Update from the Society of Invasive Cardiovascular Professionals (SICP)


SICP Membership

Enrich your professional career by renewing your membership in the Society of Invasive Cardiovascular Professionals, the only international society dedicated to promoting the practices of invasive cardiovascular professionals. It is an exciting time to be involved with the SICP as the Society continues to grow. We are aiming for 100% membership growth for 2012.

Membership is based on the date you join. If you have questions regarding your membership or when it’s due, please email the SICP at membership@sicp.com.  

Register for one of these courses today! 

The Society of Invasive Cardiovascular Professionals will present their Signature RCIS & RCES Review Courses at several locations in the near future:

  • Central Piedmont Community College, March 24-25, Charlotte, NC - The SICP invites you to attend this RCIS/RCES Review Course. The two tracks will be breakout sessions. There are a limited number of spaces available, so hurry and register with us today! The Carolinas Chapter will hold a chapter Social Meet & Greet in the evening on Saturday, March 24th. All SICP Carolinas Chapter Members and any attendees from the review course are welcome to attend. Specific location and details will be shared at a later date as determined. Mike Buie, Megan Hunsinger, and Patrick McGuire will instruct this course.
  • Baptist Cardiac & Vascular Institute, March 31, Miami, FL - This course will be a one-day RCIS Review Course. There are a limited number of spaces available. Online registration is not yet available for this course — go to “http://www.sicp.com/events/sicps-signature-rcis-review-course-baptist-cardiac-vascular-institute” to download the registration form. Brian McCauley will instruct this course.
  • Medical Center of the Rockies, April 12-13, Loveland, CO - This course will be a two-day RCES Review Course. For inquiries regarding registration questions, please contact Linda Sullivan at 970.624.2356 or lks@pvhs.org. Mike Buie and Megan Hunsinger will instruct this course. 
  • New Cardiovascular Horizons, June 6-9, New Orleans, LA - The Society of Invasive Cardiovascular Professionals will host SICP’s Signature RCIS & RCES Review Course at the 13th Annual Conference. SICP members will receive a discounted rate of $299 for the entire four-day conference, including SICP’s Signature RCIS & RCES Review Course. This course will feature many instructors; details for this will be online once confirmed.

Meet the Instructors

  • Michael Buie, BS, RCES, RCIS, CCDS, CEPS, Sr. EP Specialist Consultant & Programmatic Coordinator at Sentara Heart Hospital, Norfolk, VA, has a B.S. in Health Science from Almeda University but has always had a passion in his 20-year career for EP/cardiology. He has been a tech, supervisor, manager, and now is Program Coordinator for EP Development at Sentara Health Systems as well as an instructor of EP at SCOHS. He has also spent 11 years in industry as a clinical trainer and sales representative for devices as well as 3D mapping. Mike’s vision has always been to build awareness and education in the EP community in order to effectively train EP team members to provide the most efficient and safe environment possible for the patient.



  • Megan Hunsinger, MS, RCIS, RCES, Program Coordinator, Cardiac Electrophysiology at Sentara College of Health Sciences, Chesapeake, VA, is a full-time faculty member for the Cardiac Electrophysiology program. A 1999 graduate of Bloomsburg University, with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science, she went on to earn her Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology from East Stroudsburg University in 2000. From there, she worked in local hospitals performing exercise stress testing. In 2005, she graduated from Sentara School of Health Professions’ Invasive Cardiovascular Technology program, and has been credentialed as a Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist through Cardiovascular Credentialing International since then. After working in the cardiac catheterization lab for two years, Megan accepted a position as an instructor at the Sentara College of Health Sciences’ (then the Sentara School of Health Professions) Invasive Cardiovascular Technology program, and in January 2011, was promoted to Program Coordinator of Cardiac Electrophysiology. In June 2011, she was co-director of the very first RCES Review Course in the country. Megan is a member of the SICP and Heart Rhythm Society, and is currently working on her Doctorate in Education Leadership and Management through Capella University.
  • Patrick McGuire, RCIS, RN, BTE, FSICP has been the Program Director of Cardiovascular Technology at St. Cloud Technical and Community College in St. Cloud, MN, for over a decade, teaching and developing the curriculum, examinations, and protocols for the cardiovascular program there. Prior to that, he was a cardiovascular technologist, echocardiography instructor, and echocardiography technologist at St. Cloud Hospital, having spent 20 years in the U.S. Navy and Naval Reserves. He is also a Retired Senior Chief Hospital Corpsman. Patrick earned a degree in Practical Nursing from St. Cloud Technical College, studied cardiopulmonary technology at the Naval School of Health Services, received his Bachelor of Technology Education degree in 1986 from National University in San Diego, earned two associate degrees, and received his RN in 2003 from Excelsior College in Albany, NY.



  • Brian D. McCauley, MPH, RCIS, EMT-P, SICP, APHA is currently a researcher and Laboratory Manager for the Cardiovascular Research Institute’s Translational Medicine Research Lab at the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to his that, he served six years on active duty in the United States Air Force as an Independent Duty Medical Technician attached to the Air Force Special Operations Command. Upon completion of his enlistment, Brian gained employment at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) as a patient care technician-paramedic working in the Cardiac Care Unit (CCU), Cardiac Intermediate Care Unit, and Emergency Department. After being employed at the CCU for 2.5 years, the cardiac catheterization lab (CCL) staff recruited him to become an on-the-job trained cardiovascular technician. During the next seven years, McCauley was exposed to every aspect of invasive cardiology, from diagnostic/interventional catheterization, alcohol septal ablations, right heart catheterization, pulmonary hypertension evaluations, heart transplant assessments, mechanical heart support devices, and even the management of structural heart disease including ASD, PFO, and TAVI. 

In his new role, Brian serves the primary researcher, the anesthetist for the large animal lab, the first assistant during cardiothoracic surgery, a second operator during the placement of experimental heart valves, and an active role in grant acquisition. Additionally, Brian still sustains a per-diem position with HUP to ensure that his human interventional skills remained honed.

Brian received his Bachelor’s degree in 2008 from Drexel University, his Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Pre-Medical Studies in 2009 from Drexel University College of Medicine, and his Masters in Public Health Program at Drexel University School of Public Health in 2011. Brian holds a certification as an RCIS. Currently he is applying to medical schools, wait-listed in 2011 at Drexel University College of Medicine, and hopeful on gaining entrance during the 2012 application cycle. He maintains an active role as a clinical educator for the areas of cardiac catheterization, hemodynamics, and EP with Health Work’s clinical education team.