Welcoming a New Year for the Congenital Heart Disease and Pediatric Cardiology Clinical Topic Collection
It has been a year since the Congenital Heart Disease and Pediatric Cardiology Clinical Topic Collection launched on ACC.org. In keeping with the American College of Cardiology's (ACC's) Strategic Plan to be the professional home for the entire cardiovascular team and to enhance the value of ACC membership, it is ACC's goal that this Collection will continue to be the go-to home for all relevant ACC digital content covering congenital and pediatric cardiology. Over the past few months, this Collection has covered various topics relevant to this subspecialty, providing clinical guidance on patient care from fetal life to adulthood. Timely and important Journal Scans, which are based on the ACC.org editorial board's review of the tables of contents of leading medical publications, summarize the "latest in cardiology" and include our own editorial perspectives. Several experts have been invited to write Expert Analysis articles that dissect diverse topics, such as sudden cardiac death, management of native coarctation, familial hypercholesterolemia, transparency in public reporting, and career planning for the congenital and pediatric cardiovascular trainee. In addition, this Collection contains a wealth of Patient Case Quizzes and Clinical Images of educational value. I and other ACC.org editors have carefully considered perceived knowledge gaps in order to invite and curate new content that is most pertinent to ACC.org learners. Another group within the Adult Congenital and Pediatric Cardiology (ACPC) member section will also be exploring additional opportunities for members to earn maintenance of certification (MOC) credit within the Congenital Heart Disease and Pediatric Cardiology Clinical Topic Collection.
Currently, the ACPC section includes over 2,000 pediatric cardiologists, adult congenital cardiologists, congenital cardiac surgeons, adult cardiologists with interest in congenital heart disease, fellows-in-training, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and practice administrators among our ranks. It is the section's goal to continue to grow in numbers in the years ahead.
The world of congenital cardiology is rapidly changing. There are simply not enough hours in the day to keep up with the latest information and innovations that compete for health care providers' attention. We aim to reduce members' burdens by providing practical tools to navigate these demands, in the form of clinically relevant updates and practical content, with the ultimate goal of optimizing clinical practice and improving patient outcomes. In the end, this site seeks to be the voice of the ACPC section, which in turn aims to serve the needs of its membership. On behalf of Robert H. Beekman III, MD, FACC, chair of the ACPC and Ami B. Bhatt, MD, FACC, and Robert "Jake" D. B. Jaquiss, MD, FACC, associate editorial team leads of the Congenital Heart Disease and Pediatric Cardiology Clinical Topic Collection, thank you for your interest. We encourage you to play an active role in this learning community. Happy New Year!
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