Dr. Felipe Martínez
President of Argentine Federation of Cardiology
Professor of Medicine - Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina
Dr. Ricardo E. Ronderos
Free Associate Professor of Post-Degree Cardiology
Director of the Magister in Ultrasound in Cardiology
National University of La Plata, Argentina
Dr. Domingo Pozzer
President of Scientific Committee
3rd International Congress of Cardiology on the Internet
Director - Corrientes Cardiology Institute, Corrientes, Argentina
Dr. Armando Pacher
President of Technical-Steering Committee
Professor of Pathophysiology - Bioengineering
Universidad Nacional de Entre Ríos, Paraná, Argentina
Dr. Felipe MartínezIt is a great pleasure to close this TVCC. And the reasons are very clear:
First: because it ends as a successful Congress, with a record of participants, countries and scientific production.
Second: because once again, we have seen the excellent work by CETIFAC proved, as well as the invaluable effort of the Northeastern Region of Argentina, which has set an example, united and efficient, of everything they did.
Third: because, obviously, what is abovementioned consolidates our institution and projects it at international level.
This happens in a very especial moment for the FAC; when through a statutory reform, approved by unanimity, we have started some changes with the aim of ensuring continuity of programs and foreseeable actions. Besides, the regionalization and "federalization" of FAC will be strengthened.
For all these reasons, and on behalf of the Directive Board of the Argentine Federation of Cardiology, I want to thank all the people that worked for this Congress, and I very sincerely want to congratulate those who organized it and directed it.
See you on the Fourth Congress!!!
Dr. Ricardo E. Ronderos
As the chosen president of the Argentine Federation of Cardiology for the 2004-2005 period, it is an honor to have the chance to reach all the participants of this extremely successful 3rd Virtual Congress of Cardiology.
In the closing of this magnificent event, fruit of the extraordinary idea of using in its maximal expression this tool of informatics technology, such as the global net of the Internet, I want to congratulate all those who made it possible.
Each one of the presidents of the Steering and Scientific Committee, as well as the medical and technical collaborators, and all those that with their scientific contributions provided to this event with a high level content, deserve my most sincere congratulations.
To be able to get thousands of cardiologists and clinical and basic researchers from all over the world in contact, is no minor task. It implies a sacrifice of work and dedication that I am sure we all admire and thank.
The Argentine Federation of Cardiology, which I will soon be presiding, is proud to harbor this event, and it is committed to maintain it in the future, so that these 3 congresses that we have enjoyed, will go on being a space at the service of knowledge and interrelationship for all those interested in the world of cardiology and health in general.
I remember that some years ago, by the time the first virtual congress was being prepared, I had to be protagonist of the enthusiasms of the mentors of this happy idea, and of the fears of those who doubted of its viability and success.
Time and the results have shown that the pioneers were right, and have filled with satisfaction those who with their doubts and advice sure helped in the success of this event.
The Argentine Federation of Cardiology feels that through this Virtual Congress is helping to weaken the frontiers of knowledge and to make all those who are committed to science and education find a forum where to feed.
Congratulations to everyone, and welcome to the 4th Virtual Congress.
Dr. Domingo Pozzer
A new cycle of this fantastic undertaking by the Argentine Federation of Cardiology, the virtual congress, or better the "International Congress of Cardiology on the Internet" has come to an end, but only in its active and dynamic form, of fluid exchange, since as the first and second congresses they will remain for ever in the Web as a permanent source for consultation.
There were 14,188 participants from 122 countries who have taken part in this new edition. The growing number of participants and countries involved, clearly show us the interest that this type of events awakes. The Argentine Federation of Cardiology must go on encouraging congresses through the Internet within a wide range of activities, by being an absolute leader and pioneer in this type of enterprises with international projection.
The fantastic structure of CETIFAC provided us all the support that we needed. We started recertification through the Internet (REFACIN), the Public Area, and more than 200 lectures and nearly 600 brief communications were published.
I want to thank all the members of the scientific committee, the governments of the three provinces (Corrientes, Chaco and Misiones), to the industries that supported the event, to the Argentine Federation of Cardiology, and especially to the doctors Nestor Vita and Felipe Martinez, who entrusted us with this mission, to Armando Pacher and his group of CETIFAC and the colleagues from all over the world, who honored us with their participation.
The Northeastern Region of Argentina met all the expectations, the federal spirit is strengthened and it is another proof that supports the importance of the regionalization of the Federation. We tried to realize this congress the best way possible, we did every effort to achieve it, and even so we certainly made mistakes.
From this experience we are already working on the new mission assigned by the Federation: the organization of the national congress of cardiology 2005, in a demonstration of the real federalism that exists in the FAC, which gets materialized everyday in facts, and is not merely an enunciation.
Dr. Armando Pacher
The Third International Congress of Cardiology on the Internet has come to an end. Congratulations for the outstanding work to the Scientific Committee and its President, Dr. Domingo Pozzer, who imagined a program that covered the most relevant current aspects of cardiovascular diseases and summoned figures of international relevance for its development.
Likewise the members of the Technical-Steering Committee performed an outstanding activity too: moderators of forums, executive members, secretaries, translator, and technicians, who I thank especially for their untiring work.
Both committees had the permanent support and backing by Dr. Felipe Martínez, Dr. Roberto Colque and the rest of the Executive Board of the FAC, as well as Bioengineering in the National University of Entre Ríos.
I send you, on behalf of the Technical-Steering Committee, our deepest gratefulness to those that made the Congress: 209 lecturers, authors of 578 brief communications, and the 14,188 attendees from 122 countries. The participation in this congress maintained the growth ramp of the two first ones (FVCC with 7,574 participants from 95 countries and the SVCC with 11,700 registrations from 107 countries). As it happened with the previous congresses, all the material will remain available permanently on the Web and by e-mail through FTPMail, so that it can be accessed by whoever wishes so, independently from the complexity of the equipment and connections to the Internet. Since Monday, December 1st, the translation of the messages addressed to the 18 Thematic Forums will be interrupted. In these Forums, 996 messages were exchanged and translated.
Please, excuse us for the mistakes we may have made in a project of such magnitude; I invite you to go on participating in the Forum on Continuing Education on Cardiology FECC (in Spanish and Portuguese) and I call you for the 4th International Congress of Cardiology on the Internet 4th Virtual Congress of Cardiology, which will be held between September 1st and November 30th, 2005.