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Young Professionals Task Force Extends Outreach and Invites Participation
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-Submitted by Nicoletta Riva, YPTF Member

 Nicoletta Riva
YPTF memeber

ISTH’s Young Professionals Task Force (YPTF), created shortly after the ISTH 2013 Congress in Amsterdam, aims to promote clinical, research and educational activities focused on young investigators. Aligned with the Society’s mission and programs, we are trying to increase the awareness of the numerous opportunities already offered to young professionals and to facilitate the creation of new activities. Through the use of targeted advertisements and social media, we would like to extend our outreach to as many junior clinicians and researchers interested in the field of thrombosis and hemostasis as possible.  

The Reach-the-World (RTW) fellowship provides financial support for young investigators from developing countries to perform research or clinical training at host institutes known for their expertise in this area. The ISTH accepted the suggestion of the YPTF to increase the age of the target audience, and this has been extended up to 39 years old. We are also trying to develop a database of potential host laboratories.

The Society has recently begun hosting online webinars, which facilitate the educational development through discussions of practical issues in thrombosis and hemostasis and also enable young investigators to ask questions directly to renowned established researchers. Several clinical topics have already been covered, such as pediatric thrombosis, thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura, women and coagulation disorders and von Willebrand disease. Additional subjects, including basic science topics, will soon be explored on a monthly basis. In this regard, we are working on an Expert/Young Professional Partnership Project, where early career investigators may partner with the webinar expert professionals in order to develop a project (e.g. write a critical review or other educational activities).

Moreover, the newly-formed ISTH Guidance and Guideline (G&G) committee is also eager to have young professionals assisting with the development of new clinical guidelines and guidance statements.

Finally, during the ISTH 2015 Congress in Toronto, we would like to organize a meeting for all young professionals to meet and connect. Best evidences in medicine derive from large multicenter trials, and this initiative may help to create a network for future international collaborations. The SSC 2014 Conference in Milwaukee was a great occasion for young professionals to meet and interact with established researchers, especially during the “Meet the Mentor” session. We would highly recommend attendance to such meetings in future congresses. The “Trainee Day” at the SSC 2014 Conference provided useful information on how to identify the right mentor, negotiate the first job and plan the career. I also found the talk about how to write an application for a grant particularly helpful.

Looking forward to new upcoming activities aimed at young professionals during the ISTH 2015 Congress, I hope to see you all in Toronto.

For more information on the YPTF, or to get involved, please contact Lacey Schmeidler, ISTH Program Coordinator.

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