On behalf of the Heart Rhythm Society’s Scientific Sessions Committee and HRS leadership, thank you for joining us in San Francisco for Heart Rhythm 2016. The finest clinicians, scientists, researchers, and innovators in the field convene once again for the premier cardiac electrophysiology conference. To my colleagues from around the world, I say, welcome, bienvenue, benvenuto, bienvenidos, willkommen, yōkoso, witajcie, huan ying, and karşılama!
The 37th Annual Scientific Sessions will truly be a global event. Attendees from more than 80 countries have come to be part of this diverse community, passionately dedicated to improving the lives of patients with heart rhythm disorders.
Over four days, we will immerse ourselves in one exceptional learning opportunity after another, with more than 900 noted experts speaking at more than 250 sessions. Specialty education tracks have been tailored for specific interests such as catheter ablation, implanted devices, clinical electrophysiology, pediatric electrophysiology, and heart failure, as well as for fellows-in-training, allied health professionals, and basic scientists.
Innovative education has always been at the heart of the Scientific Sessions and is a key part of the mission of the Society. This year, the meeting kicks off with the Opening Plenary on Wednesday morning. We look forward to being inspired by our keynote speaker, Sal Khan, the founder of the nonprofit Khan Academy. He will share his vision of providing free, world-class education to “anyone, anywhere”.
Heart Rhythm 2016 carries on its tradition of unparalleled education beginning Wednesday with three full-day summits focusing on AF, VT/VF, and Left Atrial Appendage Closure. Allied professionals and basic scientists will be gathering at forums of their own. Innovative technologies are on display at the Hands-on Educational Session and case-based tutorials, debates, symposia, how-to sessions, mini-courses, meet-the-experts, and rapid fire cases occur throughout the week.
When you add in the exciting late-breaking clinical trials, posters, and abstract sessions, along with joint sessions and live cases, it’s clear that no one person can possibly experience it all. Fortunately, with Heart Rhythm On Demand, you have convenient, online access to the complete library of Heart Rhythm 2016 presentations long after the meeting ends.
At the center of it all is the vibrant Exhibit Hall. Extended hours give you more time to visit the 130+ exhibitors showcasing the latest products and services. Join the buzz from the Rhythm Theatres for the popular Industry Expert Presentations or discover emerging innovations highlighted during the Industry Invitational Showcase.
This year, EPicenter takes over Hall D, where you’ll find everything you might need pertaining to the Heart Rhythm Society. Find out about trial membership, pick up a copy of the HeartRhythm Journal, get a tour of the HRS Learning Center, or inquire about health policy, coding, and reimbursement services. HRS members will have an opportunity to have complimentary professional photos taken, and attendees will be able to relax and connect in our networking lounges. The Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) will also be in the EPicenter to talk about the new IAC Cardiac Electrophysiology Accreditation Program.
The EPicenter also provides an opportunity to explore certification through IBHRE, sign up to participate in a Community of Practice, or learn more about HRS volunteer opportunities. Nearby, StrengthsLIVE™ at the Heart Rhythm Leadership Hub will help HRS members identify and leverage their natural strengths through a free assessment and one-on-one coaching. Across the way, you’ll navigate the aisles of science and discovery on display during poster presentations, gain insights from the giants of EP during Pioneers Unplugged, or even learn to master social media during one of the Presentation Theatres.
My hope is that you make the very most of your Heart Rhythm 2016 experience and return home having learned something new, feeling invigorated about the work you do every day with a strengthened commitment to contribute to the work of ending death and suffering due to heart rhythm disorders.
Welcome to San Francisco!