About the Authors

Dr Sarah Clarke MA MD FRCP FESC FACC, is a Consultant Interventional Cardiologist at Papworth Hospital, Cambridge UK. Her undergraduate years were spent at the University of Cambridge, UK and postgraduate training was undertaken in the region. She attained an MD from the Univeristy of Cambridge.  She was awarded a Fellowship in Interventional Cardiology at the Massachusetts General Hospital, University of Harvard, Boston, USA, and returned to take up her Consultant post in the UK in 2002. In 2006 Dr Clarke was appointed the Clinical Director of Cardiac Services. at Papworth.

Dr Clarke has worked closely with the British Cardiovascular Society  (BCS) and has chaired the Communication and Education  (CE) Committtee since 2008, having previously been a member and Chair of the Information and Surveys Committee. The remit of the CE committee is to develop and contribute to the website, (www.bcs.com) , report at the Annual Scientific Conference of the Society and develop the education strategy, facilitating access to educational resources which reflect the cardiology curriculum. The blog is also the responsibility of the Committee and was launched at the ACC this year. With over 7,000 hits during the conference, the blog was deemed a great success. The blog will continue with other authors contributing including Dr Iain Simpson (Vice-President Education and Research at the BCS) and Dr James Rudd. Please see below for further information!

Dr Clarke has recently been elected to Vice-President (elect) Education and research at the BCS and will follow in the footsteps of the current VP, Dr Iain Simpson, taking up this post at the Annual Scientific Conference, 2011. You will see her shadowing Dr Simpson at the Conference this year and please do make contact with any comments you may have on the conference.

Dr Iain A Simpson MD, FRCP (Glas), FRCP (Lond), FACC, FESC is BCS Vice President, Education & Research and Chairman of the BCS Programme Committee. A consultant interventional cardiologist at the Wessex Regional Cardiac Centre, Southampton University Hospitals Trust since 1992, he qualified in medicine from the University of Glasgow in 1980, was a British-American Research Fellow with the British Heart Foundation and American Heart Association working in San Diego, California, USA, and senior registrar in cardiology at St. George’s and the Royal Brompton Hospitals.

A previous BCS Council member and Chair of the Information & Surveys, and Communication & Education Committees he was also Commissioning Editor of Heart and a Divisional Clinical Director for Specialist Services at Southampton University Hospitals Trust.

Developing and implementing the BCS Education Strategy has been a major direction for the Education & Research Division as well as shaping the BCS Annual Conference & Exhibition to make it fit for future purpose. We hope to build on a revalidation based education track for our members to compliment the clinical and basic science components of the conference and the superb multi professional programmes from the Affiliated Groups. Look out for the changes to the BCS Annual Conference & Exhibition this year and use the BCS Blog to feedback your comments and suggestions. It is your meeting and we need your input.

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