Letter from the Editor

May 2005 News and Events from the Society of Invasive Cardiology Professionals (SICP)

Update In June, SICP is going to Vegas! The SICP is hosting a mini review course on Saturday, June 4th, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The mini review course is in conjunction with the Cath Lab Digest Annual Symposium on Cardiovascular Care (www.asocc.com). Registration information will be posted on the ASOCC and SICP website. If you need additional information, please contact SICP headquarters (membership@sicp.com). The SICP Board of Directors is also pleased to announce a new review course program being implemented for 2005. If your facility is interested in hosting a review course, please contact Nicole Shore (membership@sicp.com) for a review course brochure. The brochure holds basic information on what is required and how SICP conducts its courses. All fees are flexible, depending on the curriculum and projected attendance. The first course is scheduled for May 2005 at the University of Virginia and a second was recently scheduled for July 2005 in North Carolina. Thank you to all who have renewed your membership through 2005 and 2006! If you have not yet renewed, please do so today at www.sicp.com or by calling SICP Headquarters at (919) 861-4546. Chapter News If you are interested in starting a chapter in your area, please contact board member Lynne Jones (ljcathnurs@houston.rr.com) or the SICP for information. Central Texas Chapter -The Central Texas Chapter continues to grow, and has hosted an SICP "Membership Drive." Fifteen cath lab professionals attended, and four institutions in the Central Texas area were represented. Lynne Jones and Dave Droll attended the event and spoke to members and prospective members alike on the advantages of membership and local chapter involvement. Dr. Thomas Carlson presented, "Treatment of the Acute MI in the Cath Lab," and four case studies were reviewed. The mood was informal and the power of networking was practiced after the lecture was complete. One free membership was given away from the Gulf Coast Chapter, along with a Dave and Buster’s Power Card. The event was free to all who attended. Unfortunately, many more had reserved a spot to come, but a storm hit the Austin area as the event started. Thanks to all who braved the bad weather! Plans are underway for the next Central Texas chapter meeting. Location, date, time, and presenter are TBA! More information will be available soon. The Central Texas Chapter would like to thank the Gulf Coast Chapter for their gracious donations and hard work dedicated to establishing another chapter in Texas. Please contact Emily Puffer (epuffer@seton.org or at 512-324-1000 ext 14019) for more information on future Central Texas Chapter Events. Indiana Chapter - Martine Kinman is working diligently to organize a chapter in Indiana. SICP membership information and applications were mailed to several Indiana Facilities. Martine will be making the rounds visiting area cath lab facilities to help get the word out about SICP and the Indiana Chapter. If you are a member in Indiana and are interested in assisting with Martine’s membership and chapter campaign please contact Martine via email, mkinman@clarian.org, or at (317) 962-9782. North Carolina Chapter - Richard Ney of Forsyth Medical Center is eager to get the SICP members of North Carolina organized into a chapter. If you are interested in assisting with this project or would like to participate in chapter activities in your area please contact Richard (rwney@novanthealth.org). An initial membership meeting is being planned for early summer. All SICP members in NC are encouraged to attend. More details will be forthcoming. Richard has contracted with SICP to present two one-day RCIS review courses at his facility for July 29 and 30th. If you are interested in attending the course on either day at Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC please contact membership@sicp.com for registration information. Calling all SICP members in Pennsylvania and New York. Are you interested in forming a chapter in your area? If you live in PA or NY and would like to help organize these chapters please contact Nicole Shore, membership@sicp.com. Industry News An exciting new Sponsorship and Industry Membership Program has been launched to increase industry involvement with the SICP. Now industry members can join SICP as a corporate entity and appoint five representatives to receive SICP membership benefits. Letters to potential industry sponsors were mailed the week of November 23rd. Please contact your supplier to see if they received theirs. It is vital to the organization to get the industry suppliers involved with our growth. Just added to the SICP sponsorship program is the opportunity to sponsor review courses at select locations. This opportunity is included with each sponsorship level. SICP Membership News: Join as a Lab! SICP is proud to introduce Corporate/Group membership rates. A corporate membership is a great chance for cath lab mangers to get their staff involved with SICP. The group rate will be granted to four employees for $170, a discount of 15% off the individual rate. In keeping with our membership growth campaign, the four members can renew at the rate of $170 for the second year before it increases the third year to $230. Membership Growth Campaign Our growth campaign will continue through 2005. Please encourage all your colleagues to become members of SICP. New members may join for only $50.00 as well as the opportunity to renew at the new member rate for their second year of membership. As a current member you will probably get the Why should you join SICP? questions. Here are the answers! Enrich personal and professional career by being a part of the only international society dedicated to promoting the practices of invasive cardiovascular professionals. Legislative advocacy. Complementary subscription to Cath Lab Digest. SICP News -Society’s bi-monthly electronic newsletter. Affiliations with cardiovascular seminars, meetings and conventions. Local Chapter activity. SICP Calendar of Events Do you know of an event in your area? Are you planning to be at a conference and would like to know if other SICP members will be there? Please send event information to membership@sicp.com ASOCC (www.asocc.com) June 2-4, 2005 Las Vegas, NV SICP will be well represented at ASOCC, with several board members conducting sessions. Plans are confirmed for SICP to host an Invasive Registry Review Course on Saturday June 4th. Starting at 11:30 AM, the SICP will produce an RCIS review course that will provide 5 CEUs. The first 75 registrants for this review course will receive a complementary copy of Wes Todd's CV review CD. For registration information, please contact Nicole Shore, membership@sicp.com UVA REVIEW COURSE May 20 - 21, 2005 Charlottesville, VA SICP will be conducting an RCIS review course in the spring of 2005 at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA. This review course is open to UVA employees only. North Carolina Review Course at Forsyth Medical Center July 29 and 30, 2005 Forsyth Medical Center, Winston-Salem, NC SICP will be conducting two one-day RCIS Review Courses at Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC The course will grant eight CEUs from SICP. CEUs from other organizations are pending. If you are interested in attending either course, please contact membership@sicp.com. SICP’s South Padre Island Cardiology Conference 2005 October 6-9, 2005 SAVE THE DATE! Registration and rooming reservation information will be available soon.