Dear Colleagues,
National Cardiology Congress which will be organized for the 27th times, is one of the leading scientific congress with its high quality scientific contents at national and international level. We are again going to organize our Congress at Congress Center of Haliç, the only metropolis of the world established on two continents and the European Capital of Culture 2010.

This year besides our colleagues from the members of European Society of Cardiology, colleagues from the other continents will participate in the congress. There were 4500 attendees in our 26th Congress last year and we expect this figure will be more this year. This year we are going to hold the Congress again on Friday-Saturday-Sunday in order not to interfere with your busy schedule.

We endeavored to provide the best program for you during the congress. In the "Symposia", "Pro-Con Debates" and "How-to Sessions", we will update and discuss our recent knowledge on diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular diseases. We have extended "Cardiology in Daily Practice" sessions under the title of "Practical Cardiology" so as to cover all of the cardiology practice which we added last year for the first time.

We increased the number of "Visual Interactive Courses" which attracted a great interest last year and thus we increased the number of them. Only the registered Congress attendees are invited to register online for these courses and the participants will be given separate certificates for the courses. "Case Focused Sessions" named "OOO Sessions" which were organized during the 25th Congress for the first time, will also be organized this year. During the OOO sessions, which attracted a great interest, we ensure a case based discussion format and provide the participants with update knowledge and clinical practice in an interactive discussion format.

There will be several elite international lecturers from the ESC and ACC in the scientific program besides the Joint Sessions with the European Society of Cardiology (ESC), German Cardiac Society and Association of Cardiologists of Bosnia & Herzegovina.

Our congress which provides an opportunity to discuss and learn about national and international scientific researches during poster and oral presentations will be accepting abstracts from Family Physicians under the title "Family Medicine" as last year. We are confident that our colleagues from this discipline will make the best use of this opportunity.

The abstracts, approved for the congress after being evaluated by the members of Abstract Assessment Board in accordance with the scientific peer review rules, will be published in Archives of the Turkish Society of Cardiology which is fully indexed in Pubmed, IndexMedicus, MEDLINE, IndexCopernicus, EMBASE (Excerpta Medica) and TÜBITAK ULAKBIM Turkish Medical Series. Furthermore, the three abstracts receiving the highest scores will be awarded.

Our congress; of which international feature is getting stronger and meticulously organized both in scientific and social programs this year; is credited by TTC and EBAC once again. We would like to invite you to the 26th National Cardiology Congress which will be held on October 27 - 30, 2011 in Istanbul.

Best regards.

A. Oktay Ergene

Ömer Kozan
President Elect,
President of the Scientific Committee


European Board for Accreditation in Cardiology

The 27th National Congress of Cardiology is accredited by the European Board for Accreditation in Cardiology (EBAC) for 15.00 hours of External CME credits. Each participant should claim only those hours of credit that have actually been spent in the educational activity. EBAC Works in cooperation with the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME), which is an institution of the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS).


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