Community Perspectives: Key Takeaways from 2021 Annual Meeting

Each year, experts from the field of endocrinology convene at the AACE Annual Meeting to learn about the latest advancements in clinical endocrinology. Our 2021 Annual Meeting took place on May 26-29, and was a successful virtual event with thousands of attendees. Not only did we celebrate 30 years of clinical excellences at AACE, but we also welcomed attendees from over 140 countries. Our program featured 150+ expert presenters covering six disease state topics tracts with 130+ sessions, and 86+ CME, nursing and pharmacy credits. As the world’s largest clinical endocrinology meeting, created for the whole endocrine care team, we asked our community to share their clinical pearls and key takeaways. Here is what they had to say: 

AACE 2021 Annual Meeting Key Takeaways

"The new AACE guideline, Use of Advanced Technology in Management of Persons with Diabetes Mellitus, is extremely helpful for practical use, hopefully for improving coverage, and decreasing prior authorizations." – Sandra L. Weber, MD, FACP, FACE – Greenville, SC 

"I really enjoyed the Friday morning plenary session by Dr. Steve Nissen looking at the role of Omega 3 fatty acids in cardiovascular risk reduction. His presentation provided thought provoking perspectives on recent studies dealing with the subject which I plan to share with my colleagues." – Kenneth E. Izuora, MD, MBA, FACE – Las Vegas, NV 

"I enjoyed the great variety of topics covered by content experts during the AACE annual meeting. Learning was made fun again!" – Armand Krikorian, MD, FACE, FACP – Oak Lawn, IL 

"So many great presentations and daily decisions of what to tune into and what to save for later. I'm looking forward to catching up post-meeting on the presentations I missed!" – Rachel Pessah-Pollack, MD, FACE – Lake Success, NY 

"I enjoyed learning from the diverse faculty and watching the questions come from all over the globe." – S. Sethu K. Reddy, MD, MBA, FRCPC, FACP, MACE – Mount Pleasant, MI 

"Individualized treatment approaches to patients, aided by the use of new technology, is the direction of Endocrinology care of the future.​" – Leslie S. Eldeiry, MD, FACE, ECNU – Boston, MA 

"Key point I learned from the AACE Fellows Event discussion on starting and/or being successful in the endocrine academic world is to 1. Stay involved and 2. Be patient as the route to get there may be long and windy." – Elizabeth M. Bauer, MD, 2nd Year Endocrine Fellow WRNMMC 

"COVID19 kept us apart last year, but incredible program at AACE2021 brought us together again. The clinical pearls were innumerable, but I especially appreciated the PGAN Year in Review with the "small bites" of key study findings for the last year. Also, the interactive break in the program with Game of Hormones was fun, refreshing, and a great way to see our colleagues!" – Susan L. Samson, MD, PhD, FRCPC, FACE – Jacksonville, FL 

"There is a huge debate going on about omega-3 fatty acids for high CV risk patients with elevated triglycerides. The REDUCE-IT and STRENGTH trials had differing results. Dr. Eliot Brinton discussed the controversy at the Lipids and CV Health Year in Review and showed data about the negative effects of DHA, suggesting that the difference was from pure EPA in REDUCE-IT vs. EPA + DHA in STRENGTH. Dr. Steve Nissen, an investigator for STRENGTH gave a plenary talk on the same day. He presented a different viewpoint that the mineral oil placebo was a harmful placebo in REDUCE-IT. I learned that we don’t know the answer just yet and look forward to learning the latest research about this at AACE 2022." – Scott D. Isaacs, MD, FACP, FACE - Atlanta, GA 

"As a fellowship program director, I truly enjoyed interacting with my educator colleagues at our program directors/APDEM meeting and with fellows nationwide at the fellows' meeting (kudos to all Scavenger Lords!).  Looking forward to implementing more initiatives regarding attention to DEI and leadership development in my own program." – Matthew J. Levine, MD, FACE – La Jolla, CA 

"In position statements from the AACE Consensus Conference on Obesity and in the 2016 AACE Obesity Guidelines, AACE advanced the concept of a complications-centric approach to the care of patients with obesity. During Annual Meeting, we heard from key individuals from Canada and the EASO, and it is clear that this approach is being embraced internationally, as well as our diagnostic term for obesity, ABCD. These developments can only lead, internationally, to enhanced patient care of ABCD (obesity) as a chronic disease." – W. Timothy Garvey, MD, MACE – Birmingham, AL 

"The Program Director/Fellow meeting this year was excellent with various APDEM initiatives and different breakout sessions to exchange ideas and improve our experiences as program directors and medical educators were outstanding!" – Thanh D. Hoang, Program Director, NCC Endocrinology Fellowship 

"This year scientific meeting has been informative and educative. As an Endocrinologist practicing in Africa, l am overwhelmed with the amount of new information and challenged to start making efforts to conduct top-notch research that will be impactful to my community and Africa at large." – Dr. Onasanya Akinola Stephen. Consultant Physician and Endocrinologist, Nigeria 

"Thank you for a wonderful meeting. I particularly enjoyed the discussion on normocalcemic hyperparathyroidism and parathyroid incidentalomas!" – Amit Bhargava, MD 

"Truly inspiring and definitely sets a benchmark in cutting edge scientific endeavors, promoted with a light heart. Feels good to participate." – Dr. Harish R Joshi, MD, DNB, DM, DNB, Consultant Endocrinologist. Hubbali, karnataka, India   

"The fascinating discussion regarding use of CGM in the hospital setting, including the critical care unit, was fascinating and shows great potential for future routine use." – Rifka Schulman-Rosenbaum, MD FACE CNSC, Director of Inpatient Diabetes, Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Northwell Health, Associate Professor, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell 

Thank you to our expert presenters, multidisciplinary members, and global community for joining us for 30 years of elevating endocrinology and improving global health. We look forward to welcoming you at our next virtual event in October 2021: Innovation in Cardiometabolic Clinical Practice Conference

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