Coming Soon: HFSA Virtual Annual Scientific Meeting 2020 September 30th - October 6th 2020.
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HFSA President Biykem Bozkurt, MD, PhD, FHFSA

Get ready for our big event, the HFSA Virtual Annual Scientific Meeting 2020, will take place September 30 – October 6! It is dynamic, exciting, with cutting-edge science, new trial results and networking opportunities. It will combine many of our popular traditional sessions including late breaking sessions, plenary sessions and networking sessions with new and exciting features.

The schedule is built to allow for participation across time zones. We’ve positioned Plenaries and other key sessions at times during which they are accessible in areas around the globe. We also reduced the registration fees significantly to attract participation from all clinicians interested in heart failure globally.  

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Before I dive into details around some of the most exciting meeting news, I'll start off with a few quick highlights: 

  • The most CME credit hours at any ASM (see more below)
  • Two Late Breaking Clinical Trials sessions (see more below)
  • 50+ interactive scientific sessions and workshops 
  • Speed Mentoring – only registered meeting attendees are eligible to attend this! Register for the meeting soon, as seats for mentees will go fast (announcement coming soon!)
  • Virtual Exhibit Hall with 29 exhibit booths and live Industry Chats offering one-on-one time with exhibitors
  • Networking receptions and leaderboard games
  • Over 400 abstracts and live Poster Chats – your chance to chat directly with abstract presenters

Rates significantly discounted even more and extended through the meeting 

You may have already heard that we have reduced rates significantly for all categories. All HFSA members are now able to attend the meeting for $100 or less, and those who have already registered can expect to receive a refund within 2-3 weeks. With rates under $200 for nonmembers, we hope to attract a lot of attendees whose engagement with HFSA in the past has been limited, with a goal of following up with them when we start our 2021 membership drive. For all attendees, these reduced rates offer an incredible deal when you see the tremendous benefits the meeting provides.

The most CME Credit Hours we’ve ever offered!

The Virtual ASM will offer the MOST continuing education credits we’ve ever offered at an HFSA Annual Scientific Meeting – for all disciplines, including physicians, nurses and pharmacists in heart failure! The overall program Credit Hours include:  

  • Over 65.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CME Credits (including OnDemand International Sessions and Satellites)
  • Over 50 ANCC Continuing Nursing Education Units
  • 12.5 ABIM MOC Credits
  • Over 25.0 Continuing Pharmacy Education Units including 16.0 contact hours designated as nursing pharmacology

A great benefit of a virtual platform is that you don’t have to worry about missing any scientific sessions that may run concurrently. Live scientific sessions for this year’s meeting will be posted OnDemand within 24 hours and will remain available for 90 days, so you’ll be able to watch and gain credit for any sessions you may have missed during the livestream. 

In addition to up-to-date with information on practice changing advances in heart failure, the sessions will provide very valuable credit hours that will fulfill continuing education requirements for many heart failure clinicians in 2020. To get all of this for under $100 we believe will be of interest to many heart failure clinicians. So don’t wait and register online.

Focus on Clinical Trials

We received an incredible demand for information on clinical trials that this year, we’re offering two Late Breaking Clinical Trials sessions, as well as three solo sessions dedicated to updates on significant trials – EMPEROR Reduced, DAPA-Heart Failure – One Year On, and New Data and Learnings from VICTORIA Trial. Late Breaking Clinical Trials sessions will take place on Saturday, October 3 and Monday, October 6.

Program Structure - September 30 - October 6

Express Days - Weekdays

For your convenience to attend after work, during weekdays on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Monday and Tuesday we built our sessions as Express Days between 4:30 PM - 9:30 PM ET. These include scientific sessions, networking receptions, meet the experts, and CME satellite sessions. 

Highlights of the express days include: 

  • Wednesday September 30: A Big Opening Day. We’re starting off the meeting with two key sessions that are both incredibly timely and relevant to current events on the topics of COVID-19: Lessons Learned in Heart Failure and Living with the New Normal, and Beyond Socioeconomic & Access To Care: The Clinical Imperative for Understanding Racial Heart Failure Differences and Disparities.
  • Thursday October 1: We will have Excellence in Translational Science, Heart Failure Guidelines, Supporting the HF Workforce sessions. 
  • Friday October 2: FDA Special Session on Background Medical Therapy in Clinical Trials, Contemporary Challenges in Cardiac Transplantation, Heart Failure Hospitalizations sessions and JNC New Investigator Award and Nurse Investigator award ceremonies will be held. We have a fun session with a surprise speaker on the Impact of Music which we believe you will enjoy tremendously.
  • Monday October 5: We will have Stump the Professor, which will be highly educational and enjoyable, Patient Pearls for Advanced Heart Failure from heart failure masters, Navigating the Early Career Waters, Best of JCF Publications and HF Team Reception. 
  • Tuesday October 6: We will have session on Multiprofessional approaches to complex medical management, Social Determinants and Financial Burden of HF Care, Dr. Alexa is in- Technology in HF Care, TEACH workshop, HF Research Network Update and another HF Team Reception.

Weekend Full-Day Line-up: October 3 and 4 

Get ready for exciting, big and impactful sessions on Saturday and Sunday 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM ET.

Saturday, October 3
Plenary Session: A Who's Who in Heart Failure

Over 200 speakers have already confirmed participation in this year’s meeting including some of the most influential leaders in our field. Our Plenary Session on Saturday, October 3 will include a panel discussion on Healthcare Future 360, featuring a fantastic line-up, including:

  • Eugene Braunwald, MD - Chairman, TIMI Study Group, Professor Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Victor J. Dzau, MD - President, National Academy of Medicine (NAM)
  • Harlan Krumholz, MD, SM - Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT
  • Nancy Brown - Chief Executive Officer, American Heart Association (AHA)
  • Jessica Mega, MD, MPH - Verily Life Sciences
  • George Mensah, MD, FACC - National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
  • Athena Poppas, MD, FACC, FASE – President, American College of Cardiology (ACC)

Plenary Session will be followed up by President’s Remarks and the exciting HFSA Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Announcement.

On Saturday, in addition to LBCT, we will have sessions on EMPEROR-Reduced, Myocarditis Management , Management of HF in Rural/ Frontier Areas, TTR Cardiac Amyloidosis, Pulmonary Hypertension, Structural Cardiac Interventions, Comorbidities and Congestion in HF

On Saturday, at 5:30 PM please join me for a President’s Reception!

Sunday, October 4

Sunday is full of exciting sessions on VICTORIA, DAPA-HF Trials, Universal Definition of HF, HFpEF, HF with Recovered EF, Remote Monitoring, Cardiogenic Shock, Cardio-oncology, Arrhythmias and Women in Heart Failure. We will hold our popular Speed Mentoring session at 6:00 PM!

We will also have live poster chats, live industry and exhibit hall hours both on Saturday and Sunday.

This is just a brief overview of some highlights for the meeting. Many more speakers, session details, and other information for the meeting will be announced in the coming days. 

New Challenge

I’m excited to announce a new challenge for registered attendees of the Virtual ASM. The rules are simple: encourage colleagues and peers who have never attended the meeting and are not yet registered to sign up, submit their name and contact information here, and if they register, you’ll be entered to win an exciting prize in a random drawing (prize announcements coming soon)! One important rule: they must be a first-time attendee to the meeting and you must also be registered. 

The more heart failure providers we have joining us online, the better the meeting will be. So, share the message about the HFSA Virtual Annual Scientific Meeting 2020 far and wide.

I look forward to seeing all of you at the HFSA Virtual Annual Scientific Meeting 2020. This is where our community meets, shares knowledge and moves the field. This year is extraordinary due to the exciting advances and big changes that are happening in heart failure. Join the movement for change, attend the sessions at the convenience, learn from the experts and be at the top of your game. 

Best Regards,

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Biykem Bozkurt, MD, PhD, FHFSA
HFSA President