BJCA Newswire –  1st September 2023

HeadStart in Cardiology 2023: Saturday 7th October 2023 – Registration now open!

Back for an unprecedented 10th successive year, we’ll be running our hugely successful HeadStart course aimed at new ST4 cardiology trainees. Held at Bush House in central London this autumn, this course gives you everything you need to ensure you hit the ground running as a new registrar including a huge number of tips and tricks for the cath lab.

As with all BJCA courses, it is COMPLETELY FREE to members and includes tea, coffee and lunch. Places are limited and the event has sold out every previous year so we recommend booking your place ASAP! You can register for the course here.

BJCA Cardiology Handbook 2023

We have completely revamped the BJCA Cardiology Induction Handbook this year. This is the definitive resource for new cardiology ST4s. The new handbook includes details on the 2023 curriculum and a load of top tips for new cardiology registrars. The handbook can be found here.

Brand new, “Hear from your Peers”

Wondering how to start a period of OOPR, unsure about where and what to undertake your research in? See the latest ‘hear from your peers’ videos hot off the press on the BJCA website to help guide you through this often confusing process.

Survey of cardiologists, adult cardiac surgeons and heart team allied healthcare professionals of any grade

Fractional flow reserve (FFR) and instantaneous wave-free ratio (iFR) are invasive methods to measure the functional significance of coronary lesions. FFR remains the gold standard for assessing hemodynamically significant stenosis in revascularization, while iFR is a newer tool that does not require vasodilator administration.

Their utility for CABG is unclear. This convenience survey aims to gather professional opinions on how FFR and iFR influence clinical decision-making in CABG. This short survey consists of a series of questions aimed at evaluating your familiarity and use of FFR and iFR in CABG, as well as their perceived advantages and disadvantages.

Complete survey here.

Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub: Past Medical Histories Episode 5 out now

In our season finale, we are proud to share our inspirational conversation with one of the most impactful doctors from the UK. Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub had an illustrious career, coming to the UK as a Fellow, and went on to revolutionise Cardiology and Cardiac surgery, pioneering innovative techniques and saving countless lives through his work in London and across the world with his charity, Chain of Hope.

He shares his core principles and most memorable experiences in this discussion and we hope it will serve to inspire you to hear the impact you can have in your medical career.

Enjoy our four preceding discussions of PMHx with other change-makers from UK cardiology to learn from the greats of our past.

All available now at:

Beyond Aortic Stenosis symposium – Friday 6th October 2023

Beyond Aortic Stenosis will take place on Friday 6 October at the Royal College of Physicians, London. The face-to-face event will focus on novel therapies and devices, and importantly patient access to new treatments in this country.

There will be an emphasis on the multidisciplinary team and as such the symposium is aimed at cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, allied health professionals, as well as industry partners and patients with an interest in valvular heart disease.

Session titles include:

  • Aortic Regurgitation
  • Mitral Regurgitation
  • Tricuspid Regurgitation
  • Commissioning in England
  • Valve MDT Conundrums

For more information, please click here.

BHVS Annual Meeting  – 13 October 2023

The British Heart Valve Society (BHVS) are pleased to invite trainees interested in structural intervention, cardiac imaging and surgery to join us for our annual meeting at the Royal College of Physicians, entitled:
‘State of the Art Management in Heart Valve Disease’ a collaboration of experts
Sessions include:

  •          State of the art in transcatheter heart valve interventions
  •          State of the art in heart valve surgery
  •          State of the art in minimally invasive surgery

Trainees in surgical, transcatheter or imaging fields are encouraged to  submit relevant clinical cases and abstracts (original research or service improvement). A best abstract/clinical case from each of the three subspecialty fields will be awarded and the winners will receive free registration for a BHVS meeting in 2024. Submission deadline: Sunday 17 September.

For more information and to register, click here

National Conference on Lipid Management and ACS diagnostics

Join us for this conference that will combine interactive lectures, intriguing debates and practical workshops. It will showcase the latest technology and evidence around diagnosis of ACS and management of lipids.

All speakers are at the genuine forefront of their respective fields and have a wealth of knowledge and experience to impart.
The conference is taking place on the 25th of September in The Royal College of Physicians building in Liverpool. A state of the art venue renowned for its brilliant views of the city and its amazing food.

All delegates will get a certificate of attendance and will be awarded 7 CPD points. Perfect to be used as evidence of learning in portfolios!
The first 30 delegates to sign up will get a reduced early bird ticket price!

Please visit the website: To view the programme for the day and sign up.

Adult Congenital Heart Disease 2023 – 12 & 13 October 2023

BCS‘ Adult Congenital Heart Disease course, led by Dr Sarah Bowater and Dr Kate English, takes place on 12/13 October at The Royal College of Physicians in London. Expert ACHD Cardiologists lead delegates through a series of lectures, case based discussions and interactive Q&A sessions on this rapidly developing field. The programme is now available – Book here.

Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (RCPE) Hybrid Symposium: Cardiology – Thursday 9 November 2023

Health professionals encounter a variety of cardiac presentations in daily clinical practice. This symposium will place emphasis on clinical assessment and treatment, whilst important novel developments will be reviewed in the context of existing evidence-based and accepted practices. This symposium aims to be interactive and thought-provoking. Topics covered will include:

  • Heart failure
  • Valve disease (Tricuspid)
  • Congenital heart disease
  • Coronary heart disease
  • Genetics
  • Cardiac imagine
  • Arrhythmias
  • ECGs
  • Implantable devices

This symposium should be of interest to any health professional faced with seeing patients with cardiac conditions and symptoms. It is aimed at doctors and health professionals in training, general physicians, whilst remaining relevant to even the most experienced Cardiologists involved in general Cardiology.

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The British Heart Rhythm Society (BHRS) has opened registration for two exciting practical days exclusively to its members!  The EP Traces Day and Hands-On Simulator Training Day will take place at The Midland Hotel Manchester. You can choose to attend one or both days!

The hands-on simulator training day on 7th November is an intensive day of training in a range of device and EP skills.  This is aimed at core and arrhythmia sub-speciality cardiology trainees and allied professionals seeking hands-on introductory and refresher experience.  There will be over 25 training stations available from a range of companies including Abbott, Botronik, Boston Scientific and Medtronic.  You choose which training stations you want to attend.

A separate EP Traces Day will take place 6th November.  This is a free hands-on practical demonstration day with training provided on EP simulators.

For more information, click here.

TOE Courses – Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th September 2023

The course covers 2D, 3D, structural/cath lab intervention, valves, cardiomyopathy, tumours, endocarditis, GUCH/ACHD and includes both interactive lectures and case-based learning.

For more information and to register, click here.

New echo skills days for registrars running national from September – November 2023

The British Society of Echocardiography (BSE) has launched a pilot programme of echo skills days in collaboration with the British Junior Cardiologists Association (BJCA).

The programme aims to alleviate the difficulty some registrars experience in accessing echocardiography training and will facilitate the acquisition of basic skills as well as introductions to echo training leads in their local area.

Taking place over five days from September – November 2023, the programme will initially open to ST4 cardiologists as you begin your training posts, but may be made available to a wider audience should places be available later in the summer.

The skills days will use live models and include basic echo training: how to hold the probe; how to operate the scanners; what measurements to take; basics on report writing etc. Crucially, the faculty leading the days will be the training leads in those regions enabling the registrars to meet the people who will be training them in their centres and therefore removing the obstacle many registrars find of knowing whom to contact within echo departments.

Dates for your diary

  • Friday 22nd September 2023, Newcastle
  • Monday 25th September 2023, Manchester
  • Wednesday 27th September 2023, Bristol
  • Monday 30th October 2023, London South
  • Tuesday 14th November 2023, London North

Click here to register your interest.

Introduction to Cardiac Structural Interventions (ICSI-UK) 2023

University Hospitals Nottingham NHS Trust  are excited to announce that we will be organising the “Introduction to Cardiac Structural Intervention (ICSI-UK)” for the second successive year on the Friday 3rd November 2023 at the Marriot Nottingham, Belfry. Last years conference in 2022 was a great success, attended by around 80 participants from all over the world including Spain, India and Sri Lanka. The feedback has been excellent. This course is designed for Interventional Consultant at early stages of their careers in structural interventions, Cardiology trainees and Interventional trainees, with an interest in structural interventions. Attendees will experience in-depth education, hands-on simulations, and step-by-step instructions for common procedures while building the confidence with anatomical abnormalities using case- and simulation-based imaging. Attendees will also gain valuable clinical skills and an opportunity to connect with some of the pioneers of structural interventions in the United Kingdom.

View programme.

Cardiology Fellowships

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:
To post details of a fellowship/job for the website, go here:

Please circulate to any members of your departments who have fellowship opportunities to advertise.

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