#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

The Magic of Mentorship

FreemanThis post was authored by Andrew M. Freeman, MD, FACC, immediate past chair of the ACC’s Early Career Section.

Doesn’t it feel good to be taken under some bigwig’s wing and be guided on a path that might otherwise be difficult to find on your own? Wouldn’t it be great if someone could show you how to do something with great success without all the typical sputtering? Can you imagine being associated with someone so well known it brings you, the little-known-newbie, into the spotlight too?

If you answered yes to any of these, you have begun to see the magic of what is known as mentorship. Mentorship takes many forms – from a senior partner telling you how to impress referring physicians, to a professor emeritus giving you the hints you need to get that National Institutes of Health grant, to a middle-career clinician teaching you how to open those chronic total occlusions – and many others. In short, it is building “upon the shoulders” of those who came before – the “giants” in our career. Continue reading

The Future of Graduating ACHD Fellows

ACC_10_05_13_0001This post was authored by Curt J. Daniels, MD, FACC, a member of the ACC’s Adult Congenital and Pediatric Cardiology (ACPC) Section, and a professor of Internal Medicine & Pediatrics at The Ohio State University and Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, OH.

Congenital heart disease (CHD) is the most common birth defect occurring in about one in 100 live births. Incredible advancements in the care of children with CHD have led to improved quality of life and survival, and more patients today reach adulthood than ever before. Because of this, the proportion of children vs. adults with CHD has shifted over the last decade and there are now more adults than children living with CHD by a 2/3rd margin. This is fantastic news for the more than 40,000 infants born with CHD each year in the U.S. Continue reading

MOC Update: ACC Seeking Urgent Resolution to Early Career MOC Requirements

Williams HeadshotShor HeadshotThis post was authored by ACC President Kim Allan Williams Sr., MD, FACC, and Board of Governors Chair Robert Shor, MD, FACC.

The complex situation presented by the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM) changes in Maintenance of Certification (MOC) requirements continues to be a top priority for ACC leadership.

Most recently, the College was made aware of an email from ABIM to early career cardiovascular professionals who passed the Cardiovascular Disease Certification Exam in 2014. That email informed them of the need to enroll in Maintenance of Certification (MOC) by March 31, 2015, in order to be publicly reported as certified in Cardiovascular Disease. It also stated their certification would remain valid as long as they are participating in MOC. Continue reading

Unexpected Hurdles in my ACHD Fellowship: Providing End-of-Life Care

Keri Shafer HeadshotThis post was authored by Keri Shafer, MD, Boston Children’s Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

The care of adults with congenital heart disease (ACHD) is a rich and rewarding experience filled with unique challenges, some unexpected. I began ACHD fellowship enthusiastically determined to improve my understanding of complex cardiac physiology with questions swirling through my mind such as “What is anatomic malposition?” and “How is a Kawashima performed?” I soon learned that ACHD care is much more than that. Quality care requires a comprehensive understanding of the function of every organ system as years of congenital heart disease can take a toll on the lungs, kidneys, liver, etc.  Growing up with congenital heart disease can also affect patients’ approach to nearly every aspect of their lives. Therefore, the most successful ACHD physicians continually demonstrate compassion, patience and excellent communication skills when caring for their patients and families. Paramount among these skills is the ability to help patients and families through what can be the most difficult part of care: end of life. Continue reading

An Early Career’s Perspective of the ACC.15 Sports and Exercise Intensive

Salazar_Christina 9112This post was authored by Christina Salazar, MD, FACC, member of the ACC’s Sports and Exercise Cardiology Section Leadership Council.

Preparation and performance come to mind as I reflect on my experience as a first time faculty at ACC.15 in San Diego. I had the pleasure of co-chairing one of the four parts of the Sports and Exercise Intensive during ACC.15. It was not a difficult position, but exciting and I was able to meet and interact with several of the leading cardiologists in the field of sports cardiology.

This year’s Annual Scientific Session brought much excitement due to the focus on interactive education. For those of you who attended ACC.15, you were able to experience first-hand the many beneficial educational changes that were visible throughout the conference. In particular, the Sports and Exercise Intensive was a 4.25-hour block of time dedicated specifically to the growing field of sports cardiology. We were fortunate to have many leading cardiologists present during this intensive and in the end there were several take away points. Continue reading

Parmley Legacy Honors Young Researchers with Perseverance

This post was authored by Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, Editor-in-Chief of JACC.

Fuster_Headshot cropDr. William W. Parmley was a pioneer for all cardiovascular researchers, and I feel proud that JACC continues to honor his legacy by recognizing two up-and-coming investigators, as well as their mentors and institutional research programs through this prestigious award each year.

This year, we honor two young researchers working in areas of great clinical interest:

Muralidhar Padala, PhD, from Emory University

  • Mentor: Robert Guyton, MD
  • Manuscript: “Temporal Changes in Interpapillary Muscle Dynamics as an Active Indicator of Mitral Valve and Left Ventricular Interaction in Ischemic Mitral Regurgitation in Humans,” published in the November 4 issue of JACC

Pablo Martínez-Legazpi, MEng, PhD, from Hospital Gregorio Maranon/University of California, San Diego

  • Mentors: Javier Bermejo, MD, PhD & Juan C. del Álamo, AeEng, PhD
  • Manuscript: “Contribution of the Diastolic Vortex Ring to Left Ventricular Filling,” published in the October 21 issue of JACC

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Winning Leadership: A Team Sport

This post was authored by Andrew M. Freeman, MD, FACC, chair of the ACC’s Early Career Professional Section.

“Leadership is a lonely place…” At least this is the age-old concept that others have told me for a long time. However, ACC’s annual Leadership Forum debunks this myth by showing just how leadership is not a sole effort, but rather, a team sport. The Forum brings together new and existing College leaders to learn how to engage others and work together for the common goal of advancing cardiology as a field and furthering the College’s goal of being a professional home for all of us. Continue reading

What Should Women Look For When Choosing a Cardiology Fellowship?

This post was authored by Maria Sobolev, MD, chief fellow in the division of cardiology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, NY and member of the Women in Cardiology section. 

Despite a national shortage of female cardiologists, we are fortunately seeing a gradual increase in women who are pursuing cardiology fellowships. Applicants are faced with the inevitable question, “which program will be right for me?” In addition to the usual considerations when selecting an academic program, such as academic ranking of the institution, areas of expertise, quality of training, location and proximity to family, certain gender-specific considerations come into play. Some female candidates may choose to defer personal and family priorities until after training, but many will not. Most fellows will be in their thirties after the required years of post-graduate training, and family planning factors weigh in on most decision making processes. Continue reading

Mentorship: Why the College Needs You and Your Wisdom

This post is authored by Garima Sharma, MD, FACC, chair of the ACC’s Early Career Professionals Section’s Mentorship Workgroup, and Andrew M. Freeman, MD, FACC, chair of the ACC’s Early Career Professional Section

The Early Career Professionals Section represents nearly 20 percent of the College’s 40,000 members. As the voice of the future of Cardiology, the Section leadership performs regular surveys and discussions with its members. One of the major items needed by early career members was access to like-minded people in their fields who could help further careers, guide and enhance research, and grow the professionals needed for the future.

As such, with the help of talented College staff, the Early Career Professional Section launched it formal ACC Mentorship Program this Spring. The goal of this program is to allow for individuals in private practice, academia, industry and other situations to find more senior folks to guide them through their careers in the form of mentorship. Continue reading