One of the live case demonstrations done by Prof Lim Soo Teik and Dr Fam Jiang Ming, NHCS

Singapore LIVE (SingLIVE), a premier live intervention conference in Asia Pacific, held on 16 to 18 January 2019 at the Raffles City Convention Centre, Singapore, drew a great turnout of 1,100 delegates from 31 countries. 

SingLIVE, previously known as Live Demonstration Course in Basic and Advanced Techniques, is one of Asia’s pre-eminent annual live course in cardiac interventions. It was first started in 1989 by NHCS and is now recognised to be one of the most reputable live interventional courses in the Asia Pacific region. For the past 10 years until 2019, SingLIVE was jointly organised with Asia PCR, and the course has evolved and opened up new horizons for the field of cardiovascular medicine in the Asia Pacific region. From 2019, NHCS is back to helming SingLIVE independently and continues to bring key expertise and the best experiential sharing and learning, right from the Singapore shore.

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Participants at the exhibition learning the latest technological trends in cardiovascular interventions.

Cross-Border Exchange and Sharing 

On 16 January 2019, SingLIVE 2019 kicked off with a precourse workshop on Practical Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) skills development at NHCS. Participants of the workshop were given the opportunities to observe and interact with the live case operators in the NHCS Cardiac Catheterisation Laboratory. In addition, various faculty experts shared on topics such as small vessel disease, stents for left main disease, transradial PCI and calcified lesions.

The next two days of the Conference, hosted at the Raffles City Convention Centre, Singapore comprised keynote lecture, live case demonstrations, learning sessions and exhibition. The first day commenced with a live transmission from NHCS Catheterisation Lab, followed by opening remarks by Prof Koh Tian Hai, Senior Advisor, NHCS and SingLIVE Course Director. Prof Arthur Tan, the founding director of NHCS and the very first Course Director of SingLIVE, attributed the success of the SingLive to the many interventional giants from the local, regional and international cardiology community, making SingLIVE the foremost Asian live interventional conference in the region. Prof Tan also shared about the journey of SingLIVE from its inception 28 years ago and the future of the Conference.

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Prof Arthur Tan, the founding director of NHCS and the very first Course Director of SingLIVE, at the opening ceremony sharing “History of Singapore LIVE“.

More than 13 cases were broadcasted live over the two days from four major centres in Australia, India, Philippines and Singapore, allowing open discussions and sharing among the countries and first-hand experiential learning from experienced faculty. Amidst the conference highlights were the two new experiential learning formats (hands-on training) introduced this year - Training Village and Virtual Reality (VR) technology. VR technology was used for case illustrations in three teaching sessions to provide realistic learning experience and enable participants to better understand the device mechanics. 

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Case transmitted live from Liverpool Hospital in Sydney, Australia, for crossborder exchange and sharing.

More Dynamic Learning Exposure

Participants watching a Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI) teaching case through VR goggles.

SingLIVE 2019 has closed with a great success, but it does not end here with the 28th edition, as the practice of medicine is ever evolving and staying at the leading edge of medicine is crucial for healthcare practitioners to deliver the optimal care for the patients.

Hands-on interactive learning of complex Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) techniques with Assoc Prof Chin Chee Tang, NHCS.

The next SingLIVE, which will be held from 15 to 17 January 2020, will be yet another exciting conference. NHCS is holding the 29th SingLIVE in conjunction with the 10th Chronic Total Occlusion (CTO) Interventions Live Course for the first time. The SingLIVE 2020 will include CTO experts’ sharing sessions as well as expertise on coronary interventions, structural heart interventions, imaging and physiology.

Stay tuned for more information on SingLIVE 2020 taking place from 15 to 17 January 2020!
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This article is from Murmurs Issue 33 (Jan – Apr 2019). Click here to read the full issue.