Dear Acute Cardiovascular Care specialist,
Dear friends and colleagues,
On behalf of the Acute Cardiovascular Care Association, I would like to send you all my best wishes for the year 2020 and the new decade. May it bring you and your loved ones much joy and success, in all parts of your personal and professional life, and above all… a good heart, in all its forms!
2019 was a special year for your Association, and the Board has been working hard behind the scenes to improve every aspect of its activities, in order to better support the needs and requirements of members (from early career up to experts) and strengthen the position of the specialty globally.
In the activities we do (education, research, congress, membership, advocacy and early career), we have further refined every aspect of our work and have identified new areas to provide you with new opportunities. Research, advocacy and congress have been our main initial areas of focus where we have engaged, and we have also put much effort into engaging worldwide experts in our common cause: “UNITED TO SAVE LIVES”.
We will continue in 2020 with even more efforts to provide you with improved/new activities:
- Increased online resources: an e-learning platform with 40 courses to complement the IACC textbook (update planned in 2020) and prepare for the certification
- A research network to further develop collaborative initiatives in acute cardiovascular care across Europe and beyond
- Social media to support communication including a journal Twitter account, a Social Media co-ordinator, a ‘young ACVC’ social media network
- A streamlined process to identify centres that offer excellence in training and education in specific techniques or knowledge
- Practical knowledge: Hands-on workshops at the congress and a practical ‘school’ covering both introduction to acute cardiovascular care, as well as a more advanced programme for those more expert in the field. These include: ECMO, difficult airways management, Ultrasound-guided vascular access, lung ultrasound, renal replacement therapy, ventilatory strategies
- An update of the Clinical Decision-Making Toolkit based on guidelines published in 2018-2019 and the development of two new practical handbooks: mechanical circulatory support and haemodynamic monitoring
- Development of our unique journal, the European Heart Journal - Acute Cardiovascular Care, (with its new IF) scope and readership, with North-American experts in the editorial board
- Many focused papers are about to be released with the expertise of the wider acute community
- More visible collaborative projects with experts from other cardiology subspecialties within the ESC, as well as our sister societies (the ERC, EuroELSO, EACTA, EuSEM, ESICM and more) thereby really bringing the multidisciplinary team together.
Finally, our congress continues to evolve, to provide the very best platform gathering acute specialists from all around the world. More opportunities to learn and exchange from those stepping out on the first steps of their acute journey, to those who are already real experts in the field.
We work for you and count wholeheartedly on your support to pursue our shared vision to increase awareness about this unique and most challenging/exciting subspecialty, to the benefit of patients and relatives alike.
There will be many changes/developments in 2020, with increased opportunities – and every voice matters.
Spread the word and stay tuned!
With best regards
Prof. Susanna Price
Association for Acute CardioVascular Care