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61st Annual Conference of the Israel Heart Society

At the end of April, a delegation of ACC faculty led by President Patrick O’Gara, MD, FACC and Past-President, John Harold, MD, MACC will participate in a joint session alongside colleagues from the Israel Heart Society. The session will take place on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 from 2:50-4:45pm at the David Intercontinental Hotel in Tel-Aviv, Israel.

The lectures featured in this session include:

Plenary Joint Session with the American College of Cardiology and the Israel Heart Society

25 Years of Endothelial Studies in Humans: Where We Have Been and Where We Are Heading
Peter Ganz
Center of Excellence in Vascular Research, San Francisco General Hospital, University of California, San Francisco, California, USA

The Challenge of Low Flow Low Gradient Aortic Stenosis
Patrick T. O'Gara
President American College of Cardiology

The Digital Revolution in Cardiology
John G. Harold
Immediate Past President, American College of Cardiology, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Therapeutic Options in Patients with Refractory Angina
Shmuel Banai
Tel-Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, Cardiology, Tel-Aviv, Israel

Optimizing Antiplatelet Therapy in Diabetes Mellitus
Dominick J. Angiolillo
University of Florida College of Medicine-Jacksonville, California, USA

Q & A

World Congress of Cardiology

The biennial World Congress of Cardiology will take place from May 4-7, 2014 in Melbourne Australia at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. Be sure to save the date for ACC's two sessions at this congress!

ACC's first session on Ischemic Heart Disease will take place from 2:00-3:30pm on Monday, May 5 and ACC's second session on hypertension will take place from 2:00-3:30pm on Wednesday, May 7. Also, don’t forget to visit the ACC booth located on the expo floor at A9.

ACC’s In-Training Exam Is a Hit with International Training Programs

ACC's In-Training Exam debuted in 2011 and has been widely adopted in the U.S., with more than 85% of training programs and 75% of fellows in training participating. In the fall of 2013, ACC introduced the exam to five cardiology training programs outside the U.S. and all found it to be a very valuable tool. ACC is now ready to expand the international reach and we invite your country to participate!

Cardiology fellows in their first, second, or third year of training are eligible to take this 140 question, self-assessment test that mirrors the U.S. Board certification exam blueprint. Training programs who have taken the exam feel that it provides value by:

  • Providing objective documentation that your program is effective by demonstrating an increase in fellows’ medical knowledge year by year.
  • Giving fellows an opportunity to self-assess and identify knowledge gaps
  • Giving program directors the opportunity to evaluate their programs and provide individual counseling to fellows as necessary

The 2014 exam is scheduled for October 21 and 22. If you know of a training program in your country that would be interested in participating, please contact Julie Bainbridge at jbainbri@acc.org. To learn more, visit CardioSouce.org/ITE.

ACC Video Broadcast to India a Resounding Success

WASHINGTON, DC — On April 5, ACC hosted a repeat of last year's highly popular remote education program. The program featured a live lecture by Dr. Clive Rosendorff, MD FACC on "Aggressive blood pressure lowering — What guidelines have agreed upon Goals have not changed but approach needs to change" which was simultaneously broadcast to four sites in India: Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Bangalore. The lecture was followed by case presentations by Indian experts from each city and the program concluded with a lively discussion.

12th Joint International Conference on Cardiology

Ahmedabad, India- ACC International Service Award winner (2004), Keyur Parikh, MD, FACC, recently chaired the 12th Annual Joint International Congress organized by Care Institute of Medical Sciences (CIMS Hospital). The three day event which ran January 10-12, 2014 featured over 300 lectures by an international faculty on topics ranging from pharmaceutical advances to innovative use of technology in cardiovascular care. Highlights from the Conference include: an aortic valve repair workshop, updates on cardiovascular guidelines, and presentations of the Cultural Bridge Award and Lifetime Achievement Father of Echocardiography awards. Over 2,500 physicians attended the Conference and attendee feedback indicates that the event was resounding success.

Dominican Republic Joins the ACC Chapter Network

ACC closed out 2013 by welcoming its thirty-first chapter, the Dominican Republic, to its international Chapter network. With addition of the Dominican Republic, the ACC now has eight chapters in the Americas. The college thanks Carmen Encarnación, MD, FACC for championing this initiative and looks forward to working closely with the Dominican Society of Cardiology in the future.

ACC and China Collaborate on Heart Health During Health Care Professional Training Program

In December, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency sponsored a two week training program for a delegation of health care professionals that included 24 Chinese hospital executives and members of the Chinese Ministry of Health. The delegation consulted various health care experts in the U.S. to familiarize themselves with U.S health care policies, technologies, standards and best practices.

On Dec. 18 the ACC served as the non-profit representative in a roundtable discussion hosted by the Meridian International Center and the Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). During the discussion ACC Executive Vice President Kevin Fitzpatrick participated in a high level panel alongside speakers from Intel Corporation, GE Healthcare, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and National Health and Family Planning Commission of the People's Republic of China.

In addition to participating in the roundtable discussion, the ACC hosted the delegation at Heart House during which ACC senior leadership, including ACC CEO Shal Jacobovitz, reviewed ACC’s global footprint, quality improvement programs, data registries and patient education efforts. The visit sparked lively conversations between ACC leadership and delegation members, generating enthusiasm for further collaboration between the ACC and the Chinese health care leaders.

ACC International Hosts FIT Programs Around the Globe

Recognizing that Fellows in Training (FITs) have unique educational needs, the ACC recently hosted several international programs tailored specifically to FITs. The programs took place simultaneously in India, China and Mexico, but each had a unique design. Each program pushed the innovation envelope and made education engaging by incorporating competition and teambuilding. Here’s a snapshot of the programs.

China

The ACC China Chapter hosted a competition inspired by ACC’s ACCEL program, called "The Voice of Future ACCEL 2013," that challenged FITs to submit case presentations in English. The competition combined online study and regional competitions in Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, Hangzhou and Guangzhou, and culminated with an event at the Great Wall International Congress of Cardiology (GWICC) in Beijing. During the GWICC finale, ACC President John Gordon Harold, MD, MACC, and C. Richard Conti, MD, MACC, judged the top 10 case presentations and selected the winner who was recognized during the Great Wall Congress.

India

After distributing an ACC-developed online evaluation to 200 FITs from India, the top 50 performers were selected to participate in the "FIT Talent Hunt," a national competition in New Delhi that focused on case interpretations. Training directors from the U.S. judged the competition alongside training directors from India and three FITs were selected to attend ACC.14 where they will be recognized for their work.

Mexico

Nearly 80 Mexican training directors and their students participated in the "Physician Leadership and Research Investigator Course" that took place in Mexico City. This interactive course, led by Ralph G. Brindis, MD, MPH, MACC, and Pamela S. Douglas, MD, MACC, was designed to encourage teambuilding and attendees worked in groups to tackle a variety of issues. Of note, the "Becoming a Cardiovascular Investigator: How to Design, Perform and Publish Cardiovascular Research" session hosted by Douglas was a hit with both early career and established cardiologists.

Stay tuned to the International Center on CardioSource for updates on other educational programs taking place around the world.

ACC Welcomes 30th International Chapter

On November 6th, Taiwan became the 30th International ACC Chapter. Since its establishment four years ago, the ACC International Chapter community has expanded greatly. Now with thirty partners across six continents, the College has truly become an international organization. The ACC welcomes Taiwan in to this global network and thanks Shing-Jong Lin, MD, PHD, F.A.C.C., President of the Taiwan Society of Cardiology, for his leadership in this initiative.

ACC President Inducted into the Royal College of Physicians

ACC President John Harold, MD, FACC was inducted as an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland
ACC President John Harold, MD, FACC was inducted as an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (click to enlarge)

DUBLIN, IRELAND - On Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, ACC President John Harold, MD, FACC was inducted as an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. "Admission to Honorary Fellowship at the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland is the highest honor the College can bestow." Says Professor John Crowe, President of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland , "It is reserved for world leaders in medical science and those who have made an exceptional contribution to society." The admission ceremony was held at the Royal College as the culmination of the St. Luke’s Week festivities. ACC congratulates Dr. Harold on his achievements.

ACC Liaison to Africa receives TOP TEN CANAN Award

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - The Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans (CANAN) “TOP TEN” award winners were recognized on Sunday evening September 22,2013. ACC interim liaison to Africa, Ola Akinboboye, MD, FACC received the CANAN award for his contributions in medicine after a rigorous selection process. Read the full story here.


Learn What the ACC is Doing Around the World at ACC.14

Make sure to visit the ACC International Chapter booths, located near the “Hall B" entrance to the Expo floor. Find out what the ACC is doing around the world. You can learn more about the history, leadership, member profile, and upcoming events of the ACC's existing International Chapters. While on the Expo floor External Link be sure to stop by the ACC International Lounge in booth # 2065 for a place to recharge, network with colleagues and learn about the ACC’s international initiatives and partnerships. Additionally, don't miss the International Reception held at Heart House on Sat., March 29 at 6 p.m. ET.

Conquering Healthcare Challenges in the Emerging World Symposium

Friday, March 28, 2014
1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Washington, DC

Join us for a deep dive on healthcare in some of the world’s fastest growing nations! Featuring world renowned physicians and health experts from Brazil, China, India, and Mexico, this session is sure to be an enlightening discussion on public health.

This year’s topics include:

  • U.S. and Emerging World Healthcare Systems - Lessons learned and Challenges Ahead
  • CV Disease is "Local": Improving Efficacy of National Cardiovascular Prevention Strategies
  • Use of Technology in Healthcare: Translation of Science to the Bedside through IT worldwide

To RSVP to attend this event, click here. External Link

The 6th Annual Cardiovascular Conference on the Middle East

Friday, March 28, 2014
1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Washington, DC

Featuring a plenary lecture by Eugene Braunwald, MD, MACC! Join us for this conference designed to bring together cardiovascular professionals from the Middle East in the spirit of collaboration to explore advances made in the diagnosis, treatment and management of cardiovascular disease and how they are applied to physician practice in the Middle East.

This year’s conference will feature sessions on Imaging and Valvular Heart Disease.

This conference occurs one day before ACC.14 begins. Remember to arrive early to Washington DC to attend this conference!

To RSVP to attend this event, click here. External Link

Chilean Chapter Sponsors CVD in Women Session

The ACC Chile Chapter sponsored the "1st Latin-American Symposium of Cardiovascular disease in Women" at the upcoming Chilean Congress of Cardiology which took place Dec. 6-9th, 2013 in Santiago, Chile. The program of the session can be seen here. PDF

ACC to Attend Historical Joint Congress

This year, the XXIV Inter-American Congress of Cardiology will be held in conjunction with the XXXIX Argentine Congress of Cardiology in Buenos Aires, Argentina on Oct. 18-20. This historical joint-congress is expected to be the largest Cardiology conference in Latin America this year and draw over 10,000 doctors from the region. ACC Immediate Past President, William Zoghbi, MD, MACC and President Elect , Patrick O'Gara, MD, FACC will be attending this event on the College's behalf. Zoghbi and O'Gara will be joined by Raul Weiss, MD, FACC and Miguel Valderrabano, MD, FACC, during the ACC/IASC/SAC Joint Sessions on Atrial Fibrillation, Sudden Cardiac Death, and Electro Stimulation Devices and Heart Failure. The ACC will also be having a Satellite Symposium focused on Heart Failure, featuring Sean Pinney, MD, FACC, Cesar A. Belziti, MD, FACC, Guillermo Bortman, MD, and Hector Ventura, MD, FACC.

ACC/BCS Atrial Fibrillation Session in London

The ACC and the British Cardiovascular Society are teaming up to hold a program on atrial fibrillation in the UK. The title is Antithrombotic Therapy to Prevent Stroke in Patients with AF: A Global CV Initiative. The program took place at Mon., Nov. 4th at the Royal College of Physicians in London. p>

ACC Activities across the Atlantic

ACC President, John Harold, MD, MACC and President Elect, Patrick O’Gara, MD, FACC attended the annual congress of the Irish Cardiac Society in Killarney, Ireland from Oct. 3rd-5th during which they participated in a meeting of the ACC Great Britain and Ireland Chapter. Harold will also be presenting the highly esteemed Stokes Lecture. Later in the month, Harold will be traveling back to Ireland where he will be inducted into the Royal College of Physicians. The ACC commends Harold for his achievements and on his acceptance into the Royal College of Physicians.

ACC Hosts Patient Education Event and FACC Reception in China

A prestigious group of ACC faculty represented the College at the 24th Great Wall Congress of Cardiology in Beijing, China from Oct. 10-13. At Great Wall, ACC again co-hosted a patient education event which drew in over 1,000 attendees last year. New this year, the ACC also hosted a FACC reception for fellows attending the congress on Sat., Oct. 12 at 3:30 p.m. For more information on the congress, visit: http://en.gw-icc.org/ External Link

ACC Joint Sessions at the Brazilian Society of Cardiology

The ACC participated in two international joint sessions with the Brazilian Society of Cardiology at the 68th Congress of the Brazilian Society of Cardiology in Rio de Janeiro from Sept. 28 - Oct. 1. The first of the two sessions, “Multimodality Imaging for Coronary Heart Disease Diagnosis and Prognosis,” was co-chaired by ACC Immediate Past President William Zoghbi, MD, MACC, and featured a talk by Dipan Shah, MD, FACC, titled “NMRI in the Daily Clinical Practice: There is a True Niche Application?” The second of the two sessions, “State of the Arte Valvular Intervention” was co-chaired by Aaron Kugelmass, MD, FACC, and featured a lecture by ACC Interventional Section Chair Steve Ramee, MD, FACC, titled “Percutaneous Approach of Mitral Insufficiency: The Future Landscape.” For more information on these sessions and the congress, visit: http://congresso.cardiol.br/68/ External Link

ACC and CSC Join Forces to Improve Cardiovascular Knowledge Exchange in China and Asia

Leaders from the ACC met with the new leadership of the Chinese Society of Cardiology (CSC) for the first time on Aug. 31, which marks the beginning of a formal partnership between the ACC, the CSC and the Chinese College of Cardiovascular Physicians.

During the meeting, both organizations signed an agreement pledging to explore scientific, educational, and organizational opportunities for collaboration. The agreement includes exploring innovative projects, such as the joint development of data registries and the translation of ACC educational resources into the Chinese language. The creation of these registries will establish a platform for the development and monitoring of tailored quality improvement programs. Additionally, the translation of educational resources available on CardioSmart.org and CardioSource.org will supplement reputable cardiovascular literature available to millions of Chinese speaking physicians and patients.

At the conclusion of the meeting, a signing ceremony was held between ACC President John Gordon Harold, MD, MACC and recently appointed CSC President, Huo Yong, MD, in order to continue to increase the exchange of cardiovascular knowledge in China and Asia.


Ongoing Efforts

Make a Difference Abroad With Health Volunteers Overseas

The College is excited to announce a new opportunity for its international service-oriented members. Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO) offers opportunities for highly qualified health care professionals to teach and train on short-term volunteer assignments in developing countries. While abroad, volunteers are involved in a variety of activities including: teacher training, developing or updating curricula, providing continuing education workshops, and mentoring students and residents. For more information, visit the organization's website.

ACC Continues Global Leadership in Efforts Following UN Summit on NCDs

The ACC, representing its 6,000 International Members and 22 International Chapters, has been continuously involved with the efforts after the UN Summit on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in September 2011. The outcome of the summit was a global political declaration that can be seen here.

As a result of this political declaration, there are several efforts that are ongoing with the World Health Organization (WHO) that will ultimately shape the effectiveness of the political declaration and the future of the global fight against NCDs. The ACC is a proud partner of several organizations in this effort:

  • The ACC is a partner of the NCD Alliance. This group of leading medical societies has worked to continuously advise the UN and WHO to ensure effective implementation of NCD efforts. Most recently, the ACC has officially endorsed the global effort to reduce premature deaths from NCDs by 25 percent by 2025. The College, as a member of the Global Cardiovascular Task Force, has also published a statement calling for more stringent targets in this initiative.
  • The ACC has also been working in association with the Inter American Society of Cardiology and Pan American Health Organization. Through these efforts, the ACC is also proud to be a member of the Pan American Forum for Action on Noncommunicable Diseases.

If you would like to support the ACC in its effort to stem the growing pandemic of NCDs, which is the number one cause of morbidity and mortality in both the developed and developing world, please contact international@acc.org.

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