BJCA Newswire –  24th May 2024

*BJCA Sessions at BCS Annual Conference – Monday 3rd June*

We will be presenting the headline results from the BJCA 2024 Training survey at the BCS Annual Conference on Monday 3rd June from 11:00am.

Come join us at Hot Topics Zone 3 to see:

  • Is your training up to scratch? Results from the BJCA Survey [11:00-11:15]
  • Physician Associates in Cardiology – do they hinder or help training? [11:15-11:30]

How does training in your deanery compare to others?

*BJCA drinks reception at BCS – Monday 3rd June*

We will again be hosting our annual drinks reception on the Monday of BCS, at the Oast House (M3 3AY) from 6.15pm onwards. All are welcome, we look forward to seeing you there!

CardioStars: a research translation and commercialisation programme from the British Heart Foundation

CardioStars helps physicians and scientists take their research discoveries and turn them into products and businesses that can make a difference to patients. The programme provides a crash course in research translation, innovation and entrepreneurship, and offers networking opportunities and expert mentoring.

The programme is funded by the BHF and participation is offered free of charge. We are particularly keen to enrol cardiologists at the early stages of their research career, including those undertaking MDs and PhDs. No prior experience or a specific idea is required, just an interest and eagerness to learn.

The next event takes place in Oxford on Friday 21st June. For further information or to express your interest in the programme visit

‘Coronary Surgery: Research in Practice’. Friday 31st May. Clinical Education Centre, Glenfield Hospital, Leicester – Registration is open for our educational day

The programme is comprehensive of complex coronary case considerations from imaging to conduit choice decision making for non-guideline described cases and updates on key areas such as revascularisation for poor LV, endoscopic vein harvest, sex differences in outcomes after CABG, and multi-arterial grafting.

Everyone welcome. Ideal for junior doctors, registrars and consultants in cardiology and cardiac surgery.

5 CPD points awarded by RCSEd and a complimentary lunch iReE Register free by emailing

BHRS EP Traces and Hands-on Simulation Days: 10-11 June 2024 at Delta Hotels by Marriott, Bristol City Centre

On the 10th June Dr Simon Modi’s ever popular EP traces.
Followed by 11th June a wealth of opportunity for all trainees wanting: pericardiocentesis simulation, hands on CIED programming, mentis device implant simulation (including CRT and CSP). For budding ablationists also transeptal puncture, hands on 3D mapping, Bard workstations and a range of other tech. DOPS available on request.

For more information and to register, please click here.

London Arrhythmia Summit: 14 June 2024, The King’s Fund, London

The London Arrhythmia Summit aims to provide high-quality arrhythmia and pacing education in a succinct one-day format in the UK. The talks are short and focussed with key take-home messages highlighted in a retainable manner. Some presentations will have provocative titles to enable drilling down to key clinical questions that we often ask in routine patient care. There will be no-holds-barred debates with heavyweights in the arrhythmia field tackling challenging clinical scenarios and questions. There is plenty of opportunity for audience interaction with our prestigious faculty through the multiple Ask the Expert sessions.  Just £49.00 for trainees.

Registration open:

Liverpool Structural Cardiology Course: 12 July 2024, The Muncipal Hotel, Liverpool

The Liverpool Structural Cardiology Simulation Course is a full day, hands-on course designed to offer a comprehensive and in depth experience on all aspects of structural intervention. It will give delegates exposure to TAVI, TEER (Mitral Valve intervention), PFO/ASD closure, left atrial appendage occluders as well as core skills such as vascular closure and transeptal puncture. The course is heavily subsidised and has limited spaces. All Cardiology trainees are welcome and delegates will be grouped according to their experience level for an individualised experience.

For more information on how to register, please click here /download programme.

Any queries should be directed towards

Trainee Sessions: Monday 3rd June 2024, Charter 3

The hurdles of academia & training – how to succeed
This session is designed to encourage discussion around how best to approach academic and clinical training, and practical tools to navigate the possible hurdles trainees may face. It also provides insight into how the BHF funding process works, to which trainees are rarely exposed until applying for grants. This session will take place from 10.00am – 11.00am.

ACHD and Maternal Medicine for Trainees
This session is designed to provide an overview of challenging ACHD and maternal cardiology presentations that arise on call, and how to approach them as a general cardiology trainee. This session will take place from 11.30am – 12.30pm.

Expanding your role within cardiology
How to diversify your professional scope and interests as a cardiologist. Tips, tricks and experience from those who have taken the plunge! This session will take place from 13.45 – 15.15.

BCS 2024 : BCS Education Zone Booking Update!

Sessions in our popular Education Zone are filling up fast and some are already full, so we would advise booking at your earliest convenience! At the time of writing, slots are still available for:

  • TAVI (16 slots)
  • EP – Virtual Reality (14 slots)
  • EP (only 3 slots!)
  • ASD/PFO closure (9 slots)
  • CTO PCI (only 3 slots!)
  • Practical CMR Scanning (Intermediate-Advanced) (only 4 slots!)

To book, login to your existing conference booking and follow the links. If your favoured training is booked out, we do occasionally have cancellations so keep an eye on the Education Zone booking link in case a slot becomes available.

You can check out the full programme for the Imaging Village here and the Simulator Village here.

Don’t miss these conference events!

NEW! BCS/Valve for Life Symposia
Patient access to TAVI : Resetting the gender balance

The BCS and Valve for Life, supported by Medtronic, are holding three identical symposia at BCS2024 on Tuesday 4 June. Research has shown that women are less likely to receive aortic valve replacement – you are invited to attend the symposia to discuss the issues and help shape the future of women’s access to cardiology services. The sessions take place from 9.30-10.30am, 11.30am- 12.30pm and 2-3pm – to book login to the conference website. Please register for one session only to allow others to attend.

NEW! Active Bystander Training

Racism, bullying, sexual harassment and other inappropriate behaviours contribute to a toxic culture. It can be deeply corrosive and damaging if these behaviours and attitudes are normalised over time. That’s why it’s essential for everyone to know how to speak up when problems arise. Our new training takes place on Monday 3 June in two identical sessions, at 12.45pm or 2pm and you must be registered for the BCS conference first. Places are limited to 25 people – book here.
Networking events – BCS and BHF Receptions

BCS Networking Reception and Cardiology Quiz – Tuesday 4 June from 5.45pm 

Join us for our usual conference reception and the ever-popular conference highlight The Cardiology Quiz! This fun and highly competitive test of knowledge, presented by BCS Vice-President for Training Professor Mark Westwood, is a conference staple.

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