Vice-President Education & Research
Chair of Programme Committee
On behalf of the Programme Committee, I am delighted to present the Main Programme (plenary sessions) for the BCS Annual Conference, 2 – 4 June 2014. We very much look forward to welcoming you to Manchester!
The Conference this year will be our largest in terms of number of plenary sessions (76), hot topics (over 120) and anticipated delegates. With the BHF Healthcare Professionals joining us, we expect delegate numbers to be well over 3000!
Year on year we endeavour to improve the programme of educational activities and also introduce something ‘a bit different’ to keep your interest over the 3 days!
Highlights of the 2014 Programme
This year our theme is ‘Tomorrow’s World’ and many sessions will be looking to the future of cardiovascular science and medicine.
The main programme is divided into the dedicated tracks, as before. Please click on links for further information:
- National Training Day- including SAC session
- Education for Revalidation- based on the Cardiology Curriculum
- Imaging- multi-modality imaging and abstract poster session
- Clinical Science Translational Research (CSTR)- including the Young Research Workers Prize (YRWP) and Michael Davies Early Career Award and abstract poster sessions
- Basic Science- the BAS/BSCR Spring meeting with basic science abstract poster sessions
- BCS- Provided by the Programme Committee- some old favourites (BCS Quiz, Top 10 Trials) here but also NEW sessions including JBS3 and focussed sessions for revalidation (Lifelong Learning- dedicated interactive case based sessions- you need to sign up for these) and some entertainment (‘Cardiology rocks’ is CPEX testing with a difference!). Also meet the man who climbed Everest 8 times!
- Named lectures- from Dr Rick Nishimura and Prof Barbara Casadei
- Affiliated Groups- with dedicated sessions, joint sessions and tracks
- BHF Healthcare Professionals- NEW this year
- Sponsored symposium- This year we present 2 sponsored symposia thanks to Janssen (PDF) (innovation in cardiology pathways final) and CamNutra.
Over 150 abstracts have been accepted for presentation this year in the CSTR track and imaging track. The poster sessions will be hosted in the Education Hall. This does not include the basic science abstracts which will be presented in the Basic Science track.
The Education Hall is a dedicated area for interactive education:
- Poster sessions
- Simulation- This year we have 15 technical simulators available with supervised training by experienced consultants. For the first time this year we also have pericardiocentesis training.
- Imaging village- Interactive work stations for CT, MRI and echo will be available to all with opportunity to undertake echo scans on volunteers. Supervised by trainers. Book in advance on-line
- MRI scanner- will be on site. Volunteers will undergo scans and delegates can get involved in post processing and interpretation. Book in advance on-line
- Resuscitation skills- sign up to sessions to join a resuscitation team to improve your skills. Book in advance on-line
- Hot topics- back by popular demand! Over 120 hot topics over 3 days with 3 BCS run subspecialty zones and 1 BHF zone (covering research)! See the new JBS3 risk calculator and App in action!
- Industry stands- look out for the education agenda provided by our industry colleagues on their stands.
Annual Dinner- Tuesday 3 June 2014
Do not miss the opportunity to network both professionally and socially at the Annual Dinner! Now a highlight of the Conference, this years dinner will be bigger than ever! You will be welcomed by a champagne reception. A 3-course dinner will be followed by a fund raising raffle. The BHF have donated some excellent prizes to tempt all! There will also be music and dancing…so bring your dancing shoes! Reserve your seat early by booking online or at the registration desk.
Download our App for further information about the Conference, follow us on twitter @BritishCardioSoc or use #bcs2014. 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 and those who have provided simulators. Thank you to all who have contributed to the programme, the webcasters and simulator trainers. Special thanks to the British Heart Foundation, the Programme Committee and the BCS staff at Fitzroy Square who have helped make it all happen yet again!
I hope you have an enjoyable and educationally rewarding time at the 2014 BCS Annual Conference!
Dr Sarah Clarke
Chair of the Programme Committee
BCS Vice-President Education & Research