Cover Story: ACC.17 Meaningful Education At Its Best
Where can you spend three days in a world-class city surrounded by the global community of cardiovascular professionals and learn the latest and greatest in science and expand your clinical skills? In Washington, DC, – for ACC.17!
Looking for the hottest new science that will drive the conversation in the hospitals and practices around the world? Be front and center to attend the 23 Late Breaking Clinical Trial presentations and the 17 Featured Clinical Research presentations. No doubt, these will include practice-changing information.
The global exchange of science continues to drive the collaborative research that is unlocking the mysteries of cardiovascular disease and bringing forth the solutions to transform cardiovascular care and improve heart health. ACC.17 provides an unprecedented opportunity to foster this exchange, with 2,572 abstracts being presented in oral, poster, and expanded moderated poster sessions and presented by some 2,086 experts. Over 300 education sessions with 1,560 faculty have been designed to encourage discussion and debate about current and future cardiovascular trends and research.
A cornerstone of the meeting is the active engagement amongst the participants that is created through the design of the interactive and innovative sessions and through the range of available networking opportunities. “This engagement is critical to providing meaningful education, and it is what makes ACC.17 different from other medical meetings,” says Jeffrey T. Kuvin, MD, FACC, chair of ACC.17.
Members teaching members is another cornerstone of the annual scientific session of the College, and this is showcased at its finest in three Intensive sessions – each a concentrated exploration of its topic with ACC Talks and interactive features such as small group case simulations, case presentations and competitions (see sidebar). This ethos of members as teachers extends to development of the Fellows in Training and Early Career Professionals. “Nurturing the next generation is a core value of the ACC,” says Andrew M. Kates, MD, FACC, vice chair of ACC.17. Read More >>>
As always, ACC.17 is also designed as a means for cardiovascular professionals to earn credit towards continuing education. Credit can be earned across the 11 Learning Pathways, each with oral (including a year in review) and poster abstract sessions, and in an environment that has enhanced audience participation and allows for interacting with thought leaders and colleagues. New this year is dual Maintenance of Certification (MOC)/Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit, which allows for simultaneous earning of a significant portion of both MOC and CME requirements. European CME credit for many sessions is available this year. The ACC supports the entire Cardiovascular Team and provides continuing education credit for nurses and pharmacists, too.
"Active engagement is what makes ACC.17 different from other medical meetings." — Jeffrey T. Kuvin, MD, FACC
In addition to education credit, the new Personal Skills Center provides self-paced learning, including an ECG Drill & Practice, Heart Songs, and case simulations across an expanded range of clinical scenarios. “The learner is at the center of their own education at ACC.17,” says Kates, whether through this new Center, or actively participating in the sessions.
The re-designed ACC.17 app allows the learner to better customize their program and determine where to best spend their time by providing abstracts and other information to understand the session objectives and content beyond the title. The app also provides session slides to allow for preparing questions and taking notes with the slides during the presentation.
Enhanced audience participation is the touchstone in most sessions, enabled in part through technology, with an interactive audience response system that allows learners to submit questions during a session for the moderator to pose to the experts and an audience polling tool.
"Nurturing the next generation is a core value of the ACC." — Andrew M. Kates, MD, FACC
The named lectures – seven in all – bring a chance to gain a richer view of key topics in medicine today (see sidebar). The International program with its joint sessions held with our partner societies brings new insights into the shared problems of cardiovascular disease faced all around the world.
Don’t miss the Engage Studio, the site of the ever-popular FIT Jeopardy competition – will the returning champion be the victor again? Networking is key at ACC.17 and the Lounge and Learn Pavilion has been re-designed with this in mind, offering a central location for cross-disciplinary interaction.
ACC.17 is bringing the best in education and science packed into three focused days. It’s been designed to be informative, interactive, innovative, and interdisciplinary, and your best investment this year. “I’m excited we’re bringing together the global cardiovascular community and the entire cardiovascular team,” says Kuvin.
“Friday’s Dack Lecture by David J. Skorton, MD, MACC, the secretary of the Smithsonian, along with the FOURIER, SPIRE and SURTAVI trial results are just the start to an amazing meeting,” says Kuvin. “Stay tuned, there is much, much more!” <<< Return to top
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