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Since 2003, the Canadian Cardiovascular Society (CCS) has actively supported the growth and development of the subspecialty areas of cardiology. These contributions of these subspecialty groups, through their networks and dedicated members, strengthen the overall advancement of cardiovascular health and care in Canada.
The CCS provides subspecialty groups with an established administrative operating structure (secretariat services) to assist them in their everyday work and their overall mandate. This framework also provides an opportunity for closer collaboration on programs and services to the cardiovascular community.
CCS affiliates are active participants at the annual Canadian Cardiovascular Congress (CCC).
In the present article, we will provide a brief overview of each of the CCS affiliates. More information on these organizations may be found on the CCS Web site at www.ccs.ca.
The mission of the Canadian Association of Interventional Cardiology (CAIC) is the advancement of interventional cardiology within Canada (achievement of excellence).
Its activities include (but are not limited to) promotion and dissemination of research, evaluation of technology, training in the specialty, communication among members and coordination of continuing medical education events.
The CAIC membership is comprised of more than 100 physicians involved in adult and pediatric/congenital interventional cardiology.
The current President of the CAIC is Erick Schampaert, Hôpital du Sacré-Coeur de Montréal, Montreal, Quebec.
More information regarding the CAIC is available on their Web site at www.caic-acci.org
The Canadian Heart Rhythm Society (CHRS) is a professional organization of Canada’s heart rhythm specialist physicians and allied health professionals. The CHRS carries out its work through:
The CHRS has an active membership of more than 150 physicians and allied health professionals.
The current President of the CHRS is Peter Guerra, Montreal Heart Institute, Montreal, Quebec.
CHRS programs and events of interest at the CCC include their Annual Educational Colloquium, workshops, and oral and poster abstract presentations, which are identified under the Electrophysiology, Sudden Cardiac Death, Arrhythmology learning track.
More information about the CHRS is available on their Web site at www.chrsonline.ca
The Canadian Nuclear Cardiology Society (CNCS) is a professional organization consisting of physicians who specialize in cardiac imaging with radiotracers and gamma cameras. Nuclear cardiology provides important diagnostic and prognostic information for the evaluation of cardiac patients.
The current President of the CNCS is Terrence Ruddy, University of Ottawa Heart Institute, Ottawa, Ontario.
CNCS programs and events of interest at the CCC include the Robert Burns Lecture, oral and poster abstract presentations, and workshops that fall under the Imaging Techniques, Nuclear Cardiology, MRI, Echo learning track.
The Canadian Pediatric Cardiology Association (CPCA) is a nonprofit organization that is a member of the CCS. Any physician with an interest in pediatric heart disease is eligible for membership in the CPCA if he or she is a member of the CCS.
The mission of the CPCA is to support health care professionals in the care, research and prevention of congenital and acquired heart disease from the fetus to adult life.
The CPCA comprises pediatric cardiologists and pediatric heart surgeons.
The current President of the CPCA is Reeni Soni, Winnipeg, Manitoba.
CPCA programs and events of interest at the CCC include workshops, posters and oral abstract presentations that fall under the Pediatrics and Congenital Heart Disease learning track. The CPCA also holds their Annual Business Meeting during the CCC.
The Canadian Society of Cardiac Surgeons (CSCS) promotes and represents the specialty of cardiac surgery including but not exclusive to research, education and sound clinical practice.
The current President of the CSCS is Paul Hendry, University of Ottawa Heart Institute, Ottawa, Ontario.
CSCS programs and events of interest at the CCC include the Annual CSCS Postgraduate Course, workshops, posters and oral abstract presentations represented under the Cardiac Surgery, Anesthesia learning track. The CSCS also holds their Annual Business Meeting during the CCC.
The Canadian Society of Echocardiography (CSE) is a nonprofit organization of cardiovascular professionals committed to excellence in echocardiography and its application to patient care in Canada through education, research and innovation.
CSE membership is open to physicians and sonographers engaged in the practice of echocardiography.
The current President of the CSE is Bibiana Cujec, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta.
CSE programs and events of interest at the CCC include an educational spotlight session, oral and poster presentations, and workshops that fall under the Imaging Techniques, Nuclear Cardiology, MRI, Echo learning track. The CSE also holds their Annual General Meeting at the time of the CCC.
More information regarding the CSE is available on their Web site at www.csecho.ca.
More information about CCS affiliate programming at the CCC 2009 in Edmonton is available at www.cardiocongress.org.