May 5, 2020 — The Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) announced plans this week to hold its annual scientific meeting in a virtual format. The in-person meeting planned to take place in Seattle, Wash., has been cancelled, due to coronavirus-related restrictions on travel and gatherings as well as concern about the health, well-being and safety of our attendees, faculty and their patients.
Many areas still have COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) quarantine travel restrictions and shelter in place containment orders and there are questions on how long these will remain in place. Additionally, most hospitals and healthcare systems have travel restrictions for its staff in case they are needed for any COVID-19 patient surges. These restrictions prevent many faculty and attendees from going to any in-person meetings for the foreseeable future, leading to all in-person medical conferences having been cancelled starting in March, and now into July 2020.
The virtual conference will be held Friday, July 17 and Saturday, July 18. The virtual event will feature the same high quality education of the in-person meeting, and will include three session channels, abstract presentations and the ability to interact with presenters.
“The health and safety of all our annual scientific meeting attendees and the patients they serve is SCCT’s utmost priority” said SCCT President Ron Blankstein, M.D., MSCCT. “With that in mind, the Board of Directors made the decision to move forward with a virtual meeting format.”
This virtual meeting will offer an online learning experience that provides significant professional and scientific educational opportunities for members and attendees. The Annual Scientific Meeting is designed to engage physician and healthcare professionals in a comprehensive exploration of the most current developments in the field of cardiovascular computed tomography principles, methodologies, appropriateness criteria and clinical practice.
“A tremendous effort has been made to revise the virtual program, demonstrating SCCT’s commitment to bringing the latest and most cutting-edge scientific research in cardiovascular CT to its audience and stakeholders” says Annual Scientific Program Committee Chair Koen Nieman, M.D., Ph.D., FSCCT. “We hope you will join us online in July.”
Learn more at https://scct.org/page/SCCT2020Virtual.