AACE’s 27th Annual Scientific & Clinical Congress combines the best of today’s practices with breakthrough technology to help clinical endocrinologists in “Charting the Future.” This year’s program chair, Vin Tangpricha, MD, PhD, FACE, worked with vice-chairs Gregory Randolph, MD, FACS, FACE, Susan Samson, MD, PhD, FRCPC, FACE, and Vivian Fonseca, MD, FACE, on this year’s event set for May 16-20 in Boston.
“Our theme is basically looking forward to the future technologies that will shape the field of endocrinology,” said Dr. Tangpricha. “We have a lot of talks focused on future developments in the field and how that is going apply to patient care.”
Dr. Tangpricha noted that world-renowned diabetes researcher C. Ronald Kahn, MD, will open the meeting on Thursday with a plenary lecture “Environment and the Microbiome in the Development of Metabolic Syndrome.” It will be the first of several outstanding plenary lectures, including Andrew Stewart, MD, speaking on how Beta cells can be manipulated in the future to help diabetes care and Ashok Balasubramanyam, MD, covering clinical discovery through the Undiagnosed Disease Program.
“The plenary talk by Dr. Balasubramanyam covers a new technology that sequences the DNA of people with undiagnosed endocrine disorders to help figure out what potential endocrine diseases they may have. He’ll give some examples of how this approach can impact future care of people with rare endocrine diseases,” said Dr. Tangpricha.
New at AACE 2018
On Friday, AACE is teaming up with the American Head and Neck Society Endocrine Surgical Section for a daylong seminar on thyroid cancer treatment, featuring a multi-disciplinary tumor board panel. The afternoon panel will dissect a number of thyroid cancer tumor board cases and wrap up the afternoon with a Jeopardy-style competition.
Another notable new event will focus on educating new endocrinologists on career launch basics on Friday afternoon.
“It’s made up of topics that many senior endocrinologists wish they had had before they went on to training. So we have a talk on economics, a talk on how to get your first endocrine job and then how to survive your first year of practice. We think it’s going to be very attractive for early endocrinologists coming into practice,” said Dr. Tangpricha.
Legends and Masters
Based on the success of last year’s Learning with the Legends program, AACE is bringing three more legends of endocrinology to the program. Michael Holick, MD, PhD, John Potts, MD, and Gordon Williams, MD, will provide the benefit of their life’s work during the “Meet-the-Legends” programs this year.
Also on deck is a new program that Dr. Tangpricha is particularly excited about –Saturday’s College Breakfast with the Masters.
“We’ve asked all of those with the Master of Endocrinology distinction to come,” he said. “It’s going to be like the hall of fame of endocrinology where you really get to meet a legend in endocrinology. I’m hoping that this will be something we continue.”
Can’t Miss Sessions and Networking
Dr. Tangpricha also encourages attendees to make plans to stay until Sunday for the in-depth look at bariatric surgery and its endocrine implications, including the complications that can occur from the surgery.
“Speakers will cover topics such as the endocrine, nutritional, bone, and cardiovascular outcomes of people who have the bariatric surgery for weight loss,” he said. “It’s definitely something you don’t want to miss.”
Not only is the meeting is packed with opportunities for CME credit and Maintenance of Certification (MOC) credits, but also with the networking opportunities that make the event especially beneficial for attendees.
“It’s hard to really put a value on just talking among attendees that are in the trenches with everyone else taking care of endocrine diseases. There’s a lot of comradery and networking through that interaction and there’s plenty of time for that during the meeting. And you also have all these opportunities to meet these legends that we built throughout the program,” he said.
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