• April 27, 2012

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    REMINDER: SCAI 2012 Online Registration Ends Today at Midnight ET

    If you can only attend one interventional/invasive cardiology education meeting this year, shouldn't it be the Best of the Best? Shouldn't it be SCAI 2012 Scientific Sessions?

    The Online Registration Deadline is this Friday at midnight ET.

    SCAI 2012 will be a celebration of 35 Years of the Best of the Best in Interventional and Invasive Cardiology Education. No other interventional education program matches SCAI's focus on bringing you emerging trends in research and helping you apply it to clinical practice, all in an intimate learning environment of fellow interventionalists.


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    Attending SCAI 2012? We Have an App for That - Download it Now!

    Experience SCAI Scientific Sessions in a whole new way with the SCAI 2012 SmartPhone App.

    New this year! SCAI 2012 becomes the first cardiovascular conference in the world to provide scalable session content - including access on the SCAI 2012 SmartPhone App* - within 24 hours of presentation.

    Even better, in most cases this content will be available much sooner!

    Of course, the SCAI 2012 SmartPhone App will again allow you to get up-to-the-minute session notifications, create a personalized itinerary, thumb through abstracts, easily navigate your way around the Session and Expo Halls with floor plans linked to sessions and exhibitors, see which programs are currently on now, and much, much more.

    In short, it's an app worthy of the Best of the Best in Interventional Cardiology Education.

    Download the App Now for a Seamless, Interactive SCAI 2012 Experience!

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    SCAI 2012: Dr. Elliott Fisher to Challenge IC's to be "Agents of Change"

    Interventional cardiologists can and should lead efforts to improve quality, cut costs and ensure appropriate use of procedures. Elliott Fisher, MD, MPH, professor of medicine at Dartmouth, an internationally recognized expert on variations in health system performance and one of the originators of the concept of accountable care organizations, will challenge the interventional cardiology community to accomplish these and other goals during his keynote address at the Town Hall Meeting during SCAI 2012 Scientific Sessions.

    “Our health system simply cannot afford to continue the same patterns and models of care delivery that we have relied on in decades past,” said Dr. Fisher. “As physicians, we need to be leading the effort to put the systems in place that will result in both improved patient care and reduced costs. As a specialty, interventional cardiology has led the way in evidence-based care and quality improvement. I intend to deliver a message of challenge, hope and choice -- and by that I mean, face up to our current fiscal predicament, realize this is a moment of opportunity and make the choice to fix it. If interventional cardiologists do this, they will be demonstrating to the larger healthcare community how these things can be done.”

    An open discussion about the state of interventional cardiology will follow the keynote, featuring a panel of leading interventional cardiologists. Town hall faculty will share specific examples of how interventional cardiologists can continue their efforts to improve safety and quality through quality improvement initiatives. An interactive discussion with attendees will follow the presentations.

    The Town Hall session will take place Friday, May 11, 2012 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. (Pacific Time).

    More on Dr. Fisher's Keynote and the Town Hall Meeting

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    SCAI 2012: Slate of Late-Breaking Clinical Trials Announced

    Amid six tracks of in-depth "best of the best" education in invasive/interventional cardiology and hundreds of abstracts, SCAI 2012 will feature the following late-breaking clinical trials:

    Modern Endovascular Management of Patients with Iliac Artery Disease: Results from the MOBILITY Trial
    Presented by Michael Jaff, DO, FSCAI

    Final Results and Follow-Up of Robotically Enhanced Coronary Intervention: The PRECISE Multi-Center Pivotal Study
    Presented by Giora Weisz, MD

    Safety and Efficacy of Ixmyelocel-T, An Expanded Patient-Specific Mixed Cell Therapy, in Dilated Cardiomyopathy
    Presented by Timothy Henry, MD, FSCAI

    The trials will be presented Thursday, May 10, starting at noon, immediately after the Founders' Lecture by Ted Feldman, MD, FSCAI.

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    CCI: New Early View Content on Coronary/Peripheral Interventions

    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:

    Peripheral Vascular Disease

    Case Report


    Percutaneous retrieval of fractured bird's nest IVC filter penetrating into aorta
    Jean Touchan, Michael S. Levy and Roger J. Laham
    Article first published online: 6 APR 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/ccd.24304
    ABSTRACT | Members CLICK HERE to Access Full Issue

    Coronary Artery Disease

    Original Study

    Optical coherence tomography evaluation of drug-eluting stents: A systematic review
    Aristotelis C. Papayannis, Daisha Cipher, Subhash Banerjee and Emmanouil S. Brilakis
    Article first published online: 5 APR 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/ccd.24327
    ABSTRACT | Members CLICK HERE to Access Full Issue

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    High-Risk PCI Online Curriculum Latest Addition to e-Learning Library

    SCAI's catalog of eLearning opportunities has expanded with the recent launch of the High-Risk Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) online course. Featuring an engaging combination of didactic presentations and case studies, the High-Risk PCI program fulfills members' requests for additional information about this critical area of interventional cardiology practice.

    This online course is designed to provide core education to physicians regardless of their experience level in this growing and changing area of interventional cardiology. In addition to covering case selection and management, the curriculum also covers device selection strategy as well as hemodynamics of such procedures. Led by Course Director Robert Applegate, MD, FSCAI, the program is presented by a world-class faculty representing leaders within the field.

    The High Risk PCI course is provided via an educational grant from ABIOMED, Inc. and is available to all fellows-in-training and practicing interventional cardiologists to access for free. In order to claim CME hours users can purchase individual modules or the full program. Each module is worth 1 CME hour and can be purchased for $20 by SCAI members. The full 8 CME hour program is $150 for members.

    Access SCAI's High-Risk PCI Online Curriculum

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    Get Involved in SCAI: Attend a Committee Meeting at SCAI 2012

    SCAI Committees will be meeting at SCAI 2012 Scientific Sessions. Remember, SCAI's unique open-door policy means that every SCAI member is invited to attend the committee meetings of their choice. No formal appointments, no need to RSVP. Just take a look at the schedule and see what interests you. Then come check it out!

    Please note: All meetings* will convene on SCAI Committee Day on Wednesday, May 9, at the Mirage, 3400 Las Vegas Blvd South, Las Vegas, NV 89109. All times for the SCAI Committee Meetings are Pacific Time. The schedule is tentative and subject to change.

    * The FIT Committee Meeting will take place on Friday, May 11 from 11:00 AM - NOON in Andros A.

    View the Schedule of SCAI Committee Meetings

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    All Members Encouraged to Attend SCAI's Annual Business Meeting

    SCAI is reminding members to plan to attend the Society's Annual Business Meeting, which will be conveniently held at SCAI 2012 Scientific Sessions on Friday, May 11, 12:30 PM, in Room Jamaica AB at the Mirage Hotel Las Vegas, 3400 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, NV 89109.

    The meeting will include the election of SCAI officers and potentially, consideration of a proposed bylaws amendment involving a new membership category. All are welcome to attend; current SCAI Fellows and Senior Fellows (FSCAI) are eligible to vote. Members interested in additional information on the election and/or proposed amendments are welcome to send an email to info@scai.org with "SCAI 2012 Business Meeting" in the subject line.

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