ACC.18 Sneak Peek

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The 40th anniversary of PCI, the 15th anniversary of TAVR, the latest in pediatric interventional cardiology and late-breaking clinical research are among the highlights for interventional cardiologists at ACC.18 in Orlando in March.

“The comprehensive scientific sessions include practical learning and the latest cutting-edge scientific results – along with a great opportunity to link with colleagues and exchange tips, ideas and advice,” says Roxana Mehran, MD, FACC, topic coordinator within the ACC.18 Program Committee for the Intervention Learning Pathway.

As always, the Intervention Learning Pathway will provide participants with a broad range of sessions on topics related to cutting-edge technology and techniques, everyday dilemmas, challenges with complex or simple coronary and structural heart disease, and more. Interventional experts, as well as leaders from other specialty areas, will facilitate discussion and debate through live case presentations, expert panels, and in-depth Q&A sessions.

“The focus on learning and information exchange is amplified in the sessions which are thought-provoking, educational and discussion-based. Don’t miss this once-a-year review of all that you need to know in interventional cardiology,” says topic co-coordinator Duane S. Pinto, MD, MPH, FACC.

ACC.18 will also include keynote lectures featuring luminaries from the interventional field, including John P. Cheatham, MD, FACC, and Bernhard Meier, MD, FACC. Additionally, Fellows in Training (FITs) and Early Career Professionals interested in interventional cardiology will want to make time to attend the Fellows Bootcamp focused on the topics of structural heart disease management, coronary disease management and peripheral vascular disease. There will also be broader opportunities for FITs and Early Career Professionals to network and engage with their peers on topics such as scholarship, education, work/life balance and more.

Cardiology Magazine Image"The comprehensive scientific sessions include practical learning and the latest cutting-edge scientific results, along with a great opportunity to link with colleagues and exchange tips, ideas and advice." Roxana Mehran, MD, FACC

Late-Breaking Clinical Trials (LBCT) are a hallmark of ACC’s Annual Scientific Session – providing participants with unique opportunities to hear from lead investigators first-hand about the latest practice-changing research. ACC.18 will feature five LBCT sessions, with an interventional-focused LBCT session scheduled for Monday of the meeting. ODYSSEY and VEST will kick off the LBCT sessions immediately following the Opening Showcase Session on Saturday.

For interventional professionals needing Continuing Medical Education (CME) and Maintenance of Certification (MOC) credit, ACC.18 will provide dual CME/MOC credit, as well as credit for nurses, pharmacists and European Board for Accreditation in Cardiology credit.

“Seeing is believing, and the case presentations by experts is a welcome opportunity to see and learn,” says Poonam Velagapudi, MD, MS, FIT representative in the program committee for the Intervention Learning Pathway. Velagapudi notes there are many high-yield sessions for FITs and Early Career interventionalists, including the “CHIP” enthusiast. And don’t forget to tweet with #ACC18, #ACCFIT, #ACCEC and #ACCIC.

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What Not to Miss

Don’t miss the following highlights from the Intervention Learning Pathway. For more information on these and other meeting highlights, use the Online Planner or ACC.18 App.

  • Transradial Mini-Symposium (Session #606)
  • Improving TAVR Through Imaging: Seeing Is Believing! (Session #685)
  • DAPT: How to Choose, Which Drug, for How Long, and in Which Setting? (Session #715)
  • NCDR Cath PCI Registry for Reporting and Quality (Session #643)
  • Challenging Structural Cases by the Experts: Managing the Unexpected! (Session #616)
  • The Many Frontiers of Endovascular Interventions! Practical Advice from the Experts (Session #614)
  • Complex PCI Unlimited: Learn Through Cases with Experts (Session #631)
  • TAVR in 2018: Changing the Landscape of Treatment Strategies for Aortic Stenosis (Session #671)
  • Hot Topics for the Fifth Decade of Interventional Cardiology: A Joint Symposium by TCT and ACC (Session #738)
  • Case Based Decision Making with Coronary Physiology and Imaging and Evidence Behind These Decisions (Session #605)
  • PFO Closure: State of the Data (Session #656)
  • Debates in Percutaneous Mechanical Support for Cardiogenic Shock: A Joint Symposium by the Society of Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions and ACC (Session #700)
  • Multivessel PCI: Debates, Decisions, and Tough Calls (Session #670)

Something for Everyone

Whether a practicing cardiologist, Early Career Professional, Fellow in Training (FIT) or a member of the Cardiovascular (CV) Team, ACC.18 provides something for everyone. Interventional highlights for FITs, Early Career Professionals and CV Team members include:

  • Fellows Bootcamp: Structural Heart Disease Management (Session #303)
  • Fellows Bootcamp: Coronary Disease Management (Session #304)
  • Fellows Bootcamp: Peripheral Vascular Disease (Session #305)
  • Shared Decision-Making (ACC Intensive Session #55 and #56)
  • Pharmacology Program (Session #103, #104 and #105)
  • Controversies and Conversations in Device Management (Session #759)
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation: Today and Tomorrowland (Session #762)

Stay in the Know

ACC will be providing live coverage throughout the meeting. Stay in the know by following @ACCinTouch on Twitter and Facebook and use the #ACC18 hashtag. Additionally, follow along with daily coverage via the ACC.18 Update e-newsletter or on by bookmarking

ACC.18 Keynotes

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Expand your horizons with keynote lectures featured throughout ACC.18. Each speaker has been selected based on their outstanding contributions to the field of cardiovascular medicine. Nanette Kass Wenger, MD, MACC, sets the pace with the annual Simon Dack lecture during the Opening Showcase Session on Saturday. Don’t miss these lectures of special interest to the interventional community.

Louis F. Bishop Keynote
Bernhard Meier, MD, FACC
40 Years of PCI and 15 Years of TAVR
Saturday, March 10, 12:15 – 1:45 p.m.

Dan G. McNamara Keynote
John P. Cheatham, MD, FACC
Pediatric Interventional Cardiology: How Far We’ve Come and How Far We Have Yet to Go
Monday, March 12, 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Key Dates

Wednesday, Jan. 31:
Advance Registration Deadline

Thursday, Feb. 1:
Regular/On-Site Registration Begins

Wednesday, Feb. 14:
Housing Cut-Off Deadline Housing must be booked directly with hotels after this date

March 10:
ACC.18 Begins

March 12:
ACC.18 Convocation

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