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Junior Faculty & Trainee Council Highlights from Prague

Pali Dedhiya Shah, MD
JFTC Chair

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pali shahThe Junior Faculty and Trainee Council was as active as ever at the 2012 ISHLT international conference. In additional to the high quality scientific submissions, the JFTC received an overwhelming number of abstracts of challenging cases from all disciplines for the annual Clinical Case Symposium. The six cases with highest scores were selected for oral presentation and over sixty posters were on display throughout the conference.

We have had a tremendous response from senior ISHLT faculty to make time in their busy schedules to volunteer as mentors. With this we have been able to sponsor two mentorship opportunities this year:

1. On Thursday, Ramesh Emani facilitated a round table discussion of broad career topics at the trainee and faculty mentor luncheon, which kept attendees engrossed in conversation through the entire two hour session.

2. The JFTC also sponsored a paired mentorship program, facilitating introductions between trainees and junior faculty with senior faculty, which were individually matched based on their stated career interests.

At our annual council meeting we received some fabulous ideas for the upcoming year including opportunities with the JHLT, a job posting website, and even a "jeopardy/quiz show." We look forward to a productive and dynamic year!

Disclosure Statement: The author has no conflicts of interest to disclose.