• July 3, 2013

    In This Issue:





    Summer Newsletter: First SCAI ELM Class Graduates, New Trustees, More

    The need for Interventional Cardiologists to get involved in the political process has never been greater than the present. Fortunately there's a way for everyone to get involved. New SCAI-PAC Chair Thomas Tu, MD, FSCAI offers several easy ways YOU can help in the Summer Issue of SCAI News & Highlights, now online!

    Also in this issue is the final installment of the Hot Topic series, "Hospital Employment: Thoughts From the Newly 'Acquired'" in which Peter Duffy, MD, MMM, FSCAI details his experiences and recommendations after recently guiding his group through the process of integrating with his local hospital system.

    Other features in this issues include a review of ELM's inaugural graduating class, a look back at SCAI 2013 in pictures and tweets, a welcome to SCAI's new Trustees, and more!

    Access these newsletter articles online:

    Download the Summer Issue of SCAI News & Highlights Now!

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    The Best of the Best: Society Now Accepting MSCAI Nominations

    SCAI is now accepting nominations for its new Master Fellow of SCAI (MSCAI) designation!

    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

    Make Your Nomination(s) Now!

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    SCAI Leaders Discuss Impact of ACA on Interventional Cardiology

    SCAI Vice President James Blankenship, MD, FSCAI, and SCAI PAC Chair Thomas Tu, MD, FSCAI, were among cardiologists interviewed last week about the impact of the Affordable Care Act. Both physicians were quoted by Medpage Today, whose coverage marked the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s ruling on the constitutionality of the healthcare reform law, which was signed into law in 2010. 

    Drs. Blankenship and Tu highlighted changes in cardiovascular practices as well as feedback from colleagues. For example, Dr. Blankenship pointed out that the influx of newly insured patients, paired with the aging of the population, will grow the need not just for nurse practitioners and clinical nurse specialists, but also for specialists. And, paraphrasing Dr. Tu, the article points to concerns that the full ramifications of the law are yet to be realized and could backfire, for example, if “good people don’t want to be in the field anymore.”

    Read "ACA Delays Decisions in Cardiology"

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    Enter to Win a Free "You & Your Stent" Video Player

    Take your patient education efforts to the next level with a “You & Your Stent” Video Player!  

    Enter the SecondsCount Educate Patients Contest, and you could win a free video player that you and your cath lab team can use to help patients and their families understand: 

    • How the heart and arteries work
    • What is acute coronary syndrome?
    • How a stent works
    • How to take care of a stent (adherence to medication and lifestyle changes)
    • What happens next

    “You & Your Stent” is an unbranded video developed by Daiichi Sankyo/Eli Lilly in partnership with the editors of SCAI’s public education website, SecondsCount.org. 

    The video answers questions often asked by patients, with accompanying full-color animations and narration in English.

    Preview the Free 10-Minute Video in its Entirety or Any of its Six Chapters

    Contest Rules and Form

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    Don't Miss Out on SCAI 2013; Catch Up With On Demand

    Attracting 1,500 interventional cardiologists and cath lab colleagues for discussion of clinical advances and new developments –- including opportunities for quality improvement –- SCAI 2013 Scientific Sessions was an enormous hit.

    Be sure to save May 28-31 in your 2014 calendar as SCAI Scientific Sessions returns to Las Vegas!

    Unable to make it to Orlando? You can still access all the SCAIence and education from SCAI 2013. SCAI 2013 On Demand allows you to catch up on your laptop or iOS devices, starting at only $149 for attendees.

    SCAI 2013 On Demand allows users to immerse themselves in a variety of cutting-edge topics, capturing all the educational content from SCAI 2013 Scientific Sessions*, bringing you multimedia re-creations with audio synchronized with slides that can be viewed from your PC or laptop or on your iPhone or iPad while you are on the go.

    Purchase it Now!

    Browse Sessions Available on SCAI 2013 On Demand

    SCAI cannot guarantee 100% of sessions will be made available in SCAI 2013 On Demand

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    eLearning Spotlight: PVD Online Designed for All Knowledge Levels

    Feedback from SCAI's membership has consistently ranked educational opportunities in peripheral vascular disease (PVD) as a primary interest. That's why the Society added the SCAI Peripheral Vascular Disease Online Curriculum to its eLearning Library.

    "The course is designed for all physicians, regardless of their background in PVD," said Course Director Christopher J. White, MD, FSCAI. "By providing information on basic as well as advanced aspects of PVD, we are able to offer a course that is just as useful to experts as it is to physicians just getting into this area"

    Offering up to 15 CME credit hours and ideal for physicians interested in learning the background, potential complications, and treatment options for peripheral vascular disease, Peripheral Vascular Disease Curriculum Online features 24/7 access to 15 modules that operate as an online textbook of information. Each module includes a slide presentation as well as a pre- and post-tests to help you assess your learning. Navigating through presentations is easy due to several key features, including expanded search capabilities that allow physicians to search for key terms and phrases within the text and audio to quickly target information.

    Find Out More about SCAI Peripheral Vascular Disease Curriculum Online

    Visit SCAI's eLearning Library

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