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- W. Douglas Weaver, MD, FACC, ACC President⁎ and
- Aaron Kugelmass, MD, FACC, ACC.09 Chair
- ↵⁎Address correspondence to:
W. Douglas Weaver, MD, FACC, American College of Cardiology, 2400 N Street NW, Washington, DC 20037
Many of us attend the Annual Scientific Session and i2 Summit every year to see the late breaking clinical trials (LBCTs), present an abstract, and often attend 1 or more ancillary meetings. In the past 2 years, we have asked several Fellows why they have not attended regularly. Their response? They do not need to attend because the “hot stuff” is available almost simultaneously (including slides) on the Internet. Then they added, “If you give me some of the core education I need for Maintenance of Certification (MOC) and credentialing and to increase my knowledge and skills, then I will come to see it all.”
Well, we heard your request, and if you come to ACC.09 and i2 Summit 2009, March 28 to 31 in Orlando, Florida, you will find not only the latest science and technologies and original abstracts, but also core education to meet your MOC and credentialing needs.
There is more to building outstanding clinical judgment and being a good doctor than what we learn from LBCTs. Putting the new findings into the proper perspective is the key to advancing patient care. For that reason, we have carefully redesigned the upcoming Scientific Session, ACC.09 and i2 Summit, to provide far more than just data. The program has been structured to meet your learning needs. In addition to the latest and greatest in cardiology, as part of our Lifelong Learning or Core curriculum approach, ACC.09 and i2 Summit 2009 will have new educational reviews and recertification, mandated self-study programs, and some other pretty neat things to make this venue a must see.
It could probably be said that we are “redefining” the Annual Scientific Session as a venue that addresses many educational needs using a wide range of resources and formats designed to suit every learning style.
Putting Lifelong Learning Into Context
If you do not like recertifying, that is, retooling your skills in image interpretation or in the performance of a procedure—get over it! It is here to stay and our patients, let alone our medical centers and group practices, expect it. With the constant growth in cardiovascular knowledge and technologies, we all know that the need to learn does not end once we enter practice. Yet, our demanding schedules compete for continuing education endeavors. To help attendees address this challenge, the ACC.09 program has been developed with didactic program tracks that will allow attendees to obtain review material across almost all of cardiology as they attempt to recertify or simply update their knowledge base. These board review-like sessions are scheduled for Monday and Tuesday.
American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) MOC
For the first time, attendees will be able to obtain ABIM MOC credits as part of the Annual Scientific Sessions. There will also be 2 special study sessions each at ACC.09 and i2 Summit entitled “ABIM Recertification Made Easy.” The courses being offered are the 2007 and 2008 updates for both general and interventional cardiology. Attendees must pre-register by signing up at the same time they register for the Annual Scientific Session, but there are no additional fees to attend. Attendees must be enrolled in the ABIM's MOC program to attend the ABIM MOC study sessions. Each study session will be worth 10 points toward the ABIM MOC program. Pre-registration for these valuable sessions is strongly recommended as space is very limited. In addition, ABIM representatives will be there to answer questions related to the MOC process and to facilitate enrollment.
Core Learning From Subspecialty Societies
Several of the subspecialty societies will be hosting core and advanced sessions on Saturday. For the past 2 years, the American College of Cardiology has provided space for the societies to provide educational sessions that are available to all and are included in the general registration. This year, several societies will hold sessions including highlights from the recent Society of Cardiac Computed Tomography Meeting, Managing Atrial Fibrillation by the Heart Rhythm Society, E3 from the American Society of Echocardiography, and many more. Check the early program announcements.
Core Learning Through Learning Pathways
If you are focused on a specific topic, the scientific sessions will be organized by clinical learning pathways. For example, if you want to update yourself on the management of valvular heart disease, you will be able to identify all of the sessions related to that topic and plan your educational itinerary before you even get to Orlando. The ACC.09 Learning Pathways include Cardiac Arrhythmias; Cardiac Function and Heart Failure; Clinical Skills/Certification Maintenance; Congenital Cardiology Solutions; Hypertension, Lipids, and Prevention; Imaging and Diagnostic Testing; Myocardial Ischemia and Infarction; Quality of Care and Outcomes Assessment; Valvular Heart Disease; and Vascular Disease.
Attendees will also find a wide variety of didactic educational opportunities such as Clinical Spotlights, Symposia, and Special Sessions that allow them to obtain review material across almost all of cardiology. Other more interactive sessions include Brown-Bag Lunchtime Panels, Meet the Experts, and Clinical Focus Sessions—all with debates and/or panel discussions. Self-Directed Learning options will once again be available with the Heart Songs Learning Lab.
New Emerging Technology Sessions
LBCTs are always a focal point of the Annual Scientific Session at both ACC.09 and i2 Summit. We are adding Emerging Technology Sessions, which have been a popular part of the i2 Summit, to ACC.09. Attendees will be able to learn about novel pre-clinical technologies that are on the forefront of cardiovascular medicine.
Expanded Abstract Presentations
This year we will have more oral abstract sessions, and the sessions will include an introductory “state-of-the-science” presentation by a leader in the given field. Poster sessions are also being expanded. Dedicated time will be allocated for meeting participants to attend poster presentations and exchange ideas. Our purpose is to ensure that basic and clinical scientists from around the world are able to present their new findings to a broad and dedicated audience.
Science for the World From Around the World
On Monday in Orlando, go global and attend one of the many joint American College of Cardiology symposia with cardiovascular societies from other nations. These luncheon sessions will occur simultaneously, and each will deal with a different cardiovascular topic. In addition to the clinical education, the international co-chair will begin each session by giving the audience a short overview of heart disease and the practice of cardiology in that country as well as the top priorities of that society in the coming years. It will be very international—don't miss this lunch and learn.
And Don't Forget
Orlando is a great convention center city—easy to get to, with fabulous hotel facilities and eateries. We have also arranged special discounts for those of you bringing your families and attending Epcot Center. Look on www.acc09.acc.org for more information.
Be sure to register soon for what is going to be the premier cardiovascular educational and scientific event of 2009. Advance registration is available until February 18, 2009. Don't forget, too, that you can have it all—both ACC.09 and i2 Summit 2009—for a low price. Sign up for the Full Access registration and move easily among the closely located sessions. We look forward to seeing you in Orlando, March 28 to 31, 2009. Bring your family and tell your colleagues about this upcoming event. Isn't it time for you to take a long weekend, get some of that needed MOC or brush-up education done, and rekindle your relationship with old friends?
- American College of Cardiology Foundation