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7 January 2021

ACI Virtual Experience Postponed to April 2021

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Dear BCIS member

With considerable regret, I am writing to let you know that a decision has been taken to postpone ACI Virtual Experience 2021 until April.

This has been an extremely difficult decision, but takes into account 2 main concerns:

  1. With the escalating COVID crisis and staff redeployment, it is likely that few BCIS members will have the time to view the conference as it has been designed to be enjoyed
  2. There is a growing feeling that to go ahead at the moment could convey an impression that the BCIS leadership don’t understand, or have sympathy with, how difficult things are now for our members, and the challenging prospects that we all face for the next few weeks

A huge amount of work from many colleagues has produced an exciting and wide-ranging programme for ACI VE2021, and I am confident, on behalf of the Programme Committee and Millbrook, that this will provide a novel opportunity for our membership to share and learn in a genuinely different way. A glimpse at what is in the programme is listed below this message.

Unfortunately, it just does not seem the appropriate time to be holding such a large conference, knowing the stresses that members are currently under, and nor does it seem the right time for us all to make the most of it.

I am sure we are all bound together in these difficult times by a mutual respect for the courage and energy that we all share in this COVID fight, and a common determination to make this conference a truly memorable experience when we can finally do it justice in April?

I really look forward to sending you more details about the re-scheduled conference nearer that time. In the meantime, I wish you all the best for the next few weeks.

Nick Curzen

BCIS President

Dear BCIS member

With considerable regret, I am writing to let you know that a decision has been taken to postpone ACI Virtual Experience 2021 until April.

This has been an extremely difficult decision, but takes into account 2 main concerns:

  1. With the escalating COVID crisis and staff redeployment, it is likely that few BCIS members will have the time to view the conference as it has been designed to be enjoyed
  2. There is a growing feeling that to go ahead at the moment could convey an impression that the BCIS leadership don’t understand, or have sympathy with, how difficult things are now for our members, and the challenging prospects that we all face for the next few weeks

A huge amount of work from many colleagues has produced an exciting and wide-ranging programme for ACI VE2021, and I am confident, on behalf of the Programme Committee and Millbrook, that this will provide a novel opportunity for our membership to share and learn in a genuinely different way. A glimpse at what is in the programme is listed below this message.

Unfortunately, it just does not seem the appropriate time to be holding such a large conference, knowing the stresses that members are currently under, and nor does it seem the right time for us all to make the most of it.

I am sure we are all bound together in these difficult times by a mutual respect for the courage and energy that we all share in this COVID fight, and a common determination to make this conference a truly memorable experience when we can finally do it justice in April?

I really look forward to sending you more details about the re-scheduled conference nearer that time. In the meantime, I wish you all the best for the next few weeks.

Nick Curzen

BCIS President

Here are just some of the educational highlights in ACI Virtual Experience 2021:

  • Masterclass Sessions including “Use of Imaging to Optimise Bifurcation PCI”, “Valve-in-Valve TAVI” and “Assessment and treatment of calcified lesions”
  • How To Sessions including “How to do PCI in surgical turndown cases”, “Crack the Valve”, “Shotgun Left Main PCI”, “Shockwave”, “Use MRI”, “Use OCT”, “Run a research study”, “Assess microvascular function in the cath lab”
  • Keynotes:
    • Professor Jonathon Leipsic (British Columbia) speaking on “The Future of CTCA in Interventional Cardiology”
    • Dr Quinn Capers (Ohio State)  speaking on “Decision making & Bias in Interventional Cardiology”
  • LIVE Case from the Freeman Hospital, Newcastle & Barts, London
  • State of the Art sessions:  including Mitraclip; Day Case TAVI; Angina without Epicardial Coronary Disease; Post PCI Physiology
  • Debate: “It’s time for TAVI in non-surgical centres”
  • Dedicated Trainee and AHP sessions, including the debate “Interventional Training is no longer fit for purpose”; Preparing to be an Interventional Consultant; Human factors and emergency situation management
  • Re-learning our Patterns of Behaviour: Role Play and analysis to understand our potentially Bullying & Sexist Behaviours
  • Angio Reviews including “Learning from Near Misses and Great Saves” and “TAVI – Learning from Complications, Great Saves”
  • The Future of TAVI in the UK
  • Trial Updates: ISCHEMIA, COACT 1 year, AFIRE
  • TAVI Multidisciplinary Team Meetings – learn how to assess complex TAVI cases and make challenging decisions
  • “Chance to Shine” – Hear about the latest exciting new developments and interventional technologies from our sponsoring companies
  • Trials Updates – Get up to date with dedicated sessions focussing on the hottest topics in the field of Cardiology
  • Training Village, an area dedicated to training demonstrations; learn important techniques and new approaches to cath lab work.
  • National BCIS Audit Data Report
  • BCIS Focus Groups on Women in Interventional Cardiology, Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest, and Stroke Thrombectomy update sessions
  • Research of the Year Awards
  • Best of the Young Case Competition
  • The Effect of COVID19 on UK Interventional Practice: a summary of the original research
  • Secondary Prevention for the Interventionist

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