I have been very fortunate to have been granted funds from the Emily Taylor Travel Grant this May, enabling me to attend a large international conference in Boston; Heart Rhythm Society 2018. The conference attracts EP specialists worldwide, and with over 12,000 delegates, provided an amazing platform to present our analysis on outcomes in RV pacing within NHS Lothian.
In brief, we undertook a large retrospective analysis of long-term clinical outcomes following pacemaker insertion, stratified according to RV lead insertion site. The analysis provides valuable data to the literature, where there is still lack of consensus. The sessions were extremely well attended and there was a great deal of interactive and engaged discussion around my presented work, and it was both interesting and useful to gain feedback and thoughts of others from different centres, on this common clinical question. There is no doubt that it has informed my write-up and improved the quality of the manuscript immeasurably.
The conference also provided an excellent opportunity to meet and re-kindly relationships with EP professionals from other departments in which I have worked. Opportunities to see these people are infrequent but important in maintaining links between our institutions.
I am extremely grateful to have been granted funds for the second time within my PhD. It has enabled attendance at highly educational meetings which would have been otherwise impossible.