Boot Camp is Back and Bigger Than Ever
The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions
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This year, the SCAI 2016 Scientific Sessions, which has been designed around attendee
feedback from the previous year, will showcase
topics and sessions covering a broad mix of
familiar favorites and brand
“Each year we make
improvements and enhance-
ments according to what our
audience is looking for,” said
Program Chair Roxana Meh-
ran, MD, FSCAI, who will be
joined by two co-chairs, Rob-
ert J. Applegate, MD, FSCAI,
and Ehtisham Mahmud,
MD, FSCAI. “This year’s
SCAI annual program will be
the most comprehensive SCAI
program ever and will deliver
the highest level of both sci-
ence and evidence in clinical
practice for the clinician.”
Held in Orlando, Fla.,
from May 4 to May 7, SCAI
2016 Scientific Sessions will
once again feature the in-
depth analysis and discussion
of all things intervention that
attendees have come to expect, with the Coro-
nary, Peripheral, Congenital Heart Disease,
Structural and Quality Improvement Tracks,
the Cath Lab Leadership Boot Camp and the
C3 SUMMIT for Fellows-in-Training.
“As program directors, all three of us are
Not only will the Cath Lab Leadership Boot Camp return in 2016, but it will also be xpanded by a half day to 1.5 days because of the overwhelming attendee interest it
generated last year, Dr. Applegate said.
“[The boot camp] seems to have really
touched a chord of interest and enthusiasm;
there was standing room only at almost
every session we had [last year],” he said.
“We realized that as leaders of quality initia-
tives and movement within interventional
cardiology in the United States and around
the world, SCAI had found a great founda-
Like last year, the boot camp will ad-
dress challenges facing physician and non-
physician cath lab leaders. The five-part
program will examine an array of topics
such as leadership; economics; quality
outcomes; registries, research and public reporting; and ethical challenges.
“The boot camp approach really does take care of so many of the real-world, in-the-trenches interventionalists, and what they need to do for their cath lab and managing their
cath lab and making sure their output is absolutely great,” Dr. Mehran said.
EYE ON STRUCTURAL ADVANCES
In addition to expanding the boot camp, SCAI 2016 will dive headfirst into the
some of the biggest changes to practice since last year’s conference, among them the
clinical usage of the Watchman left atrial appendage (LAA) closure device which will
be featured Friday in the Structural Track during sessions on LAA occlusion therapies.
“This meeting will be the first to occur during the era when the Watchman will have
been in clinical use, so we decided to get ahead of the curve,” Dr. Applegate said.
Specifically, the sessions will tackle the identification of patients who would most benefit from the therapy; determining the right kind of anticoagulation and imaging necessary
to achieve optimal outcomes; and technique-oriented tips and tricks.
Additional key topics in the Structural Track include the transcatheter treatment of
aortic stenosis and mitral valve disease.
With transcatheter aortic valve replacement, for example, the continual
SCAI 2016 Translates
Science to Practice
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