October 2008 Society of Invasive Cardiovascular Professionals (SICP) News

The Society of Invasive Cardiovascular Professionals held the SICP 2008 annual meeting in Las Vegas on July 31-August 2, 2008. The conference focused on the needs of today’s cardiovascular professional. Cath lab professionals came from cardiovascular teams, electrophysiology teams, and peripheral teams; the SICP is an inclusive membership society for all these areas. David Allie, MD, FACS, FAAC, FACA, FCCP and chief of cardiothoracic and endovascular surgery at the Cardiovascular Institute of the South, Lafayette, Louisiana spoke on the “Explosion of Endovascular Therapies in Peripheral Artery Disease,” covering current endovascular treatments, pathophysiology, and unusual case studies with Cine Review. Morton J. Kern, MD, FSCAI, FAHA, FACC, Clinical Editor, clinical professor of medicine, associate chief of cardiology at the University of California addressed the conference attendees on “Cath Lab 101,” covering the topics of basic and advanced hemodynamics, complications in the cath lab, coronary lesion assessments, and unusual cath lab cases with Cine Review. The SICP’s Signature RCIS Review Course, EP Basics, and a review of cardiac anatomy and EP physiologic references were presented, followed by a wet lab with porcine dissections. The SICP Past President Tracy Simpson, RCIS, FSICP presented the 2008 President’s Award to two individuals: Jeff Davis, RRT, RCIS, FSICP and Belinda Trollinger, RN, RCIS, FSICP. Jeff Davis is a valuable resource to the SICP. He is on the Board of Directors as the SICP representative to the Joint Review Committee on Education in Cardiovascular Technology (JRC-CVT). The JRC-CVT is involved in the accreditation process for cardiovascular technology programs. Jeff has also been the Cardiovascular Technology Program Director at Edison College since 1991, and is an instructor of SICP’s Signature RCIS Review Course. In addition, he has donated his time to the SICP for years, and is a mentor to many cardiovascular professionals. Belinda Trollinger, RN, RCIS, FSICP is the Publications Chair on the Board of Directors. Belinda is a founding member of the SICP Emerald Coast Chapter and is a Chapter Liaison for developing chapters. She is also the SICP 2008 Annual Meeting Conference Chair. The SICP would like to thank all of the presenters, attendees, and sponsors for their participation. Belinda Trollinger, RN, RCIS, FSICP Support your Professional Society — Join today! Get involved! Ask questions! Be heard! Membership in the Society of Invasive Cardiovascular Professionals will enrich your personal and professional life. We hope you will get involved in the committees to further your growth as a professional. Membership in a professional society offers the opportunity to initiate, enhance and strengthen your leadership skills, which will correlate directly to your career development. We have several committees with many projects and continually need new committee members to implement these projects and develop new ones. Current SICP Committees: Advocacy Committee, Education Committee, Standards Committee, Chapters Committee, Membership Committee, Publications Committee What You Get: Educational Opportunities, Credential Recognition, Networking, Publications Educational Opportunities: These are available through the various national associations and society meetings that the SICP partners with. We are able to coordinate with such groups as the SCAI, TCT, and New Cardiovascular Horizons to offer SICP member discounts on registration fees. Credential Recognition: The SICP is an inclusive professional society. We accept members of all disciplines working in the cardiac cath lab. The SICP recognizes and endorses the Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist (RCIS) credential, offered by Cardiovascular Credentialing International, as the inclusive credential for invasive cardiovascular allied health professionals. Networking: Joining a professional society opens the doors to many other professionals just like you! Get involved, get in the know! Ask your questions — email today — we’ll forward that email to the appropriate SICP leader. Publications: SICP is a regular contributor to Cath Lab Digest. Your name will be forwarded to CLD to secure your complimentary subscription. You will also receive the SICP News, the Society’s periodic electronic newsletter. More important than what you get is what you give. By joining the SICP, you are collaborating with over 1,200 SICP members — invasive cardiovascular professionals — to promote and strengthen your profession and your place in the workforce. What You Give: Your dues dollars are key to: • Development of additional standards documents and educational materials • Advocacy efforts to support the RCIS recognition • Research activities • Development of SICP membership benefits Visit to join online or contact Tracy Pratt at to request a membership application. Group membership applications are also available. A group membership is a great chance for cath lab managers to get their staff involved with the SICP. The group rate will be granted to four or more employees at 15% off the regular rate. SICP News The 2009 membership dues will be mailed and emailed in October. Please make every effort to renew your membership prior to January 31, 2009. Please remember your membership is based on a calendar year! If you have questions regarding your membership, please email SICP HQ at Are you a fellow? Have we heard from you lately? SICP wants the fellow members to get involved. Please contact SICP to see how you can participate in local, state and national events. Please contact SICP HQ for more information: Call for Volunteers: There are several committees in need of volunteers! We have many projects in the works and not enough hands to help. If you are interested in serving on the Standards Committee, Membership Committee, Advocacy Committee, Chapter Development or Education Committee, please let us know. The plan of work for each committee is ready to go; we need help implementing and also ideas for future projects. Committee involvement is a great way to become more involved in your professional society and also a key opportunity to assume a leadership position. If you are ambitious and eager to promote your profession, get involved today! Please email your commitment and committee preference to SICP Staff Assistant, Tracy Pratt, at SICP Headquarters 1500 Sunday Drive, #102 Raleigh, NC 27607 Nicole Shore, Executive Director – Michelle Eggleston, Meetings and Publications Staff Assistant – Tracy Pratt, Membership Staff Assistant –