Vice-President Education & Research
Chair of Programme Committee
A warm welcome to ExCeL, London and the 2013 BCS Annual Conference!
The Main Programme
Through dedicated tracks and activities in the Education Hall (formerly Exhibition) our educational programme caters for all- trainees, cardiologists, academics and allied professionals.
Over a 3 to 5 year cycle we cover all topics in the cardiology curriculum and through formative assessment can provide additional evidence of CPD for the trainee portfolio and for consultant revalidation. With education from the sub-specialties and updates in clinical translational and basic science research our programme is presented in the following ‘tracks’:
- National Training Day including SAC session
- Education for Revalidation (E4R) including joint ESC and ACC sessions and the ‘Top 10 Trials’
- Affiliated Groups (AG)
- Clinical Science and Translational Research (CSTR)
- Basic Science
Abstracts are presented in the Imaging, CSTR and Basic Science tracks with the final of the BCS Young Research Workers Prize (YRWP) in the CSTR track and the BAS/BSCR Young Investigator Award in the Basic Science track.
Dedicated BCS sessions focus on quality, commissioning, cardiovascular disease prevention and sports cardiology. Our Affiliates SCST, BANCC/BACPR/BSH and CCP(UK) hold full day symposia at the Conference to which all are welcome to attend.
Our ‘Named Lectures’ this year will be delivered by Prof Anthony DeMaria and Prof Alain Cribier.
Our theme this year is ‘Innovation’. We all have great ideas but how do we take them forwards? In association with Medical Futures we are delighted to present symposia on Cardiovascular Ideas and Innovation featuring the world’s foremost experts in innovation and commercialisation. Take a walk through the ‘Innovation Mall’ in the Education Hall and meet experts to help you get your idea kick started.
New for 2013
Each year we aim to bring something new to the programme. This year we have:
- Spotlight session: We are delighted that Prof Jane Burns, a world expert in Kawasaki disease from San Diego will be presenting at the Conference
- BCS Quiz. A Home Nations showdown: Teams from Edinburgh, Leeds and Cardiff answers cardiology and general knowledge questions in a bid to win the trophy! Quiz master- Dr Rod Stables
- CPEX demonstration with 2013 Olympic Gold Medallist- Andrew Triggs-Hodge
- The Education Hall (formerly Exhibition) has a programme of events on the stands plus
- Hot topics: Over 80 short (15 minute) focussed presentations covering FAQ’s in cardiology and professional topics will be delivered by experts throughout each day in 4 areas in the Education Hall- 3 BCS Hot Topic zones and in the Arena (Industry Hot Topics). There will also be 6 minute interviews with some of the BCS Executive and guest speakers at the meeting including the Presidents of the BCS, ESC and ACC.
- Innovation Mall with experts in intellectual property, design, entrepreneurship, start-up and investment
- Live team based simulation (Wednesday): experience the virtual cath lab in the Education Hall- participate or watch delegates deal with complications during a PCI
- Improved simulation learning experience: choice of objectives, longer sessions and new this year- renal denervation simulation
- And back for another year- the cyclathon (on the CRY stand). See how far you can cycle compared to your colleagues, raise money for charity and you may win a prize!
Annual Dinner- Tuesday 4 June, 2013
Do not miss the opportunity to network both professionally and socially! Now a highlight of the Conference, you will be welcomed by a champagne reception infiltrated by magicians and accompanied by a string duet. A 3-course dinner with fine wine will be followed by followed by our guest after-dinner speaker from ITV News. Reserve your seat early by booking online or at the registration desk. Your table will have a chance to win a magnum of champagne!
The Annual Dinner will be held from 1900 hours in the Capital Suite, Level 2 on Tuesday 4 June.
Download our App for further information about the Conference, follow us on twitter @BritishCardioSoc or use #bcs2013. Look out for our daily e-magazine and check out the website www.bcs.com for webcasts of the sessions from each day.
I would like to thank all our Exhibitors, Medical Futures, and the simulation teams. Thank you to all who have contributed to the programme and the webcasters. Special thanks to the British Heart Foundation, the Programme Committee and the BCS staff at Fitzroy Square who have helped make it all happen!
I hope you have an enjoyable and educationally rewarding time at the 2013 BCS Annual Conference!
Dr Sarah Clarke
Chair of the Programme Committee
BCS Vice-President Education & Research