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CLOSING CEREMONY

 

Daniel Peroni, MD

President of
Argentine Federation of Cardiology

Silvia Nanfara, MD

Co-President of Scientific Committee
4th Virtual Congress of Cardiology

Diego Esandi, MD

Co-President of Scientific Committee
4th Virtual Congress of Cardiology

Armando Pacher, MD

President of Technical-Steering Committee
4th Virtual Congress of Cardiology

 

Daniel Peroni, MD

We are almost closing the FOURTH VIRTUAL CONGRESS of the FAC, with its more than 18,000 participants from 127 countries, and it is convenient to analyze the reasons for the utter success that has accompanied this organization of scientific dissemination from the beginning, and which grows exponentially.

First, the right choice of Authorities: Drs. Silvia Nanfara and Diego Esandi, who with their great dedication and efforts were able to make up a work team that makes us think that maybe this is the time to appoint a region responsible for the Virtual Congress, just as the Journal as its Headquarters in Cordoba (Central Region), and the CARDIO Foundation in Rosario (Litoral Region), thus constituting another legitimate expression of a Federal community, which would enable us to take advantage of the experience acquired and teach future candidates within the Region.

The Secretariat of Medical Informatics of the FAC, deserves a whole paragraph. This Secretariat is essential for the progress of FAC, lead by Professor Dr. Armando Pacher, who is the fundamental support for congresses of such extent, who also along these years has consolidated a very strong and homogeneous work team, with a highly qualified staff. Without their work, their professionalism and dedication, this reality would not be possible.

Finally, the level of the participants and the quality of their papers and experiences, with a great affluence of foreign lecturers, and the discussions together with the possibility of exchanging information on line, enables us to foresee a very optimistic future for this icon of the FAC.

We are filled with pride for having been pioneers in the Virtual Congresses in our specialty: cardiology, and also because these meetings, that gather increasingly more people and are more and more successful, contribute to strengthen even more the foundations of the federal ideals that support our institution.

There has been much talk about what the new technologies would do for the democratization of knowledge and an equalization of possibilities, but we have also seen how many of the new technologies, whether because of high costs or else due to a lack of education about it, enlarge gaps instead of equalizing access possibilities.

This is in agreement with the spirit of the Fourth Virtual Congress through the Internet (FVCC), which is completely feasible, because the registration is free of charge, because of the availability of its contents (special programs are not required, nor sophisticated computers, and even those who do not have access to the Web may obtain the lectures, reports and brief communications through e-mail), and because going through its contents it's easy (advanced knowledge or computer skills are not required).

I'm glad because I was a witness and I participated, through the distance, along with the members of the Board of Directors, especially Dr. Carlos Secotaro, in this FOURTH VIRTUAL CONGRESS by the FAC that we are sharing today.

 

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Silvia Nanfara, MD

The FVCC has concluded.

Our wish was to lay down a bridge. A bridge through which more than 18,000 registrants from 126 countries of the world could reach the latest news on world cardiology.

We know that each one did so according to their possibilities: some exchanged experiences, others were just bystanders of the exchange. Some will go on using what was published as consultation material. Maybe there are 18,000 different ways of participating.

We feel that the bridge got us closer to each one of you, so we are endlessly grateful for letting us do it.

Our gratefulness goes also to the companies that made it possible, to the lecturers and authors who provided the best of themselves, the tireless work by the Technical-Steering Committee and CETIFAC; to the Forum on Continuing Education of the FAC with all the moderators of the mailing lists who enabled the exchange; to Eliana Magariños, our magnificent secretary; to Paola, always there for us; to the unconditional support by MD, and especially to Dr. Raúl Ortego, to the Secretariat of Education of the FAC, to the Committees, to the former presidents of FAC who contributed selflessly with their experience, to the Media work, to the Societies who responded to our call, to the friends who were essential: Drs. Néstor Vita, Felipe Martínez, Emilio Kuschnir.

To the contribution by the Cardio Foundation, the UATA, the AADYND. To the Inter-American Heart Foundation.

To all the scientific committee, made up by the members of the Patagonian Region, tireless in their work, and finally to those who are the happiest because the FVCC has ended: our family!

 

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