Past ACC President Selected to Chair World Heart Federation Partners Council

This post was authored by John Gordon Harold, MD, MACC, past-president of the ACC.

I am honored to have been chosen as the chair of the World Heart Federation (WHF) Partners Council for 2016 on behalf of the ACC. In this new capacity representing the College, I led the first meeting of the WHF’s Partners Council in March 11 in London, England.

WHF President Salim Yusuf, MBBS, FACC, opened the meeting noting that the vision of the WHF is to work with members and the cardiovascular health community to hasten the day when cardiovascular health is no longer a privilege – but a right, and when cardiovascular disease is transformed from a life-threatening disease to one that can be prevented and managed in all populations. He added that the role of the WHF is to serve as the global facilitator, convener, trusted adviser and representative of cardiovascular disease stakeholders, driving the global cardiovascular health agenda by converting policy into action, through its members and a broader network of partners. Continue reading

2016 ACC/Merck Fellows Honored During 35th Anniversary Reception

The ACC/Merck Fellowship Program celebrated its 35th anniversary on April 2 during the ACC.16 Merck Awards Reception. This unique program has provided support to four fellows in training (FITs) seeking to launch careers in cardiovascular research. Over the past 35 years, Merck has generously offered almost 200 fellowships.

In selecting applications, proposals addressing cardiovascular disease and cardiometabolic disorders are encouraged, as well as proposals focusing on clinically relevant outcomes as a result of the metabolic syndrome, diabetes or obesity. Preference for one award is given to applicants focusing on disparities of care since despite increased attention to health disparities at the national, state and community levels, relatively little progress has been made in achieving the vision of eliminating racial and ethnic health disparities.

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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

ACC’s WIC Section Celebrates Women’s History Month

Lewis headshotThis post was authored by Sandra Lewis, MD, FACC, chair of ACC’s Women in Cardiology (WIC) Section.

This March, ACC’s WIC Section is celebrating the achievements and history of female cardiologists. In a field typically dominated by men, pioneering women have brought diversity and innovation to cardiovascular medicine, enriching heart health and patient care.

Female cardiologists were once a rarity, with the first women physicians training during the 19th century. These early women physicians were determined to serve and broke down traditions and barriers to enter medical schools, crossing such hurdles as having their medical school admissions contingent on approval of their classmates. Their work created a strong model for us to build upon, setting the stage for the next generations to grow and thrive within the field. We continue to grow their accomplishments, and honor their contributions. Continue reading

Leadership Forum Arms New and Emerging ACC Leaders With Tools For Success

richard_a_chazal_130x130_12_31_2014This post was authored by Richard A. Chazal, MD, FACC, president-elect of the ACC.

It was an honor to join my ACC leadership peers and colleagues in Washington, DC for the College’s Leadership Forum, which was kicked off Friday morning by ACC President Kim Allan Williams, MD, FACC. The annual event sets out to clarify the purpose, charge and expectation of being a member leader within the College and arms participants with practical tools to use to be a more effective leader in transforming cardiovascular care and improving heart health.

Key portions of the meeting were dedicated to helping ACC leaders understand ACC’s governance transformation underway. We heard talks clarifying why the College has decided to take on such a monumental task and shift in thinking, as well as expounding upon the specifics of organizational structure and decision-making. In morning sessions, I explained that as a College, we have evolved: our environment has changed; our membership has changed; and our activities have changed. The governance structure that served us so well for many years was built for a much smaller organization with more limited scope. As such, we need to be governed by a broad-based, strategic, competency driven structure that makes sense in this new landscape. Continue reading

One Year, Two Roles: A Perspective From a New Faculty Cardiologist and New Mom

MSThis article was authored by Monika Sanghavi, MD, assistant professor in the division of cardiology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, TX, and a member of the ACC Women in Cardiology Section.

This academic year was a list of firsts for me. I bought my first home, started my first “real” job and had my first child. Despite lots of planning and plenty of support, I was confronted with the reality of “trying to do it all,” which previously was a theoretical concept. When I wrote the article, “Women in Cardiology: Introspection Into the Under-Representation” and explored reasons for the differences in ambition and academic success between men and women, the challenges seemed clear and the solutions achievable. However, it is not as simple as it seems. What was unfathomable at the time was the internal struggle that working mothers face.    Continue reading

Thursday Video Highlights From TCT 2015

Peter Block, MD, FACC, and Deepak L. Bhatt, MD, MPH, FACC, discuss the Thursday meeting highlights from TCT 2015, including the SAPIEN 3 trial and the BRAVO 3 trial. View full TCT 2015 meeting coverage at and watch all the video coverage on ACC’s YouTube page.

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ACC Response to ABIM Report on Vision For Certification and MOC Programs in 2020

The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) today released a report entitled “A Vision for Certification in Internal Medicine in 2020,” that was drafted to inform the reshaping of ABIM’s Certification and Maintenance of Certification (MOC) programs. The report, developed by the Assessment 2020 Task Force which assembled in 2013, aims to “develop a vision for the future of assessment in internal medicine and associated subspecialties”  and to “stimulate discussion” around the future of certification.

According to Task Force Chair Harlan Krumholz, MD, SM, FACC, “the group sought to envision what the future could be and considered that what is possible tomorrow may be very different from what can be done today.” With that in mind, the report includes three key recommendations that are similar to those being proposed by the ACC on behalf of its members, as well as the rest of the internal medicine community. Specifically, the report proposes to: 1) replace the 10-year MOC exam with more frequent, less burdensome assessments; 2) focus assessments on cognitive and technical skills; and 3) recognize specialization. Read the full report here. Continue reading

Mentorship in Fellowship

Akhil Narang headshotThis post was authored by Akhil Narang, MD, a fellow-in-training at the University of Chicago.

As the new academic year commences, there is a palpable energy on the wards. Fresh-faced first year cardiology fellows, subspecialty fellows, and newly minted junior attendings excitedly (and nervously) begin a new chapter in their academic career. As I reflect back upon my first year in general cardiology training, beyond the incredible amount of clinical cardiology knowledge I’ve gained, the most satisfying aspect of my fellowship thus far has been the mentorship I’ve been fortunate to experience. Continue reading

The Future Is Bright: ACC’s International Initiatives and Goals

Jose PineiroThis post was authored by Daniel José Piñeiro, MD, FACC, chair of the ACC Assembly of International Governors.

Since its foundation in 1949, the ACC has worked to transform cardiovascular care and improve heart health around the world through education, research, quality cardiovascular care and health policy. Despite its name (American College of Cardiology), the ACC has grown to be an inclusive and global organization with nearly 50,000 members including nearly 14,000 international representatives from more than 130 countries.

Over the last several years, the international community has increasingly become an integral part of the College. One of the most successful international initiatives to date has been the creation of International Chapters, which now number 34. These Chapters have played a crucial role in bringing members together in their home countries and also facilitating relationships between the ACC, its International Fellows, and colleagues from other national cardiovascular societies and associations. Continue reading