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Continued Enthusiasm of the MCS: Musings from the 2016 Annual ISHLT Meeting

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Evgenij Potapov, MD, PhD
Deutsches Herzzentrum
Berlin, Germany

As usual, the success of MCS is multifactorial. First, the combination of Core Competencies in Mechanical Circulatory Support before and Master Classes after the official meeting led to the sustained presence of many participants. Even the last MCS session of the meeting in the final hours of the last day was jam-packed and could not be closed on time because of very fruitful and lively discussions. This point also contribute to the overall success. All MCS sessions, including the pre-meeting symposia, sunrise symposia and abstract presentations were fine-tuned to one important topic which led to sometimes very deep, sometimes emotional, but always scientific discussions.

Further, the two forms of the Master Class Academy were more interactive and therefore judged by many participants, especially young clinicians, as more effective which fills educational gaps with more "long-lasting" knowledge. There were a wide range of highly interesting and informative abstracts and oral presentations for those in attendance. Many of them presented new ideas or different perspectives of old problems. Surprisingly, during a plenary session, the Berlin team presented the worldwide first and successful implantation of the HeartMate 3 as an RVAD. This experience heralds a new era in the so far short history of HeartMate 3.

The poster presentations were increased in number, but not always in the quality of data or presentation. However, the lively discussions with poster disputants contributed to the education of the young scientists and, I am quite sure their improved their skills will add to their valuable experience gained during the meeting. I hope for them that the 2016 experience will improve the quality of presentations that can reach oral presentation level for San Diego in 2017.

In conclusion, the MCS part of the meeting was a great success for the MCS program directors - congratulations! ■

Disclosure Statement: The author has no conflicts of interest to disclose.

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