• March 15, 2013

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    SCAI Prez Discusses Stents with Drs. Sanjay Gupta, Steven Nissen on CNN

    Following CNN’s broadcast of “Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare,” Dr. Sanjay Gupta hosted a special segment during which healthcare experts discussed some of the documentary’s themes. Appearing with Steven Nissen, MD, MACC, SCAI President J. Jeffrey Marshall, MD, FSCAI, discussed how stents are used in the treatment of heart disease. Dr Marshall stressed that 70 percent of patients who receive stents are suffering heart attack, and that patients with stable heart disease whose symptoms are not resolved with lifestyle changes and medications experience improved quality of life after angioplasty and stenting.

    “My main point was that interventional cardiologists are delivering the right care to the right patient at the right time,” said Dr. Marshall after the program aired. “The U.S. healthcare system is not perfect, but people come from all over the world to be treated here. As we work together to constantly improve healthcare, we need to preserve physicians’ ability to focus on what is in the best interest of each patient.”

    SCAI’s ongoing media efforts helped position Dr. Marshall for this opportunity. Producers for CNN took note of Dr. Marshall after reading coverage in which he was quoted, including the Baltimore Sun and the recent Letter to the Editor he authored for The New York Times in October 2012.

    Watch the CNN Segment

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    CCI: Early View Content Includes Document on Radiation Protection

    In order to get critical information to members as soon as possible, SCAI's official journal Catheterization & Cardiovascular Interventions (CCI) offers accepted manuscripts online in its Early View Section prior to inclusion of that manuscript in a print issue.

    The following Early View articles are now available online - just log in at www.SCAI.org:

    Coronary Artery Disease

    Original Studies


    Safety and feasibility of orbital atherectomy for the treatment of calcified coronary lesions
    Keyur Parikh, Praveen Chandra, Nishit Choksi, Puneet Khanna and Jeffrey Chambers
    Article first published online: 5 MAR 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/ccd.24700
    ABSTRACT | Members CLICK HERE to Access Full Issue

    Valvular and Structural Heart Diseases

    Core Curriculum


    Recommendations for occupational radiation protection in interventional cardiology
    Ariel Durán, Sim Kui Hian, Donald L. Miller, John Le Heron, Renato Padovani and Eliseo Vano
    Article first published online: 8 MAR 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/ccd.24694
    ABSTRACT | Members CLICK HERE to Access Full Issue

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    SCAI 2013: Late-Breaking Clinical Trial Submissions Due Next Week!

    Time is running out to submit your late-breaking clinical trial results to SCAI 2013 Scientific Sessions. The submission deadline is March 20 - submit your research now!

    Here's why your science belongs at interventional cardiology's premiere education meeting:

      SCAI will promote your results extensively to mainstream and trade media. SCAI LBCT's have been prominently featured in SCAI's Scientific Sessions were prominently featured in The Wall Street Journal, USA TodayThe Washington Post, and The L.A. Timesand more!
      SCAI's attendees are exactly those you want your results to reach and they won't be distracted by headliners from other subspecialties or general cardiology.
      SCAI 2013 is just the right size to foster collegial education, dialogue and collaboration. You'll find yourself discussing your findings long after your presentation.

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    SCAI 2013: Add to Your Educational Plate With Breakfasts With Benefits

    We've told you about the variety of focused learning opportunities at SCAI 2013 Scientific Sessions.

    Still want to add more to your educational plate? Breakfast With Benefits is an additional learning opportunity allowing you to make the most of your time.

    First-come, first-served ... these new small-group sessions will bring attendees and faculty together around a table to hash out the toughest coronary, peripheral and structural cases that come through the cath lab. "These are the cases where you'll never find an evidence base that tells you what to do," said SCAI 2013 Program Co-Chair Kenneth Rosenfield, MD, FSCAI.

    "When the data are conflicting, it comes down to experience and being a good problem-solver," added SCAI 2013 Program Co-Chair Morton Kern, MD, FSCAI. "These are the cases interventional cardiologists live for. We'll scratch our heads together, debate the options, and learn along the way."

    Register Now for SCAI 2013!

    More Information About SCAI 2013

    View the Agenda - Download the Advance Program

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    HDRC Initiative Looks to Pair Researchers & Clinical Trial Sponsors

    As part of SCAI's continuing efforts to improve quality of life and health outcomes for women and minority patients through education, research and partnership the Society is proud to announce the launch of the Health Disparities Research Consortium (HDRC).

    HDRC is a not-for-profit organization for physicians, researchers and medical product manufacturers looking to improve their clinical trial strategies as they relate to women and minority patients.

    The HRDC Investigator Database houses information from individual investigators and institutions with an interest in clinical trial participation. It's a great way to provide detailed information about your research interests and your site capabilities to companies looking to sponsor new clinical trials. You enter your profile info in the database either as an individual investigator or as a site administrator/coordinator and companies will query the database to find good matches for their trials. It's that easy.

    Sign Up to be Listed in the HDRC Investigator Database. It's FREE!

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    Have an IC Opening? SCAI Members Offered 15% Discount on Job Bank

    The SCAI Job Bank (www.SCAI.org/Jobs) is the preeminent source for high quality jobs and candidates within invasive and interventional cardiology. The Career Center provides targeted, cost-effective access to qualified candidates throughout their entire careers.

    Employers benefit from:

    • Access to hundreds of invasive and interventional cardiologists
    • Personal customer support as well as a dedicated account manager
    • Custom tools to manage your job posting and organize hiring strategies
    • Advertising products that help extend your brand by reaching new audiences
    • Access to a deep resume database to contact candidates proactively

    With SCAI 2013 Scientific Sessions rapidly approaching, now is the perfect time to post your ads to the SCAI Job Bank. Rapid increases in traffic, resume submissions, and online responses to job ads will be at their peak during the weeks preceding SCAI 2013 and throughout the conference. Take advantage of this window by posting any invasive and interventional cardiology ads you have to the SCAI Job Bank so they are active during the conference.

    As a benefit of membership SCAI members receive 15% off their job posting. In order to take advantage of this opportunity simply call (888) 884-8242!

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    eLearning Spotlight: SCAI Radial Summit Online Offers 24/7 CME

    SCAI Radial Summit Online is an online CME course designed for the busy interventional cardiologist. Offering up to 7.5 CME credits, this offering is available as a full course or by individual session. You decide which sessions to take based upon your busy schedule!

    Whether you are starting a TRI program at your institution or are looking for advanced information, this program will assist you in building on or expanding your knowledge of transradial access/intervention. This program will demonstrate how transradial access can increase patient comfort and safety, lower bleeding complications and reduce health care costs. Other hot topics will include strategies to lower radiation exposure and to adjust contrast media dosage.

    Also, be sure to take a look at other exciting offerings from SCAI's eLearning Library including:

    • High-Risk PCI Online Curriculum
    • Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD) Online Curriculum
    • SCAI 2012 On Demand
    • SCAI's Quality Improvement Toolkit (SCAI-QIT) Webinar Series

    Visit SCAI Radial Summit Online Online

    View Additional Online Offerings at SCAI's eLearning Library

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