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From the Desk of the JFTC Chair and Vice Chair

Keyur Shah, MD
Junior Faculty & Trainee Council Chair
Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, VA, USA

Evan Kransdorf, MD, PhD
Junior Faculty & Trainee Council Vice Chair
Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute
Los Angeles, CA, USA

The year can be defined in several different ways depending on the markers that are used, such as the "calendar" year (January to December), the "academic" year (July to June) and the "fiscal" year (October to September). But as members of the Junior Faculty and Trainee Council, we live according to the ISHLT year - May of one year to April of the next. This May 2016 to April 2017 was a very successful one, and we will highlight these accomplishments here.

The ISHLT year opened with a frenzy of symposium development for next year's ISHLT. Under the superb leadership of Martin Schweiger, the Education Workforce Leader, 62 proposals were submitted with JFTC support of which 28 (42%) were accepted.

As the year progressed, several JFTC projects took shape. Colleen Mcllvennan in the newly created position of Nursing, Health Science and Allied Health Council Liaison, worked to connect with the leadership of the American Association of Heart Failure Nurses (AAHFN). Together, they developed a joint sponsored symposium for the 2018 AAHFN meeting. We hope to continue to foster this important relationship in the future.

As the JFTC Workforce representative on the Standards and Guidelines Committee, Jose N. Nativi-Nicolau (J Triple-N) worked closely with Society leadership to standardize a process to ensure Junior Faculty involvement on ISHLT projects. Under Jose's guidance, numerous junior faculty members are participating on workgroups and consensus documents formalized through this committee.

Hirsch Mehta (I2C2 Liaison) and Darko Vucicevic (International Liaison) worked closely with Evan Kransdorf (Vice Chair) to analyze and present data to better-understand global participation at the Society annual meeting. Specifically, they sought to identify barriers of participation for junior faculty.

Marco Masseti (Heart Failure-Transplant Liaison) and Natasha Altman resuscitated the Heart Failure Journal Watch and the Heart Donor Forum. Feras Khaliel continues to flog life into What's New in MCS newsletter. And Simon Pecha has been a valiant steward of the kind of widely circulated BSTR Bright Lights.

Finally, April arrived and ISHLT 2017. Jorge Silva Enciso and Claire Irving put together a very well attended Mentor Lunch. The JFTC Networking reception was lovely and well received.

Additionally, the JFTC continues to maintain the International Fellowship Database, promote the ISHLT Mentor-Mentee Program and foster mentored writing opportunities in the JHLT.

In summary, the JFTC continues to be one of the most active councils in the society, advocating for and representing trainee and junior faculty members of the Society. There is always a need for persons who want to contribute, so please contact one of the JFTC council members if you are interested. ■

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

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