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Update in Clinical Cardiology Course: Q&A With Dr. Rory Weiner

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  • The Update in Clinical Cardiology 2023 course reviews state-of-the-art practices to diagnose and treat patients with cardiovascular conditions
  • This CME is led by Course Directors Rory Weiner, MD, and Emily Lau, MD, MPH, of the Corrigan Minehan Heart Center at Massachusetts General Hospital
  • In this Q&A, Dr. Weiner discusses what is new in this year's update and what makes this course such a unique learning experience

The Update in Clinical Cardiology 2023 course reviews state-of-the-art practices to diagnose and treat patients with cardiovascular conditions. This CME is led by Course Directors Rory Weiner, MD, and Emily Lau, MD, MPH, of the Corrigan Minehan Heart Center at Massachusetts General Hospital.

In this Q&A, Dr. Weiner discusses what is new in this year's update and what makes this course such a unique learning experience.

Q. What makes the Update in Clinical Cardiology course unique?

Dr. Weiner: The Update in Clinical Cardiology course at the Mass General Heart Center has been running annually for over 50 years and has established itself as a key educational opportunity for an international audience. Several aspects of the course make it unique and draw a large number of attendees. First, the course focuses on clinically relevant and practical aspects of cardiology practice. Rather than a board review course, the content focuses on everyday clinical management, and attendees acquire information that can immediately inform and improve their clinical practice. Second, the quality of the speakers is the greatest asset of the course. The speakers are first-rate clinicians and educators from Mass General Brigham, who possess expert knowledge and are thought leaders in their respective areas of expertise.

Additionally, course attendees can ask questions and have a dialogue with the speakers after each presentation. Careful attention is paid to staying on time to allow for this valuable dialogue and interactive session with each speaker. The speakers and attendees have a palpable sense of engagement with the in-person conference format. Also, the course is geared to a general cardiology audience, and attendees are physicians (cardiologists and internists), advanced practice providers (nurse practitioners and physician assistants), and other healthcare professionals.

Q. What is new at this year's course?

Dr. Weiner: The course will be a live in-person event and available remotely via livestream. This will be the second year the course is conducted in this "hybrid" format and allows those who can attend in person to enjoy the in-person experience and the virtual format is available for those unable to attend in Boston. This year the course will feature the inaugural Adolph M. Hutter, Jr., MD, lecture to be delivered by Patrick O'Gara, MD, of Brigham and Women's Hospital. Dr. Hutter formally stepped down from his role as course director in 2022 after serving in the role for 50 years since the inception of the course. Dr. O'Gara, an internationally respected cardiologist and educator, is a fitting choice to honor Dr. Hutter's education legacy and will deliver a talk on valvular heart disease. This year, we are delighted to welcome Dr. Emily Lau as a course co-director; she is a gifted educator and talented clinical cardiologist and investigator with particular expertise in heart disease in women.

Q. What topics will the curriculum cover?

Dr. Weiner: The curriculum covers the full breadth of clinical cardiology, including coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathy, valvular heart disease, and arrhythmias. These core topics are presented with a focus on the latest updates from within the past year to ensure the information delivered is current and cutting edge. Additionally, niche topics including but not limited to sports cardiology, cardio-oncology, heart disease in pregnancy, specialized procedures in the cardiac catheterization lab, and cardiac critical care are covered in the curriculum.

Q. Are there presentations you're particularly excited about?

Dr. Weiner: As noted, we are particularly excited to celebrate Dr. Hutter with the inaugural lecture in his name by Dr. O'Gara. Furthermore, as is the case each year, we are excited to learn from Mass General Brigham experts about the latest advances in clinical cardiology, including transcatheter treatment of valvular heart disease, novel medical and mechanical therapies for heart failure, and new techniques for treatment of cardiac arrhythmias, to name a few.

Q. What are the goals of future conferences?

Dr. Weiner: The goals of the current and future Update in Clinical Cardiology conference is to serve as a first-rate opportunity for attendees to enhance their knowledge of clinical cardiology and directly interact with the international experts we are fortunate enough to work with on a daily basis at Mass General Brigham. We will continually assess feedback from course attendees to enhance the curriculum and format for the educational experience to ensure it is optimal for all attendees, such that it remains a vital part of the global clinical cardiology educational landscape.

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