session is for an hour and will host 2 delegates (bring a friend?!).Sign up for one of the topics you want to cover before the meeting, receive educational materials to read in advance and if you cover the objectives of the session you will receive a certificate of completion for your portfolio.
New this year is the team simulation demonstration. More information will be posted soon and if you wish to volunteer to participate then watch this space!
It is not all about work……! Come join us at the Annual Conference Dinner where we will have a guest speaker from the world of innovation!
On behalf of the Programme Committee, we look forward to seeing you at what promises to be a highly educational BCS Annual Conference…. but with some fun too!
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