CCS News

In Memoriam – Dr. Charles Kerr

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Dr. Charles Kerr, 1949-2017

It is with profound sadness that the CCS announces the passing of a leader in the Canadian cardiovascular community. On May 19th, Dr. Charles Kerr (known to many as Charlie) passed away peacefully at St. Paul’s Hospital in British Columbia. Dr. Kerr, CCS President 2008-2010, was a prominent figure in cardiology known for his passion, exceptional leadership, clinical expertise and research. He will be remembered by many for founding the first electrophysiology program in Western Canada. A celebration of life is planned for July for family, friends and colleagues.

For more information on Charlie and his wishes, click here.

(posted June 19, 2017)

New CJC Section Invites Submissions From Trainees; For Trainees

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The Canadian Journal of Cardiology (CJC) is excited to launch a new section designed specifically for trainees, and is inviting clinical and research trainees to submit non-academic articles related to trainee experiences.

The CJC Trainee Section will provide a platform for medical students, residents, PhD candidates and early-career clinicians/researchers to share their respective insights and experiences on a wide variety of topics, including career planning; work-life integration; unexpected challenges; and other training-related issues.
Articles will be published in the CCS' Society Pages, and offer an excellent opportunity for trainees to participate in practical knowledge translation and establish themselves amongst their peers and mentors.

If you know an outstanding trainee who has valuable expertise to impart, encourage them to submit to the CJC Trainee Section!
View the submission guidelines for more information.

(posted June 19, 2017)

CCS and CCSA Prepare Over 80 Residents for Upcoming Royal College Certification Exam

For over a decade, the CCS and the CCS Academy have been running the Trainee Review Programs (TRPs).  The TRPs continues to be a highly valued offering that addresses a critical milestone of writing the Royal College certification exam. This past February, April, and May we held the Cardiac Surgery, Adult Cardiology, and Pediatric Cardiology TRPs. We would like to thank the TRP Planning Committee members who have volunteered their time and provided leadership in developing and delivering these programs.

On behalf of the Board of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society Academy, we wish to extend our sincere appreciation to the following faculty members for their time, commitment and dedication and for delivering outstanding TRP programs.

The Cardiac Surgery TRP took place on February 10-11 in Montreal.  The faculty members were: Jessica Forcillo, Chair, Mitesh Badiwala, Victor Chan, Anson Cheung, Mackenzie Quantz, Maxime Laflamme, Fanny Lange, Daniel Lodge, François-Pierre Mongeon, Maral Ouzounian, Maude Pagé, Luis Quinonez, Christian Rosu and Gordan Samoukovic.

The Adult Cardiology TRP was offered on April 21-23 in Toronto.  There were 67 out of 68 eligible trainees present.  The faculty members were:
Michael Froeschl, Chair,  Mathieu Bernier, Annabel Chen-Tournoux, Nisha D'Mello, Nadine Gauthier, Christopher Glover,  Samir Hazra,  Malek Kass, Evan Lockwood, Gillian Nesbitt, Mohamed Nosair, Sarah Ramer, Mouhannad Sadek, Mathieu Walker and Eric Yu.  

The Pediatric Cardiology TRP took place on May 5-7, at Sick Kids in Toronto, the faculty members were: Kenny Wong, Chair, Carolina Escudero, Michael Grattan, Emilie Jean St-Michel,  Lily Lin,  Jennifer Russel and Derek Wong

One of the most long standing benefits of the TRP is that it brings together future cardiovascular specialists in Canada. It establishes contacts and hopefully fosters friendships that will build a stronger national cardiovascular organization, supporting the CCS in the future.

We would also like to thank the donors of the CCSA that through their donations and support has made the TRPs possible. Click here to see the list of CCSA donors.

Thank you to all involved!

(posted May 12, 2017)

CCS Member on the Move!

TyL HelmetsDr. Heather Ross, Toronto, CCS Past President, is into the third week of her biking expedition in Tibet as part of the Test Your Limits fundraising initiative for the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre Transplant Program. Tibet has an average elevation of 4500 m above sea level. Heather Ross is accompanied by PhD Candidate Farid Foroutan, Exercise Physiologist Mike Walker, fellow cardiovascular health enthusiast Perry Ross and transplant recipients Dale Shippam and Dave Smith.

To learn more, go to the Test Your Limits blog.



(posted May 12, 2017)

CCS Engages in Post-Budget 2017 Lobbying to Secure Funding for National Cardiovascular Quality Reporting Initiative

CCS engages in Post Budget 2017 Since being overlooked for funding in the federal government’s 2017 Budget release last month, the Canadian Cardiovascular Society (CCS) has met with a number of key government stakeholders and influencers to emphasize the importance of ongoing federal investmentfor a national cardiovascular quality measurement and reporting system.

In early April, CCS President Dr. Cathy Kells, Quality Project Chair Dr. Paul Dorian, and CEO Anne Ferguson engaged in a series of high-level, face-to-face meetings with officials from federal and parliamentary offices, including:

  • Bill Casey, Member of Parliament and Chair of the Standing Committee on Health;
  • Kelvin K. Ogilvie, Senator and Chair of the Standing Committee on Social Affairs,Science and Technology;
  • Geoff Reagan, Member of Parliament and Speaker of the House of Commons;
  • Staff in the Prime Minister’s Office;
  • Staff in the Office of the Minister of Health;
  • Staff in the Office of the Leader of the Official Opposition, Hon. Rona Ambrose; and
  • Officials from Health Canada

Prior to the 2017 Budget release, the CCS also participated in advocacy meetings with the offices of the Minister of Health, Minister of Finance, and Minister of Innovation to gain support for our shovel-ready, pan-Canadian quality improvement program. 

To learn more about the advocacy work of the CCS, visit our website.

(posted May 3, 2017)

CCC Call for Abstracts Reminder

Abstract presentation will be different for 2017!

Oral Presentations will be replaced with Moderated Presentations. These take the best parts of an Oral presentation and the best parts of ePosterand Highlighted Poster presentations, to create a dynamic interactive presentation experience! Presenters will have more freedom to interact with other delegates, but still have the opportunity to present their original science to a broader audience!

Be sure to submit your original science before the deadline, May 2, 2017 at noon EDT! Start today by clicking here.

(posted Mai 1, 2017)

CCS and Affiliate Awards

Each year at the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress, the Canadian Cardiovascular Society and its’ eleven affiliate organizations recognize the exceptional achievements of their members. These awards are given out to distinguish excellence within the cardiovascular community. These accolades include Annual Achievement Awards, Research Travel Bursary Awards, Best Abstract Awards, Fellowships and many others.

Applications close in early May. For more information on the Awards and how to apply, click here.

Remember, the CCS Trainee Research Award and Young Investigator Award close on May 2nd at 12 PM (EDT).

(posted Mai 1, 2017)

CCS Seeks Federal Funding for Pan-Canadian Cardiovascular Quality Measurement and Reporting

On February 7, 2017, CCS Quality Project Chair, Dr. Paul Dorian, met with the office of the Federal Minister of Finance in Ottawa, in advance of the 2017-18 budget release. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss funding for a national cardiovascular quality measurement and reporting system, based on CCS-developed quality indicators.  This was the most recent in an ongoing series of meetings with the federal offices of the Minister of Health, Minister of Innovation and the Public Health Agency of Canada. Discussions focus on the CCS pre-budget submission to the federal government, and build support and visibility for the CCS Quality Project.  

Budget 2017 is expected to be released by the federal government in late February/early March.  The CCS has been working with cardiovascular registries, research institutes and the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) to collect, analyze and learn from high-quality, patient-level data. For more information about this pan-Canadian work, click here.

(posted March 2, 2017)