Specialty programs offer chance to hone skills

Registration for AHA Scientific Sessions 2017 included access to four specialty programs. These events provided access to a variety of specialty programming focused on arrhythmia, genomics, resuscitation science and more.

Resuscitation Science Symposium (ReSS)

The three-day Resuscitation Science Symposium, held Nov. 11-13, was an international forum for resuscitation clinicians and researchers. Experts gathered to participate in lively discussions about recent advances related to treating cardiopulmonary arrest and life-threatening traumatic injury.

With an increasing understanding of the shared pathophysiology between cardiac arrest and traumatic injury at multiple levels of biological organization, ReSS provided a unique opportunity for transdisciplinary interactions that rapidly translated advances in the resuscitation field from fundamental to translational to clinical to population science. 

Genomics Boot Camp

It was back to basics at the Genomics Boot Camp, held Nov. 12. Presented by the Council on Function Genomics and Translational Biology, this four-hour event provided all interested cardiovascular and stroke clinicians the opportunity to learn the basic principles of genetics and genomics and how those principles are being applied in medicine.

Attendees gathered in small groups, moderated by clinical genomics experts, to discuss topics such as single gene testing, whole genome sequencing and pharmacogenomics.

Cardiovascular Nursing Clinical Symposium

The Cardiovascular Nursing Clinical Symposium, held Nov. 13-14, aimed to provide the most current evidence-based practices to promote optimal patient outcomes. It drew an audience of advanced practice nurses and staff nurses who care for patients with cardiovascular disease and stroke who were eager to learn the latest advances in the field. Attendees discussed how precision medicine and pharmacogenetics apply to nursing, explored the cardiotoxic effects of recreational drugs, and examined the underuse of cardiac rehabilitation.

Additionally, attendees listened to two panels discuss recent findings. One panel discussed updates in interventional cardiology; the other panel addressed updates in structural heart disease.

Precision Medicine Summit

Covering the topics of disease prevention and individualized care, the Precision Medicine Summit was held on Nov. 14. Clinicians gathered to hear the latest about big data initiatives, as well as the use of precision medicine in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiomyopathies. Cardiovascular, genomic and precision medicine leaders also shared the most-recent findings with attendees through rapid-fire reports.