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A Healthy Dose of Leadership Training and Wellness

What does it take to be a leader at the ACC? The ACC’s annual Leadership Forum held the answers for more than 200 incoming ACC leaders last month. From targeted orientations to larger sessions on sexual harassment, strategic planning, communications, innovation, managing conflict, and all things ACC, participants came away with a solid foundation on which to build over the next year.

It wasn’t all meetings, however! This year’s meeting integrated mindfulness and participant wellbeing throughout, with opportunities for yoga and meditation, as well as healthy food options and a special session on professional wellness by Governor of ACC’s Utah Chapter and author John Day, MD, FACC. (See January Cardiology for more details.) Participants also were awed and inspired by Scott Parazynski, MD, who spoke during the annual Leadership Forum dinner about his experiences as a physician, astronaut, pilot, inventor and Everest climber and the lessons in leadership and teamwork that he gleaned from each of those experiences.

The Leadership Forum also provided opportunities for specialized training and networking for new and emerging leaders taking part in the College’s Leadership Academy and Emerging Advocates programs. Additionally, both the Board of Trustees and Board of Governors (BOG), respectively, took the time to discuss topics and next steps related to the Strategic Plan, Maintenance of Certification and health policy. As part of the BOG meeting, several state chapters were honored with Chapter Awards for their innovative work in the areas of Cardiovascular Team involvement, Advocacy, Quality Improvement and more.

Search the #ACCLeadershipForum hashtag on Twitter for highlights from the event.

Shining a Spotlight on #TheFaceOfCardiology

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Enhancing the cardiology culture to be more inclusive and engaging and leveraging available talent to enhance the pipeline of under-represented groups in cardiology are among the goals of ACC’s Diversity Task Force.

One of the first efforts of the Task Force is to encourage cardiovascular professionals to share challenging and positive experiences of women and minorities in adult cardiology, pediatric cardiology and cardiac surgery training and cardiology practice. Additionally, showcasing the diversity that does exist within the profession is a priority. In January, the College launched #TheFaceOfCardiology campaign to do just that.

Through #TheFaceOfCardiology the ACC is taking to social media to highlight individuals on the front lines of cardiovascular care that make up the diverse fabric of the profession. ACC members are encouraged to use the hashtag to tag themselves or their colleagues making a difference. With the ACC Cardiovascular Summit in Las Vegas, NV, and ACC.18 in Orlando taking place in February and March, there will be lots of opportunities for the campaign to kick off.

Learn more about ACC’s Diversity Task Force and share diversity challenges and positive experiences at ACC.org/Diversity. On social media? Incorporate #TheFaceOfCardiology in your Twitter bio and don’t forget to use the hashtag in photos or posts on diversity.

PINNACLE Registry Celebrates 10 Years

The ACC’s PINNACLE Registry – the largest outpatient quality improvement registry, capturing data on coronary artery disease, hypertension, heart failure and atrial fibrillation – celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2018.

The PINNACLE Registry launched in 2008 to address the myriad challenges facing cardiovascular practices, including the emergence of reimbursement models based on efficiency and value and the rise of new and untested business arrangements. Over the last decade, it has been used to meet federal quality reporting requirements under the Physician Quality Reporting System, Electronic Health Record Incentive Program and most recently the Quality Payment Program.

Beyond that, however, the PINNACLE Registry has provided real-world insights into the impacts of new guidelines and drugs like novel oral anticoagulants and statins on patient care. It’s also been used to track efforts to improve the ABCS (aspirin use, blood pressure and cholesterol control, and smoking cessation). It was also the foundation for a quality improvement project in India aimed at helping cardiologists to develop quality interventions to improve the care of patients with common cardiovascular medical conditions.

Today, the PINNACLE Registry continues to provide a unique opportunity for cardiovascular practices to enable practice innovation and clinical excellence. Look for the latest research from the PINNACLE Registry during several sessions at ACC.18 in Orlando. Search for “PINNACLE Registry” in the ACC.18 program planner for more information.

Clinical Topics: Anticoagulation Management, Arrhythmias and Clinical EP, Congenital Heart Disease and Pediatric Cardiology, Dyslipidemia, Heart Failure and Cardiomyopathies, Prevention, Atherosclerotic Disease (CAD/PAD), Anticoagulation Management and Atrial Fibrillation, Atrial Fibrillation/Supraventricular Arrhythmias, CHD and Pediatrics and Arrhythmias, CHD and Pediatrics and Prevention, CHD and Pediatrics and Quality Improvement, Lipid Metabolism, Nonstatins, Novel Agents, Statins, Acute Heart Failure, Hypertension

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