March 16th, 2015
Learning Opportunities for Fellows-in-Training at ACC 2015
Saurav Chatterjee is a Cardiology fellow blogging this week for CardioExchange in San Diego at this year’s annual ACC conference. For more of our ACC.15 coverage including late-breaking news and in depth analysis, stay tuned to our ACC.15 Headquarters.
There have been a couple of interesting sessions for fellows-in-training and early career professionals amid the ‘buzz’ around the late-breakers and the myriad networking and learning opportunities in beautiful and sunny San Diego.
This year I got a chance to sit in on the Accreditation Compliance Work Group (ACWG) to identify potential areas of concern with the current system of annual disclosures. Some of the problem areas identified included presenters occasionally disregarding relatively small amounts paid, monetary disbursements being made to institutions instead of individuals, conflicts developing in the intervening period between abstract acceptance and actual presentation, and the absence of a framework to systematically identify and potentially take punitive action for non-adherence to current guidelines. There seem to be exciting times ahead for FITs, with training sessions being offered by the ACC to learn more about the process and the opportunity of auditing different presentations at future meetings. Stay tuned!
Also, there is a nice clinical simulation hands-on session on offer at the ACC—great for senior residents and fellows-to-be, or for first-year fellows to hone and refresh clinical knowledge and skills with simulation at booth #3932.