Vacancy – Publications Director

PUBLICATIONS DIRECTOR
Circa £50,000pa full-time, permanent

EACTS, Windsor, UK.

The European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery is Europe’s largest and leading membership Society for surgeons, perfusionists and health care professionals involved in cardiothoracic care and treatments. We are active in more than 50 countries worldwide and boast an engaged membership of 4,000.

Over the coming years, we will be growing the reach, impact and influence of the Association globally and our publications portfolio is a key element in our planning.  We now wish to appoint our first Publications Director to be responsible for the operational activities and strategic development of our two world-leading journals, the EJCTS and the ICTVS.

This role is ideally suited for an ambitious and strategic professional with a meticulous eye for detail. You will have at least a working knowledge of one of the major journal submissions systems such as Editorial Manager or ScholarOne and enjoy excellent time-management, communication and interpersonal skills.  A salary of circa £50,000 plus pension and benefits and a central Windsor based office location are on offer for the ideal candidate with remote, flexible working considered.

Application

Please click on the link below to download the full Candidate Brief including Job Description.

Applications should consist of a full CV and a supporting letter, which should address key aspects of the responsibilities outlined here and the candidate’s personal suitability for the role.

Completed applications should be emailed to:  recruitment@eacts.co.uk
Closing date for applications: 24 September 2021
The appointment will be made subject to satisfactory references.

EACTS COUNCIL NOMINATIONS 2021

2 July 2021

Summary

The Council (also known as the Board of Trustees) is the governing, decision-making body of EACTS.  The Council is made up of up to 15 members who each serve for set terms, in different capacities, acting at all times in the best interests of the Association, our members and ultimately the patients that we serve. Council meets at least four times a year and some members of Council may also serve other Committees or Domains that meet more frequently.

Each Councillor will serve a set term (normally of up to three years) and each year a number of new Councillors are appointed as the terms of current Councillors come to an end. Councillors to be appointed must complete a process of Nomination (detailed below), selection and eventually, ‘election’ by the members at the General Assembly in October 2021.

Vacant Council Positions 2021

This year the following positions* on Council are to be filled.  A job description for each position is available by clicking on the title;

Vice President

Secretary General

Thoracic Disease Domain Chair

Congenital Disease Domain Chair

Councillor at large

The Process of Nomination and Selection

To ensure as fair and transparent a process as possible, EACTS Regulations (part of our governing document) stipulate that a Nominations Committee be established to oversee the Nomination and Selection process.  This year, the Committee is made up as follows;

  • Senior Past President; Marian Zembala (Chairman)
  • Past President: Ruggero De Paulis
  • Immediate Past President: Peter Licht
  • President: Mark Hazekamp
  • Secretary General: Rafa Sádaba

Any EACTS member can nominate a fellow member for a specified role on Council (there is no limit to the number of nominations a member can make). For avoidance of doubt, current Councillors, Domain and Task Force members may nominate, but members of the Nominations Committee may not.

In making a nomination, the person making the nomination must write a letter of support that includes;

  • a summary of the contribution that the person being nominated has made to his/her professional field,
  • the contribution made to the work of EACTS more broadly by the person being nominated, and
  • the skills and experiences the person being nominated will bring to Council and the specific role under consideration.

The person making the nomination should send a digital form of this letter, with a brief Curriculum Vitae of the person being nominated, to the Chair of the Nominations Committee via the dedicated EACTS e-mail address nominations@eacts.co.uk

The closing date for Nominations is 6pm (CET) Friday 6 August 2021.

The Nominations Committee will consider all applications before making a recommendation to the EACTS Council.  Council will make the final decision as to those to be formally presented for election at the EACTS General Assembly on 15 October 2021 (Barcelona).  Those who have nominated candidates will be informed of the outcome of this decision before 15 October and those members to be nominated will also be contacted before the General Assembly voting process.

 

Secretary General

It is most likely that interviews will be held for nominees short-listed by the Nominations Committee for the Secretary General role. These interviews will take place, via Zoom, between 30 August and 10 September 2021.

The member elected to the role of Secretary General will spend one year shadowing the current Secretary General before taking up the post of Secretary General in October 2022.  The Secretary General term is for three years (beginning October 2022), renewable for up to a further two terms of three years (10 years in total).

 

Vice President

The Vice President will be elected in October 2021 with a view to becoming President in October 2022 and serving a final year on Council as Immediate Past President from October 2023.

*In October 2021, two other Councillor positions will also stand for election; the Honorary Treasurer and the Councillor at large (International Representative).  In June 2021, Council co-opted Mr Mark Whiteling to the role of Honorary Treasurer and Mark will stand for election in October 2021. Councillor at large (International Representative) is a role filled through invitation, by Council, to a representative of a sister Association (usually STS). Therefore, nominations will not be considered for these two roles.

MMCTS Residents’ Tutorial Competition

MMCTS residents tutorial competition

28 May 2021

MMCTS Residents’ Tutorial Competition

An EACTS & TSRA collaboration: Celebrating excellence in online surgical education

The European Association for Cardiothoracic Surgery (EACTS) and the Thoracic Surgery Residents Association (TSRA) are pleased to announce the launch of their new annual MMCTS Residents’ Tutorial Competition. The competition will recognize the best core skills video tutorial and will reward technical quality, surgical skills, and educational clarity.
Tutorials submitted to the competition will be eligible for publication in MMCTS (the Multimedia Manual of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery).
The aim of this new EACTS/TSRA initiative is to encourage residents to actively participate in the enduring shared mission of EACTS and the TSRA to advance education in the field of cardiac, thoracic, and vascular interventions.
The winner of the competition will receive the Marko Turina Award for Best MMCTS Residents’ Tutorial.
The deadline for entry into this year’s competition is July 31st.
For full competition details, entry requirements, and entry form, please visit MMCTS or contact Cori Mackin, Managing Editor, MMCTS.

EJCTS to be online only

 

23rd September 2020
European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery

Dear Member,

In October this year European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (EJCTS) will be joining Interactive CardioVascular and Thoracic Surgery (ICVTS) to become an online-only publication. Times are changing and so are we!  We now live in a digital world where both researchers and readers expect information to be easy to find and fast to access – from any device in any location – and online journals fulfill this need.

We understand that some of you may miss receiving your monthly copy of EJCTS, but after much debate we have decided that moving to online-only is the right thing to do, for EACTS and for our readers all over the world.

Here is a summary of our thinking, for your convenience:

  • By moving to online-only, EACTS can focus its efforts on improving the online journals, which in turn will deliver faster and more effective access to research information.
  • The EJCTS and ICTVS journal homepages are about to be significantly upgraded, making articles even more accessible than ever before.  Additional new functionality is timetabled for launch early next year.
  • Video can be a vitally important component of the papers EJCTS publishes.  Our online journals offer the specialty-focused video and sound content that is so often an essential element of a research article.
  • And finally, online-only journals save paper and plastic and eliminate the cost of distribution. We have become painfully conscious of the environmental cost of printing thousands of journals every month and we believe that this is unsustainable, in every sense of the word.

We hope you will support us in this decision and we look forward to announcing the launch of our new online journal homepages and improved functionality very soon.

With best wishes,

Friedhelm Beyersdorf                                                         Matthias Siepe
Editor-in-Chief                                                                     Incoming Editor-in-Chief

ESTS-EACTS Gender Bias Survey

COMPLETE THE ESTS-EACTS GENDER BIAS SURVEY – Due 15 January, 2021

 

Dear ESTS and EACTS Members,
Numbers revealing a gender gap in surgery are periodically reported by national and international institutions but data on perceptions of gender equality within the cardio-thoracic community are scarce.
Furthermore, identifying the causes of the disproportionately low female representation in cardio-thoracic surgery is challenging, and thus, solving this problem remains difficult. To better understand the reasons underlying this phenomenon, we would like to assess the perception and impact of gender bias on our speciality.
The Boards of ESTS and EACTS have jointly approved this project with the aim to depict a clearer European demographic situation and report gender equality’s experience by both male and female members.
This survey is entirely anonymous and will take 5-7 minutes to complete.
Thank you in advance for your participation. Click here to complete the survey.
Please contact c.pompili@leeds.ac.uk (ESTS)  and  j.kluin@amsterdamumc.nl (EACTS) if you have any questions or concerns about this survey and if you want to actively take part on this
project.

 

The 34th Annual Meeting will be virtual only

The 34th Annual Meeting
will be virtual only

3 August 2020

Dear Colleagues,

We have made the difficult decision to postpone the “live in person” part of the Annual Meeting in Barcelona and transition to a virtual format through the EACTS Portal only. The decision was made due to the escalating uncertainty related to the Coronavirus outbreak and to safeguard the safety of our members and the broader community we serve.

The innovative EACTS Portal will continue to provide an opportunity to attend the Annual Meeting sessions and connect with friends and colleagues, all in a safe learning environment with an inspiring scientific programme as well as a fully featured virtual exhibition hall where you can talk with exhibitors, see their latest products, and download information.

With this new technology, it is just like being right there in person.

 If you are a Physician or Industry representative , there are 3 options to attend:

      1. Existing EACTS members receive free access.
      2. Non-Members can apply for EACTS membership for an annual fee of €250, and receive free access.
      3. Non-Members who do not wish to join EACTS can register for the Annual Meeting for €300 plus applicable VAT.

All Nurses will receive complimentary registration.

If you are a Resident, Perfusionist, or other Allied Health professional , there are 3 options to attend:

      1. Existing EACTS members receive free access.
      2. Non-Members can apply for EACTS membership for an annual fee of €125, and receive free access.
      3. Non-Members who do not wish to join EACTS can register for the Annual Meeting for €150 plus applicable VAT.

 

Disclaimer: This year, EACTS are piloting an Artificial Intelligence translation tool and as this is new for us all, there may be some mistakes. Please help us to improve and share your feedback.

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Coronavirus and your EJCTS-ICVTS subscriptions

Dear Member,

During these unique and uncertain times, we are working hard to minimise the impact of the coronavirus on our publications and resources, particularly your subscriptions to the European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (EJCTS) and Interactive CardioVascular and Thoracic Surgery (ICVTS).

All EACTS members have subscriptions to these publications and we are taking steps to ensure you can always access EJCTS and ICVTS content. Both publications are available digitally through your Oxford University Press online account and – although we are working hard to reduce disruption to print copies of EJCTS – we are encouraging all our members to take advantage of the online materials, which include back issues and archive content.

The publications are also available via the EACTS mobile app, which can be downloaded via The App Store or Google Play. If you require any assistance logging in or have questions on how to access EJCTS online please  contact membership@oup.com directly or Elvira Lewis: elvira.lewis@eacts.co.uk

Kind regards,

Prof Dr Friedhelm Beyersdorf                                   Prof Dr Matthias Siepe
Editor-in-Chief EJCTS                                                  Editor-in-Chief ICVTS

Leading Heart Surgery Societies Call for Improved Strategies to Treat Rheumatic Heart Disease

Declaration details global initiative for people living with RHD

Experts from the world’s major heart surgery organizations—including The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS), the American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS), the Asian Society for Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery (ASCVTS), and the European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (EACTS)—are calling for urgent action to develop and implement effective strategies for treating rheumatic heart disease (RHD), which affects 33 million people and kills 320,000 annually. The joint statement, known as the “Cape Town Declaration,” was published online today in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery and eight other journals.

The statement originated during a December 2017 conference in Cape Town, South Africa, arranged to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the world’s first successful heart transplant operation. The conference was attended by representatives from STS, AATS, ASCVTS, and EACTS, as well as from numerous other national and pan-national heart surgery organizations, including the Australian and New Zealand Society of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgeons, the Brazilian Society of Cardiovascular Surgery, and the World Heart Foundation.

“The Cape Town Declaration represents the first truly worldwide initiative on rheumatic heart disease and involves every major cardiothoracic surgical organization throughout the globe,” said STS President Keith S. Naunheim, MD. “While this may only be the first step, we look forward to a joint effort that involves not just surgical organizations but industry, regulatory agencies, legislative bodies, and charitable foundations. Only through such a coordinated effort can we hope to roll back the tide of global rheumatic heart disease.”

RHD accounts for a major proportion of cardiovascular disease in children and young adults in low- and middle-income countries. It most often begins in childhood as strep throat. Left untreated, strep can progress to rheumatic fever and then RHD, which is characterized by one or more damaged heart valves. Although virtually eliminated in Europe and North America, RHD remains a leading cause of cardiovascular mortality in Africa, the Middle East, Central and South Asia, the South Pacific, and impoverished pockets of developed nations.

“The global burden of mortality from what is essentially a treatable disease remains underrecognized by different factions of society, including many health care providers,” said AATS President David H. Adams, MD. “The Cape Town Declaration is a call to arms to work together to treat those currently suffering from RHD and hopefully to one day shift the focus to prevention through access to appropriate antibiotic treatments of streptococcal infections.”

Currently, the only effective treatment for RHD is open heart surgery; however, this life-saving operation is not readily available in the affected regions. In those populations most vulnerable to RHD, the need for heart surgery is estimated at 300 operations per 1 million people. However, there is a serious shortage of both heart surgeons and hospitals that perform cardiac surgery in those areas most susceptible to the disease; for example, there is only one cardiac center per 33 million people in Africa. Furthermore, valve reconstruction as opposed to valve replacement in rheumatic disease is often possible and associated with better survival after surgery, and these techniques need to be broadly expanded through educational efforts in affected regions.

“The majority of people in the developing world are still lacking access to quality cardiac surgery,” said Friedhelm Beyersdorf, MD, Editor-in-Chief of the European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery. “The recent 50th anniversary of the world’s first heart transplantation in Cape Town should be the turning point.”

ASCVTS President Shinichi Takamoto, MD, PhD, agreed. “We need a coordinated international effort, which draws upon the experience of fighting this disease in Asia, Africa, and elsewhere in the world, to make true progress in eliminating RHD.”

Previous efforts to address RHD have focused on prevention and, while important, have failed to eradicate the disease, meaning that surgery likely will remain an integral part of RHD treatment for several generations. The declaration signatories are proposing a comprehensive solution with two principal aims:

  • To establish an international coalition of individuals from cardiac surgery societies and representatives from industry, cardiology, and government to evaluate and endorse the development of cardiac care in low- to middle-income countries.
  • To advocate for the training of cardiac surgeons and other key specialized caregivers at identified and endorsed centers in low- to middle-income countries.

More specifically, the declaration sets forth that the proposed international coalition should include two representatives each from STS, AATS, ASCVTS, and EACTS, along with one person from the device manufacturing industry and another from the World Heart Foundation. This group will be responsible for establishing criteria for the clinical care and training centers, as well as selecting and endorsing the centers. In addition, the declaration states that providers should receive training relevant to the conditions and resource-constrained settings that they can expect to encounter in their own countries. The statement also calls for the identification and endorsement of up to three clinical care and training centers to form a program nucleus as quickly as possible.

In addition to The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, the Cape Town Declaration will be published simultaneously in the following journals: Asian Cardiovascular and Thoracic Annals, Cardiovascular Journal of Africa, Chinese Circulation Journal, European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery, Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Polish Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery, South African Medical Journal, and the South Africa Heart Journal.

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