Annual cardiac society meeting goes hybrid

Izah Azahari

The 7th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Cardiac Society Brunei Darussalam at the Pantai Jerudong Specialist Centre (PJSC) yesterday was held in a ‘hybrid’ format that included online and in-person participation, and was the first of its kind among national cardiac society meetings in the region.

Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar was the guest of honour.

The event began with speeches from presidents of various national societies from the ASEAN Federation of Cardiology, followed by welcoming remarks from President of the Cardiac Society Brunei Darussalam Dr Sofian bin Dato Paduka Dr Haji Johar.

The event continued with an address by the guest of honour and the official opening of
the meeting.

The meeting also saw a Fellowship Award presented to Consultant Cardiologist at Gleneagles JPMC Cardiac Centre Dr Rajinikanth Rajagopal.

This year’s keynote address was delivered virtually by Vice President of the American College of Cardiology Dr Dipti Itchhaporia, during which she spoke about ‘Preventing Heart Disease – Leveraging Digital Health’. This was followed by a presentation and a round-table discussion on heart diseases among young people in Brunei.

Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar presents a Fellowship Award to Consultant Cardiologist at Gleneagles JPMC Cardiac Centre Dr Rajinikanth Rajagopal. PHOTO: IZAH AZAHARI

Talks on a variety of topics were delivered by prominent speakers from around the world.
This year’s meeting focussed on heart diseases among young people, importance of risk factor modification and the use of digital technology and machine learning in managing
heart disease.

The COVID-19 session included talks on clinical aspects of the coronavirus by international speakers, followed by a report and a round table discussion focussing on the effects and management of the pandemic in Brunei.

The session titled ‘Brunei’s next cardiologist’, aimed at medical students and doctors in training considering a career in cardiology.

Using presentations and discussions, Brunei physicians discussed highlights of cardiology services in Brunei, explained training options and addressed questions from the participants.

More than 400 participants attended the meeting, including over 180 online participants from 13 countries.

The online content will be made available in the Brunei Cardiac Society website.