ACC.16 Returns to the Windy City to Ignite CV Innovation
Cover Story | Expanding on the successful “more learning, less lecturing” model embraced by attendees of last year’s meeting, ACC.16 will feature a new ENGAGE@ACC.16 Studio, interactive question walls in the Lounge & Learn Pavilion, more sessions with audience response system/question texting capability and redesigned session rooms taking into account attendee feedback from last year to enhance interaction between speakers, panelists and participants.
“ACC.16 will stand out as the learning and networking opportunity of the year in cardiology, with cutting-edge science and the technology that will pave the path of practice for the future,” says Kim Allan Williams Sr., MD, FACC, president of the ACC. “Chicago is an outstanding venue, setting the standard to which all medical meetings aspire.”
The Opening Showcase Session – which will kick-off the meeting – will be led by Williams on Saturday, April 2 at 8 a.m. in the Main Tent, and includes the Simon Dack Lecture presented by David B. Nash, MD, MBA, on the topic of population health, a strategic priority of the ACC. The meeting concludes with the time-honored tradition of Convocation on Monday evening, where the College will welcome its newest class of Fellows and Associates of the ACC, recognize distinguished award winners, and Williams will pass the presidential chain to incoming president, Richard A. Chazal, MD, FACC.
A substantial increase in abstract submissions means ACC.16 will feature more science, according to ACC.16 Chair Athena Poppas, MD, FACC. She notes that the meeting will include far more presentations in the interactive moderated poster sessions and throughout the 12 learning pathways as a result of this increase. As always, Late-Breaking Clinical Trial sessions will unveil the hottest cardiovascular research and offer opportunities for discussion and debate. Grounded in principles of different learning techniques for different learners, ACC.16 will also offer a variety of session formats including “ACC Talks,” case presentations, interviews, debates, games and competitions. A lineup of experts in the field, including Robert M. Califf, MD, MACC, will offer keynote lectures on topics ranging from future directions in cardiovascular medicine to latest outcomes in congenital heart disease.
The four I’s – innovative, interactive, informative and interdisciplinary – are woven into all sessions for a unique learning experience that provides tangible information for immediate application says Jeffrey Kuvin, MD, FACC, co-chair of ACC.16 and incoming chair of ACC.17 and ACC.18. New “Intensive Programs” will showcase these four I’s, with deep-dive, half-day sessions on timely topics, including lifestyle medicine, women’s cardiovascular health, precision medicine and professional development, with the goal of providing take-home information, ideas and a review of clinical experiences that can be applied at the point of care. Starting this year, all core sessions are eligible for continuing medical education (CME), continuing nursing education (CNE) and continuing education (CE) credit, Kuvin notes.
Building community is another guiding principle for ACC.16, with a concerted effort to bring attendees together in innovative ways through interactive experiences and interdisciplinary learning.
The new ENGAGE@ACC.16 Studio – a 200-seat theater with a 180-degree stage designed for audience participation – will be the center of many of these novel community-centered events. For example, the Studio will feature Simulation Sessions, a Cardiology Contest and an Ask the Experts session on valvular heart disease. Attendees can also meet cardiovascular legends, including Marc A. Pfeffer, MD, PhD, FACC; Spencer B. King III, MD, MACC; and Peter K. Smith, MD, FACC, or cheer on their state in the ACC.16 interstate Fellows in Training (FIT) Jeopardy competition finale, which will be held in the Studio on Sunday. The competition will be live-streamed, and attendees can play along and support their team via Twitter with messages displayed on the center room screen throughout the competition.
The daily noontime Simulation Sessions led by a physician expert are expected to be popular this year. Each simulation session is a deep-dive into an acute and chronic case within the clinical topic. With the help of Body Interact simulation, the physician expert will lead participants through patient interaction, clinical decision-making and discussion. “This is a powerful tool that allows participants to experience the impact of their choices on different clinical courses for the patient and the related outcomes,” explains Kuvin.
The popular Lounge & Learn Pavilion will also return in 2016, providing a dedicated location for networking and discussions with colleagues with similar interests, along with structured and unstructured learning experiences. Attendees are invited to visit the FIT Lounge, Early Career Lounge, Women in Cardiology Lounge, Cardiovascular Team Lounge and International Lounge. The ACC Political Action Committee will also have a presence in the lounge for U.S. members interested in advocacy and shaping health policy.
Complementing the official science is non-accredited, high-value, science-based education within the Expo. The expanded Sim Center provides real-time virtual training experience through eight different clinical case presentations on the lifelike Body Interact digital patient simulator. The cases are also available for self-directed learning via iPads.
Along with the Industry-Expert Theaters, Innovation Stage, Interactive Learning Labs, and Patient Engagement Pavilion, there will be more than 270 exhibitors representing cardiovascular devices, imaging technology, information technology, pharmaceuticals, and services such as education, research, publishing and best hospital practices.
“ACC.16 is a true marriage of learning and engagement,” Poppas notes. Kuvin agrees adding that the “cornerstone of ACC education is the Annual Scientific Session.”
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