BJCA Newswire – 15th May 2023
Have you completed the 2023 BJCA Survey yet?
The BJCA 2023 survey is still live for you to have your say. This is the most powerful tool the BJCA has to drive change and improve training in cardiology, it’s your feedback that matters! The survey is open to ALL cardiology registrars and fellows whether you hold a NTN or not. Some important changes that have come from the survey data include:
1) Better echo training provision and simulation training
2) Highlighting the important issues with bullying in cardiology
3) Providing information to help illustrate issues with training
This year’s survey has a focus on the rollout of the new Cardiology and GIM curriculums, along with an important section on trainee wellbeing, health and satisfaction. The survey should take a maximum of 20 minutes to complete (link below) and please encourage all your colleagues to fill it in.
As always we are offering the chance to win FREE registration to this year’s ESC Congress in Amsterdam, August 25th to 28th. Just add your details on the final page of the survey to be entered into the prize draw.
Voting in the BCS elections
As the future of the British Cardiovascular Society (and indeed the profession), Associate (BJCA) members are invited to vote in the BCS elections. This includes voting for the next BCS President, positions on Council and the various BCS committees.
Voting in the elections is a great opportunity to have your say in the shaping of the Society and the work it will be doing in the coming years.
Current Associate members of the BCS should now have received their invitation to vote via email. If you have not received this email, please contact the BCS on email@example.com.
More information about becoming an Associate member of the BCS can be found here.
Voting closes at midnight on Wednesday 24 May 2023. Results will be announced following the BCS AGM on 7 June.
BJCA drinks reception at BCS Conference 2023
The legendary BJCA drinks reception will happen again on the Monday of this year’s BCS conference in Manchester. Lots of trainees and consultants alike attended last year and had a great time.
Venue: The Oast House, M3 3AY.
Date: Monday 5th June
Time: 18:15 onwards.
Hopefully we will see you all there.
BCS seeking a new Chair for the Digital and IT Committee (DITC)
The British Cardiovascular Society is looking for a motivated engaged cardiovascular professional in training or a consultant role to Chair the Digital and IT Committee (DITC) meetings and help lead the Digital and IT work stream for the society with steer, support and oversight from the VP Digital, Communications and Marketing.
The role would is open to trainees and would suit someone wishing to further develop their profile in UK cardiovascular medicine with a strong digital and IT interest, expertise or background. The role will be pivotal to the future developments and strategy of the society and the project of digital renewal.
Full details of the role and how to apply can be found here. Applicants should have the support of their Clinical Director or Clinical Line Manager for the role. Deadline for applications is Wednesday 24 May 2023 5pm.
BCS Annual Conference 2023 – Hot Topic Moderators
The BCS is looking for BJCA members to participate in moderating the Hot Topics sessions at the upcoming Annual Conference from 5-7th June. These are 10-15 minute sessions aimed at answering some of the hot topics in cardiovascular medicine during the conference breaks. The main function of the Hot Topics moderator is to ensure smooth running of the hot topics sessions in the Education Hall, in particular welcoming/familiarising the speakers with the AV equipment, keeping the speakers to time and inviting questions from the audience. If you are keen to partake please let Alex or Su know via email:
Trainee reps sought for BCS Committees
If you haven’t already done so, you can still apply to be a trainee rep on one of the BCS committees. The available positions this year are as follows:
- Archive Committee – 1 vacancy
- Digital and IT Committee – 2 vacancies
- Education Committee – 2 vacancies
- Finance Committee – 1 vacancy
- Guidelines and Practice Committee – 1 vacancy
Details of each of the Committees can be seen in the accompanying role descriptors linked above.
Trainee representatives are normally appointed on to a BCS Committee for a period of 3 years with a 6-month lead in time to this 3-year period allowing for an overlap with the current trainee reps to support transition and continuity. The 6-month lead in period will run from 30th May 2023 and the three year term will officially commence on Monday 27th November 2023 and will run until 26th November 2026. Minimum attendance requirements for members (including trainee reps) is 75%.
This is a fantastic opportunity to get involved in the inner workings of the Society at an early stage and help influence and shape our activities to support the broader strategic aims of the BCS.
The application process will close on Friday 19 May at 5pm. Further information on how to apply can be found here.
EACVI and BCS 2023 Quizzes – Opportunity to get involved
The legendary cardiology quiz master Prof Mark Westwood is looking for enthusiastic trainees to submit interesting cases to be part of both the EACVI and BCS conference quizzes this year.
Please see here for the submission and format instructions and here for a case example.
EACVI categories: echo, nuclear, MRI and CT.
BCS categories: Imaging (any modality), PCI/Structural, EP/Devices, Heart Failure, ACHD
Submit your cases directly to Prof Mark Westwood
The BJCA are often provided details of fellowships (both clinical and research) to advertise. We have developed a system for uploading and displaying fellowships (and consultant posts) on the BJCA website:
Current fellowships/jobs the BJCA is aware of can be found here: https://bjca.tv/fellowships/
To post details of a fellowship/job for the website, go here: https://bjca.tv/post-a-fellowship/
Please circulate to any members of your departments who have fellowship opportunities to advertise.