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Update from MCS Academy 2018

Diyar Saeed, MD, PhD
Chair, ISHLT Academy: Core Competencies in Mechanical Circulatory Support

Palak Shah, MD

Jennifer Cook, MD
Co-Chairs, ISHLT Academy: Core Competencies in Mechanical Circulatory Support

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 assemment 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.

The MCS academy in 2017 was chaired by Jennifer Cowger, Palak Shah and myself. A tremendous amout of effort was put into cordinate an excellent program with world leaders in the field. I really enjoyed working with Jen and Palak and I personally learned susbstationally under Dr. Cowger's tutelage. Last year the 234 participants oft he MCS Core were surveyed for feedback on the educational expereince. 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 the attendees, the more they were 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 previlige 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. Just like this year, we are planing 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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