Programs Offer Focused Learning on TAVR, CTO, CLI, Transradial, Hemodynamics & More
Throughout SCAI 2013 Scientific Sessions, May 8-11, in Orlando, attendees will have numerous opportunities for focused learning on topics on everyone's minds.
Complementing its signature case-based sessions, SCAI 2013 will feature symposia that have garnered high marks in years past as well as new half- and full-day programs in areas such as transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), critical limb ischemia (CLI), and transradial peripheral interventions.
"Some topics, such as hemodynamics, are eternal for our specialty, while others arrive on the scene because of new data, technology, or even controversy. In either case, there's a need for more in-depth attention to these topics than can be addressed in a single 60- or 90-minute session," says SCAI 2013 Program Co-Chair Kenneth Rosenfield, MD, FSCAI. "SCAI's symposia and mini-symposia allow attendees to immerse themselves for the better part of a day or half-day in a topic of relevance to their practice."
- Transradial Mini-Symposia
The Radial Mini-Symposium will be back after standing-room only attendance and rave reviews last year.
New to the schedule this year is the addition of Mini-Symposium: Transradial Peripheral Intervention, Show Us How It's Done! is designed to provide peripheral interventionalists more information and perspective from radial experts.
- CTO Mini-Symposium
"We had a full house last year," says Dr. Hermiller. "With all the new data and refinement in treating CTOs, we expect attendees will appreciate the opportunity to review what has happened recently in some depth."
- TAVR Mini-Symposium
This half-day program will feature taped cases to emphasize key "pearls" for interventionalists gearing up to offer the newly approved procedure. "We've divided this mini-symposium into two parts – the first to cover the essentials of TAVR, such as the heart team concept, patient selection and evaluation, and the second part on intermediate and advanced issues, including complications," says Dr. Hermiller.
- Hemodynamics Symposium
This program has been offered since 2006, with attendees vying for seats year after year. "There will always be a need to learn or get refreshed on the basics," says Zoltan G. Turi, MD, FSCAI, who chairs the popular symposium with Morton J. Kern, MD, FSCAI. "Attendees tell us they like the focus on the fundamentals in the context of all the new technology and advances."
- Imaging Symposium
This new offering was developed in response to members' requests. "Attendees told us they wanted more education on how and when to incorporate advanced imaging into patient care," said Dr. Hermiller. "And everyone wants more on radiation safety. This new symposium addresses that very practical need."
- CLI Symposium
"We know we can save limbs and save lives by treating Critical Limb Ischemia (CLI), but this will be the first time SCAI has offered a symposium that addresses case selection, technique, avoiding complications, and outcomes," says SCAI 2013 Program Co-Chair Kenneth Rosenfield, MD, FSCAI.