Program & Events
The Heart Rhythm Society’s 38th Annual Scientific Sessions, May 10-13, 2017 at McCormick Place in Chicago, convened the finest clinicians, scientists, researchers, and innovators in the field of cardiac pacing and electrophysiology. More than 800 of the world’s most noted experts in cardiac rhythm management served as faculty for more than 250 educational sessions covering topic areas such as pacing, defibrillation, clinical arrhythmia management, ablation, pharmacology, genetics, basic science, health policy, and more!
Together, a community 12,000 strong representing 70+ countries, we explored new possibilities, networked with our peers, and immersed ourselves in this singular community of professionals dedicated to improving the care of patients with heart rhythm disorders.
Keynote speaker Hugh Evans, Co-Founder and CEO of Global Citizen and the Global Poverty Project, inspired and energized attendees to make positive impacts on the world.
Heart Rhythm 2017 kicked off with intensive Summits dedicated to AF, VT/VF and Lead and Device Management and the Allied Professionals and Basic/Translational Science Forums. At every turn, groundbreaking science was showcased with more than 1,300 scientific abstracts; 23 Joint Sessions representing North and South America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa; and 14 Late-Breaking Clinical Trials – many of which will be published in the July issue of the HeartRhythm Journal. In addition, the Society released two clinical documents with guidance on AF Ablation and radiation exposure in patients with CIEDs.
The extensive educational programming at Heart Rhythm 2017 enabled attendees to tailor their own experience – including sessions designed just for Fellows-in-Training, Genetic Counselors, Hospital Administrators, Allied Professionals, and Basic Scientists. Specialty tracks ranged from CIEDs and Catheter Ablation to Policy, Payment & Practice.
Attendees soaked up practical knowledge with Case-Based Tutorials, How-To Sessions, Complication Theatre Sessions, and the Hands-On Educational Session. The Meet the Experts and Live Cases did not disappoint as true experts in the field shared their insights. New this year, the Catheter Ablation Master Class demonstrated how a master EP thinks on his feet – and is sure to be on many must-attend lists in years to come.
Educational opportunities extended beyond clinical with many sessions highlighting the business of medicine. A number of Practice Management Sessions offered guidance on everything from running an EP lab to starting a private practice. An innovative new session, the HRS Physician Leadership Series, was the first in a series of professional development programs to be featured at the Heart Rhythm Scientific Sessions.
As always, the Exhibit Hall was abuzz this year, and with expanded hours, attendees had even more time to visit the 140+ exhibitors, walk the aisles of posters, network with colleagues and friends, and take in popular sessions in and around the EPicenter. Pioneers Unplugged and Rhythm Theatres drew big crowds as always, and for one notable new session, the Heart Rhythm Bowl, the crowd was standing room only.
With so much to take in, no one could possibly see it all, and so once again, Heart Rhythm On Demand allows attendees to access hundreds of sessions online, anytime. It’s rich with content and will keep attendees very busy until Heart Rhythm 2018 kicks off in Boston.
Thomas F. Deering, MD, FHRS, CCDS
Heart Rhythm 2017 Program Committee Chair