ACC Global Education Program on Heart Disease Prevention Expands to 9 New Countries In celebration of World Heart Day on Sept. 29, the ACC kicked off its largest ever global education program. The program, supported by Pfizer, will provide physicians and hospital systems in nine additional countries with access to the latest science, technology, resources and tools needed to stem the rising tide of cardiovascular disease and equip patients with the knowledge necessary to manage their cardiovascular health. Building on the success of ACC's cardiovascular disease prevention program in China this year, the College will expand the program to reach thousands more doctors in Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Mexico, Argentina, Indonesia, Vietnam and Malaysia. Throughout the program, the ACC will be partnering with its extensive network of international chapters and working with local cardiology societies to customize the education in a way that meets the unique needs of physicians, patient communities and health care systems in these countries. "As René Dubos famously stated, we need to ‘think globally, act locally.' To be effective in changing the culture around treating and preventing heart disease, you have to reach clinicians where they live and practice and beyond a single intervention," said Daniel José Piñeiro, MD, FACC, chair of ACC's Assembly of International Governors. "We are committed to working with our colleagues in ACC's international chapters to implement this program in a way that achieves maximum impact and furthers the College's mission to prevent cardiovascular disease and improve patient care on a global scale." Participants will have access to a three-part webinar series on cardiovascular disease prevention, including primary prevention, secondary prevention for patients that have experienced an acute event, and prevention for patients with multiple risk factors. To reinforce the education delivered in the webinars, the ACC will be designing social media materials on the latest science and developments surrounding cardiovascular disease prevention that will be disseminated on the social media platforms of each country that is participating in the program. International Expansion: New International Chapters in Africa and Bangladesh In August, ACC's 37th International Chapter was established in Bangladesh, followed by the establishment of the African Consortium Chapter, bringing the number of ACC International Chapters to 38. Afzalur Rahman, DM, MD, FACC, president of the Bangladesh Society of Cardiovascular Intervention, and E. N. Oagola, MD, FACC, of Kenya, will serve as the inaugural governors for each chapter. In addition, Bongani M. Mayosi, MB, ChB, Dphil, FACC, president of the Pan African Society of Cardiology, and A.K.M Mohibullah, MD, FACC, president of the Bangladesh Cardiac Society, were integral to facilitating the formation of the chapters. ACC’s First Regional Conferences a Resounding Success In early October, the ACC held its inaugural Latin America Regional Conference in Mexico City. A total of 452 attendees participated in the two-day program; 75 original abstracts were submitted and 26 were presented; and over 50 educational presentations were given in Spanish and English, with Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, MACC, one of the keynote speakers, presenting in both languages. In addition, the inaugural ACC Middle East Conference took place in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, in late October. A total of 450 cardiovascular professionals attended the meeting which featured 39 original abstracts and over 57 educational presentations. Interactive and innovative learning was a focus of both conferences, with attendees engaged in Body Interact and Heart Songs simulations through the ACC Learning Labs, as well as satellite sessions that were broadcast across Latin America and the Middle East. “As Nelson Mandela said, ‘Education is the most powerful weapon which we can use to change the world.’ The benefit of these programs is that they focus on issues that are particularly relevant to the daily practice of physicians in the local region and therefore truly unique,” says Daniel José Piñeiro, MD, FACC, chair of ACC's Assembly of International Governors. Due to the success of these pilot regional conferences, in 2017 the College plans to hold the Latin America Regional Conference in Mexico and the Middle East Conference in Dubai. The College also plans to expand its regional conferences to include Asia, with the inaugural Asian Regional Conference taking place in China. Stay tuned to ACC.org/International for dates and additional information.
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