Registration Now Open For NY Cardiovascular Symposium

Join world-renowned cardiologist and course director, Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, MACC, as he combines stimulating topics with expert presenters to provide the latest scientific updates of 2018 to improve patient care. This year’s topics include trends and challenges in acute coronary syndromes, coronary artery disease, heart failure, prevention and more; new technologies, approaches and guidelines; a year in review: progress in 2018; and the future of medicine. The course will take place Dec. 7-9 at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York, NY, and has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Learn more and register on ACC.org.

New Options For Making the Most of MOC, Continuing Education

Maintenance of Certification (MOC) has been a hot-button issue and a top priority for the ACC since the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) changed its MOC requirements in 2014. In a recent leadership page published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC), ACC President C. Michael Valentine, MD, FACC, former ACC President Richard A. Chazal, MD, MACC, and ACC Executive Vice President William J. Oetgen, MD, MBA, FACC, highlight the many ways the College has been successful in operationalizing its three MOC goals, including being a trusted source of MOC information for its members; creating and maintaining a robust selection of educational opportunities for members choosing to maintain their ABIM certification; and engaging with ABIM in efforts to change and improve the MOC process. As part of these ongoing efforts, the College has announced a plan to move forward with the creation of two variations of ACCSAP to meet the needs of members seeking an alternative to ABIM, as well as those participating in ABIM’s MOC process. Learn more. Keep up with all things MOC at ACC.org/MOC.

ACC’s 2019 Research and Career Development Award Submissions Now Welcome

The ACC is proud to support the next generation of cardiovascular research legends. Submissions are now being accepted for the 2019 Research and Career Development Awards, which help to fund six FIT/Early Career researchers with $70K in funding to pursue a year of research. Applications are due by Sept, 21, 2018. Learn more and apply online.

Nominations for the 2019 Distinguished Awards Now Open

Join the College in recognizing and celebrating the work being done by a group of exceptional cardiovascular professionals who are working to drive the field forward: Submit your nominations for the Distinguished Awards! We encourage you to nominate peers, colleagues and mentors for one of 12 awards that recognize achievement in areas including research, education, women’s cardiovascular disease and more. Nomination materials should be submitted to the ACC by Sept. 24. For more information on the individuals awards and the nominations process, click here.

JACC Leadership Page: Helping ACC Members Deliver Higher-Quality Care

In a Leadership Page published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC), ACC President C. Michael Valentine, MD, FACC discusses the ACC’s efforts to deliver high-quality care to patients. These efforts include appropriate use criteria, NCDR registries and formal principles to guide members and payers. In the last five years, the College has moved to focusing on development of resources as well as national quality campaigns and initiatives. Looking forward, the goal is to create a suite of tools to help members drive quality improvement in their practices. “The ACC’s new vision calls for the creation of a world where innovation and knowledge optimize cardiovascular care and outcomes,” Valentine writes. “Our core values, in part, call for us to hold ourselves and our profession to the highest standards of evidence and knowledge; constructively challenge the status quo through innovation; and promote a culture of continuous improvement and lifelong learning. We are no longer just a knowledge organization, but a place where individual and institutional members can find the resources and tools to drive higher quality.” Read more.

JACC Leadership Page: Geriatric Cardiology: Two Decades of Progress and Strategy for the Future

In a recent Leadership Page published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC), Andrew P. Miller, MD, FACC, ACC secretary and chair of the ACC Board of Governors; Mathew Maurer, MD, FACC, immediate-past chair of the ACC Geriatric Cardiology Section Leadership Council and Karen P. Alexander, MD, FACC, chair of the Council, discuss the evolution of geriatric cardiology at the College and how the Council plans to align with the goals of the upcoming strategic plan. Since becoming a member section in 2011, the Geriatric Cardiology Member Section has grown to one of the largest member sections of the College and seeks to include members from across the cardiovascular care team. The section seeks to provide a knowledge base for geriatric cardiology, collaborate with other councils and committees regarding the care of older adults, and provide a forum to share experiences relevant to the care of older patients with cardiovascular disease. “The ACC has demonstrated its commitment to address the aging demographic through support of geriatric cardiology education and training,” the authors write. “This is a great time to be in geriatric cardiology.” Read more.

Cardiology: Interventions: Genetic Testing For Clopidogrel “Resistance”; Research from SCAI, HRS, EuroPCR

The latest issue of Cardiology: Interventions highlights key trials from SCAI, HRS and EuroPCR and provides a closer look at the potential for axillary artery access for large bore catheter interventions. Editor-in-Chief Peter C. Block, MD, FACC, also reviews what current evidence tells us about genetic testing for clopidogrel “resistance” and what may be effective strategies for prescribing P2Y12 inhibitors. Also get key points to remember about Takotsubo Syndrome from a new international consensus document and don’t miss a conversation with Roxana Mehran, MD, FACC, on diversity and inclusion in interventional cardiology.  Get the full issue at ACC.org/CardiologyInterventions

Latest issue of Cardiology: Diversity and Inclusion Take Center Stage; More

The June issue of Cardiology is now live! This month’s cover story – One Mission. One Vision. Many Voices – shines a spotlight on the ACC’s Diversity and Inclusion Initiative and offers first-hand looks at some of the opportunities and challenges associated with making both the College and the profession more diverse and inclusive. Also in this issue, don’t miss an update on the contemporary management of post-MI myocardial rupture; get a brief look at today’s treatment for pulmonary hypertension; learn about the Trump Administration’s drug pricing blueprint; and get tips for talking with patients about pregnancy and heart disease. Follow Cardiology on Twitter using #CardiologyMag. Get the full issue at ACC.org/Cardiology