The inaugural National Critical Care Cardiology Education Summit (CCCES) was held on May 30 through June 1, 2023 at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus. The summit was led by Department of Medicine faculty Dr. Andrea Elliott and Dr. Jason Bartos along with an impressive list of expert faculty and thought leaders in critical care cardiology from across the country. The event was endorsed by the Minnesota American College of Cardiology (ACC) and national ACC section of Cardiac Critical Care.

The CCCES was designed to address pressing issues related to reducing mortality in cardiogenic shock, pulmonary embolism and cardiac arrest. Over 60 critical care faculty leaders and fellows from over 40 institutions attended. The conference combined small group exercises, hands-on procedural skill sessions, lectures, and thought-provoking discussions on the future of the specialty. The summit drew enthusiastic support from over 25 vendors both through grants and by providing devices/equipment for hands-on practice.

As a result of the success of this year’s conference, the specialty is anticipating collaboration on several formal publications, new clinical care models that optimize patient outcomes and improve survival rates, and increased support to create new fellowship training programs.

We are looking forward to next year's conference as planning is underway for the second annual CCCES in 2024.