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Can J Cardiol. 2010 January; 26(1): 13–15.
PMCID: PMC2827216

Canadian Cardiovascular Society membership and upcoming programs

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.

Our membership is growing!

As of October 2009, there are more than 1000 regular Canadian Cardiovascular Society (CCS) members. Benefits of being a CCS member include:

  • Connection with your professional community;
  • Reduced rates for members to attend the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress (CCC);
  • Unrestricted online access to The Canadian Journal of Cardiology;
  • Waived online manuscript submission fee to The Canadian Journal of Cardiology; and
  • Participation in working groups and committees that deal with issues of national interest.

Do you know one of these individuals? Extend a warm welcome to them as a new CCS member!

  • Amir Abdel Wahab (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
  • Shoaib Amlani (Oakville, Ontario)
  • Joseph Atallah (Edmonton, Alberta)
  • Robert Baillie (Sydney, Nova Scotia)
  • Philippe Beaudry (Burlington, Ontario)
  • J Pierre Bédard (Ottawa, Ontario)
  • Patrick Bergin (Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island)
  • Patrice Brassard (Québec, Québec)
  • Rakesh Chaturvedi (Montréal, Québec)
  • Tomas Cieza (Saguenay, Québec)
  • Kim Connelly (Toronto, Ontario)
  • Dushyant Desai (Moncton, New Brunswick)
  • Larry Fliegel (Edmonton, Alberta)
  • Darren Freed (Winnipeg, Manitoba)
  • Aldo Furlani (Red Deer, Alberta)
  • Michel Haddad (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA)
  • Ansar Hassan (Rothesay, New Brunswick)
  • Colleen Hennessy (Prince George, British Columbia)
  • Marc E Jolicoeur (Montréal, Québec)
  • Sanjit S Jolly (Hamilton, Ontario)
  • Martin Juneau (Montréal, Québec)
  • Angela Kealey (Calgary, Alberta)
  • Aamir Khan (Karachi, Pakistan)
  • Mahesh Khurana (North Battleford, Saskatchewan)
  • Victoria Korley (Toronto, Ontario)
  • Ganraj Kumar (Toronto, Ontario)
  • Lawrence Leiter (Toronto, Ontario)
  • Gang Liu (Edmonton, Alberta)
  • Jonathan Lytton (Calgary, Alberta)
  • Cedric Manlhiot (Toronto, Ontario)
  • Seema Mital (Toronto, Ontario)
  • Gavin Oudit (Edmonton, Alberta)
  • Chris Overgaard (Toronto, Ontario)
  • Ralf Rauch (London, Ontario)
  • Michael Sarin (Toronto, Ontario)
  • Miriam Shanks (Edmonton, Alberta)
  • Sudheer Sharma (Edmonton, Alberta)
  • Khaled Shelig (Owen Sound, Ontario)
  • Scot Simpson (Edmonton, Alberta)
  • Brian Sinclair (Victoria, British Columbia)
  • Louis-Mathieu Stevens (Montréal, Québec)
  • Carolyn Teng (Toronto, Ontario)
  • Annie Tremblay (Montréal, Québec)
  • Nazneem Wahab (Edmonton, Alberta)
  • Mathieu Walker (Montréal, Québec)
  • Richard Whitlock (Hamilton, Ontario)
  • David Wood (Vancouver, British Columbia)
  • Gilbert Wu (Markham, Ontario)

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

2010 CCS Academy/CCS Trainee Review Program dates

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.

  • April 9 and 10, 2010, in Montréal – Cardiac Surgery Trainee Review Program.
  • May 14 to 16, 2010, in Toronto – Adult Cardiology Trainee Review Program.
  • To be determined – Pediatric Cardiology Trainee Review Program.

Program information and registration will be available at in early February.

CCS receives funding for implementation of Canadian Heart Health Strategy recommendations

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.

CCS provides input to proposed Royal College Diploma 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.

Canadian Cardiovascular Congress 2010 in Montréal, October 23 to 27. Save the dates!

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

CCS online accredited learning programs

The CCS is offering online accredited learning programs through the Expanding the Dialogue Series at <> and <>. 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:

  • Meeting the Challenges in Atrial Fibrillation Management: New Treatments, New Opportunities.
  • I have a Tremor Cordis on me: My heart dances; but not for joy (Evaluation and Treatment of Atrial Fibrillation).
  • CCS Guidelines and Position Statements:
    • ○ Commentary on Cardiac CT.
    • ○ Genetic Testing in the Evaluation of Cardiac Arrhythmias.
    • ○ Cardiac risk assessment before the use of stimulant medications in children and youth: A joint position statement by the Canadian Paediatric Society, the Canadian Cardiovascular Society, and the Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
  • The Many Faces of Heart Failure: CCS 2009 Heart Failure Guidelines Update.

NEW! CCS Heart Failure Boot Camp!

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.

Heart Failure Guidelines Tools

Check out 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

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