October 16, 2015

Robert A. Shor, MD, FACC

This BOG Update is brought to you by Robert A. Shor, MD, FACC, Chair of the ACC Board of Governors.

First and foremost, I want to thank each of the folks that have given their time and energy over the past year to provide content for our weekly BOG Update. It has been fascinating to read posts from across the country about what keeps you up and night or what your Chapter is doing to make a difference. I hope to see more of them as I truly believe that knowledge sharing among Governors is instrumental to a successful BOG.

I am looking forward to seeing you all this weekend for our fall meeting in conjunction with ACC’s annual Legislative Conference. It sounds as though the weather may be a bit brisk, with high temperatures expected to be generally in the 50’s here in the nation’s capital. We will review where we are with current and ongoing projects that focus on key areas, including enhanced bi-directional communications, increased Chapter effectiveness, and improved Section-Chapter collaboration. We will review where we stand with the initiatives the BOG decided to pursue from our earlier survey that include the state advocacy, 25x25 population health efforts, and expanded use of the NCDR. You can also expect the meeting to touch on where we hope to go – with discussion about new projects and upcoming surveys, as well as a preview of the Leadership Portal that will be housed on ACC.org as our one-stop BOG shop. Our hour to chat about MOC – along with other topics – will be an important one. I will bring to the table outcomes from the BOT retreat, as well as the most up-to-date happenings around MOC and ABIM via the Task Force for Liaison with ABIM and the Task Force on Evaluation of the Need for a New Cardiology Board. In addition, ACC President-Elect Rick Chazal, MD, FACC, will be presenting a more complete review at the Legislative Conference.

I am also eager to hear from our guest speakers, including ACC CEO Shal Jacobovitz, who will update us on the College’s strategic plan progress. As part of our BOG strategic initiatives, Incoming BOG Chair Matthew Phillips, MD, FACC, along with Jamie Capelo and Frank Ryan will take the podium to talk through advocacy and state lobbying; plus, Gregory Dehmer, MD, MACC and Lara Slattery will join us to discuss NCDR and public reporting and potential opportunities for Chapters to leverage state-wide NCDR data. NCDR public reporting is coming soon.

And of course, there will be plenty of time for discussion around all of these topics and more. The afternoon’s open discussion slot in the agenda is the perfect forum to make some of our listserv conversations come alive. I look forward to your engagement and dialogue. See you soon!