BJCA Newswire –  5th 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.

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.

Medicamentum Hands on Transthoracic Echo Course 

A two-day echo course on the weekend of the 5th and 6th August at UCL in London. Prior to this, delegates will have access to 8 hours of pre-recorded lectures delivered by award winning consultants/BSE faculty. There will be two full days of hands-on echo scanning with experienced physiologists, senior registrars and consultants who are BSE accredited. All food and refreshments will be provided. Limited places.

Further details can be found at 3 Free places will be allocated at random or full refunds if already signed up to ST4 BJCA members.

MSc in Medical education

Delivered by experienced teachers and senior clinical medical education leads and consultants, this part-time, flexible modular programme is designed for doctors wishing to develop in their role as educators. It is designed to equip doctors to use appropriate teaching strategies and educational theories to enhance the way they support learning. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so we recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible, our application deadline for the first review is 31 July 2023.

The MSc in Medical Education is suitable for doctors of all grades and specialty. Applicants should have a role in medical education and as such we would recommend applicants have completed the foundation programme.

Read more of our student testimonials –

To find our more and register –

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 expect to receive their invitiation to vote via email this coming Tuesday 9 May.

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.

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:

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.

BCS Annual Conference 2023 – Education Zone booking up fast!

Sessions for this year’s Education Zone at the BCS Annual Conference are booking up fast, with only a few now remaining. There is a wide variety of Simulator training available, featuring hands-on teaching across a range of procedures and techniques with experienced faculty, and this year’s Imaging Village for Cardiac Imaging training, with practical training opportunities with expert imagers covering the full range of contemporary cardiac imaging modalities.

There will be no drop-in sessions available and all sessions will need to be pre-booked online.

You can book your sessions within your registration for the BCS Annual Conference (fourth page titled ‘Education zone sessions’). If you have already registered, you can use the credentials you were given to login into the BCS website, navigate to ‘Conference Registrations‘ where you will be able to edit your booking.

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

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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