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2023 ACC Annual Report 75 Years of Uniting the Care Team
75 Years of Uniting the Care Team 75 Years of Uniting the Care Team

Growing Our ACC Member Community

ACC continues to build a powerful community and is proud to welcome nearly 6,000 new members in 2023. As a global community, we can solve for the growing burden of cardiovascular disease and the need for equitable delivery of care.

75 Years of Uniting the Care Team

Connecting the Entire Cardiovascular Team

ACC's global member community, spanning the entirety of the cardiovascular care team, is the heart of the College. We're proud to connect cardiovascular professionals from a wide range of professional roles—from geriatricians to clinical pharmacists and medical students to general cardiologists and administrators.

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75 Years of Uniting 
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ACC launched its first Member Sections in 2000, providing a new way for members to connect over shared interests and advocate for their specialty. Today, ACC has over 23 Member Sections spanning career stage, clinical interest and role within the CV team.

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Introducing DocMatter: A New Member Network

The ACC has partnered with DocMatter, a global medical community platform, to offer a new benefit for ACC members that provides a forum to build connections with peers, discuss clinical cases, ask career questions and more. The DocMatter community is private and secure, and allows members to connect based on clinical topic or career interest area. Currently nearly 60,000 participants are active on the DocMatter platform.

Addressing Workforce Challenges

Addressing Workforce Challenges

With not enough clinicians available to meet the needs of an ever-increasing patient population, solving for the workforce crisis is an ACC priority. A BOT-appointed Task Force on the CV Workforce presented proposed steps forward during ACC.23/WCC, that include pursuing changes in training and certification pathways, incentivizing careers in general cardiology, providing well-being resources, promoting team-based care, creating new models and tools that optimize workflow, driving payment reform and incentives alignment and partnering to better manage cardiovascular disease.

The ACC is also convening global partners to address the workforce crisis. Together with the NCD Alliance and WHF, and with support from Viatris, ACC convened leaders in global health and technology for a special forum at the UN Summit this year to discuss how leveraging innovation and technology can support better management of NCDs in communities and address workforce issues.

Learn more about how ACC is addressing the workforce crisis here.

Expanding Partnerships to Increase Value

ACC continued to forge partnerships to enhance the value we bring to our members. This year, we partnered with Contract Diagnostics to provide members with best in class reviews of employment contracts and help analyze compensation structures. Additionally, ACC partnered with the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) to provide members with an affordable option to fulfill new U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) training requirements on the treatment or management of patients with opioid or other substance abuse disorders.

Releasing New Training Guidance For Interventional Cardiology

This year, the ACC, the American Heart Association and the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions jointly issued a clinical document outlining competency-based training requirements for interventional cardiology trainees. The document is the first of its kind to define the training requirements for the full breadth of interventional cardiology for adults, which lay the foundation for coronary interventions, peripheral vascular (PVI) and structural heart interventions (SHI).

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Evolving Communities

ACC continued to expand its member communities, workgroups and activities to continue to meet the growing and evolving needs of the cardiovascular profession.

Evolving Communities

The College launched the Reproductive Health & Cardio-Obstetrics Member Section to address the needs and gaps in care for patients across their reproductive years and during pregnancy. The Section now has over 500 members!

Evolving Communities

Acknowledging the changing landscape of the CICU, the ACC expanded on the launch of the Critical Care Cardiology Section in 2022 by offering a Critical Care Cardiology intensive at ACC.23/WCC, with a specific focus on cardiogenic shock and global approaches to cardiac arrest care.

Evolving Communities

The ACC's LGBTQ+ Work Group continues to expand, with nearly 30 members. The Work Group provides an opportunity for building community, sharing and learning for LGBTQ+ clinicians within the ACC.