Cardiovascular Surgery News

Ponce Cardiovascular Symposium 2013:
"Understanding and Managing Diseases of the Aorta"

February 22-23, 2013 • Ponce Hilton Hotel

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Last 5th of April 2008 we had the opportunity to start our CCA educational symposium for the first time in the island of Puerto Rico. It was celebrated in Mayaguez, PR with an assistance of 108 participants. Of these 92% were females. There were 9 invited speakers among them PhD nurses, cardiologists, our first PR MACC (Dr. Mario Garc’a Palmieri) and even the University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez (CAAM) campus dean. The topics ranged from nursing management, PR medical history, pharmacology to psychological and religious assistance. The event took place from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. People from 10 different institutions came to the symposium and many of the participants came from other 4 nearby towns.

The symposium was evaluated as excellent by 95% of the participants and 5% as a good activity. They considered that this type of activity is greatly needed in these areas, should be done more frequently and include a wider variety of topics. Significant recommendations obtained from this meeting included: distribute the conference in writing mode, more promotion, and increase the duration.

The PR ACC chapter has engaged in an active sponsorship effort to improve the education and training of its CCA, general nursing and pharmacologistÕs assistant in the island. After this first symposium the plans are to develop a yearly organized program which will cover the island from west to east. In the next months the full program will be announced.

Dr. Marcos Velazquez, FACC, Mrs. Ana Santana, RN, MSN (CCA President), and Mrs. Miriam Nieto, RN, PhD (CCA Secretary) should be congratulated for the excellent symposium they coordinated.

JosŽ R. Rivera Del R’o, MD, F.A.C.P., F.A.C.C.
President and Governor
Puerto Rico ACC Chapter