10 Reasons Why IR’s and IC’s Should Attend April’s ThinkRadial™ Course

By Alicia Armeli

Twenty-five years ago, the first transradial coronary intervention was performed. This sparked the start of the Radial Revolution—a medical movement that put transradial procedures on the map as a way of treating patients without surgery. In honor of this progress, Merit Medical is hosting a special ThinkRadial® course April 21-22 for Interventional Radiologists and Interventional Cardiologists. Here’s why you won’t want to miss it.

  1. Get a Front-Row Seat to Learn from the Father of Transradial Intervention

For the first time, Merit is honored to have the “Father of Transradial Intervention” himself—Dr. Ferdinand Kiemeneij—as the special guest of honor at a US ThinkRadial course. In 1992, Dr. Kiemeneij was the first to perform a transradial coronary intervention at the Onze Lieve Vrouwe Gasthuis in Amsterdam. Attendees will be able to learn from Dr. Kiemeneij’s knowledge, expertise, and technique as he co-proctors this one-of-a-kind training opportunity. Read more about Dr. Kiemeneij in this special News Blog.

  1. Stellar Proctors: a Chance to Be Trained by the Best

Alongside Dr. Kiemeneij, well-known physicians who are experts in the transradial technique will be proctoring attendees. Interventional Radiologist Darren Klass, MD, PhD, MRCS, FRCR, FRCPC, of Vancouver General and UBC Hospitals will be instructing Interventional Radiologists, while Sandeep Nathan, MD, MSc, FACC, FSCAI, of the University of Chicago Medical Center will be training Interventional Cardiologists.

  1. New Advanced Interventional Cardiology Curriculum

To help Interventional Cardiologists advance to the next level of transradial, for the first time, the April ThinkRadial program features an Advanced Curriculum for Interventional Cardiologists. IC attendees will be able to share and troubleshoot complex cases, learn advanced transradial techniques, and hear an invaluable presentation by Dr. Kiemeneij about new radial techniques and advancements in the field.

  1. True Hands-On Experience

Interventional Radiologists will have the opportunity to learn the radial technique through direct experience using cadavers, while Advanced Interventional Cardiologists will gain hands-on practice using ultrasound-guided access on realistic arm models.

  1. Beginner Interventional Radiologists Welcome

Everyone must start somewhere! Merit invites Interventional Radiologists with little to no transradial experience to the training course, as well as those wanting to improve their technique. Introductory information, including patient prep and room set-up, will be presented.

  1. Gain Knowledge By Learning From Each Other

Each advanced Interventional Cardiology attendee will present his/her own complex case for discussion and team troubleshooting. Learning from fellow Interventional Cardiologists can help you better understand potential complications and how to navigate them successfully.

  1. Look Ahead

Physicians attending the course will learn how to implement the procedure in more complex interventions, expanding your ability to use the transradial approach in more situations. In addition, Dr. Kiemeneij will present new transradial techniques that demonstrate what’s coming down the pipe!

  1. Visit Salt Lake City and See Where Merit Does Its Magic

The ThinkRadial course will be held in beautiful Salt Lake City, Utah, at the Merit Medical Education Center.

  1. Networking

This training event includes a group dinner where attendees can meet and greet each other, as well as listen to a memorable presentation by Dr. Kiemeneij.

  1. It’s On Us

Merit Medical will pay or reimburse for certain travel and other expenses associated with attending this program in accordance with the AdvaMed Code of Ethics and will appropriately disclose per the Sunshine Act. Travel and reimbursement information will be provided during the registration process.

To learn more about registration, visit Merit.com/Education. We hope to see you there!

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Want to Learn More About Transradial Access?

Two of the Leaders in IR Transradial Access Invite Interventional Radiologists to Attend a Special “Intro to Transradial” Dinner Event

By Alicia Armeli

On Monday, March 27, 2017, from 6-9p at Ristorante Morini in Midtown, NYC, Merit Medical and ThinkRadial™ will host a special “introduction to transradial” dinner event to promote clinical benefits and present introductory training information to interventional radiologists. A uniquely beneficial learning opportunity, attendees will have the chance to listen to well-known interventional radiology radialists, Dr. Aaron Fischman of Mount Sinai in NYC and Dr. Darren Klass of Vancouver General and UBC Hospitals in Vancouver, Canada, as they give informational didactic presentations over dinner.

Topics for discussion will include the clinical benefits of transradial access and fundamental tips to get started, such as case selection, patient prep, room setup, catheter selection, and hemostasis. What’s more, Dr. Fischman and Dr. Klass will share their expertise by offering a valuable Q & A radial panel discussion.

Aaron Fischman, MD, is the Director of Vascular and Interventional Radiology at The Mount Sinai Health System and Associate Professor of Radiology and Surgery at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He is also Associate Professor of Radiology and Surgery in the Division of Vascular and Interventional Radiology at The Mount Sinai Medical Center. A leader of the transradial technique, Dr. Fischman has led the way using transradial for oncologic liver interventions and uterine fibroid embolization. Dr. Fischman has shared his knowledge and experience by authoring and co-authoring many peer-reviewed publications and lecturing worldwide about novel techniques for minimally invasive interventions.

Darren Klass, MD, PhD, MRCS, FRCR, FRCPC, is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia and an Interventional Radiologist with Vancouver Coastal Health, as well as Vancouver Imaging, practicing at Vancouver General and UBC Hospitals. His hospital appointments include Medical Head of MRI. Performing the first transradial radioembolization and chemoembolization of the liver in Canada, Dr. Klass has performed over 400 radial interventions, including renal and splenic interventions and embolization procedures throughout the abdomen and pelvis to treat acute hemorrhage. Well-versed in the radial technique, his current practice is approximately 90% radial access for liver interventions and fibroid embolization.

This one-of-a-kind dinner event is open to interventional radiologists who want to learn the basics of transradial access and how to get started. Merit representatives will also be available to answer any “next-step” questions physicians may have. Seating is limited!
RSVP today at Merit.com/Education

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“Father of Transradial Intervention,” Ferdinand Kiemeneij, MD, PhD, to be the Special Guest of Honor and Co-Proctor for Upcoming ThinkRadial™ Education Program in April

Father of Transradial Intervention Dr. Kiemeneij during lecture

By Alicia Armeli

In order to keep up with the growth and progress of interventional medicine, Merit Medical is hosting a dynamic ThinkRadial™ training course on April 21-22 at Merit Medical headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah. For the first time in the US, world-renowned Interventional Cardiologist Ferdinand Kiemeneij, MD, PhD, will be attending as the special guest of honor, co-proctoring the interventional radiologist and brand new advanced interventional cardiologist courses, lecturing at both training sessions.

Recognized as the “Father of Transradial Intervention,” Dr. Kiemeneij first began applying transradial access to angioplasty and stent placement procedures as early as 1992. This led to stenting on an outpatient basis in 1994. Since then, Dr. Kiemeneij has been lecturing and teaching physicians the transradial technique, as well as its many advantages over transfemoral access. More than two decades later, the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) gave the transradial approach the highest degree of recommendation over transfemoral access for coronary angiography and Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) in patients with Acute Coronary Syndromes (ACS).1

Sought after worldwide, Dr. Kiemeneij was invited in 2013 to build an intervention program at the Tergooi Hospital in The Netherlands. The author of numerous clinical articles and a 2016 book entitled, Transradial Coronary Interzentions, Dr. Kiemeneij has built his practice by combining writing, proctoring, lecturing, and training fellow physicians the world over.

Dr. Kiemeneij co-proctoring advanced interventional cardiologist attendees

Dr. Kiemeneij will co-proctor advanced interventional cardiologist attendees with venerated Interventional Cardiologist Sandeep Nathan, MD, MSc, FACC, FSCAI, of the University of Chicago Medical Center in Chicago, Ill. He will co-proctoring the interventional radiologist portion with esteemed Darren Klass, MD, PhD, MRCS, FRCR, FRCPC, Interventional Radiologist at Vancouver General and UBC Hospitals in Vancouver, Canada. Dr. Kiemeneij will also share his knowledge and expertise during the groups’ hands-on trainings. Following the Friday sessions, Dr. Kiemeneij will give an invaluable presentation at a special group dinner event.

Space for this program is limited. To submit your interest in this upcoming Think Radial training course and learn from the “Father of Transradial Intervention,” talk to your Merit Representative or visit Merit.com/Education.

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  1. European Society of Cardiology. (2015). ESC Guidelines Recommend Radial Approach for Percutaneous Coronary Interventions in ACS. Retrieved February 11, 2017, from http://www.escardio.org/The-ESC/Press-Office/Press-releases/esc-guidelines-recommend-radial-approach-for-percutaneous-coronary-interventions-in-acs