CREF Program and Scientific Agenda

The 2018 CREF program and scientific agenda will focus on the following general topic areas:

  • Blood Management
  • ECLS Training & Management
  • Cardiac Surgery Team Updates
  • Myocardial Protection
  • Safety and Quality Improvement
  • Sexual Harassment in Medicine
  • Team Dynamics in the OR
  • Renal and Neurological Protection

The CREF meeting, an annual CME and CEU conference, offers an experience you won't find anywhere else: quality scientific presentations from leading experts, hands-on training workshops, informal group fireside chats, panel and case discussions, and Product Theater sessions on topics related to cardiac surgery and extracorporeal perfusion. The CREF agenda also has an impressive exhibit show, featuring new equipment and technology for use in your practice, plus fun team-building activities, interactive games, and a prize drawing.

Preliminary CREF Agenda

Below is a preliminary program for the 38th Annual Cardiothoracic Surgery Symposium, subject to change. Check back regularly or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, or Twitter to be informed of updates to the 2018 CREF program.

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6


Welcome & Conference Overview 
  • Joanna Chikwe MD, Alfred H. Stammers MSA CCP, and
    Susan W. Westwood MA
ECMO: How to Start or Expand a Program 
  • How to Start an ECMO Program: From Staffing to Funding to Establishing Medical Need
    William M. Hiesinger MD
  • Developing and Expanding an ECMO Program
    Amit A. Pawale MD FRCS
  • Nuts & Bolts of an ECMO Practice: What to Do, What Not to Do
    Linda B. Mongero BS CCP
  • Challenging Cases and Panel Discussion

Break


ECMO: The Next Level 
  • Anticoagulation for ECMO
    Amit A. Pawale MD FRCS
  • ECMO Cannulation Strategies
    Linda B. Mongero BS CCP
  • ICU Care of the ECMO Patient
    Vadim Gudzenko MD
  • Challenging Cases and Panel Discussion

Lunch Break


ECMO: Patient Selection and Ethical Concerns 
  • Clinical and Ethical Considerations of ECMO
    William M. Hiesinger MD 
  • Patient Selection: A Critical-Care Perspective
    Vadim Gudzenko MD
  • Challenging Cases and Panel Discussion
Abstract Presentations 
  • Swain Scholarship Award Presentation
  • Abstract Presentations

Break


Attendee Choice: Hands-On, Interactive Education
  • Biomed Simulation ECMO Workshop
  • Getinge ECLS Workshop
  • Fireside Chats
  • Hospitality Suites

ECMO: The Patient's Perspective

  • My ECMO Story
    Patient 1 
  • Panel Discussion

Welcome Reception in Exhibit Hall

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7


Terumo Breakfast Product Theater

Blood: I

  • Indications for Plasma Transfusion
    Lawrence Tim Goodnough MD
  • The STS / SCA / AmSECT Anticoagulation Clinical Practice Guidelines
    David C. Fitzgerald MPH CCP LP
  • Leveraging Clinical Data and Benchmarking to Improve Cardiovascular Perfusion Practices
    Donald S. Likosky PhD
  • Challenging Cases and Panel Discussion

Break & Exhibits


Blood: II 
  • KEYNOTE: The TRICS III Trial: Lessons Learned and Future Opportunities
    C. David Mazer MD FRCPC
  • Patient Blood Management: RBC Transfusion
    Lawrence Tim Goodnough MD

  • Challenging Cases and Panel Discussion

Lunch Break & Exhibits 

Medtronic Lunch Product Theater


Blood: III
  • Update on Blood Conservation in Cardiac Surgery
    C. David Mazer MD FRCPC
  • Comparative Evaluation of Blood-Salvage Techniques in Patients Undergoing Cardiac Surgery with Cardiopulmonary Bypass
    Serdar Gunaydin MD PhD
  • Collaborative Quality Improvement Reduces Post-Operative Pneumonia Following Isolated Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting Surgery
    Donald S. Likosky PhD
  • Challenging Cases and Panel Discussion

Break & Exhibits


Attendee Choice: Hands-On, Interactive Education
  • Medtronic Autotransfusion Workshop
  • LivaNova Data Management Workshop
  • Fireside Chats
  • Hospitality Suites

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8


Safety and Quality Improvement: I
  • Presentation of the Medtronic 19th Annual Utley Award
  • Quality Improvement: Owning the Process
    Robert S. Kramer MD
  • Identifying Workflow Disruptions in the Cardiovascular Operating Room
    Tara Cohen PhD
  • The "Just Culture" Approach to Perfusion Quality and Safety
    David C. Fitzgerald MPH CCP LP
  • Databases Are Indispensable for Quality Assurance in Surgery
    Tirone E. David MD
  • Challenging Cases and Panel Discussion

Break & Exhibits


Safety and Quality Improvement: II
  • KEYNOTE: Heart Valve Surgery: Where We Need to Improve
    Tirone E. David MD
  • Journey to the Stars: Achieving and Sustaining Improved Clinical Quality and Patient Experience
    Joanna Chikwe MD
  • Debate and Discussion
    Joanna Chikwe MD and Tirone E. David MD

Lunch Break & Exhibits


Safety and Quality Improvement: II
  • Why Guidelines Rarely Penetrate the Barriers of Clinical Practice
    Alfred H. Stammers MSA CCP
  • Using a Human-Factors Framework to Investigate Near-Miss Events During Surgery
    Tara Cohen PhD
  • Fear and Loathing in the Operating Room: (Sexual) Harassment and Other Big Little Lies
    Joyce A. Wahr MD FAHA
  • Panel Discussion

Break


Attendee Choice: Hands-On, Interactive Education
  • CAPS Workshop: Back to the Future: Simple One-Button Syringe Pump to Deliver Microplegia Utilizing Adenocaine Technology
  • Eight Medical Workshop: Intraperitoneal & Intrathoracic Hyperthermia
  • Fireside Chats
  • Hospitality Suites

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9


5K/10K Fun Run & Walk

Organ, Cerebral, and Myocardial Protection 
  • Cerebral Protection During Cardiac Surgery: An Update
    Serdar Gunaydin MD PhD
  • Cardiac Surgery-Associated Acute Kidney Injury: Old News and New News 
    Robert S. Kramer MD
  • Myocardial Protection: A Mysterious and Wonderful Journey through a Maze of Unknowns
    Alfred H. Stammers MSA CCP
  • Team-Centered Cardiac Surgery
    Joanna Chikwe MD

Break & Prize Drawing


Challenging Cases and Near Misses

Job-Seeker's Lunch Workshop 

  • Five Important Elements of an Effective Resume
    Susan W. Westwood MA
  • Essential Interview Skills for Healthcare Professionals
    Alfred H. Stammers MSA CCP
  • Key Tips to Negotiating HCP Employment Contracts
    Joanna Chikwe MD
  • Discussion and Feedback

Meeting Adjourns