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ISHLT Junior Faculty & Trainee Council Year in Review

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Jennifer Cowger, MD
Council Chair

The Junior Faculty Trainee Council (JFTC) has had a very productive year with many exciting plans for 2013-2014. In order to promote junior faculty and trainee involvement in the ISHLT and to inform junior clinicians about the ISHLT, the JFTC is focusing on outreach for 2013-14.

New this year at the Scientific Sessions was a JFTC booth to advertise the council and promote the council's role in the ISHLT.

The JFTC Annual Mentor Luncheon remained popular as ever with over 60-70 registered participants.

Now in its 3rd year, Jason Gluck led this year's formal mentorship program, pairing ISHLT senior faculty with trainees and junior faculty to facilitate personal introductions that will hopefully lead to new academic collaborations. If you participated in this program we would love to hear from you so that we can continue to improve the experience.

In addition to the annual JFTC "Challenging Clinical Cases" session, there were several collaborative symposiums between JFTC and other ISHLT councils at the 2013 ISHLT Annual Meeting. Highlights included the JHLT and JFTC "Year in Review", with a review of the past year's most noteworthy publications; a quality of life after lung transplant symposium, led by Daniel Dilling and Annette DeVito Dabbs; and a "Challenges in Pediatric Heart Transplantation" symposium led by Jonathan Johnson and Elizabeth Blume.

We are now calling for symposium submissions for 2014! If you have ideas for 2014 symposium that you would like to develop with the JFTC or co- develop with another council, please contact us at one of the addresses below.

We have exciting new projects upcoming this year. Manreet Kanwar took on the challenge of creating a training database with a link on the ISHLT website to advanced medical and surgical fellowship training opportunities (please see announcement below). Finally, JFTC members will be writing brief biographical summaries of our field's pioneers and marvels-stay tuned for this addition to an upcoming Links! If you are interested in symposium development, want more information on the JFTC, or would like to share your experience with the mentorship program please contact Jennifer Cowger at or Pali Shah at

We are excited to announce our efforts to create an 'International Fellowship Training Database' survey. The aim of the survey is to create an online directory of training opportunities (medical and surgical) for adult and pediatric heart failure, thoracic organ transplantation/mechanical assist devices, and pulmonary hypertension. Once complied, the information will be available on the ISHLT website and includes informational and contact details. We are trying to improve visibility of these highly specialized training programs to individuals seeking advanced training opportunities. Please join us in making this endeavor a success and boost young trainee and faculty involvement in ISHLT! Programs interested in submitting their training program information should go to

Finally, the ISHLT and the JFTC would like to congratulate Mustafa Ahmed (and his fellow Bhalaghuru Chokkalingam Mani), for the highest scoring presentation out of >100 entries in this year's ISHLT audience interactive session, "Clinical Case Dilemmas in Thoracic Transplantation". His presentation, titled "Infectious Disease: Rapid Respiratory Failure After Heart Transplant" was an excellent presentation of a case of donor-derived stronglyoides hyperinfection syndrome. Our multidisciplinary panel of experts who graciously discussed the case during the session without knowing the diagnosis, praised Dr. Ahmed's presentation for its excellent discussion and novelty of mode of transmission. For his award he will receive a complimentary registration to next year's ISHLT Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA. If you have a unique clinical case, remember to ask your junior faculty and trainees to submit their cases during the call for abstracts in fall 2013!

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