ACC Annual Meeting Pivots to All Virtual

Patrice Wendling

February 23, 2021

Plans for in-person sessions at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) 2021 Scientific Session (ACC.21) have been scrapped.

Organizers had pushed the meeting to later in the spring in the hope that the pandemic would be under control and the May 15 to 17 event could offer both virtual and much-anticipated in-person sessions in Atlanta.

"Unfortunately, with the continued presence of COVID-19 and a sudden, sharp increase in ongoing travel restrictions imposed by healthcare institutions, academic medical centers, and exhibitor companies, the decision has had to be made to transition the meeting from a hybrid model to entirely virtual,"ACC.21 chair Pamela Morris, MD, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, and vice chair Douglas Drachman, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, announced Monday.

On a page devoted to frequently asked questions, the ACC says that all of its meetings through August are being planned as virtual events. ACC.22 is slated for April 2 to 4, 2022 in Washington, DC.

The slow rollout and acceptance of the vaccine is also undoubtedly raising concerns among other professional societies. The American Heart Association Scientific Sessions 2021 is currently scheduled for November 13 to 15 in Boston.

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