Additional Activities

ACC.20/WCC is a host to a wide range of educational activities. Attend Independent Certified Sessions and Prime Time Events offered by other companies and organizations to round out your experience. Check back in January 2020 for additional information.

  Independent Certified Sessions
  Independent Certified Sessions

Independent Certified Sessions are educational programs organized by a non-profit organization that offer continuing medical education (CME), continuing nursing education (CNE) and/or continuing education (CE) credit and for which no commercial support has been received. Check back in January 2020 for additional information about events being held during ACC.20/WCC.

Friday, March 27

  • Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (CMR) in Modern Cardiology: When to Refer My Patient and What to Expect
    8:00 a.m.
    Hyatt Regency McCormick Place
    Hosted by the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (SCMR)

    Please join us for this new and exciting one-day workshop being offered prior to ACC.20/WCC. The workshop will be led by expert cardiologists in the field reviewing the following:
    • When to refer patients for CMR
    • Advantages of CMR in patients with cardiovascular diseases
    • CMR in the guidelines
    • When to refer patients for CMR
    • How to read a CMR report
    • Safety aspects of CMR
    This course is appropriate for: Cardiologists, Radiologists and other health care professionals; Cardiology and Radiology fellows wanting to gain knowledge and training in CMR; Allied health care professionals already involved in CMR who wish to better understand the clinical applicability of the technique.

    Registration to attend is $150 and includes breakfast, lunch and CME credits (7.0). Please visit the SCMR website for additional information.
  • Prevention & Management of CV Risk and Disease: Old Problems, Novel Approaches, and New Evidence
    7:00 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.
    InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile
    Renaissance Ballroom, 5th floor
    Hosted by Mayo Clinic

    The ever-increasing presence of cardiovascular risk continues to be a major challenge for health care providers in the United States.

    This program will provide practical, clinical strategies for preventing, delaying, diagnosing, treating, and managing cardiovascular risk and disease. The objective is to provide healthcare providers with evidence-based interventions that they can utilize in clinical practice to improve health outcomes and quality of life for the growing numbers of patients at increased CV risk.

    Register today!
  Prime Time Events
  Prime Time Events

Prime Time Events are offered by companies and organizations at various venues throughout Chicago. Be sure to check back frequently to see the non-certified educational events that you'll want to add to your ACC.20/WCC schedule.

Saturday, March 28

Morning (5:30 a.m. – 7:45 a.m.)

  • Title to be Announced
    Sponsored by Planning Partners International on behalf of MyoKardia

Evening (6:30 p.m. – Midnight)

  • Physicians' Education Resource
    Time to be announced
    Sponsored by an Educational Grant from Portola Pharmaceuticals
  • Crack the Code: Unmasking ATTR-CM in Your Practice
    6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    Sponsored by Pfizer

    At this event, leading experts in transthyretin amyloid cardiomyopathy (ATTR‐CM) will discuss ATTR‐CM using problem‐based learning technique to:
    • Provide an overview of ATTR‐CM
    • Discuss what should prompt suspicion of ATTR‐CM
    • Discuss how suspicion can be confirmed through diagnostic techniques
    • Review the clinical data for a treatment option for ATTR‐CM


6:30 p.m.
Welcome and Buffet Dinner

7:00 p.m.

7:05 p.m.
A Disease Enigma: Unlocking the Clinical Clues of ATTR-CM

7:35 p.m.
A Challenging Case of Heart Failure: Putting the Clues of ATTR-CM Together

8:05 p.m.
Cracked the Code: What to Do Next?: A Treatment Option for Patients with ATTR-CM

8:35 p.m.

8:45 p.m.
Faculty Q&A

Sunday, March 29
Morning (5:30 a.m. – 7:45 a.m.)

  • Prosthetic Valves: The Great Debate
    Sponsored by: CryoLife, Inc

    Moderators: S. Chris Malaisrie, MD

    Rajendra Makkar, MD

    Speakers: Vinod H. Thourani, MD

    Maurice E. Sarano, MD

    John Alexander, MD

Evening (6:30 p.m. – Midnight)

  • The Symposium on Stroke Prevention in Atrial Fibrillation: Advancements in Oral Anticoagulation Therapy and LAA Closure
    6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
    Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, Prairie Room
    Sponsored by: MediaSphere Medical

    This educational dinner symposium features world-renowned experts who will explore recent advancements in oral anticoagulation therapy and Left Atrial Appendage Closure (LAAC) for managing Atrial Fibrillation (AF) related stroke. Featuring insightful rapid-fire presentations, expert panel discussions, illustrative LAAC case demonstrations, and engaging Q&A sessions, this symposium is a can't miss meeting for physicians and associated healthcare professionals who seek to employ evidence-based therapeutic strategies for stroke prophylaxis in AF patients. Register today.

    Vivek Reddy, MD
    Director of Cardiac Arrhythmia Services, The Mount Sinai Hospital
    New York, NY

    Commercial Supporter: This activity is supported through an educational grant from Boston Scientific

Interested in Hosting an Event?

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ACC.20/WCC exhibitors, universities, and non-profit organizations that wish to host an event during ACC.20/WCC between Friday, March 27 and Monday, March 30 should download and review the Ancillary Event Guidelines and submit a request to host an Ancillary Event starting on July 25. Not an ACC.20/WCC exhibitor? Become one today.

* Prime Time Events are not part of ACC.20/WCC, as planned by its Program Committee, and these presentations and events do not qualify for continuing medical education (CME), continuing nursing education (CNE) or continuing education (CE) credit.
* Independent Certified Sessions are not part of ACC.20/WCC; however, the content was reviewed and approved by the ACC.20/WCC Program Committee.

Information is current as of Feb. 12, 2020, and is subject to change. Please check back for updates.

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