March 18th, 2015

Networking Opportunities and Cardiology Bootcamp at ACC.15

Saurav Chatterjee is a Cardiology fellow blogging this week for CardioExchange in San Diego at this year’s annual ACC conference. For more of our ACC.15 coverage including late-breaking news and in depth analysis, stay tuned to our ACC.15 Headquarters.

As the annual scientific sessions draw to a close, a few of the other ‘small-but-engrossing sessions’ deserve mention.

First of all, a dedicated Fellows-in-Training (FIT) lounge served as a great venue for meeting people, networking, or just plain lounging while grabbing some snacks. The organizing committee deserves special kudos for setting this up. I don’t recall prior iterations of the ACC or other national meetings having a dedicated space for fellows and being successful simultaneously in helping them group together.

A great session of EKG review by the superb Dr. Podrid in the FIT lounge held a relatively modest audience enthralled for two sessions in the afternoons.

Informative networking and ‘meet-the-mentor’ sessions again at the FIT lounge deserve a definite word of acknowledgement.

Finally, as a budding interventional Fellow I was absolutely enthralled by the bootcamp sessions set up by the TCT-ACC-i2 faculty. These were dedicated sessions where some of the most renowned interventionists in the country imparted pearls of wisdom in a case-based format for an audience largely comprised of interventional fellows or young faculty. I hope the other national societies—as well as future ACC meetings—will retain similar flavor and improve on these.

Word of regret: while we as trainees keep hearing that academic medicine is losing attraction and many a devout follower, I personally feel that such bootcamp-like sessions—for grant writing and one-on-one interactions with mentors to provide tips on how to survive and hopefully thrive in academia as Fellows or early career physicians in a busy specialty like cardiology, and many of its sub-specialties—may be successful in retaining at least some of those giving up on pursuit of an academic career.

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