Making Progress in Social Media and Medicine: Engagement at ACC.16

Campbell headshotThis post was authored by Kevin R. Campbell, MD, FACC, assistant professor of medicine, University of North Carolina, division of cardiology, and a presenter at ACC.16.

I was amazed by the uptick in Social media engagement at ACC.16. While 75 percent of all fortune 500 companies are represented and active on twitter, doctors have been quite slow to enter into the social media space. Many of us have who have pioneered social media in medicine have often felt like Dr. Sisyphus as we push the “Social Boulder” up the hill in order to show our colleagues the value of digital engagement. However, it appears that finally the tide is turning.

From the very outset of the meeting the hashtag #ACC16 began trending. Just in time for the annual sessions, the ACC recently created and published a Cardiology Hashtag Ontology reference guide in order to bring together the broad topics within cardiovascular disease so that common subjects of discussion can be easily identified, searched and catalogued. Continue reading

ACC.16 Video Highlights – Day 3

See more insightful interviews on the hottest topics and Late-Breaking Clinical Trials from the last day of ACC.16 on the ACC’s ACC.16 YouTube Playlist. For comprehensive coverage of the meeting from the fellow perspective, see the full list of FITs on the GO videos on ACC’s FITs on the Go YouTube Playlist. The FITs on the GO video blog provides an FIT perspective of the meeting, featuring interviews with top experts and cardiovascular leaders on news and events taking place at ACC.16. Highlights from the third day include:

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Who Cares About Lifestyle … I Want Science!

FreemanThis post was authored by Andrew Freeman, MD, FACC (@heartcuredoc)

I have definitely heard people question the importance of lifestyle before. Exercise up until recently was considered “alternative” medicine, and diet was considered an adjunct to pills. However, very good data and research are now showing that once seemingly innocent things – diet, exercise, smoking cessation and now even mindfulness – are proving to be as potent or more potent for the vast majority of diseases that we treat.

The clincher here is this: How many of us actually “cure” disease? The answer: Mostly none of us. The pills and procedures we do usually palliate, remediate, or slow progression of disease, but almost none of what we do cures the underlying problem.

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ACC’s First Leadership Academy Cohort Presents Capstone Projects at ACC.16

This post was authored by Rosanne Nelson, an ACC staff member focused on member leadership development and the facilitator of ACC’s Leadership Academy.

Two years ago, a diverse group of 14 early career and Fellows-in-Training members of the ACC came together as strangers in a room. Each had been appointed to Cohort I of the College’s inaugural Leadership Academy program, the ACC program serves to meet our early career / FIT members where they need to be met, and supports leadership challenges in diverse practice areas. Few in the room during our initial meeting knew what to expect. As the leadership development program facilitator, I too was experiencing this program for the first time, and even upon our first meeting, I was amazed by their thirst for knowledge, and humbled by their admission of wanting to ‘lead better.’ As such, we set off to learn and lead together. Admittedly, the path was not as clear at the start. However, this group was eager, open, and honest about what they needed. Thus, a recipe for success was well underway. Continue reading

The Battle Begins at ACC.16

Using a popular game-style teaching technique, state ACC chapter teams – made up of three fellows in training (FITs) – will have the opportunity to showcase their clinical knowledge at the inaugural Inter-State FIT Jeopardy Competition at ACC.16. FIT Jeopardy is a friendly competition that promotes a healthy rivalry between state chapter FIT teams, fosters FIT engagement in their local state chapter and provides educational value to the contestants and audience.

Each round of the competition is chaired by Nkechinyere Ijioma, MD, editor-in-chief of the FIT Section Page on, and Gautam Kumar, MD, FACC, and includes three to four judges. Over 25 state chapter teams competed in the preliminary rounds, including teams from VA, KY, MD/DC, Canada, FL, CT, LA, NJ, IA, MN, WI, GA, MO, AL, MS, CA, OR, MA, IL, MI, OH, PA, IN, KS, TX, WV, SD. During the semi-final round tomorrow, the seven winning teams from the preliminary rounds will compete to determine who will move on to the final round. Continue reading

#Cardiology Ontology: Using Hashtags to Improve #CVD Care

This post was authored by R. Jay Widmer, MD, PhD (@DrArgyle);  Carolyn M. Larsen, MD (@carolynmarieMN); Robert A. Harrington, MD, FACC (@HeartBobH); T. Jared Bunch, MD (@TJaredBunch); John P. Erwin, III, MD, FACC (@HeartOTXHeartMD); John M. Mandrola, MD, FACC (@drjohnm); and Farris K. Timimi, MD, FACC (@FarrisTimimi), members of the Cardiovascular Symplur Ontology Project.

Following in the footsteps of several other specialties, cardiology now has a hashtag ontology page dedicated to facilitating social media use for providers and the wider health care community. The aim of the cardiology ontology page is to assemble and disseminate hashtags pertinent to cardiovascular diseases. This enables health care professionals, patients and family members to organize discussions surrounding cardiovascular medicine in an effort to keep the interest of the patient foremost.

We often hear, “Oh it’s so vast and overwhelming, there’s no way I could be on Twitter” when approaching colleagues about a recent fruitful encounter on one of the largest social media platforms in the world. Although cardiology only occupies a small fraction of the over 300 million viewers and billions of tweets generated daily on Twitter, the potential value cardiovascular disease providers can garner and large impact they can have on public health is beyond immense. However, just like any medication or therapy we suggest or prescribe to our patients, social media must be palatable and easily navigated in order to have broad uptake. One means by which this can be accomplished is by codifying a set of terms common in cardiology, and much like our colleagues in oncology, radiation oncology, and recently urology, providing a cardiovascular ontology around which patients and providers can easily identify specific entities within the world of cardiology. Continue reading

First Time Here? What the ACC’s Annual Scientific Session is ‘REALLY’ About

This Freemanpost was authored by Andrew Freeman, MD, FACC (@heartcuredoc)

You may not believe this, but there is a secret to the ACC’s Annual Scientific Session that you may not know. In addition to learning about and seeing all of the latest and greatest tools, medicines, techniques and procedures – not to mention being in the audience for late-breaking clinical trial results – there is something about physically being at the meeting that you can’t experience anywhere else.

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Women’s History: Imaging, Quality and the Workforce

Douglas_PamelaThis post was written by Pamela S. Douglas, MD, MACC, a past president of the ACC and a member of ACC’s Women in Cardiology (WIC) Section.

I choose to specialize in cardiology because it combined a great mix of direct patient contact, therapeutic procedures, imaging and internal medicine. Medicine is a calling for me, and I love the breadth of cardiology and how all the components relate to each other and make each other richer.

I have spent much of my career focused on imaging. Our ability to see a heart beating in real time, watch valves opening and closing, is still awe inspiring and wonder-filled for me today. I’ve been a champion of quality in imaging and have worked to change the paradigm from quantity to quality in our guidelines and standards documents, regulatory processes and everyday practice. One of the important accomplishments of my ACC presidential year was to lead the College and the profession towards defining and adopting broad quality measures in imaging, developing appropriate use criteria and imaging outcomes metrics. The recent PROMISE randomized trial, the highlighted plenary presentation at ACC.15 and published in the New England Journal of Medicine, is an example of how this work is continuing and has been translated into real-world data regarding imaging outcomes. Further insights from the PROMISE trial will be presented at ACC.16 and will be published in a special issue of JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging focused on imaging in women on April 4.

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A History of Women’s Heart Health

NKWphoto2This post was authored by Nanette K. Wenger, MD, MACC, professor at the Emory University School of Medicine, director of the cardiac clinics at Grady Memorial Hospital and a member of ACC’s Women in Cardiology (WIC) Section.

As we celebrate the history of women in cardiology for women’s history month, it is important to emphasize women’s heart health as a part of that story. Although heart disease is the number one killer of women, cardiovascular disease was really thought of as a man’s disease until the last few decades.

Differing risk factors and symptoms for women weren’t really understood or recognized. Women who came in to the emergency room with chest pains were told they had a stomach problem or that they were imagining the pain and had emotional problems so they were sent home. Gender differences in heart disease remained unexplored and unacknowledged as women were underrepresented in or excluded from clinical trials and research and there were no guidelines to inform clinical decision-making. Continue reading