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- Alfred A. Bove, MD, PhD, FACC, ACC President*,
- James B. McClurken, MD, FACC, ACC.10 Chair and
- Sue Sears Hamilton, Associate Vice President, Annual Scientific Session and i2 Summit
- ↵*Address correspondence to:
Alfred A. Bove, MD, PhD, FACC, American College of Cardiology, 2400 N Street NW, Washington, DC 20037
The 2010 ACC's Annual Scientific Session and i2 Summit (i2) takes place in Atlanta, Georgia, Sunday, March 14 to Tuesday, March 16, and attendees will find a lot to like about this year's content and format.
Over the last few years, we have conducted intense analyses of the impressions of attendees at the Annual Scientific Session. The results have focused us on enhancing the attendee experience so as to achieve the highest learning value at the meeting in an easy to navigate environment. Educational programming has been planned to minimize competition between similar interest sessions at the 2 meetings and to allow dedicated time to visit the Exposition and Posters. ACC.10 and i2 has been integrated in a way that allows all cardiovascular (CV) professionals—generalists, interventionalists, echocardiographic specialists, electrophysiologists, cardiovascular surgeons, pediatric cardiologists, clinical care Associates, and others—to learn side-by-side.
Both the meetings and exposition start this year on Sunday. However, other exciting activities and sessions take place on Saturday, March 13 and attendees should plan to arrive in Atlanta on Friday evening to benefit from the array of activities planned for Saturday: in keeping with the Year of the Patient, the Georgia ACC Chapter will be hosting a cardiac health fair for patients and families at the Georgia World Congress Center (the Center); the Interventional Cardiology 2008/2009 American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Update Maintenance of Certification (MOC) study session and the i2 Cardiac Care Team Spotlight sessions also take place on Saturday, as do the “House of Cardiology” education sessions hosted by many of the specialty cardiovascular societies and Industry Educational Satellite Symposia. The ACC committee meetings are also scheduled for Friday and Saturday so as not to conflict with the educational programming.
The ACC attendees come from many CV specialties and countries. Their education needs and backgrounds are diverse, and their learning styles vary. Our job is to meet those individual needs and also address the important hot topics in our profession, which can be issues of health care reform, news from late-breaking clinical trials, or advances in bench-to-bedside basic science and collaborative care.
The ACC.10 and i2 will feature numerous, dynamic learning experience options including proven large and small state-of-the-art lecture venues, Meet-the-Experts sessions, roundtable sessions, and several new and exciting formats. Also look for at least one Great Debatein each of the major topics. The programs will include live case scenarios, simulations, and increased audience response systems to promote interactive learning.
The ACC.10 educational activities have been planned by 100 fellow colleagues and invited experts along with a grand total of 1,000 volunteers participating in the abstract review. We have made a concerted effort to increase new and rising faculty and to maintain an inclusive international strategy. We have so much to learn from each other and taking a comprehensive, global approach to programming expands our ability to do so.
• New this year, one main education room—the CV Coliseum—will hold all late-breaking clinical trials, the opening Scientific Showcase session, the final Meeting Highlights Session, and other special sessions planned by the ACC.10 and i2 planning committees. These other sessions will be planned with special emphasis on general discussions on subspecialty advances.
• Once again, i2 is in partnership with the Cardiovascular Research Foundation building on the success of the meeting last year. Didactic and live-case sessions will be integrated throughout the i2 meeting to facilitate transfer of the latest information and to allow both interventionalists and noninterventional cardiologists to learn about the newest intervention therapies available for their patients.
• New this year: the vascular sessions have been planned jointly and will be presented jointly by ACC.10 and i2 faculty—and the learning pathway will be open to all ACC.10 and i2 attendees.
• We are happy to include once again the pediatric interventional community to this year's program; live cases involving both adult and pediatric congenital interventions are planned.
• Once again, the ACC offers to its attendees exciting invited guest speakers: the Simon Dack Lecturetakes place on Sunday, March 14. Anthony Atala, MD, director of the Wake Forest Institute of Regenerative Medicine, will speak about regenerative medicine and the astounding progress made in recent years. The Bishop Lecturewill feature Richard Satava, MD, who will present the rapidly advancing field of robotics and artificial intelligence applications in health care. The potential for cross-pollination of ideas from these invited speakers is immense. Health care reform topics will feature sessions with individuals prominent or influential in setting governmental policy and senior ACC leadership. These are all “must-attend” sessions because they enhance our understanding of the science of our CV care world and the evolution of policies that affect us and our patients.
• With the growing need for MOC, we will hold again a number of sessions where cardiologists may obtain MOC credits toward recertification. The sessions will cover a variety of topics and provide opportunities to obtain credits in general and interventional cardiology. The faculty will be comprised of recognized experts in a variety of areas. The sessions will be held throughout the 3 days of the meeting, which allow attendees to attend 1 or more MOC sessions while still attending other sessions.
International Outreach Continues
After last year's success, the ACC plans to host International Symposia again on Monday, March 15, from 12:15 pmto 1:45 pm. Topics relevant to 15 different countries will be presented by speakers from the U.S. and from the host country for each symposium. There will also be a joint session with the European Society of Cardiology. Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, FACC, will host the annual InterAmerican seminar with speakers from Latin America, and we will continue our joint symposium with the British Cardiac Society. The international symposia are particularly valuable for learning about CV health issues in other countries. With these symposia and the great advances in telecommunication, we truly can be partners in the fight against heart disease.
ACC.10 Exposition Is Centrally Located
Attendees will find it easy to visit the ACC.10 Exposition, which is centrally located in the heart of the meetings for ease of access and to minimize distances between sessions. Spotlighted on the Exposition floor is the Industry-Expert Theater, which features representatives from various industries presenting information about new devices, drugs, and other therapies. Device and pharmaceutical manufacturers will provide detailed information about products to offer insight into how they can be used to optimize patient outcomes. The ACC.10 Exposition will feature more than 350 companies from the U.S. and abroad displaying the numerous drugs, devices, and information systems that are developed each year by leading and emerging companies. The Exposition includes two dedicated pavilion areas: the i2 Summit Interventional Pavilion, which features products and services of interest to interventional cardiologists, and the EHR Pavilion, which offers attendees a look at cutting-edge technologies designed to integrate systems and streamline workflow.
Networking Opportunities Abound
Good networking opportunities are the core of a great meeting, and we have worked hard to make this meeting as easy as possible to navigate to help you have time to network with colleagues and still stay in tune with what is happening. You will find many displays throughout the convention center that provide information on the day's activities, the late-breaking trial presentations, and other information on how to get around the conference center. Join colleagues at 1 of the Heart Hubs and in a relaxed setting, listen to key sessions as they are presented, view interviews with leaders in clinical and basic research, and watch news summaries of important information. For Fellows in Training (FITs) and International Fellows and Cardiac Care Associates (CCAs), we once again will provide specific areas where they can stop to meet friends, use their laptops to check e-mail, and make phone calls.
Atlanta has been a good destination in the past for ACC's Annual Scientific Session, and we are excited to be returning there. The city and convention center provide all the key ingredients to ensuring a satisfactory attendee experience. Atlanta is a national and international air hub, which makes travel easy and reasonably priced—an important factor in these tight economic times. The city offers a wide array of hotel accommodations close to the convention center to match all tastes and price ranges, and it features many fabulous restaurants and unique area attractions.
We can promise you that ACC.10 and i2 will provide a unique learning experience that you will not want to miss. Benefit from the full-access registration that will open the door to all the array of CV education on offer at the two meetings. Plan now to come and enjoy interacting with colleagues, renewing old friendships, connecting with new acquaintances, and meeting international colleagues. Or even better, become a presenter at the meeting. We are accepting abstract submissions now at http://acc10.acc.org, and encourage you to submit an abstract.
We are excited about the enthusiasm and vigor shown by the hundreds of dedicated volunteers and ACC staff members who will deliver an ACC.10 and i2 program beyond compare—all the CV education you will need under one roof! Be sure to register soon for what we are sure will be the best CV program in 2010. See you soon in Atlanta!
- American College of Cardiology Foundation