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Today, the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) in joint partnership with the European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA), European Cardiac Arrhythmia Society (ECAS), Asia Pacific Heart Rhythm Society (APHRS), and Sociedad Latinoamericana de Estimulación Cardíaca y Electrofisiología (SOLAECE) issued an international consensus statement that provides a state-of-the-art review of the indications, techniques, and outcomes of catheter and surgical ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF). The 2017 HRS/EHRA/ECAS/APHRS/SOLAECE Expert Consensus Statement on Catheter and Surgical Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation, first issued in 2007, and again in 2012, represents a state-of-the art review of the field of catheter and surgical ablation of AF. This document is a complete and comprehensive revision of the 2012 statement and was presented today at Heart Rhythm 2017, the Heart Rhythm Society’s 38th Annual Scientific Sessions.  

The Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) seeks to recognize and promote excellence in the field of cardiac pacing and electrophysiology. HRS offers a variety of awards and scholarships for heart rhythm professionals at every stage of their careers, from fellow-in-training to seasoned professional.

All Allied Professionals are automatically eligible for this award when submitting an abstract in the Allied Professionals category. Once the review process has been completed and all authors have been notified in February regarding the status of their abstracts, the winner of the Highest Scoring Abstract in the Allied Professionals Category award will be announced.

To be considered for this award, you must be a fellow currently in a training program or no more than one year out of fellowship training as of May 2017. You must also indicate your interest in applying for this award during the regular abstract submission period (October 7-December 2, 2016).  In late January, after abstracts have gone through the peer-review process, the submitting authors of the top five highest scoring abstracts will be sent an award application to complete, as along with an eligibility form to be signed by their training directors. Once the awards review process has been completed and all authors have been notified in February of the status of their abstracts, the winner of the award will be announced.