ACC.14 Comes to the Heart of the Nation
For the first time in its decades-long history, the ACC’s Annual Scientific Session and Expo (ACC.14) is poised to take place in the emblematic heart of the nation: Washington, DC.
“To have ACC.14 happen right here in the nation’s capital right down the road from the our headquarters is truly a special occasion,” says John Gordon Harold, MD, MACC, president of the ACC. “It’s an exciting year since the College is celebrating its 65th anniversary, and we’re proving that despite changing times, the ACC’s legacy as a global knowledge organization holds true and we continue to innovate and engage with our members in a mutually beneficial way.”
Harold will help kick-off the meeting starting with the Opening Showcase Session on Saturday at 8 a.m. in the ACC.14 Main Tent, and American actor and stand-up comedian Dana Carvey will be presented with the CardioSmart Patient Advocate Award. The meeting will conclude on Monday evening with the passing of the gavel to ACC Incoming President Patrick T. O’Gara, MD, FACC.
Over the course of the jam-packed three days, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in 14 different learning pathways, ranging on topics from acute coronary syndromes, congenital heart disease, non-invasive imaging, pulmonary hypertension and pulmonary thrombo-embolic disease, prevention, TCT@ACC-i2, and more. ACC.14 also offers special programming for Fellows in Training, early career professionals and members of the cardiovascular care team.
“We have been able to assemble the most comprehensive cardiology annual meeting to date,” said Robert Siegel, MD, FACC, co-chair of ACC. 14. “Cutting edge science and cardiovascular medicine will be offered in a variety of formats and venues. Lectures, debates, symposia, oral abstract presentations as well as posters will be presented by nationally and internationally renowned faculty, in our nation’s capital. With the outstanding lectures and learning opportunities this should prove to be an exciting and memorable educational experience, with the collegial atmosphere that is unique to the ACC.”
A “special topics” pathway includes a 65th Anniversary Session, sessions on answering important questions on health policy, practice management, and leadership, as well as informative sessions on biodesign, device development processes, device and drug safety, electronic medical records, and the use of social media in medicine. Also within the pathway is the day-long 2nd Annual Cardiovascular Updates for the Clinician: A Symposium by Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, MACC.
Attendees can also attend joint sessions featuring more than 35 partner societies and organizations, including the popular International Lunchtime Symposia where attendees can meet and share ideas with leaders from cardiology societies around the world on a wide range of hot clinical topics.
ACC.14 offers seven keynote lectures featuring speakers whose outstanding contributions to the field of cardiovascular medicine have made them venerated in the eyes of their peers, including A. John Camm, MD, FACC; Murray Esler, MBBS, PhD; Gary H. Gibbons, MD; Jessica L. Mega, MD, FACC; and Roberta G. Williams, MD, MACC. New this year, Eugene Braunwald, MD, MACC, will be giving his inaugural lecture “Best of JACC 2013: Practice Changing Research Published in the JACC Journals and the Eugene Braunwald Lecture on Future Directions in Cardiovascular Medicine” and Prediman K. Shah, MD, FACC, will be giving the first Kanu and Docey Chatterjee Lecture.
“Having attended almost every Annual Scientific Session since I became a Fellow in 1977, I can attest nothing beats the hands-on experience of something like the ACC,” says Shah, co-chair of ACC.14. “You just can’t recreate that feeling of meeting face-to-face with colleagues from all over the world, learning the latest advances in treatment and technology. For anyone attending for the first time, you truly get a sense of what the field of cardiology is about and what we’re all working towards.”
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