SCTS Ionescu University - a short history
The SCTS Ionescu University was born out of the Birmingham Review course which had been run by Ian Wilson. The first SCTS University took place at our annual meeting in Liverpool in 2010. There were 4 parallel sessions and Ian single-handedly arranged all the sponsorship, programme compilation and distribution and faculty invites. At the first university, all sessions were overflowing with standing room only. The success was stratospheric with an increasing number of parallel sessions reaching a height of 10 and a further 9 lunch box sessions at the joint meeting with ACTA in Manchester in 2012. Ian worked tirelessly to maintain the integrity and support of this increasingly key point in the SCTS calendar which culminated in the first SCTS Ionescu University taking place in Edinburgh in 2014. Being able to secure the legacy of this vital educational event was the essence of Ian Wilson. Although the SCTS Ionescu University has been streamlined in recent years with fewer parallel streams, it continues to be pivotal to the ongoing education for cardiothoracic surgery and the Society is indebted to Ian Wilson for creating this event.