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Update from MCS Academy 2018

Diyar Saeed, MD, PhD
Heinrich-Heine University
Dusseldorf, Germany

Palak Shah, MD, MS
Inova Fairfax Hospital
Falls Church, VA, USA

Jennifer Cook, MD
University of Arizona Sarver Heart Center
Tucson, AZ, USA

The Core Competencies in mechanical Circulatory Support (MCS) began in 2012 under the leadership of David Feldman, Andreas Zuckermann and Jeffrey Teuteberg. Since then and due to continuous positive feedback from conference participants, the academy has been an extraordinary source for education. Traditionally, the academy takes place one day prior to the ISHLT meeting. This course provides a concise review of clinical knowledge and outlines the essential professional skills for candidate assessment and longitudinal support for mechanical circulatory support patients. The course is primarily designed to be of benefit for clinicians and allied professionals who are in the early stages of their careers. The course also provides an update on the current state of the field for more established providers.

Today, the MCS Academy is chaired by Jennifer Cowger, Palak Shah and myself. A tremendous amount of effort was put in to coordinate an excellent program with international leaders. I have really enjoyed working with Jen and Palak, and I have learned substantially under Dr. Cowger's tutelage. Last year, the 234 participants of the MCS Core were surveyed for feedback on the educational experience. In the participants who responded: 9.3% were from Asia, North America 62.5%, Europe 15.6% and 9.4% from South America. Twenty-eight percent were mid-level (5-10 yrs), 28% were recent graduates (1-5 yrs) and 15% were either student / trainees or in post-grad training. Further, 34% from responders were cardiologists, 16% cardiac surgeons, 10% thoracic or vascular surgeon, 9% research fellows, 3% anesthesiologist, 3% nurses and 3% infectious disease staff. Almost every participant gave the course a 4 or 5 on a 5 point scale. Interestingly, the more senior attendees were more satisfied with the case / didactic balance of the course. Based on the feedback we obtained, we can summate that the majority of the participants enjoyed the meeting.

In 2018, I have the privilege of chairing the MCS Core Academy with Palak Shah and Jennifer Cook. The basic program will remain similar; however, we will welcome some new speakers including several international faculties to share the MCS experience from all parts of the world. Just like this year, we are planning to involve world leaders in the field to provide the most up-to-date knowledge on mechanical circulatory support. We promise to maintain the high quality of the Academy and exceed the expectation of academy participants. We are looking forward to seeing you in Nice!

Disclosure Statement: The authors have no conflicts of interest to disclose.

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