Global Knowledge Sharing at ACC.14

This post is authored by Christoph Bode, MD, PhD, FACC, chair of the ACC Assembly of International Governors.

ACC.14 provided many excellent opportunities for cardiologists from all over the world to examine global approaches to cardiovascular medicine, share insights and forge new relationships. We saw impressive attendance at two international sessions held on Friday, March 28, one day prior to the official start of the meeting. With large international attendance, ACC.14 served as a superb venue for international colleagues to come together in the common goal of improving the quality of cardiovascular worldwide. Continue reading

An FIT Perspective of ACC.14 Sports Lectures

This post was authored by Jennifer Michaud Finch, DO, cardiology fellow in the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at Lahey Clinic Medical Center in Burlington, MA, and a member of the ACC Sports and Exercise Cardiology Section.

I have the distinct pleasure of reviewing the Sports and Exercise Cardiology lecture series for ACC.14. As a fellow in training (FIT), I was very excited to attend these lectures. I come from a city where our sports teams are respected, valued and we are fiercely supportive – no matter what (remember Boston waiting 86 years to win a World Series?)  My ACC.14 badge was my ticket to “The Main Event,” my pass to see the great minds of sports and exercise cardiology in one venue. I eagerly awaited the start of the sports and exercise cardiology lecture series like a die-hard fan who has waited all year to see their favorite team play in the championship!  Continue reading

Comprehensive FITs on the GO Video Blog Coverage from ACC.14

The FITs on the GO are wrapping up ACC.14 with more insightful interviews on the hottest topics and Late-Breaking Clinical Trials. For comprehensive coverage of the meeting from the fellow perspective, see the full list of FITs on the GO videos at Highlights from the third day include:

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MOC Deadline Extended Through April 30!

The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) has extended the enrollment deadline for anyone choosing to participate in Maintenance of Certification (MOC) through April 30. Those enrolled by this date will be reported as “Meeting MOC Requirements.”  Otherwise, physician choosing not to enroll will be reported as “Certified, Not Meeting MOC Requirements.” The original deadline was today, March 31.

The ABIM’s MOC changes, which took effect as of Jan. 1, apply to all certified physicians – including those originally certified prior to 1990 (grandparents) – and require specific proactive steps on the part of physicians over the next two years. Continue reading

Geriatric Cardiology Section Receives Grants to Further Education and Foster FIT Engagement

This post was authored by Daniel E. Forman, MD, chair of the ACC’s Geriatric Cardiology Section Leadership Council and Member Section.

The ACC’s Geriatric Cardiology Section (GCS) was recently awarded with two prestigious grants to help support some very exciting education initiatives.

Most recently, the GCS Leadership Council was awarded a U13 Grant by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), one of the 27 Institutes and Centers of the National Institute of Health. The Leadership Council sought the grant in collaboration with the American Geriatrics Society to fund a series of three scientific conferences. The conferences are intended to identify knowledge gaps and to formulate a research agenda in three pivotal areas at the intersection of geriatrics and cardiovascular disease. Continue reading

Maseri-Florio Lecture Explores Antiarrhythmic Drug Development

This post was authored by John Camm, MD, St. George’s University of London, London, United Kingdom.

The principle of reducing or eliminating arrhythmias that arise from disturbances of ion channel function by adjusting the electrophysiological properties of the myocardium with drugs that modify one or more ion channel is appealing and seemed likely to be successful. For example, the effect of an antiarrhythmic drug may be to directly reverse abnormal electrophysiology or to induce compensatory effects to indirectly re-balance cardiac electrophysiology.  Continue reading

2014 ACC/Merck Fellows Honored

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2014 ACC/Merck Fellows Venkata Narla, MD, Viviany Taqueti, MD and Jennifer Lewey, MD (Not pictured: Young Kim, MD)

Leaders from the ACC and Merck gathered on Saturday evening to recognize the winners of the 2014 ACC/Merck Fellowship Program. For more than 30 years, this unique program has provided generous support to four fellows in training (FITs) seeking to launch careers in cardiovascular research. The selected FITs are provided with $70,000 to support research in adult cardiology. Congratulations to this year’s winners: Continue reading