BJCA Newswire –  24th November 2023

*Save the date – Cardiology to the Core 2024*
Make sure to save the date for our free annual EECC revision course ‘Cardiology to the Core’, which will be held in Birmingham on the 11th and 12th May 2024! Booking details will be released nearer the time.

BJCA Device Implanter and Troubleshooting Course – final session 30th November 2023

The most highly attended BJCA course is back.

The BJCA-Medtronic Device Implanter and Troubleshooting course follows on from your Device Programming Course that took place in February.

The sessions are designed for Cardiology ST4, ST5 and Clinical Fellows who have some experience in Pacemaker/ICD implantation but not routinely as first operator in your training. (See the related CiP and procedural components from the 2022 curriculum below).
Sign up here.

We will have expert faculty commentating step-by-step alongside a PPM and CRT case and sharing their personal tips and tricks.

And as requested, we’ve also added more Device Programming troubleshooting for you too!

Related curriculum points:

  • Specialty CiP 3 (at Level 4): “Assess, investigate and instigate management in asymptomatic and symptomatic patients at risk of arrhythmic events including identifying patients who may be indicated cardiovascular implanted electronic devices (‘implantable devices’) and electrophysiological study and ablation”
  • Pacemaker implantation (at level 3- under supervision)

Register today at

BCS A Year in Cardiology – Friday 15th December 2023

The culmination to the cardiovascular year will review the biggest and most relevant topics of the past 12 months. This course is a must-attend for consultants and cardiology trainees who wish to keep up to date on advances in cardiology. There will also be a live Q&A session posing questions to the expert panel.

For more information and to register, please click here.  Online Registration Closes: 23:59, Tuesday 12 December 2023

BCIS Advanced Cardiovascular Intervention 2024: 31 January – 2 February 2024 – Now Available to Watch Virtually for Free
The meeting will take place from Wednesday 31st January to 2nd February 2024 and for the first time in its history, ACI is being held as a hybrid meeting and virtual registration is FREE and open to all, allowing international colleagues to enjoy the very best of British Cardiovascular Intervention for the first time streamed LIVE from London.

BCIS ACI will once again offer a dynamic, relevant and innovative three-day programme with dedicated sessions for trainees. In-person attendance is exclusive to BCIS members and free for trainee members, giving you the opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals up and down the country.

Register your place here for In Person and Virtual Attendance:
Become a BCIS member:

Whilst the programme isn’t yet available, you will be able to enjoy the following:

  • LIVE cases from Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital and John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford
  • Updates on important trials and research
  • Talks on Innovations in Intervention
  • A session dedicated to short, focussed, 5-minute talks
  • Lots of healthy debate
  • Prof. Mamas Mamas’ first BCIS audit presentation
  • The ever-popular complications session
  • And much more!

BCS Archive Committee November article: Sir Thomas Lewis
Written by Elen Hughes – Cardiology ST5, BCS Archive Committee Trainee Rep

In November, as we reflect upon Armistice Day, it was felt a short note on ‘The Soldier’s Heart’ was apt. In 1918, Thomas Lewis published a book, titled ‘The Soldier’s Heart and the Effort Syndrome’, which he described in the preface as being ‘nothing more than some war notes’. Within his book, he describes how heart disease had become an increasing burden on the British Army during the 1st World War. He described thoroughly the physiological and cardiovascular changes seen during exercise (the ‘effort’ syndrome), and discussed how these can be misconstrued as a symptom of being unwell. The ‘effort syndrome’ is what we would consider nowadays to be a functional condition. He also then describes how the symptoms of ‘effort syndrome’ are in fact similar to the symptoms of heart disease, and discusses the examination findings expected in a young soldier with heart disease, as seen in his practice.
Sir Lewis’ book is available in the BCS archive where there is an unrivalled collection of his works. He was one of the founder members of the BCS (or as it was known then, the ‘Cardiac Club’) and the first editor of Heart. Many artefacts related to Sir Lewis can be found in the archive. His book has also been uploaded to the Wellcome Collection online and is available free of charge to read.

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.

Worldwide EXCELLENCE for Young Cardiologists Webinars – November and December

Worldwide EXCELLENCE for young cardiologists is an advanced programme addressed to young cardiologists, aimed at deepening their theoretical and practical knowledge in the diagnosis and treatment of heart diseases. Follow the 4 modules (in 8 webinars) to improve your competences with 4 recognised international cardiology centers.

For more information, please click here. You can join the programme here.

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