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ACC.20/WCC Cancellation FAQs

Why was ACC.20/WCC canceled?

The ACC and WHF have been closely monitoring updates and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), as well as state and local governments related to the spread of COVID-19. We have also been actively following travel advisories and restrictions being placed on health care providers and hospitals and institutions in the U.S. and globally.

The health, safety and well-being of our members, staff, exhibitors, faculty, vendors and other stakeholders is of paramount importance. With an ever-increasing number of ACC and WHF members on the front lines of preparing and reacting to the COVID-19 outbreak, it is in the best interest of everyone to cancel the meeting.

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What is ACC.20/WCC Virtual?

The ACC has been hard at work creating a virtual experience that leverages new technologies, educational formats and more to bring ACC.20/WCC Virtual directly to cardiovascular clinicians and other key stakeholders worldwide.

The free ACC.20/WCC Virtual experience will kick off on Saturday, March 28 and will offer three days of science and learning, with “live” access to 23 educational sessions that include Late-Breaking Clinical Trials, Featured Clinical Research, Young Investigator Awards and keynotes. You will hear from ACC President Richard J. Kovacs, MD, FACC, World Heart Federation President Karen Sliwa, MD, PhD, FACC, and get a chance to hear from incoming ACC President Athena Poppas, MD, FACC. We will also be recognizing our Distinguished Awardees, Merck and Proctor Harvey award winners and new FACCs and AACCs. In addition, ACC.20/WCC Virtual will include Video and Abstract on demand content. Thirty educational sessions will also be available as slide-only on demand content.

View the schedule. Pre-registration for the meeting is not required, but you will be asked to provide name and email to access ACC.20/WCC Virtual content starting March 28. All content will be available for 90 days following the meeting.

Will there be an Expo component of ACC.20/WCC Virtual?

Yes! The ACC is excited to announce a Virtual Expo experience that will be available over the course of the meeting and beyond. Final details, including a list of “live” and on-demand programs showcasing new product innovations, technologies and therapies in the field of cardiology will be posted next week on the ACC.20/WCC website. The ACC is deeply appreciative of the continued involvement of some of our closest industry partners in helping us bring the ACC.20/WCC Virtual experience to life.

Will Late-Breaking Clinical Trials and Featured Clinical Research be part of the ACC.20/WCC Virtual experience?

ACC.20/WCC Virtual will stream the Late-Breaking Clinical Trials and Featured Clinical Research as scheduled on March 28, 29 and 30. All embargoes and planned simultaneous publications remain as scheduled. Guidelines have been disseminated to LBCT and Feature Clinical Research faculty and presenters.

What about my abstract presentation? Will abstracts be included in ACC.20/WCC Virtual and will I be able to list the presentation on my resume or CV?

All accepted peer-reviewed science and cases will be included in ACC.20/WCC Virtual; please continue with preparing your presentation. Oral, poster, moderated poster and case presenters should have received additional information and instruction regarding the upload process and requirements. Accepted abstract submissions went live as scheduled on Monday, March 16.

Presenters please note: If you want to include your presentation on your CV, abstract materials must be uploaded to the presentation site and include your email contact information so that it is possible for abstract viewers to ask you questions via email. For oral abstracts, we suggest adding a slide with your email information. For moderated and flat board posters, your email should be added as text directly in the body of the poster abstract visual. Note that adding your email contact information to your materials constitutes permission on your part for ACC to make your email publicly available on the ACC.20/WCC Virtual abstract web portal.

Will I be able claim CME and MOC for participating in the virtual meeting?

ACC is hoping to offer credit for a portion of the virtual experience. More information to follow on this critical feature of ACC.20/WCC Virtual.

How can I engage with ACC.20/WCC Virtual attendees?

Networking and engagement are one of the important elements of any ACC Annual Scientific Session, as is the time-honored tradition of Convocation. ACC.20/WCC Virtual will feature a number of ways to engage with colleagues from around the world on platforms like Twitter (#ACC20/#WCCardio) and ACC’s Member Hub. In addition, you’ll want to visit the ACC.20/WCC Convocation page to hear from incoming ACC President Athena Poppas, MD, FACC, learn more about this year’s award winners, and recognize incoming FACCs and AACCs. More information on these activities and more will be available next week on the ACC.20/WCC website.

What if I can’t participate in the ACC.20/WCC Virtual experience on March 28-30?

As we continue to put the finishing touches on the ACC.20/WCC Virtual, the ACC is also very aware of the gravity of the COVID-19 situation and its many impacts on the entire health care community. ACC staff and leaders have been working hard to provide clinical guidance and perspectives on the management and treatment of cardiovascular patients, as well as maintaining clinician safety and well-being.

For this reason, while we hope many of you will join us “live” on March 28-30, we also know this might not be possible. During this time of change and uncertainty, one of the benefits of ACC.20/WCC Virtual is that you can access late-breaking science, catch up on education and share in ongoing conversations at times that work for you. All ACC.20/WCC Virtual content will be available for 90 days after the meeting.

Will iScience be available?

The ACC is considering our options for creating an iScience product this year. More information will be coming soon. If you already purchased iScience, you will be refunded in full so that you can decide whether to purchase any new version of iScience that may be published. All refunds will be processed up to 60 days from the meeting cancellation date (March 9); however, ACC is currently working through this process the time frame may be extended. Any additional information on refund processing and options will be posted to the ACC.20/WCC website and communicated in the coming days. We appreciate your patience during this time.

Will ACC.20/WCC in Chicago be postponed until a later date or rescheduled?

No. Meetings the size of ACC.20/WCC are planned years in advance, with hundreds of faculty members involved in planning sessions and science, as well as careful coordination with cities large enough to accommodate thousands of people at once. As such, rescheduling a live meeting in Chicago is not an option. However, the ACC will be delivering education, science and more to cardiovascular professionals worldwide from March 28-30 in the form of ACC.20/WCC Virtual.

ACC.20/WCC Chicago Registration, Travel and Hotel Information

Will participants be refunded for hotel costs?

Attendees who booked with a hotel in the official ACC housing block will have their reservation automatically canceled by Experient. Attendees who did not book with a hotel in the official ACC housing block must contact their hotel/lodging directly to cancel reservations and are responsible for any associated fees from hotels. Please note that ACC has sent official meeting cancellation correspondence to all contracted hotels.

Will participants be refunded for airline tickets?

No. The ACC will not refund individual airline ticket costs. Please contact your airline directly regarding ticket cancellations. If you purchased travel insurance, please contact your provider for information and next steps.

Will paid participant badge registrations be refunded?

In response to this unique situation, ACC leadership has adjusted its published policy for this one year only and will refund registration fees in full for attendees and exhibitors. All refunds for registration, exhibits, sponsorships, etc. will be processed up to 60 days from the meeting cancellation date (3/9/20); however, ACC is currently working through this process and appreciates patience during this time and the time frame may be extended. Any additional information on refund processing and options will be posted to the ACC.20/WCC website and communicated to registered attendees and exhibitors in the coming days.

Will exhibitors be refunded for booth space?

In response to this unique situation, ACC leadership has adjusted the published policy for this one year only and will refund exhibitor booth space in full. The ACC is currently working through this process and appreciates patience during this time. Exhibitors will be contacted within the next week regarding timelines for exhibit space refunds.

For more information, visit the ACC website