International College of Angiology
Member, Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences (CIOMS)
The International College of Angiology is a nonprofit, international and interdisciplinary scientific organization chartered in 1958, and comprised of physicians and scientists deeply committed to improving health and the quality of life through the practice of cardiovascular medicine and surgery. The College serves the growing needs of medical, clinical and research scientists by providing the opportunity for the convenient interchange of clinical experiences and technical research associated with cardiovascular diseases. Our programs are designed to enhance the professional capabilities of physicians concerned with the vascular system and the therapy thereof, contributing to patient healthcare on the community level. The College promotes education, research and communication while providing strong leadership in the development of health care policy.
The International College of Angiology represents dedicated groups of clinical scientists, vascular surgeons, cardiologists, cardiovascular surgeons, thoracic surgeons, diagnostic and interventional radiologists, internists, neurologists, anesthetists, and basic scientists who have common interest in advancing the knowledge in diseases related to the vascular system. These scientists and clinicians have a common goal to update the pathophysiology of disease, clinical diagnostic modalities, and treatment (medical and surgical) for improved health care delivery and future research.
The College achieves its mission to its membership through relevant continuing medical education provided by the annual world congress and by mini-symposia throughout the year at various places organized by experts in the many diverse fields of angiology. The International College of Angiology is committed to the advancement of research and development for the healthcare of patients, and dedicated to establishing educational programs appropriate for practicing physicians and surgeons. The College's aim is to encourage young scientists and clinicians in basic and clinical research through a special forum of a young investigators award program.
The International College of Angiology disseminates most current advancement in research, pathophysiology of the disease, diagnostic and interventional modalities, and treatment of diseases related to the cardiovascular system through publications in International Journal of Angiology, the official journal of the College. The ultimate goal of the College is to improve health care delivery through various avenues of dissemination of knowledge.
Goals and Objectives
The short range and long range goals and objectives of the International College of Angiology are directed toward making available to the physician the evolving modern medical knowledge of the vascular system for use in their daily practice. Underlying the overall program is the fundamental aim to improve the healthcare of the patient. The continuing medical education programs are taught primarily by experienced physicians, most of whom have medical school faculty appointments. Inherent to each program is the multidisciplinary training, experience, and judgment of its teaching faculty.
With today's rapidly expanding data bank of research information and clinical, diagnostic and therapeutic experiences concerned with the vascular system, the scientific presentations at our Annual World Congress' afford the opportunity to discuss new concepts, research progress and technical advances directly with the scientists who have worked and contributed to these from all parts of the world.
The College's continuing medical education goals are achieved through specific programs which are developed about and around specific areas associated with the circulatory system. These programs are designed to correct outdated knowledge, introduce new concepts, evaluate their adequacy, and to provide the opportunity for discussion and enhancement of experiences related to dedicated criteria and topics. Each seminar, session and/or workshop is designed by experienced teachers after review of the program goals established by the College's Scientific Program Committee. New concepts, approaches and innovations are emphasized against the frame of reference of our present knowledge. Audience participation through panel discussions and questions and answers are an integral part of each session.
The ICA Annual Congress Mission Statement
The overall mission of our Annual Congress is to bring together basic and clinical scientists to share universally current knowledge and techniques in angiology to update the pathophysiology of disease, clinical diagnostic methods and treatment for improved healthcare delivery and future research. Our Congress provides a forum for the synthesis of state-of-the-art information that encompasses the pathophysiology, clinical diagnosis and treatment of diseases as they are encountered by primary care physicians, vascular, general, thoracic, cardiovascular and cardiothoracic surgeons, neurosurgeons, cardiologists, internists and cardiology and vascular interventional radiologists.
All presentations have a purpose while providing a balanced view of diagnostic and therapeutic options followed by constructive debate. These objectives are achieved through invited guest lecturers, who are nationally and/or internationally recognized leaders, special symposia, workshops, video presentations and exhibits highlighting the most challenging and controversial procedures performed in interventional medicine. The content of each congress is developed based upon the need of the attendees and new developments in the pathology of disease, diagnostic modalities and treatment. Submitted abstracts and invited guest lecturers serve as a major part of the overall program. A significant portion of the program is reserved for question and answer interaction between the presenters and the audience.
Invited faculty, as well as solicited abstract submission from physicians, are reviewed extensively by our Scientific Committee. Based upon personal recommendation and interaction from our Scientific Committee, each invited faculty member, as well as all solicited speakers, are required to have demonstrated expertise on their topic, strong presentation and communication skills, and the ability to address the needs and objectives of the activity without a conflict of interest.
Learning Objectives of the ICA Annual Congress
Upon completion of our continuing medical education activities, the participant should be able to: