Dear Canadian Cardiovascular Society (CCS) Members,
Another year has come and gone and 2018 is in its infancy, already! At this time each year, we ask that you renew your CCS membership. Cardiovascular clinicians and scientists across Canada become CCS members for many reasons, including professional and leadership opportunities and belief in a collective voice to influence improvements in care for patients. Below are some highlights of what CCS and its members have accomplished over the past year, as well as several planned initiatives for the fourth and final year of our 2015-2019 strategic planning cycle.
Guiding Cardiovascular Care in Canada: 2017 was an active year for the development of CCS guidelines and position statements, with hundreds of CCS members contributing their time and expertise to the development process. Notably, in 2017, our guideline panels published a Comprehensive Update of the CCS Guidelines for the Management of Heart Failure and a Focused Update of the Guidelines for the use of Antiplatelet Therapy. The CCS will provide further guidance on care in Canada in 2018 through published recommendations on a broad range of topics including atrial fibrillation, STEMI, pulmonary hypertension and athlete screening.
Putting CCS Guideline Knowledge into Practice: For over 10 years, the CCS has provided tools and educational programming to help move CCS guideline recommendations into practice. In 2017, our volunteer guideline panelists contributed their expertise to develop educational workshops, informational videos, pocket guides and an app for accessing recommendations at the bedside. In 2018, a new e-Guidelines website will showcase comprehensive guidelines for Heart Failure, Atrial Fibrillation, Dyslipidemia, and Antiplatelet Therapy.
Advocating for Quality Reporting: In 2017, CCS members engaged in a number of advocacy activities to secure sustainable federal funding for its Quality Project, including meetings with federal/provincial ministries and Members of Parliament; a national letter writing campaign to the federal Minister of Health; media coverage in the Hill Times; and a presentation to the House of Commons’ Standing Committee on Finance in advance of the 2018 federal budget. The resulting Finance Committee report to the Government of Canada (published December 2017) recommended federal funding in Budget 2018 for the CCS.
Energizing the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress (CCC): Under the leadership of Dr. Michelle Graham, the 2017 CCC program featured a strengthened quality of science; the incorporation of new adult learning principles; improved networking opportunities; and a larger number of moderated presentations. CCC 2017 evaluations indicated increased overall participant satisfaction from 2016. CCC 2018 will take place in Toronto, October 20 – 23 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
Achieving a CJC Impact Factor of 4.4: In 2017, the Canadian Journal of Cardiology (CJC)’s impact factor increased to 4.4, placing it amongst the top 25% of Elsevier-published cardiology journals. The CJC is a valued benefit of CCS membership, and is now available in over 12,000 institutions and libraries globally. In 2018, the CCS will launch a brand new open access journal, CJC Open.
Enabling Collaboration for Research and Education: Many of CCS’s achievements are accomplished through collaborations with other organizations, including CCS Affiliates and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. In 2017, the CCS and the Canadian Association of Interventional Cardiology (CAIC) collaborated on topics and speakers for the ESC-CCS joint symposium at the ESC Congress in Barcelona. In 2018, the CCS will work with CACHNet to develop a joint session on adult congenital heart disease at the ACC Scientific Sessions.
Thank you for your continued commitment to the CCS. Over the past year, more than 560 CCS members have actively contributed to the CCS as CCC faculty or abstract reviewers, CJC editorial board members, guideline panel members, Quality Project contributors, representatives to external organizations, committee and council members, and more. This strong member engagement, coupled with the 20-person staff has allowed the CCS to achieve much of what it set out to do in its current strategic plan.
Dr. Catherine Kells, MD, FRCPC, FACC, FCCS