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What to Expect at ACC Scientific Sessions 2021

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Key Takeaways

  • The American College of Cardiology's (ACC’s) 70th Annual Scientific Session & Expo will be a virtual experience streaming live May 15 – 17, 2021.
  • The meeting’s theme is reImagine Global Heart Health, and the featured keynote address, Bringing Health Equity to the Frontlines of Cardiovascular Healthcare, will be presented by Michelle A. Albert, MD, MPH, FACC.
  • The meeting will feature 11 learning pathways on topics including electrophysiology, heart failure and cardiomyopathies, ischemic heart disease, and pediatric and congenital heart disease.

The American College of Cardiology’s (ACC’s) 70th Annual Scientific Session & Expo will be a virtual experience streaming live May 15 – 17, 2021, with On Demand access. The theme of this year’s meeting is reImagine Global Heart Health.

A Fully Virtual Meeting Experience

The organization chose to keep the meeting as a virtual experience due to the success of the 2020 Scientific Sessions virtual meeting. The innovative digital platform will provide participants with access to practice-changing research and cutting-edge education with 6 channels of streaming sessions, 3300 eAbstracts, 100+ Pathway Collection sessions, as well as the Virtual Expo and Learning Destinations.

There will be 5 keynote speakers who have each been selected based on their outstanding contributions to the field of cardiovascular medicine. The 52nd Annual Louis F. Bishop Keynote will be given by Michelle A. Albert, MD, MPH, FACC on the topic of COVID-19. Additional keynote speakers include:

  • Howard A. Zucker, MD, FACC; 
  • Marat Fudim, MD;
  • Nancy K. Sweitzer, MD, FACC; and 
  • Christine E. Seidman, MD.

Opportunities for Learning 

ACC.21 will feature 11 learning pathways, each focusing on a different clinical specialty of cardiovascular disease. Participants can choose to focus on 1 clinical area or attend sessions from an array of pathways. The ACC has provided a virtual schedule and online planner where participants can schedule their days throughout the conference. Topics of the pathways include:

  • electrophysiology; 
  • heart failure and cardiomyopathies; 
  • interventional and structural cardiology; 
  • ischemic heart disease; 
  • multimodality imaging; 
  • pediatric and congenital heart disease; 
  • prevention and health promotion; 
  • pulmonary vascular disease; 
  • special topics; 
  • valvular heart disease; and 
  • vascular medicine.

The education sessions offered throughout the meeting will provide clinicians with continuing education that combines the latest advances with implications in daily clinical practice. ACC takes an innovative approach to a variety of learning experiences across the learning pathways to help meet the needs of the learner. The types of education sessions offered include a clinical spotlight session, intensives, late-breaking clinical trials, poster contributions, and symposium.

How Can Members Get More Involved? 

Participants in the meeting can take their experience to the next level by engaging with peers on social media. @ACCinTouch on Twitter will be covering Late-Breaking Clinical Trial Sessions, Keynotes and more. The hashtag #ACC21 can be used to join the discussion. For additional ACC- and cardiology-related hashtags, the ACC Official Hashtag Reference Guide can be downloaded.

There are two packages available for participants, the Silver Package and Bronze Package. The Silver Package provides access to the innovative digital platform and includes full access to ACC.21 with live streaming sessions, abstracts, expo and more, as well as On Demand access until Dec. 31, 2021.The Bronze package includes live access to the 3 days of ACC.21 Virtual with live streaming sessions, abstracts, expo and more, as well as On Demand access for until June 8, 2021. Visit the registration page for full details. 

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