Robert: Malta Cardiology.

The Maltese Cardiac Society was founded in 2007 and is a member of the European Society of Cardiology. The objective of the society is to enhance knowledge regarding the cardiovascular system and circulation amongst physicians and cardiologists. The society is responsible for the specialisation of medical doctors in cardiology following completion of basic training in general medicine. To this extent, the society organises regular educational activities. These include weekly Heart Team meetings whereby cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons discuss challenging cases involving coronary and/or valvular heart disease; Journal Clubs whereby original articles, systematic reviews and meta-analysis recently published in international peer-reviewed journals are presented and discussed; and Morbidity & Mortality meetings whereby cases with peri-procedural complications are presented amongst cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons and trainees and critically analysed with the intention of improving outcomes in our patient population. Lectures on interpretation of electrocardiograms, management of arrhythmias and pacing are also carried out on a weekly basis as part of postgraduate medical education. In addition, interesting cases and/or guidelines are discussed in a dedicated session carried out on a two-weekly basis.

Promotion of cardiac research is an important target for the Maltese Cardiac Society. In fact, a significant number of cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons as well as trainees have or are currently conducting research either at Master or Doctoral level. Despite the limited resources, members of the society have managed to publish research articles in international journals. Furthermore, the society organises an annual conference whereby research carried out in the Departments of Cardiology is presented; state-of the-art lectures are also delivered during the conference by international speakers. The next conference will be held between the 17th and 18th October, 2014; the focus of this year’s conference will be prevention of cardiovascular disease.

The current President of the Maltese Cardiac Society is Dr. Robert George Xuereb who is also Chairman of the Department of Cardiology. Dr. Xuereb graduated as medical doctor from the University of Malta and started his training in the local university hospital. Consequently, he continued his training in Cardiology at San Raffaele Scientific Institute, Milan, Italy. His main interest is Interventional Cardiology. Dr. Xuereb is a Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology and the American College of Cardiology. His objective is to enhance research and medical education in the Society as well as raising the standard of care provided in order to optimise clinical outcome of patients suffering from cardiovascular disease.

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