One of the world’s largest cardiology meetings will now take place online

Will this be the world’s first virtual cardiology conference?

The organisers of one of the world’s largest cardiology meetings –  ACC.20 in Chicago – say many of the sessions will still take place, but as online live streamed presentations as a substitute for the face-to-face session cancelled due to COVID-19.

The American College of Cardiology says it will be using technology to provide virtual coverage for 23 live educations sessions that will include Late-Breaking Clinical Trials, Featured Clinical Research, Young Investigator Awards, and Keynote sessions.

The College is providing free access to the live sessions that will take place over a three day period  starting at 8 a.m. CT on Saturday, March 28. Details of the virtual program are available here.

Organisers Dr Andrew M. Kates and Dr  Pamela Bowe Morris say the College is putting into practice its pledge to evolve and make the most out of new technologies and educational formats, in an effort to replace the scheduled conference that was expected to host almost 20,000 cardiologists from around the world.

“This is new and unchartered territory for us all. A meeting the size of ACC.20/WCC is years in the making and we were all excited about Chicago as our local stage for bringing the global cardiovascular community together ‒ live and in person,” they say.

“However, the show must go on and to quote William Shakespeare: ‘All the world’s a stage.’ We are excited about the opportunity to use this bigger and broader stage to provide the important, practice-changing science and education that is even more necessary now than ever before.”

The ACC organisers are inviting all cardiologists to join us in real-time for all the events and engage in conversations on social media (#ACC20 / #WCCardio) and ACC’s Member Hub.

The sessions and presentations will also be archived for future viewing for those unable to participate in the streamed sessions in real time.

More details on other exciting activities, including abstracts and educational sessions on demand, as well as how to get involved, will be coming over the next week and posted to the ACC.20/WCC website.

More details on other exciting activities, as well as how to get involved, will be coming over the next week and posted to the ACC.20/WCC website.

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