One of the most popular session types at the Annual Scientific Session, the ACC Intensives are half-day “mini-courses” that target new and growing areas in cardiovascular practice and use gaps in competencies and knowledge to develop sessions that will expand attendees’ knowledge and understanding of the selected topics. These unique programs offer attendees the opportunity to focus on a specific area of concentration.

ACC.17 offers three Intensives this year; the topics are:

  • Teaching with Intent: Secrets from the Masters
  • Health Equity’s Long Journey: Are We There Yet?
  • Palliative Care for the 99%

Each intensive includes three 75 – 90 minute sessions and includes group discussions led by experts and peers as well as many of the interactive, innovative techniques found in all ACC.17 sessions. Attendees should plan to stay for the complete time frame for maximum knowledge exchange and interactive and innovative education immersion; however, full attendance is not required and sessions can be attended individually.

All members of a cardiovascular care team will benefit from these immersive learning programs, and of course, patients will benefit from their providers’ expanded knowledge and understanding. Be sure to attend these special intensive programs.

Teaching with Intent: Secrets from the Masters
Friday, March 17

The Teaching with Intent: Secrets from the Masters Intensive at ACC.17 has evolved into an extensive program that will help attendees improve their professional communications skills not just as educators but also as health care providers. Whether your “audience” is medical residents, students, patients or your peers, expanding and improving your communications skills will elevate you both professionally and personally.

The expert faculty for this focused intensive is comprised of cardiovascular care professionals who are known for their expertise as skilled educators and communicators including Rick Nishimura, Patrick T. O’Gara and Craig Alpert. They will integrate highly interactive, innovative or entertaining teaching or communications techniques into the course.

The focus is on improving instructional skills during Part 1. Learn what “Backwards Planning” is and how to prepare goals and objectives more effectively for Grand Rounds or similar situations. Join the team competition in the Mock MOC session or learn about the ADDIE Instructional Design Model, then “pair and share” on how to deploy it. The session will be highly interactive, so be prepared to participate.

Part II focuses on delivering effective presentations — learn the principles of a great “ACC Talk” during “How Does Rick Tick,” how to improve your presentation skills, use your slides more effectively and become a successful moderator. During the interviewer/interviewee portion, you’ll also find valuable interview techniques.

Part III uses the techniques of simulations followed by panel discussions to review key elements in a health care provider’s professional life: small group case conference presentations; patient encounters and patient-centered teaching and attendee/trainee feedback sessions. Improving your skills in each of these areas translates into making you a more effective clinician and health care professional.

After participating in all three segments of the Teaching with Intent Intensive, you will leave with a greater understanding of how to communicate better in your professional capacity whether you are teaching students, conducting rounds, interacting with patients and their family or making a presentation to colleagues at a scientific session. Attendees are encouraged to attend all three segments for a comprehensive study of the topic. Don’t miss this opportunity at ACC.17 to advance the level of your communications and teaching skills as a health care professional.

Health Equity’s Long Journey: Are We There Yet?
Saturday, March 18

Health Equity, its status, goals and how to achieve them are the topics of Health Equity’s Long Journey: Are We There Yet? Ensuring that all people — no matter their socioeconomic disadvantages or historical and contemporary injustices — have the opportunities and resources to achieve a healthy life is a major order, yet that is the goal of health equity.

In Perspectives on Health Equity: Setting the Stage experts will assess the status of health equity and the role of health care practice in achieving health equity. Other topics will include the magnitude of health disparities in cardiovascular disease and the impact of race, ethnicity, social determinants and sex/gender in defining those disparities.

Achieving Health Equity in CVD: The Role of Partnerships will move the discussion forward into the steps that can be taken to achieve health equity in cardiovascular disease care. The program expands on solutions built from innovative partnership concepts.

Interventions to Achieve CV Health Equity addresses what needs to be done to achieve health equity, followed by a case-based presentation on disparities in cardiovascular care delivery and how to remove them. The case is used to facilitate what should be a lively panel discussion on what needs to be done socially, culturally, geographically and globally to achieve CV health equity.

Is the journey to achieve cardiovascular health equity over? Be sure to attend and learn more about this important topic and share your thoughts with the experts and your peers. With the possibility of major changes in our social and cultural environment regarding socioeconomic disparities and how they could affect achieving health equity, your input and participation is needed. All members of the cardiovascular team should take advantage of this opportunity to learn what they can do to help achieve and maintain cardiovascular health equity.

We encourage all attendees to attend all three sessions.

Palliative Care for the 99%
Sunday, March 19

The ACC.17 intensive, Palliative Care for the 99%, is focused on advancing the palliative care (PC) skills of all CV providers and provides provocative arguments as to when the palliative care approach should begin.

In the minds of some, Palliative Care (PC) has been equated with end-of-life or hospice care only. However, the positive impact of the PC approach, which has been shown to enhance patient and caregiver relationships as well as reduce patient symptoms, anxieties and even costs, has broadened the scope of PC and changed the timing of when the PC dynamic should begin. So which patients are candidates for PC, and when should focus on PC begin? National guidelines and even Medicare coverage rules require involvement of palliative care for certain populations with advanced cardiovascular disease. Some experts suggest that PC is beneficial for patients at earlier stages and should begin with the first encounter between cardiovascular patients and their providers. But PC remains controversial in some settings, and some clinicians fear that PC may convince patients to wrongly forego life-prolonging interventions.

No matter which patients receive Palliative Care and when in the provider/patient relationship, it challenges providers to reach the ultimate level in patient-centered communication and care. Attendees will get practical guidance on how to handle some of the difficult communication/care challenges in Palliative Care. The Intensive’s sessions include a combination of formats including case presentations and video vignettes of clinical encounters to help participants develop their skills in developing patient rapport, assessing and communicating prognosis, managing symptoms and delivering difficult information. A panel of experts will provide critical insights into how they address these difficult situations as well as provide essential takeaways that providers can begin to employ in their practices immediately.

This intensive is comprised of three sessions over a half-day period, and attendees are encouraged to attend all three. Join us and come prepared for an interactive and productive skill building experience.


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