• May 24, 2013

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    Theodore A. Bass, MD, FSCAI Inducted as SCAI 2013-14 President

    Please join SCAI in welcoming Ted A. Bass, MD, FSCAI as the 36th President of the Society as well as thanking J. Jeffrey Marshall, MD, FSCAI for a wonderful 2012-13 term as president.

    Dr. Bass was inducted at SCAI 2013 Scientific Sessions, where he voiced enthusiastic support for SCAI's programs that provide quality improvement tools for interventional cardiologists and cath lab teams as well as potential initiatives to encourage all interventional cardiologists to make a personal commitment to quality.

    "I became a Fellow of SCAI in 1991 because I believed in its mission of improving the health of heart disease patients through a higher standard of quality care," said Dr. Bass. "As president, I look forward to continuing the momentum SCAI has already built around quality care in interventional cardiology and taking it one step further by working with each member to ensure a personal commitment to safe, quality cardiovascular care. SCAI's focus has been on improving quality one cath lab at a time. Now we will expand to improving quality one interventional cardiologist at a time."

    More on Dr. Ted Bass and Plans for His Presidency

    View the Full List of SCAI's New Leadership for 2013-14

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    Survey Says... SCAI Seeks Input on Education in Acute Ischemic Stroke

    SCAI's central mission is to promote excellence in invasive and interventional cardiovascular medicine. One of the Society's key strategies in accomplishing this mission is to provide exceptional educational programming. Obtaining feedback from our members is vital to achieving this goal. We would appreciate if you could please take 5 minutes of your time to provide input on education in Acute Ischemic Stroke. Your responses will be confidential.

    Please Complete This Very Short Survey Now!

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    Mastering FFR-IVUS Online Curriculum Launches its May Module

    SCAI’s Mastering FFR-IVUS Online Curriculum has launched its new module for May, " Technique, Artifacts, Image Interpretation," presented by Morton Kern, MD, FSCAI. This presentation focuses on catheter insertion technique and preparation, pull back methods, image measurements/ interpretation and assessment of complications.

    Like other courses in SCAI's growing eLearning Library, the FFR/IVUS course material is a complimentary benefit available to all SCAI members. CME credit will be available for purchase after all of the modules have been released. This latest addition to the Society's menu of online educational offerings features an all-new twist: the release of a new curriculum module every month.

    Program Director Morton Kern, MD, FSCAI and Course Co-Director Allen Jeremias, MD, FSCAI have designed the course to ensure learners master the curriculum and build on competencies as they are introduced this monthly release schedule will also allow for flexibility to continuously enhance the program while ensuring the content remains both current and comprehensive.

    Access the May Module Now!

    More Information on SCAI's Mastering FFR-IVUS Online Curriculum

    Visit the SCAI eLearning Library


    This program is supported by Volcano. The Society gratefully acknowledges this support, while taking sole responsibility for all content developed and disseminated through this effort.

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    John Reilly, MD, FSCAI and Writing Committee Vice Chair and SCAI President Ted Bass, MD, FSCAI discuss the newly released Clinical Competence Statement on Coronary Artery Interventional Procedures.

    In Case You Missed It. SCAI Releases Clinical Competence Document

    Criteria for evaluating operator competency for performing coronary interventions should be expanded beyond procedure volume and include an evaluation of risk-adjusted outcomes, periodic case reviews of patient selection and other factors, according to a report from SCAI, ACC, and AHA released during SCAI 2013 Scientific Sessions in Orlando.

    This new report — an update to the initial 2007 statement — outlines the core competencies and technical skills required to optimize clinical outcomes when performing coronary-based interventions, responding to challenges presented by the changing landscape of the interventional cardiology field and evolving views on how best to define and assess clinical competency specifically related to percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) and other coronary-based interventions in adult patients.

    “We can’t be in every cath lab across the country, so one way to track competency is to define and measure key outcomes,” said Theodore A. Bass, MD, FSCAI cardiovascular division chief and medical director of the University of Florida Shands Cardiovascular Center in Jacksonville, Fla., vice chair of the writing committee and president of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions. “In the past, we focused mostly on cognitive competency – what does someone know. But when we talk about procedurally based skills, competency also involves the actual performance of the procedure. Practicing physicians and hospitals need to assure that these skill sets and support systems are in place to facilitate delivering optimal care to our patients.”

    Find Out More About This New Document

    Download the Updated Clinical Competence Statement

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    SCAI Highlights Connection Between Preeclampsia and Heart Disease

    In recognition of Preeclampsia Awareness Month, SCAI teamed up with The Preeclampsia Foundation to raise awareness of research suggesting that women who experience certain pregnancy complications -- preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, preterm birth, and fetal growth restriction – are more likely to develop cardiovascular disease, possibly as early as 10 years after pregnancy.

    SecondsCount.org Editor-in-Chief John P. Reilly, MD, FSCAI participated in the Foundation’s “Heart Health 4 Moms” Twitter Chat last week, answering questions and sharing SCAI’s educational tools, including information sheets on “Pregnancy & Your Heart” and “Preeclampsia & Your Heart”; as well as “Making the Connection: Preeclampsia & Women’s Cardiovascular Health,” a SCAI News & Highlights feature highlighting the latest research, guidelines and efforts by SCAI-WIN and the Women’s Heart Health Initiative to screen women during OB/GYN visits.

    Find Out More About The Preclampsia Foundation

    Refer Your Patients to SecondsCount.org

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    Get Ready! Society to Begin Accepting MSCAI Nominations on June 1

    SCAI will begin accepting nominations for its new Master Fellow of SCAI (MSCAI) designation on June 1.

    The MSCAI designation was developed to acknowledge SCAI Fellows who have been recognized by their peers as “having demonstrated excellence in Invasive/Interventional Cardiology over a career, manifested by a commitment to the highest levels of clinical care, innovation, publication, and teaching.”

    “Considering SCAI’s maturity as an organization and the contributions of its past and present leaders, we felt it was time to recognize a new category of members – those who have achieved excellence in their professional accomplishments or their contributions, over a career,” said SCAI Past President Christopher J. White, MD, FSCAI, who spearheaded this effort along with Past President and Credentials Committee Chair Barry Uretsky, MD, FSCAI.

    Once each year, starting at the SCAI 2014 Scientific Sessions in Las Vegas, a new group of Fellows will be awarded MSCAI status. “For the first six years, SCAI will recognize a maximum of 20 new Master Interventionalists, and from that point forward, we’ll elect 10 per year,” said Dr. Uretsky. “The Credentials Committee, with input from the Board of Trustees, has developed a rigorous and competitive process for MSCAI selection. To be named an MSCAI will be a great honor.”

    More Information on Nominations and Eligibility

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