April 6th, 2011
ACC Will Eliminate Current Model of Satellite Symposia at Future Meetings
The ACC announced yesterday that it plans to eliminate the current model of satellite symposia at future meetings. The decision “was prompted in part by ongoing concerns about real and/or perceived bias in interactions with industry, specifically related to non-independence of certified satellite symposia.”
The ACC has not worked out the details of the new plan, but mentioned two broad changes:
- First, the ACC will integrate “a limited number of ACC-developed CME-/CE-certified ‘in-depth focused sessions’ into the overall ACC/i2 Scientific Session planning framework. These in-depth focused sessions will be planned and developed by the Annual Scientific Session planning committees as enhanced options to the structured sessions.”
- Second, the ACC’s Business Development Division will manage non-certified satellite symposia sponsored by industry.
“This move is important because it will allow for transparency in the two separate approaches and meet the educational needs of our members,” said Rick Nishimura, co-chair of the 2012 ACC’s Annual Scientific Session, in an ACC press release.
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