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Happy New Year to everyone! We are looking forward to sustaining our current programs and services, and paving the way for improvements and new opportunities in 2010. We are facing challenges head on with innovative ways of supporting our business and seeking out efficiencies to streamline our current activities. We continue to focus on our key strategic areas of Membership Services, Knowledge Translation and Health Policy/Advocacy. Later this year, we will be formulating a new three-year strategic plan to carry us forward through our next business cycle.
As of October 2009, there are more than 1000 regular Canadian Cardiovascular Society (CCS) members. Benefits of being a CCS member include:
Do you know one of these individuals? Extend a warm welcome to them as a new CCS member!
Is there someone you know who could also benefit from being a CCS member? Help us grow the society and build our collective voice.
Membership information is available at www.ccs.ca.
The Trainee Review Programs (TRPs) provide trainees with an understanding of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada examination process before writing their examination, and provide direct feedback from TRP faculty during the course. Through interactive workshops, each trainee is able to gauge the thoroughness of their medical knowledge and exam-writing skills. TRP faculty members provide trainees with guidance in preparing to write the formal examination. An additional benefit of this annual program is the opportunity to meet and network with cardiovascular program faculty and fellow trainees from across Canada.
Program information and registration will be available at www.ccs.ca in early February.
The CCS will receive $350,000 in seed funding from the Public Health Agency of Canada to undertake several initiatives until March 31, 2010. These include the development of a work plan for achieving national consensus on data definitions for cardiovascular patient registries; and an environmental scan on the development and adoption of a set of quality indicators for Canada. Also approved for funding are various activities to support updating the Heart Failure Knowledge Translation Program.
The CCS, through the CCS Working Group on Guidelines for Training and Maintenance of Competence, is working with its affiliates to provide feedback on the Royal College’s proposal to develop a new Royal College Diploma Program. The intent of the diploma program is to formally recognize specialty or subspecialty disciplines that fall outside of the currently defined Royal College primary specialty and subspecialty criteria. The Royal College proposal dovetails with the CCS Working Group’s efforts over the past year to work with CCS affiliate groups to update their guidelines for training and maintenance of competency.
Philippe Pibarot, CCS Scientific Program Committee Chair, and his committee members are planning a stellar program for CCC 2010 in beautiful Montréal. Come join your cardiovascular health and care colleagues for an exciting scientific program and the opportunity to connect with others from across the country.
Discover new research, new colleagues and old Montréal!
Call for Abstracts and Workshop submissions opens March 1, 2010. Submit online at www.cardiocongress.org
The CCS is offering online accredited learning programs through the Expanding the Dialogue Series at <www.ccs.ca> and <www.AdvancingIn.com>. These interactive learning programs are developed from content presented by some of Canada’s leading experts at CCC 2009. Participants who complete the programs will be eligible for Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Maintenance of Certification (MainCert) credits. Currently posted programs include:
Beginning January 2010, the CCS will launch its first interactive, case-based ‘Webinar’ series based on the CCS Heart Failure Guidelines. This MainCert-accredited, four-module program will roll out over eight weeks and will enable participants to engage in interactive discussions with Canada’s leading heart failure experts. Watch for an e-invitation to register for this free, accredited CCS continuing professional development opportunity.
Check out www.hfcc.ca for downloads of the newly updated 2009 heart failure pocket card and slide kits. Also, later this year, we will release a compendium of five years of Heart Failure Guidelines updates.
Stay up to date with the latest CCS news and events by visiting www.ccs.ca.