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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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2014


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


February
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Slender Club Europe 2014
           February 14, 2014 -- Tergooi Hospital -- Blaricum, The Netherlands
This one-day course is organized by Dr. Ferdinand Kiemeneij, considered the "father" of transradial angioplasty. He has regularly participated in meetings of The Slender Club Japan (SCJ) which focus on maximal miniaturization of transradial coronary interventions. The main goal is to offer this treatment to patients with small radial arteries, to reduce discomfort, to save contrast and to preserve the radial artery. Dr. Kiemeneij wrotes that the time is ripe that the SCJ expands to Europe. So on February 14, 2014, he has organized this first meeting of The Slender Club Europe (SCE) which will have the same goals. In addition, the SCE aims at maximal reduction of waste, to achieve the best outcome for the patient at minimal cost and effort. "Slender and Lean", that is how coronary angioplasty should be performed. You can read more (and register online) at http://slenderclubeurope.wordpress.com/

CRT2014
           February 22-25, 2014 -- Omni Shoreham Hotel -- Washington, DC, USA
The annual CRT meeting is offering two transradial training events this year: a basic and an advanced course. The Basic course will be held on Monday morning, February 24, from 6:30-8:00am. The Advanced Radial Access course will be held on Tuesday, February 25, also from 6:30-8:00am. Faculty include Drs. Shigeru Saito, Sunil Rao, Ramon Quesada, Sanjit Kolly and more. You can register online for the full meeting here.


March
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ACC.14
           March 29-31, 2014 -- Washington Convention Center -- Washington, DC, USA
Program details and agenda for the 63rd Annual Scientific Session & Expo will be forthcoming, but the transradial approach will be part of this educational experience. You can follow the progress of the meeting at the ACC.14 website.


April
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The Transradial Approach: A Case-based and Hands-on Training Course
           April 11, 2014 -- Seattle Science Foundation -- Seattle, Washington, USA
This course, organized by The Swedish Medical Center in collaboration with The Seattle Science Foundation, will provide attendees with in-depth education and training on the fundamentals of the transradial access technique. Information will be imparted through hands-on anatomical review of the upper extremity vasculature and 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, insert wires and sheaths, and advancement techniques. In addition, attendees will participate in radial simulator training, direct observation of cases in the cath lab, breakout sessions and roundtable discussions. Live cases will be broadcast from the cath lab, and expert faculty will give case presentations and didactic lectures on epidemiology, pharmacology, technique and equipment.


May
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Mid-Atlantic Radial Symposium 2014 (MARS2014)
           May 3, 2014 -- Morristown Medical Center -- Morristown, New Jersey, USA
This is the third year for the MARS Transradial course. Jordan Safirstein, MD, FACC, FSCAI, Director of Transradial Intervention at Morristown Medical Center, states: "This year's Mid-Atlantic Radial Symposium will take our audience beyond the basics of transradial approach and into the complex world of intervention and LIVE CASES. We are extremely lucky to feature such an amazing faculty and offer it to you for free, thanks to our very generous sponsors! Our internationally renowned faculty include world authorities on Same Day PCI (Dr. Sunil V. Rao), radial access and hemostasis (Dr. Samir Pancholy), radial complications and complex cases (Dr. John T. Coppola), as well as high-volume radial operators with ample experience in both coronary and peripheral intervention, who have successfully transitioned their femoral labs into radial centers of excellence. You can register online or by phone: call 1-800-247-9580. And check us out on Facebook as well!" Dr. Kintur Sanghvi of the Deborah Heart and Lung Center is a Co-Director of the course this year. There is no fee for this seminar, but registration is required to receive CME (5.5 AMA PRA Category 1 credits).

Late update: Dr. Ferdinand Kiemeneij, the "father" of transradial intervention, will be joining the faculty.

Houston Transradial Summit 2014
           May 3, 2014 -- The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel -- The Woodlands, Texas, USA
This one-day didactic course is organized by The Patient Medical Association and supported by Medtronic and Mentice. The Program Director is Sanjay Patel, MD, FACC, FSCAI (read our interview with Dr. Patel) who will be lecturing with John Coppola, MD, FACC, FSCAI of NYU Langone Medical Center in NY (read our interview with Dr. Coppola). This year's theme is "Radial First Catheterization" and will focus on bringing attendees valuable content whether they are new to or experienced in transradial access. Topics that will be covered include clinical instruction on transradial technique, transradial applications in the periphery, devices with transradial application, successful techniques when femoral access is necessary, management of transradial complications, transradial case reviews, transradial practice management topics, marketing a transradial practice, and topics for nurses/techs/managers. You can register online for this course. There is no charge. The course is not CME accredited.

Advanced Topics in Transradial Angiography and Intervention
           May 10, 2014 -- Hilton Chicago -- Chicago, Illinois, USA
Sponsored by the Cardiovascular Research Foundation and funded through an educational grant from Medtronic CardioVascular, this second TRI program from CRF is subtitled "Practical Skill Sets to Advance Your Growing Practice." Course Co-Chairs are Sandeep Nathan, MD, MSc of the University of Chicago Medical Center and Adhir Shroff, MD, MPH of the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System. Dr. Pinak Shah from Brigham and Women's in Boston and Dr. Shroff's colleague, Dr. Mladen Vidovich, will also be on the faculty. The course organizers are Drs. Philippe Généreux and Ajay J. Kirtane of CRF. The course is only open to interventional cardiologists and interventional cardiology fellows.

This program is geared toward the interventionalist seeking to gain confidence in performing percutaneous coronary procedures via the radial approach. Participants will discuss the safety and economic benefits of using radial over femoral access and will be introduced to proper technique, device selection, and cath lab set-up. Vascular anatomy will be reviewed and attendees will view live transradial simulation case presentations. Focus is placed on complication recognition and prevention, as well as using the approach in complex disease. You can register online for this course. There is no charge. The course is not CME accredited.

SCAI 2014 Scientific Sessions
           May 28-31, 2014 -- Caesars Palace -- Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
The first afternoon of this year's annual meeting of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) offers a two-part symposium devoted to the Transradial Approach. From 1:00pm to 5:30pm on Wednesday, May 28, 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 2014 web site.


June
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Transradial Symposium: Strategies for Success
          

June 14, 2014 -- Marina del Rey Marriott -- Marina del Rey, California, USA
Sponsored by the Cardiovascular Research Foundation and funded through an educational grant from Medtronic Inc., this fall TRI program from CRF is geared toward healthcare professionals seeking to gain confidence in performing percutaneous coronary procedures via the radial approach. Participants will discuss the safety and economic benefits of using radial over femoral access and will be introduced to proper technique, device selection, and cath lab set-up. Vascular anatomy will be reviewed and attendees will view live transradial simulation case presentations. Focus is placed on complication recognition and prevention, as well as using the approach in complex disease.

The symposium organizers are Drs. Philippe Généreux and Ajay J. Kirtane of CRF. The course is designed for interventional cardiologists, fellows, nurses and technologists. The faculty also includes: Mary Egan, RN NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital /Columbia University Medical Center New York, NY, Dr. Matthew Price of Scripps Green (Dr. Price was the PI for GRAVITAS and speaks regularly on the role of antiplatelet therapy and interventional cardiology), and transradial pioneers Dr. Sunil V. Rao of Duke University Medical Center (read our interview with Dr. Rao here) and Dr. Samir Pancholy of Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education in Pennsylvania (Dr. Pancholy is Chair of SCAI's Vascular Access Working Group and has written extensively on the concept of "patent hemostatis" (read our interview with Dr. Pancholy here). You can register online for this course. There is no charge. The course is not CME accredited.


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August
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September
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SCAI's Transradial Intervention Program (TRIP) - Miami
           September 27, 2014 -- Fontainebleau Miami Beach -- Miami Beach, Florida, USA
SCAI's Transradial Intervention Program (TRIP) will take place September 27 in Miami. Led by Program Co-Directors 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.

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 complete program agenda can be found here. Registration is available online. (SCAI is also offering a one-day CTO Miami meeting on September 26. By registering for both courses, you can save a total of $100.)


October
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           October 11-12, 2014 -- Apex Heart Institute -- Ahmedabad, Gujarat, INDIA
Organizer Dr. Tejas Patel states: This year the emphasis will be placed on the basics as well as complex interventions using the transradial approach. We are also going to demonstrate the use of IVUS, FFR, OCT and ROTATIONAL ATHERECTOMY through transradial approach. LIVE demonstrations by our team and international guest faculty members will address the radial puncture technique, passage-related issues, radial-artery and subclavian-artery loops, catheter manipulation, coronary-artery cannulation, intervention and post-procedure management. Our highly interactive format will allow beginners and experts alike to create and/or grow a transradial program of their own. TRICO is extra-special because we reserve seats for Cath Lab nurses and technicians. We guarantee that our course will remove their apprehensions, get them excited about this elegant approach, and give them new ideas about how to support you and your program. TRICO-2014 cases will include many subsets of coronary and peripheral procedures. We will show you LIVE "exotic" cases to reassure you that the radial approach is the approach of choice for more than 95% of patients. SPECIAL ANGIO CD PRESENTATION Don't forget! As a TRICO-2014 participant, you will enjoy a wonderful angio CD presentation where invited delegates will discuss their most challenging cases with our expert faculty members. Details and online registration will soon be available on the TransradialWorld website.

AIM-RADIAL 2014
           October 23-25, 2014 -- TBA -- Chicago, Illinois, USA
Just announced, the 3rd Advanced International Masterclass is being held this year in the city of Chicago. The organizers state, "The objective of AIM-RADIAL is to provide an in-depth general overview of current data and evidence-based medicine regarding all aspects of transradial techniques for diagnostic angiography and percutaneous interventions. Led by a faculty of the most highly trained and well-respected experts in this field, the program will offer a dynamic mix of lectures, live cases, roundtable discussions and poster exhibitions. Sessions are intended for interventional and general cardiologists, physicians, residents, fellows-in-training and other healthcare professionals (nurses, technologists, etc) at all experience levels." The meeting coordinator is world renown radialist Olivier F Bertrand, MD PhD and the organizing committee boasts over two dozen prominent interventional cardiologists, including Dr. Ferdinand Kiemeneij, the inventor of transradial intervention. A complete faculty list and program will be available soon. Interviews with many of the organizer are posted on Angioplasty.Org's Transradial Center. Visit the main AIM-RADIAL web site for more information,


November
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Moving Transradial Forward Strategies for Success
           November 8, 2014 -- W New York, Union Square -- New York, New York USA
Sponsored by the Cardiovascular Research Foundation and funded through an educational grant from Medtronic CardioVascular, this third 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 complicated procedures including right heart catheterization, peripheral interventions, and avoiding radial artery occlusion.

Course Co-Chairs are Sunil V. Rao, MD of Duke University Medical Center and Jason H. Rogers, MD of UC Davis. Dr. Rao has written extensively on transradial access and been the PI for a number of peer-reviewed studies. (You can read our interview with Dr. Rao here.) Additional faculty includes Dr. Mauricio Cohen of University of Miami Medical Center (read our interview with Dr. Cohen here), Dr. Matthew Price of Scripps Green (Dr. Price was the PI for GRAVITAS and speaks regularly on the role of antiplatelet therapy and interventional cardiology), and Dr. Samir Pancholy of Wright Center for Graduate Medical Education in Pennsylvania (Dr. Pancholy is Chair of SCAI's Transradial Working Group and has written extensively on the concept of "patent hemostatis." You can read our interview with Dr. Pancholy here). The course organizers are Drs. Philippe Généreux and Ajay J. Kirtane of CRF. The course is only open to interventional cardiologists and interventional cardiology fellows. You can register online for this course. There is no charge. The course is not CME accredited.

SCAI's Transradial Intervention Program (TRIP) - Los Angeles
           November 15, 2014 -- Omni Los Angeles Hotel at California Plaza -- Los Angeles, California, USA
SCAI's Transradial Intervention Program (TRIP) will take place November 15 in Los Angeles. Led by Program Co-Directors 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.

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 complete program agenda can be found here. Registration is available online. (SCAI is also offering a one-day CTO Los Angeles meeting on November 14. By registering for both courses, you can save a total of $100.)


December
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2015


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.