• October 12, 2012

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    Don't Wait! Application Deadline for ELM Fellowship Only a Month Away

    The application deadline is quick approaching for SCAI's Emerging Leader Mentorship (ELM) Program in formal partnership with ACC and CRF. Applications for the next wave of interventional/invasive cardiology leaders during its 2013-15 cycle are due November 15.

    The ELM Program is charged with finding a small, highly selective group of up-and-coming physicians (there are 10 openings for the 2013-2015 cycle) and facilitating their transition into the next generation of great thinkers, presenters, teachers and national leaders. ELM Fellows participate in six training sessions over a two year period, timed with the SCAI, TCT and ACC annual conferences, and will be assigned a mentor specifically chosen to match their interests and aspirations.

    Everyone Benefits!

    A critically important component of the ELM program, is that it also provides career advancement opportunities for applicants who aren't selected for the 10 fellowships. After the selection program is complete, the Program Committee will make personal calls to applicants who did not win a spot in the program, taking the time to understand their goals, aspirations, and talents, and then finding ways to channel their energy into SCAI and partnering organizations. Many of SCAI's brightest young leaders are ELM fellowship runner-ups! However, you can't get involved if you don't apply!

    Don't just take our word for it. Click on the above image to hear how ELM has helped open doors for Herbert Aranow, MD, FSCAI.

    Apply Today - The Application Deadline is November 15, 2012!

    Learn More about the ELM Program

    Follow the 2011-2013 ELM Fellows' Accomplishments!

    Find Out How All ELM Fellowship Applicants Benefit

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    Registration Now Open for SCAI 2013 Scientific Sessions in Orlando!

    If YOU can only attend one Interventional Cardiology education program this year, shouldn't it be the Best of the Best?

    Shouldn't it be SCAI 2013 Scientific Sessions?

    Start planning now to join SCAI, colleagues and friends in celebrating 36 years of the Best of the Best in Interventional/Invasive Cardiology Education in Orlando on May 8-11, 2013.

    With an unparalleled focus on advances in interventional and invasive cardiology, SCAI 2013 will feature cutting-edge research, taped cases from around the world, case reviews, interactive workshops and more presented by the field's foremost thought-leaders and teachers. All will focus on one goal - helping you optimize patient care.

    Some of this year's exciting additions include a devoted Quality Improvement Track and a can't-miss opening general session.

    Ever wish you could attend two simultaneous sessions? Be sure to upgrade to premium

    You can now and more with the introduction of Premium Registration at SCAI 2013 Scientific Sessions, which includes a free subscription to SCAI 2013 On Demand for only $100 more than regular registration.

    SCAI 2013 On Demand guarantees you don't miss any sessions, allowing you to view slides and listen to audio from sessions you missed on site at the meeting, as well as from your office, home, etc. 24/7 through May 1, 2014.

    Register for SCAI 2013 Now - Be Sure to Upgrade to Premium!

    More Information on SCAI 2013

    Take Advantage of the Tremendous Room Rate at the Peabody

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    "Cardiology at Hand" App Offers CCI and Other Wiley Cardiology Titles

    Access SCAI's official journal Catheterization & Cardiovascular Interventions (CCI) and 10 other Wiley cardiology journals on your Android, iPhone, iPad, or Blackberry now with the all-new Cardiology at Hand App.

    With the rapid publication of news and research articles it's harder than ever to stay focused on the most relevant and useful content. Download the Cardiology at Hand App for your mobile device and access instant updates from the field of cardiology, including cutting-edge article abstracts, news and details of upcoming events.

    Simple and easy to navigate, Cardiology at Hand presents an optimized reading experience for your mobile device. You can easily tag content for convenient reading and share with your friends and colleagues through email, Twitter, Facebook, and more!

    Download the Cardiology at Hand App, Featuring CCI Content

    Once You've Had a Chance to Use the App, Send Your Feedback

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    National Summit on Overuse Highlights ACE Accreditation as Resource

    Methods to reduce the occurrence of medical treatments that are not always necessary were presented at the National Summit on Overuse co-sponsored by the American Medical Association (AMA) and The Joint Commission, on September 24, 2012. The summit goal was to discuss strategies to improve the quality and safety of patient care. Representatives from physician organizations, medical specialties, government agencies, research institutions and patient groups came together to discuss the appropriate use of five treatments and procedures, including the use of stents for percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI).

    In his presentation, past SCAI President Carl L. Tommaso, MD, FSCAI, NorthShore University HealthSystem, Skokie, IL, began by defining the overuse of PCI, reviewed guidelines and registries for PCI procedures, and appropriate use criteria (AUC).


    He continued with a review of cath lab quality assurance programs. " . . . collaboration between the American College of Cardiology and SCAI has created an accrediting organization called the Accreditation for Cardiovascular Excellence (ACE), which provides accreditation to cardiac cath labs."

    Dr. Tommaso concluded with his recommendations to the cath lab community. "...what is necessary, since we have guidelines, registries and accrediting organizations, is to encourage implementation and standardization of reporting and procedures in the cardiac cath lab."

    "ACE exists to help every US cardiac cath lab integrate AUC," said Bonnie Weiner, MD, FSCAI, CMO for ACE. "ACE clients tell us that the ACE accreditation is cost-effective, mitigates financial risk by implementing a robust quality program that includes a comprehensive review of all aspects of invasive cardiology procedures."

    Click Here to Hear Dr. Tommaso's Presentation

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    CCI: Case Report and Original Study Added as New Early View Content

    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 article is now available online - just log in at www.SCAI.org:

    Coronary Artery Disease

    Case Report


    Innovative use of self-expanded polytetrafluoroethylene endoprosthesis for percutaneous endovascular interventions
    KGabriel Maluenda, Ron Waksman and Nelson L. Bernardo
    Article first published online: 8 OCT 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/ccd.23498 9
    ABSTRACT | Members CLICK HERE to Access Full Issue

    Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease

    Original Study


    Aortic valve morphology is associated with outcomes following balloon valvuloplasty for congenital aortic stenosis
    Shiraz A. Maskatia, Henri Justino, Frank F. Ing, Matthew A. Crystal, Raphael J. Mattamal and Christopher J. Petit
    Article first published online: 8 OCT 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/ccd.24286
    ABSTRACT | Members CLICK HERE to Access Full Issue

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    SecondsCount Help Patients Take Care of Their Feet — Yes, Their Feet!

    INeed a hand teaching your patients what their FEET have to do with heart health? SecondsCount can help. SCAI’s public education website features comprehensive information about peripheral and renal artery disease, including tools your patients can use to understand their risk, protect their feet (and understand why they should), and start a structured walking program. Encourage your patients to check it out, print it out, and try it out today!

    SecondsCount Guide to Leg & Kidney Blockages

    SecondsCount PAD Check

    SecondsCount Treat Your Feet Checklist

    SecondsCount Walking Guide for PAD

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    Member on the Move: Dr. Frank Ing Moves to Children's Hospital Los Angeles

    Frank Ing, MD, FSCAI recently joined Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) and USC as associate chief of cardiology and director of the hospital's Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory. He will also be professor of clinical pediatrics in USC's Keck School of Medicine division of cardiology, department of pediatrics. He will also be professor of clinical pediatrics in USC's Keck School of Medicine division of cardiology, department of pediatrics.

    Have a new title, affiliation or practice? Let your colleagues know where you're headed or what new projects you’ve delved into. The best part? It’s easy to do – just send your news to egrammer@scai.org.

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