March 12th, 2013

Too Long, Too Short, or Just Right?

Several Cardiology Fellows who are attending ACC.13 in San Francisco this week are blogging for CardioExchange. The Fellows include Tariq AhmadMegan CoylewrightJeremiah DeptaKumar Dharmarajan Payal Kohli, and  Sandeep Mangalmurti. View the previous post here.

ACC 2013 was only 3 days. AHA 2012, in comparison, was 5 days.

I figured that since this meeting was far shorter, day 3 would be as packed as day 1.

That was not the case: most of my friends and mentors had left by the morning or afternoon today. Those who stayed in town spent the day exploring the city or visiting Napa Valley. The meeting looked like a ghost town around 2:30 PM.

Is there a better format for these meetings?

Should more of the educational content be online and the meetings be more of an opportunity to interact on a personal level? Should there be time set aside to take advantage of the host city? Should we do away with rigidly formatted oral sessions where interaction is kept to a minimum and most presenters just read off PowerPoint slides?

I would vote yes.

How would you like to see the ACC format of the future?

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