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Listed below are training courses, symposia and other educational opportunities for interventional cardiologists to learn the technique of transradial access for catheter-based diagnostic and interventional procedures. If you know of, or are offering, a course that is not listed here, you can submit your program to Angioplasty.Org for listing.

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2015

Ongoing
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           Ongoing -- Contact Your Medtronic Sales Representative, USA
Although Medtronic currently does not offer a full spectrum transradial product line, the company has commited resources to helping cardiologists and hospitals institute the transradial approach. In the words of Jason Fontana, Senior Director of Marketing for Medtronic:

"With its proven financial and patient benefits, the transradial approach to percutaneous coronary intervention has been growing rapidly over the last few years. However, it's critical for interventionalists who want to adopt this approach that their entire cath lab staff, as well as the CV line administrators, are armed with the appropriate training and protocols as it's a major shift from the transfemoral approach. To that end, Medtronic will collaborate with interested institutions on a variety of educational opportunities in order to help them adopt transradial PCI in a safe and effective manner and thereby reduce their costs and improve the patient experience."

Interested hospitals and physicians should contact their Medtronic representatives to schedule visits to or from experienced radialists, and avail themselves of the numerous tools and opportunites for education being offered.


Radial Access Mentorship & Preceptorship (RAMP) Program from SCAI
           Ongoing -- Your Hospital, USA
Aimed at medical centers and multispecialty practices, SCAI RAMP delivers on-site, in-person transradial training from physicians with extensive transradial experience. Structured to maximize physician interaction, RAMP provides one day of didactic curriculum focusing on the basics of starting a transradial program combined with on-site proctorship during cases. These programs will provide a great opportunity for physicians to learn common technical aspects of the radial approach, particularly with regard to patient and lesion assessment and catheter selection. Learning from an expert in your home institution will provide just the right setting to gain full exposure to the opportunities and challenges with this approach. For more information, visit SCAI's RAMP website.

Ongoing Transradial Training
           Ongoing -- WakeMed Heart Center -- Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
Dr. Lee Jobe, colleague of Tift Mann, one of the first cardiologists in the U.S. to use the radial technique, is offering a one-day course on an "as-requested" basis. You can read an exclusive interview with Dr. Jobe on Angioplasty.Org. The course will consist of a small intimate experience with only 2-3 attendees at a time. To arrange a date, contact the National Transradial Training Programs, supported by Medtronic Corporation in partnership with the Patient Medical Association. For more information, email zimnik@pameas.org or call 888.508.8554.

Ongoing Transradial Training
           Ongoing -- University of Connecticut Health Center -- Farmington, Connecticut, USA
Dr. Michael A. Azrin, Director of Cardiac Catheterization and Interventional Cardiology, states that the University of Connecticut has been providing demonstration courses for interventional cardiologists interested in radial access procedures about once a month since December of 2009. The courses are scheduled based on interest of those seeking training in radial access or enhancing their skills. For more information, email Dr. Azrin at azrin@nso1.uchc.edu


January
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SCAI's Transradial Intervention Program (TRIP) - Atlanta
           January 24, 2015 -- The Atlanta Marriott Marquis -- Atlanta, Georgia, USA
SCAI's First Transradial Intervention Program (TRIP) for 2015 will take place January 24 in Atlanta. Led by Program Co-Directors Rajiv Gulati, MD, PhD, FSCAI, Samir B. Pancholy, MD, FSCAI and Sunil V. Rao, MD, FSCAI, this program will build upon the basics taught during previous TRIP programs, focusing on advanced techniques and best practices. This series is designed for both past TRIP attendees as well as those who've not previously attended. Among the topics to be covered are: traversing difficult anatomy; difficult interventional substrates and transradial peripheral intervention. The course offers case-based education and a structured simulator curriculum with one-on-one faculty interaction. SCAI has also organized a nursing / tech breakout session, led by Bernadette Speiser, BSN, MSN, CCRN.

Dr. Pancholy has authored many papers and speaks regularly on the subject of "patent hemostasis" and avoidance of radial artery occlusion (you can read an interview with Dr. Pancholy on Angioplasty.Org). Dr. Rao of Duke University Hospital has been involved with many of the major studies comparing transradial and femoral approaches (you can read an interview with Dr. Rao on Angioplasty.Org). SCAI TRIP is designed for interventional cardiologists, interventional cardiology fellows-in-training and other healthcare professionals (nurses, technologists, etc) at all experience levels, whether you are looking to launch a TRI program or looking to pick up advanced information. The preliminary program agenda can be found here. Registration is available online.


February
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Moving Transradial Forward: Strategies for Success
           February 7, 2015 -- Renaissance Dallas Hotel, Dallas Texas, USA
Sponsored by the Cardiovascular Research Foundation and funded through an educational grant from Medtronic CardioVascular, this fourth TRI program from CRF is geared toward the interventionalist seeking to gain confidence in performing percutaneous coronary procedures via the radial approach. Participants will discuss the clinical, economical, and quality-of-life benefits of using radial over femoral access and will be introduced to proper room set-up and patient-screening techniques. Vascular anatomy will be reviewed and attendees will view case presentations. Special emphasis will be placed on avoiding radial artery occlusion.

Course Co-Chairs are Olivier Bertrand, MD, PhD, Institut Universitaire de Cardiologie et de Pneumologie de Québec Québec, Canada and Adhir Shroff, MD, MPH, University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System Chicago, IL. Additional invited faculty includes Ian Gilchrist, MD, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center Hershey, PA, Jeffrey Schussler, MD, Baylor University Medical Center Dallas, TX, and Bernadette Speiser, RN Jesse Brown VA Medical Center Chicago, IL. You can register online for this course. There is no charge. The course is not CME accredited.

CRT2015
           February 21-24, 2015 -- Omni Shoreham Hotel -- Washington, DC, USA
This year the annual CRT meeting is offering an Advanced Trans-Radial Intervention Masters Course to be held on Monday, February 23 from 6:30am-noon. Faculty include Drs. Shigeru Saito, Sunil Rao, Samir Pancholy, Howard Cohen, Ron Caputo, Mitchell W. Krucoff, Ramon Quesada, Ajay J. Kirtane, and more. Interestingly, the final talk in this course will be by CRT organizer, Dr. Ron Waksman, and is titled provocatively, "Femoral is Better!" You can register online for the full meeting here.


March
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ACC.15
           March 14-16, 2015 -- San Diego Convention Center -- San Diego, CA, USA
Now that the Transradial Approach has become integrated into mainstream cardiology, there are many sessions and posters dedicated to this technique. The 64th Annual Scientific Session & Expo of the American College of Cardiology features many sessions involving transradial as part of this educational experience. You can follow the progress of the meeting at the ACC.15 website.


April
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May
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SCAI 2015 Scientific Sessions
           May 6-9, 2015 -- Hilton San Diego Bayfront -- San Diego, CA, USA
Over two afternoons at this year's annual meeting of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI), a two-part symposium devoted to the Transradial Approach will be held. From 1:30pm to 2:30pm on Wednesday, May 6, and from 1:30pm to 3:00pm on Thursday, May 7, SCAI will hold a series of presentations and discussions, led by pioneers in the transradial approach. The SCAI has taken the lead among the professional societies in promoting the wrist approach among its membership and the interventional cardiology community at large. For the latest information, updates and registration information, visit the SCAI 2015 web site.


June
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The Transradial Approach: A Case-based and Hands-on Training Course
           June 5-6, 2015 -- Seattle Science Foundation -- Seattle, Washington, USA
This course, organized by The Swedish Medical Center in collaboration with The Seattle Science Foundation, features expert faculty including Dr. Mauricio G. Cohen, from the University of Miami Hospital (read our interview with Dr. Cohen here), Dr. Mark L. Sanz from the International Heart Institute in Montana, Dr. Stephen L. Goldberg from the University of Washington, along with Drs. Peter Casterella, John L. Petersen II, M.D., MHS, and R. Jeffrey Westcott from Swedish Medical Center. Hands-on training is critical in educating attendees on the transradial access (TRA) technique as it enhances the skills and confidence of novel TRA operators by teaching fundamental approaches of the procedure. With guidance from experienced instructors, attendees will practice the fundamentals of the transradial access procedure through hands-on radial artery access practice using cadaveric specimens connected to a perfusion model that allows participants to locate the radial artery upon feeling for a palpable pulse. Once the artery is located, the perfusion model allows attendees to practice gaining proper vascular access, inserting wires and sheaths, and advancement techniques. Attendees will also have the opportunity to practice accessing the radial artery using ultra-sound. In addition, attendees will participate in radial simulator training, direct observation of cases in the cath lab, breakout sessions – including a separate nurse/tech breakout session - and roundtable discussions. Live cases will be broadcast from the cath lab, and case presentations and didactic lectures on epidemiology, pharmacology, technique and equipment will be given by expert faculty members.


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October
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           October 31-November 1, 2015 -- Apex Heart Institute -- Ahmedabad, Gujarat, INDIA
One of the primary training courses for transradial intervention. the annual TRICO course, organized by transradial pioneer Dr. Tejas Patel, will expose attendees to the latest techniques. Details and online registration will soon be available on the TransradialWorld website.


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December
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