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- Robert A. Harrington, MD, FACC⁎,⁎ (, )
- Christopher M. O’Connor, MD, FACC⁎,
- James H. Stein, MD, FACC† and
- Matthew R. Wolff, MD, FACC†
- ↵⁎Reprint requests and correspondence:
Dr. Robert A. Harrington, Duke University Medical Center, Duke Clinical Research Institute, 2400 Pratt Street, Room 0311–Terrace Level, Durham, North Carolina 27705.
The ACC Annual Scientific Sessions held in Atlanta, Georgia, in March 2006 were a major success and provided outstanding cardiovascular education as well as opportunities for networking with peers and colleagues. Importantly, the introduction of the i2 Summit added greatly to the educational and scientific offerings of the annual sessions and highlighted the tremendous advances taking place in interventional cardiology. More than 29,000 individuals attended the Atlanta meetings, making ACC.06 one of the largest recent ACC Annual Scientific Sessions.
There were more than 1,600 original abstracts presented at the annual sessions, including 48% from international participants reflecting both the global burden of cardiovascular disease as well as the global influence of these meetings. For the first time, there were abstracts presented from our newest members—the cardiac care associates. More than 30 late-breaking clinical trials were presented, ranging from small, novel first-in-man studies to large, global megatrials. Many of these presentations were timed to coincide with a concurrent online or print publication of the study results, allowing our members to critically review the data in more detail than what was possible even a few years ago.
In addition to the latest cardiovascular science and clinical information, this year’s annual sessions took advantage of innovative educational tools to promote more interactive learning opportunities. Posters in interventional cardiology, imaging, and cardiac arrhythmias were available both in traditional paper format as well as in an e-poster forum. This technology allows the viewer to peruse the posters of interest at a computer terminal, viewing images and other material not easily made available in the traditional poster format. The Clinical Cardiology Spotlight sessions on Sunday made use of an interactive Audience Response System to initiate a moderated panel discussion using ACCSAP Board Review-type questions. Community rooms were popular places for attendees to gather for both formal and informal education. These rooms had plasma screens with the main sessions relevant to that community being videostreamed into the room. Additionally, the community rooms were comfortable gathering places for networking and exchanging ideas with friends and colleagues between more formal sessions.
Recognizing the key role that the media plays in the dissemination of medical information to our patients, this year’s meeting had extensive on-site media activities, including more than 40 h of live television with ACC.TV, hosted by Dr. Randy Martin. Live press conferences were beamed to plasma screens throughout the Georgia World Congress Center, making accessible to ACC.06 attendees the interactions between presenters and the press that would be translated into the next day’s newspaper articles.
In this supplement to the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, there are summaries of the Highlights session from the annual meeting. This popular session is held on the final afternoon and consists of presentations by the coordinators of the topic working groups from the Program Planning Committee. These presentations summarize the most important information from the entire meeting and include the hottest original abstracts as well as practice-relevant findings from the late-breaking clinical trials. Detailed information from the Atlanta meetings is summarized and referenced in the papers that follow.
- American College of Cardiology Foundation