American College of Cardiology Annual Scientific Session (ACC.09)

Venue: Orange County Convention Center

Location: Orlando, Florida, United States

Event Date/Time: Mar 29, 2009 End Date/Time: Mar 31, 2009
Registration Date: Mar 31, 2009
Early Registration Date: Feb 18, 2009
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Description

ACC.09 MISSION
The ACC Annual Scientific Session is the largest and foremost cardiovascular meeting, offering attainable, reliable and applicable learning solutions that help CV professionals turn cardiovascular knowledge into practice that saves and improves lives. The Annual Scientific Session delivers timely education leveraging innovative needs-based learning methods.

ACC.09 STATEMENT of NEEDS
Cardiovascular disease is the most common cause of death in the United States. It is reported that more than 81 million Americans have one or more forms of cardiovascular disease and more than 870,000 Americans die of cardiovascular disease of both the heart and the vascular blood system each year. Members of the healthcare team have been providing care for patients with cardiovascular health needs in a wide variety of environments affecting the lives of countless patients and families. As the overall care of the patient with cardiovascular disease is becoming more complex, it is imperative that the cardiovascular professional remain current on the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease.

The American College of Cardiology is committed to fill educational gaps in knowledge, skill and competence in general cardiology for the entire healthcare team. The translation of clinical science to their bedside clinical practices for the healthcare provider in cardiology is critical. Developing needs- and evidence-based general cardiology programs that incorporate rigorous science with clinically relevant strategies is the College’s fundamental core competency and its greatest strength.

This program will offer needs-based educational programming including the comprehensive review of current established practice patterns as well as state-of-the art updates and techniques in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease in areas such as women’s health, valvular disease, interventional cardiology, electrophysiology, pulmonary hypertension, STEMI, and co-morbidities.

ACC.09 PROGRAM GOALS
Two global goals for the Annual Scientific Session communicate a commitment by the College to provide needs-based education that is independent of commercial interests and fosters changes in target audience knowledge, competence and performance to ultimately improve patient outcomes.

1. KNOWLEDGE — to disseminate knowledge of optimal cardiovascular care, cardiovascular disease prevention, and improvements in cardiovascular patient outcomes.

Educational strategies for attaining this goal within specific topic categories* are:

> Offer a core curriculum of cardiovascular education, including comprehensive reviews of established practice patterns as well as state-of-the-art techniques in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease
> Provide updates of available pharmaceuticals, medical devices and management strategies for cardiovascular patients
> Present basic and clinical research findings, independent of commercial interests, to increase the evidence base related to the care of patients with cardiovascular disease
> Disseminate information related to practice management, quality of care, ethical practices and other non-clinical topics that contribute to desired patient outcomes

2. COMPETENCE — to foster the translation of evidence-based cardiovascular science into daily clinical practice.

Educational strategies for attaining this goal within specific topic categories* are:

> Offer education towards satisfying requirements for maintenance of certification (MOC) in cardiovascular medicine
> Provide individualized training on clinical diagnostics and procedures, presented in self-paced and hands-on formats
> Promote professional exchanges between and within groups of cardiovascular care providers with similar clinical, geographic and/or educational interests
> Present best practices of cardiovascular specialists and related health care professionals working in multidisciplinary teams
> Create a forum for global collaboration and cooperation on issues in cardiovascular medicine to improve professional practices worldwide

* Topic categories for 2009 are: Cardiac Arrhythmias; Cardiac Function and Heart Failure; Clinical Skills/Certification Maintenance; Congenital Cardiology Solutions (Pediatric Cardiology and Adult Congenital Heart Disease); Hypertension, Lipids and Prevention; Imaging and Diagnostic Testing; Myocardial Ischemia and Infarction; Quality of Care and Outcomes Assessment; Valvular Heart Disease; and Vascular Disease.

TARGET AUDIENCE
The Annual Scientific Session is intended for all professionals involved in delivering cardiovascular care, with particular emphasis on physicians, scientists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, pharmacists and practice administrators. Medical students and trainees, technicians, dietitians and other health care professionals will also benefit.

ACC.09 LEARNING PATHWAYS

> Cardiac Arrhythmias
> Cardiac Function and Heart Failure
> Clinical Skills/Certification Maintenance
> Congenital Cardiology Solutions (Pediatric Cardiology and Adult Congenital Heart Disease)
> Hypertension, Lipids and Prevention
> Imaging and Diagnostic Testing
> Myocardial Ischemia and Infarction
> Quality of Care and Outcomes Assessment
> Valvular Heart Disease
> Vascular Disease

EDUCATION with REAL-LIFE APPLICATION
A wide range of learning resource and formats designed to suit every learning style from attaining information, concepts and ideas, to observing novel techniques, to practicing new skills and thinking processes. Get clinical examples that provide immediate and practical use.

> Didactic Lectures including Spotlights, Symposia, Special Sessions and Oral Abstracts with State-of-the-Art Summaries
> Debates and Panel Discussions including Brown-Bag Lunchtime Panels, Meet the Experts and Clinical Focus Sessions
> Self-Directed Learning including Heart Songs Learning Lab and E-Abstracts
> Late-Breaking Clinical Trials & Emerging Technologies
> Case Review Sessions

LIFELONG LEARNING - ACCF STUDY SESSIONS for MAINTENANCE of CERTIFICATION: ABIM RECERTIFICATION MADE EASY
Courses offered for general cardiology and interventional cardiology. Attendees must pre-register, but there are no additional fees to attend. Sign up with J. Spargo at the same time you register. Attendees must be enrolled in ABIM’s MOC Program to attend the study session. Each study session is worth 10 points towards the ABIM MOC program.

Cardiovascular Disease, 2007 Update (A1-E)
Sunday, 9 a.m. – noon
Monday, 2 – 5 p.m.

Cardiovascular Disease, 2008 Update (A1-F)
Sunday, 2 – 5 p.m.
Monday, 9 a.m. – noon

PROGRAMMING for the WORLD of CARDIOLOGY from the WORLD of CARDIOLOGY
Joint Symposia with International Cardiovascular Societies. Spanning the globe from Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East to look at different approaches to common problems around the world.

CORE CURRICULUM SESSIONS: FOCUSED UPDATES
Reviews and updates in major areas of clinical cardiology including congenital heart disease, echocardiography, electrophysiology, general cardiology, heart failure, hemodynamics and nuclear cardiology.

A RENEWED FOCUS on ABSTRACTS
Poster presentations with dedicated presenter and attendee viewing hours. Oral presentations featuring opening state-of-the-art lectures and closing expert interpretation and summary comments.

Venue

9800 International Drive
Orlando
Florida
United States
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