Dr. Ricardo Lopez Santi
Argentine Federation of Cardiology
Dr. Gustavo Hernán Cerezo
President of Scientific Committee
7th. International Congress of Cardiology on the Internet
Dr. Daniel Piskorz
VicePresident of Scientific Committee
7th. International Congress of Cardiology on the
Ricardo Lopez Santi
The Road to Knowledge
Dear Colleagues around the World,
We are finishing this Seventh International Congress of Cardiology through the Internet.
Beyond the great contributions that this event has offered the participants, our point of view leads us to a reflection a bit more fundamental.
We are positive that this is a road to bring knowledge to the physicians of the world beyond frontiers. Each country lives a reality of obstacles to the availability of knowledge and there are many that are marginalized sometimes. The Virtual Congress is a road to reach all of them.
Knowledge has a single receiver, and that is human beings.
The virtual field gives as the chance to explore it and share it.
Undoubtedly, this experience enriches all of us one way or another.
The Argentine Federation of Cardiology (FAC) is built upon the foundations of its past, on the productivity of its present, and on the strong desires entailed by the future. At such moment in particular, we will have in two years a new Virtual Congress, but before that we may meet in the city of Salta from May 31st to June 2nd, 2012, when a new issue of our National Congress takes place.
There we will be waiting for all of you, so that you may share your own experiences through the submittance of scientific papers, and thus to continue growing together.
For all those that felt motivated by their participation, we invite you to continue accompanying the FAC through its WEB page: www.fac.org.ar through which you will be informed about our future offerings.
We are deeply grateful for the great work carried out by the Scientific and Steering Committees for constructing this important event and our wish is that your achievements may serve as a starting point for even more ambitious enterprises.
President of the Argentine Federation of Cardiology
Gustavo Hernán Cerezo
The productive cycle of the 7VCC has finished. Two years of work by a great team of physicians and computer professionals, who have given the best of themselves to bring medical information to the 32,000 colleagues from 144 countries all over the world, with more than 200 lectures of a high academic level. More than 150 brief communications were presented to this event, with the chance to show their scientific task to hundreds of investigators, who would not be able to publish internationally otherwise.
During the 7vcc, the second course on CPR was carried out in the virtual campus of the FAC. Its directors were Drs. Marta Lopez and Daniel Corsiglia, with a number of record attendants, close to two hundred colleagues.
This congress places FAC in a privileged position at continental and world level, reaching a great amount of colleagues interactively with the great masters of Argentine and international cardiology.
The public area of the 7vcc showed other aspects of the medical culture environment. In this same area, a national survey of vascular risk factors in teenagers has allowed a hundred young people to learn about the negative habits about cardiovascular health to which they are exposed nowadays.
For the Argentine Federation of Cardiology, carrying out Internet congresses is a great academic, technical, and economical effort. This type of event has a scant economic support by the industries related to cardiology and this is the reason why although the information is free to access, the certifications of attendance to the 7vcc has a fee. This will allow the continuity of this type of events in the future.
Finally, I would like to thank the hard work by all the staff of CetiFAC and especially to the Secretary of the Scientific Committee, Mrs. Victoria Imoberdorff, who in spite of multiple and unexpected obstacles, met all commitments in an outstanding fashion.
To end, I express my acknowledgement to those responsible for the areas of Hypertension, Daniel Piskorz, Cardiovascular Disease in Women, Drs. Mildren del Sueldo and Marcela Almagro, Chagas disease, Dr. Oscar Mordini, the Public area, Dr. Rosa Ruffa, Augusto Vicario, Prof. Mirta Cossia de Pacher, Dr. Daniel Roitenburd, and many others.
All the lectures and scientific papers of the 7vcc, as well as its six predecessors, can be consulted without time constraints, at the Web site of the Argentine Federation of Cardiology. I invite you to continue enjoying this great event.
Continuing Medical Education is an unavoidable responsibility of health care professionals. However, both the public health system and health care providers, and even users themselves, should share, demand, and essentially acknowledge this permanent effort to train and update. Ultimately, Continuing Medical Education is of interest and benefit for the whole society, but regrettably, it has been delegated exclusively on those who are the individual actors of service providing. Undoubtedly, we should also work hard for it to be acknowledged and categorize this effort to acquire knowledge and its proper application in medical care.
The Argentine Federation of Cardiology has given well-known proofs of the relevance it gives to Continuing Medical Education, and undoubtedly, its actions are addressed positively in this direction. The electronic access to information and education is an ideal tool for Continuing Medical Education, and its significance will increase undoubtedly, over time, adapting to work, economic, and financial circumstances. The pioneers of this idea had a view of a scientific society reaching the farthest corners of our country, and why not even the world, making knowledge democratic and federal, and luckily, these concepts were taken strategically by FAC, and sustained and increased over time.
This 7th Virtual Congress of Cardiology has attempted to continue with the foundational guidelines of our Argentine Federation of Cardiology, learning and improving from the experience of the six events of the same type that preceded it, and thanks to that, today we can say that the Virtual Congresses of FAC have become a classic, anxiously expected by the whole medical community, with the advantage in comparison to the live Congresses, that they can be visited even a long time after having ended, becoming a tool for permanent consultation.
The 7th Virtual Congress of Cardiology is coming to an end, and we should thank everyone that made it possible, from CETIFAC, the soul of the 7CVC, the Board of Directors of the Argentine Federation of Cardiology, the speakers, the authors of brief communications, the readers, the sponsors, until we get to the members of the Honorary Committee, the Honorary Presidents, the Coordinators of Areas, the Executive Members, and the Arbitrators of Brief Communications, those we worked on the Technical Applications, the Technical-Steering and Scientific Committees. To all of them, thank you very much.
We will wait for you in the 8th Virtual Congress of Cardiology of the Argentine Federation of Cardiology!