The Society for Coronary Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) announced Tuesday that it has canceled the SCAI 2020 Scientific Sessions amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The annual conference was scheduled to take place May 13-16, 2020, in Atlanta.
“We will provide virtual content in various formats that you can access online via an on-demand platform or via live broadcast,” SCAI Ehtisham Mahmud, MD, FSCAI, wrote in an email announcement that was also posted on the SCAI website. “These plans are currently in development. For those of you that have already registered for SCAI 2020 Scientific Sessions, SCAI will provide a full refund.”
SCAI is the second major cardiology conference to be canceled because of novel coronavirus concerns. The American College of Cardiology canceled its in-person ACC.20 Scientific Sessions, which was set for this coming weekend in Chicago, but is moving ahead with a virtual conference in its place.
Mahmud added in his announcement that SCAI is launching a COVID-19 Resource Center relevant to invasive and interventional cardiovascular medicine on the SCAI website.
“We will provide you with updated information regarding the practice and safety measures required for interventional practice during the COVID-19 pandemic,” he wrote.
Also, SCAI closed its Washington, DC office “to reduce the transmission of the coronavirus and to contribute to ‘flattening the epidemic curve,’” Mahmud wrote, “but you should see no change in your connectivity and support as the SCAI team is working virtually.”