Already a CV Team Section member? Click here to access member exclusive content!

headshotheadshot
"The Section is YOUR opportunity to become engaged with the College within your professional area of expertise."
Janet Fredal Wyman, DNP, AACC and George Rogers, MD, Co-chairs, Cardiovascular Team Section Leadership Council

Welcome to Your Professional Home!

A unique blend of forum and network, the Cardiovascular (CV) Team Member Section and Leadership Council is advancing ACC’s efforts to identify and address gaps in areas of professional importance to the cardiovascular care team. Learn more about us by exploring the accordion below.

The section serves as the organizational home for nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, clinical pharmacists, cardiac rehabilitation specialists and other team professionals within the ACC. Nurtured by the College's team-based approach to cardiovascular care, the section has had exceptional growth, reaching over 4,500 members since its inception in 2003.

Click here to learn more about our mission and to learn more about the Section >>>

The mission of the section is:

To improve the quality of cardiovascular (CV) care by encouraging the engagement of the CV care “team” in every aspect of the College.

To advocate for and foster a team-based approach to cardiovascular patient care.

To advocate for increased educational opportunities for the cardiovascular team and on effective team practice.

To generate awareness regarding advocacy issues that affect the practice of team members and inhibit the quality and timeliness of patient care.

To create career and professional development opportunities for cardiovascular care team members.

To foster relationships with other care team organizations in order to provide greater opportunities for non-physician, cardiovascular care providers.

To achieve the section’s mission, the Cardiovascular Team Section Leadership Council established several committees:

    Advocacy

    Communications

    Membership

    Research & Practice Outcomes

    Registered Nurses

    Advanced Practice Nurses

    Physician Assistant

    Clinical Pharmacists

Any member can volunteer to join these committees and become involved with the work of the section. Additionally, the CV Team State Liaison Work Group, a group comprised of elected care team representatives from every ACC Chapter, serves as the local representatives for care team members.

Please join us in making the ACC the home for all cardiovascular professionals.

Any and all ideas are welcome. To submit your ideas, please to mail to: cvt@acc.org

The Section is YOUR opportunity to become engaged with the College within your professional area of expertise. Please contact us at for more information.

Janet Fredal Wyman, DNP, AACC
George Rogers, MD
Co-chairs, Cardiovascular Team Section Leadership Council

<<< Return to top

  About the Cardiovascular Team
  About the Cardiovascular Team

The ACC's Cardiovascular Team Member Section and Leadership Council is the home for cardiovascular team professionals within the ACC, advocating for and advancing priorities of interest to the community.

The ACC’s determination to become the organizational home of the entire CV Team is reflected in the central role team-based care has in its strategic plan. The College believes that the involvement and perspectives of professionals in the following disciplines are critical to the future of cardiovascular medicine.

  Who is Eligible to Join the Cardiovascular Team?
  Who is Eligible to Join the Cardiovascular Team?
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Clinical Pharmacist
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Clinical Social Worker
  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Genetic Counselor
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Physician Assistant
  • Registered Cardiac Electrophysiology Specialist
  • Registered Cardiac Sonographer
  • Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist
  • Registered Congenital Cardiac Sonographer
  • Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer
  • Registered Dietician
  • Registered Nurse
  • Registered Vascular Specialist
  • Registered Vascular Technologist
  Section Leadership
  Section Leadership

Cardiovascular Team Section Leadership Council
Co-Chairs: Janet Fredal Wyman, DNP, AACC and George Rogers, MD

Advocacy Committee
Chair: Linda Tavares, DNP, AACC

Communication Committee
Co-Chairs: Deborah Croy, DNP, AACC

Editorial Board
Editor: Sandra Oliver-McNeil, DNP, ACNP-BC, CHFN, AACC

Membership Committee
Chair: Susan Housholder-Hughes, NP, AACC

Research & Practice Outcomes Committee
Chair: Nancy Albert, PhD, CNS

Registered Nurses Committee
Co-Chairs: Tanya Verga, RN and Anna Broz, NP, AACC

Advanced Practice Nurses Committee
Chair: Kristine Anne Scordo, PhD, RN

Physician Assistant Committee
Chair: Michael Clark, PhD, PA-C, AACC

Clinical Pharmacists Committee
Co-chairs: Kimberly Birtcher, PharmD, AACC and Craig Beavers, PharmD, AACC

CV Team Member Section Editors
Maureen Julien, CRNP and Michelle J. Nickolaus, CRNP, AACC

  Contact ACC Staff
  Contact ACC Staff

Contact Kelli Bohannon at kbohanno@acc.org with any questions or comments regarding the Cardiovascular Team Member Section.

 
  Benefit and Value of ACC members
  Benefit and Value of ACC members

ACC’s member benefits allow members to fulfill their commitment to quality CV care through education and easy access to timely, sought-after information. Some of these benefits include:

  • Certified Education
    The ACC offers educational products and programs— including 300+ free educational opportunities—in a variety of specialty areas tailored for members of the CV Team at all stages of their careers. The College is also accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. In addition to live events, the ACC also offers a wide variety of Self-Assessment and Meeting on Demand™ Programs covering topics from general cardiology to cardiac arrhythmias and electrophysiology. In 2015, the College provided almost 400 contact hours of continuing education credits for CV Team members!
  • Networking and Involvement
    The Cardiovascular Team Member Section and Leadership Council is central to the ACC’s efforts to engage all members of the CV Team in the College’s strategic initiatives. Eight different work groups provide members with the opportunity to get involved and hone their leadership skills in the organization. Many committee and council leaders started as volunteers in Section work groups. CV Team members are also encouraged to enroll in the CV Team Section’s Expertise & Volunteer Database in order to be considered for off-cycle committee appointments and special projects. Opportunities for involvement also exist at the state and local level through ACC Chapters.
  • ACC Advocacy
    The CV Team Section’s Advocacy Work Group works closely with the Health Affairs Committee, as well as the Political Action Committee, to ensure a team-based approach to advocacy. During the ACC’s Legislative Conference, members have an opportunity to speak directly with legislators about issues that negatively impact their practice and patient care. The ACC’s ongoing advocacy endeavors include the 2015 ACC HPS on CV Team-Based Care and the Role of Advanced Practice Providers and its support of legislation (H.R. 3355 and S. 488) that would allow physician assistants, nurse practitioners and clinical nurse specialists to supervise cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation programs on a day-to-day basis under Medicare.
  • Free Subscription to the monthly CV Team Section eNewsletter and journal scans from top cardiovascular team professional journals. These eNewsletters include clinical, research and organizational content.
  • Free Online Subscription to the JACC family of journals, including The Journal of the American College of Cardiology—the #1 ranked cardiovascular journal in the world—as well as JACC: Interventions, JACC: Imaging, JACC: Heart Failure, JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology and JACC: Basic to Translational Science.
  • Free Subscription to Cardiology, the College’s quarterly, flagship member magazine, which explores how the latest science translates into real-world practice and features expert advice and commentary from member-authors.
  • Guidelines and Quality Standards
    ACC CV Team members have full access to standards and guidelines and ACC/ACP/ AHA clinical competence statements. Additionally, CV Team members may participate in the development and review of these documents.
  • Science and Quality
    Through the efficient capture and reporting of data, the NCDR® program—which includes eight hospital and two outpatient registries— allows participating practices to measure, benchmark and improve the quality of the cardiovascular care they provide. The Quality Improvement for Institutions program disseminates evidence-based strategies and toolkits, promotes best-practice sharing and builds nationwide learning networks.
  • ACC Awards Program
    Each year, the ACC and its chapters provide a select number of CV Team members with travel stipends to attend the Annual Scientific Session and the Legislative Conference—to ensure that these valued members have an opportunity to attend the College’s two most important annual events. In 2015, over 40 CV Team members received travel stipends for ACC national and chapter events. CV Team members are also invited to apply for research and career development awards, including the ACC’s Young Investigator Awards, and are honored annually at ACC’s Convocation Ceremony with select Distinguished Awards, including the Distinguished Associate Award, the highest honor granted to CV Team members.
  • Professional Development
    CV Team members are encouraged to seek national board certification and advance to Associate of the American College of Cardiology.
 
  Become a Member
  Become a Member

The ACC’s determination to become the organizational home of the entire CV Team is reflected in the central role team-based care has in its strategic plan.



Becoming a Cardiovascular Team member is easy and provides you with access to tools and resources worth thousands that support you from your training through retirement, in all aspects of cardiovascular medicine.

Applicants are required to submit one letter of sponsorship from a current FACC, AACC, International Associate or CV Team member of the College. Click the button on the right to download the Sponsorship Form Letter.

The College believes that the involvement and perspectives of professionals in the following disciplines are critical to the future of cardiovascular medicine >>>

  • Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Clinical Pharmacist
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Clinical Social Worker
  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Genetic Counselor
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Physician Assistant
  • Registered Cardiac Electrophysiology Specialist
  • Registered Cardiac Sonographer
  • Registered Cardiovascular Invasive Specialist
  • Registered Congenital Cardiac Sonographer
  • Registered Diagnostic Cardiac Sonographer
  • Registered Dietician
  • Registered Nurse
  • Registered Vascular Specialist
  • Registered Vascular Technologist

<<< Return to top

Learn more about the Cardiovascular Team Membership that applies to you by clicking the links below.

  CV Team Membership for Those Practicing in the U.S./Canada
  CV Team Membership for Those Practicing in the U.S./Canada

Nurse Practitioners, Registered Nurses, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Clinical Pharmacists, Physician Assistants and Genetic Counselors practicing outside the US and Canada are invited to apply for membership in the ACC as Cardiovascular Team Members. Learn more about how you can become one of ACC’s 52,000 members worldwide and gain access to benefits that will help you transform care and improve heart health by clicking the links below.

  CV Team Membership for Those Practicing Outside the U.S./Canada
  CV Team Membership for Those Practicing Outside the U.S./Canada

Nurse Practitioners, Registered Nurses, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Clinical Pharmacists, Physician Assistants and Genetic Counselors practicing outside the US and Canada are invited to apply for membership in the ACC as Cardiovascular Team Members. Learn more by clicking the link below.

  CV Membership for Students
  CV Membership for Students

For select members of the Cardiovascular (CV) Team enrolled at least half-time in an undergraduate or graduate program. This category is not applicable for physicians in their CV training. Learn more by clicking the link below.

 
  Your Path to AACC and FACC
  Your Path to AACC and FACC

The Associate of the American College of Cardiology (AACC) Designation

Associate of the American College of Cardiology (AACC) is one of the most distinguished designations the College offers its members, honoring those with advanced training and education who have shown a commitment to the profession and the College. Read More >>>

With a focus on recognized national board certifications and member interests in advanced learning, skill building and professional recognition, the designation is a high honor reserved for those cardiovascular team members who have taken their commitment to transforming cardiovascular care and improving heart health to the highest level.

As an Associate of the American College of Cardiology (AACC) you’ll gain recognition as a cardiovascular professional at the top of your field and receive voting privileges on College decisions. <<< Return to top

The Fellow of the American College of Cardiology (FACC) Designation

Fellowship is one of the most distinguished designations the College offers its members, and is the ultimate recognition of professional achievement. Read More >>>

Based on outstanding credentials, achievements and community contributions to cardiovascular medicine, those who are elected to Fellowship signal to peers and patients their commitment to quality cardiovascular care through use of the FACC designation. Fellows of the ACC come from all specialties within cardiology and include adult cardiologists, pediatric cardiologists, interventional cardiologists, surgeons, researchers, academicians, specialists in a cardiovascular-related field and cardiovascular team members with advanced degrees.

The strongest evidence of achievement for those who earn the FACC designation comes from the applicant’s peers through letters of sponsorship attesting to their professional competence and commitment to excellence.

Election to Fellowship is determined by committee, and applications are welcomed on a rolling basis.

<<< Return to top