ACC Immediate Past President Patrick T. O’Gara, MD, MACC, kicked-off the 64th Annual Scientifi c Session & Expo during the Opening Showcase Session – welcoming more than 19,170 attendees to sunny San Diego – and noted that “San Diego offers more than good weather; it proves a venue for an innovative, interactive and informational three-day program designed to stimulate and inspire.” The ACC.15 Expo floor was home to more than 275 exhibiting companies and organizations, bringing together the latest advancements in cardiovascular medical devices, imaging, information technology, and pharmaceuticals, as well as services in education, research and publishing, and best hospital practices. Fellows in Training (FITs) attended an informal mix ‘n mingle with leaders in cardiology on the Center Terrace overlooking the San Diego bay. Other FIT teaching and mentoring sessions were held throughout ACC.15 in the FIT Lounge. The ACC Seal was the center of attention at the Lounge & Learn Pavilion, home to the Fellows in Training Lounge, Early Career Lounge, Cardiovascular Team community Lounge, International Lounge and more. Marc Sabatine, MD, MPH, FACC, delivered the results of the OSLER-1 and -2 Late-Breaking Clinical Trials, which found the use of the PCSK9- inhibitor evolocumab plus standard therapy dramatically lowered low-density lipoprotein cholesterol. During ACC.15, Harlan Krumholz, MD, SM, FACC; Dipti Itchhaporia, MD, FACC; and Robert Harrington, MD, FACC, hosted a live Journal Club on the PROMISE trial, “Outcomes of Anatomical versus Functional Testing for Coronary Artery Disease,” published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Visit ACC.org/ACCJournalClub to view the article, learn more about the program, and access a past collection of Journal Club After three jam-packed days of the latest in cardiovascular research, interactive sessions and networking, the San Diego sun set on ACC.15 with the time-honored tradition of the Convocation ceremony. Kim Allan Williams, Sr., MD, FACC, offi cially took the helm during the ceremony, where he noted that “Following on [Patrick T. O’Gara, MD, MACC’s] year of building new leaders and ensuring continued focus on educational funding and research, I hope to focus on increasing our ongoing effectiveness as advocates for patient access to the best cardiovascular care, regardless of race, gender, income or geography.” ACC.15 BY THE NUMBERS 22 Late-Breaking Clinical Trials presented 7 press briefings conducted before and during ACC.15 19,174 attendees 230 reporters from 21 different countries registered for ACC.15 722 new FACCs 30 and new AACCs inducted at the annual Convocation ceremony 850 original articles published or broadcast about the meeting 2,100 and there were more than additional news pickups ACC.15 SOCIAL MEDIA TWITTER 18,800 tweets 4,800 unique users 84,843,300 impressions FACEBOOK 21,600 engaged users 380,000 post reach 1,143,000 impressions YOUTUBE 65 videos 3,400 views 9,600 minutes watched ACC IN TOUCH BLOG 14 posts 2,200 visitors 3,800 views
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