News from the Anticoagulation Forum
February 2017
In this issue
New etc.talks video *  14th National Conference  * DVT Management Survey
International Boot Camp * CE/CME for Point of Care Testing * Member  Publishing Opportunities

New etc.talks Video Now Available:
Treatment of VTE: Changing the Standard of Care

The AC Forum has launched the third in its series of etc.talks videos and accompanying discussion points on practical approaches and treatments of VTE and AFib.

The new 12-minute video, "Treatment of VTE: Changing the Standard of Care," outlines the drug attributes of warfarin and DOACs and compares their efficacy and safety. It is presented by Elaine Hylek, MD, Boston University School of Medicine.

The etc.talks series stems from research published in the AC Forum's  Management of VTE: Clinical Guidance published in the  Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis in January 2016.
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.

To watch all three of the videos and download the discussion points, visit

14th National Conference in April 2017

March 1 Deadline for Regular Registration;
Space Limited for Master Classes  and Meet the Expert Breakfast

Registration for our national conference April 20-22, 2017 is in full swing and the March 1 deadline for the regular registration rate is quickly approaching.

Only a few spaces remain for our topic-specific master classes and our "meet the expert" breakfast. Both of these opportunities provide a small setting to encourage conversation around a subtopic within anticoagulation. Pre-registration is required and space is limited.

The master classes and breakfast are just two events in the biennial conference.  The 3-day symposium will bring together medical professionals in fields ranging from cardiology and hematology to pharmacy and family medicine for discussions on current research and evidence-based practices in the field of antithrombotic therapy.  Presentation topics include anticoagulation clinics in the future, DOACs in special populations, bridging updates, safe transitions of care, reversal agents, and more . There will also be a poster session and industry exhibits.

Continuing education credit will be provided through the Postgraduate Institute of Medicine.

For more information and to register
Thrombosis Experts Wanted for
DVT Management Survey

Researchers at McMaster University are studying how thrombosis experts manage patients with extensive DVT and your help is needed. Below is a link to a survey that contains 4 case-based scenarios dealing with DVT. All specialists in the field of thrombosis are encouraged to participate. The survey will help researchers understand practical management considerations in patients with extensive DVT.

The survey should take approximately 10 minutes to complete and individual responses will be kept confidential. Respondents who provide their contact information will be entered into a drawing for an iPad mini.
International Boot Camp Brings
Medical Professionals Together

AC Forum completed its 1st international boot camp last month, partnering with Sociedad Mexicana de Trombosis y Hemostasia (SOMETH) to host the meeting in Cancun, Mexico. Medical professionals from the US and Mexico met for the compact 2-day meeting which featured a comprehensive curriculum covering the essential questions of anticoagulation, disease state and drug management. Details on the next boot camp, slated for October 2017, will be announced soon. For more information about our boot camp program, visit

O n li ne  CE/CM E Activity fo r Point-of-Care Testing

Medscape is offering a free CE/CME online webinar on point-of-care testing and has tapped the expertise of AC Forum board and advisory board members. AC Forum founder Jack Ansell moderates the 30-minute discussion with board members Dan Witt and Michael Streiff and advisory board member Lynn Oertel. Topics covered include the challenges of warfarin and traditional INR monitoring, point-of-care testing and practical strategies for increasing the effectiveness of point-of-care testing.

To access  the free webinar, visit . Supported  by Roche Diagnostics. 

New Publishing Opportunities For AC Forum Members

The Anticoagulation Forum, in collaboration with the Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis, is pleased to offer more publication opportunities for its community. Members are encouraged to submit original research and reviews within related areas of thrombosis, hemostasis, and vascular disease. Submissions will undergo an expedited peer-review process by the Journal's editorial team and, if accepted, will be featured in a special section of the Journal. Additionally, all authors who publish in the Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis will receive a shareable link to a view-only version of their article. Submissions are welcome throughout the year by selecting the article type "Anticoagulation Forum" in Editorial Manager. 

For more information about the journal and the submission instructions, please visit the Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis website at

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