News from the Anticoagulation Forum
October 2016
In this issue
etc.talks video series * October Webinar * 14th National Conference Speakers * 
Cancun Boot Camp Announced  * AFib 4Ward Website * CDC VTE Webinar

New! etc.talks: excellence in thrombosis care
Videos on anticoagulants for VTE and AFib

The AC Forum has launched etc.talks: excellence in thrombosis care ,  a series of of 12-minute videos and accompanying discussion points on practical approaches and treatments of VTE and AFib.
Etc.talks stems from research published in the Management of VTE: Clinical Guidance from the AC Forum in the Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis earlier this year.
The videos are easily accessible from the AC Forum website ( and can be viewed at work, at home or on mobile devices. The discussion flyers - with summary points from the videos and discussion questions - can be downloaded from the site (here and here).

The first video,  Managing the DOACs , features David Garcia, MD, University of Washington, discussing direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) which are now the recommended first line of therapy for most patients. 
In DOAC Therapy Can Be Reversed!, John Eikelboom, MD, McMaster University, discusses management of bleeding on DOACs, characteristics of reversal agents, and the current status in this evolving pharmaceutical field. 
A third video on VTE treatment is planned for the coming months.
To watch the videos and download the discussion points, visit .

October Webinar: Evaluating Dose-Reduced DOAC Therapy 

Tuesday, October 25
1:00 pm -- 2:00 pm (eastern time)

DOACs have fixed dosing, but adjustments are recommended for renal dysfunction, low body weight and select drug interactions. In this webinar, we'll discuss a study that evaluated those dose recommendations and followed patient outcomes.

Presenter:  Megan Barra, PharmD, Brigham & Women's Hospital

Sara Vazquez, PharmD, University of Utah
Diane Wirth, ANP, Grady Memorial

AC Forum's Lunch & Learn Webinars are free and open to all healthcare professionals.

AC Forum's 14th National Conference

Renowned Experts Highlight Conference

AC Forum's biennial conference will bring together top medical professionals to discuss the latest issues in anticoagulation management. Among the 28 experts slated to present are:
  • Geno Merli, MD, of Jefferson University, a nationally recognized expert in the field of DVT/PE management with 35 years of experience; 
  • Clive Kearon, MD of McMaster University, who has extensive experience researching the diagnosis and treatment of thromboembolic disease and is the chair for the current American College of Chest Physicians guidelines for treatment of VTE;
  • David Garcia, MD, University of Washington, an expert on making anticoagulation safe and more effective; and 
  • Scott Kaatz, MD, Henry Ford Hospital, whose research focuses on anticoagulation, AFib, peri-procedural anticoagulation and VTE prevention, diagnosis and prevention.

In addition to these speakers, the 3-day symposium  features  a full slate of presentations, small master classes, a "meet the expert" breakfast, poster presentations of original research, and industry exhibitors. The deadline for early bird registration is Dec 15, but the master classes often fill up before then.

For the full list of speakers and to register visit
AC Forum's 14th National Conference

Call for Abstracts!

AC Forum is now accepting abstracts to be included at the 14th National Conference in LA, April 20-22, 2017. Accepted research will be displayed at poster sessions at the conference and published in the Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis conference proceedings.

The submission deadline is 5:00 pm CST, December 1, 2016.

For guidelines and to submit an abstract visit

Just announced!
6th Regional AC Forum Bootcamp
Cancun, Mexico
January 26-27, 2017
Westin Resort & Spa, Cancun

AC Forum is pleased to announce its first international boot camp held in partnership with Sociedad Mexicana de Trombosis y Hemostasia (SOMETH).  This compact 2-day meeting provides a comprehensive curriculum that covers the essential aspects of anticoagulation, disease state, and drug management. Engaging discussion around quality improvement, new agents and special situations will benefit all practitioners. Join practitioners from Mexico and abroad for daily international "chalk talks."

For more information and to register visit

New AFib 4Ward Website Offers Resources for 
Understanding AFib and Treatment Options

Healthcare practitioners have an additional tool to educate patients on AFib. AFib 4Ward is a new website designed to encourage conversation about AFib-related stroke. Developed by a coalition of cardiologists and healthcare professionals, the website uses graphics and clear, concise language to explain what AFib is, how it relates to stroke, and various medications that can be used to treat it. To further promote two-way conversation between healthcare providers and their patients, AFib 4Ward includes downloadable " conversation cards" highlighting the main bullets and medication tracker and reminder cards to help patients remember take their medication.

AFib 4Ward is supported by the AC Forum and other healthcare nonprofits and funded by Boeringer Ingelheim.
CDC Public Health Webinar
VTE In Children and Young Adults: 
State-of-the-art in Diagnosis, Treatment and Prevention

Thursday, November 3, 2:00-3:00 EDT

Guest presenter: Neil Goldenberg, MD,  Director, Thrombosis Program, and Director of Research, Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital

Moderator: Alex C. Spyropoulos, MD, Professor of Medicine, Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine

This webinar is free and open to public health professionals, clinicians, and researchers. Advance registration is required and the number of attendees is limited.
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