ACC Awarded Grant to Increase FIT Participation in Geriatric Cardiology

The Association of Specialty Professors (ASP) has awarded the ACC's Council on Cardiovascular Care of Older Adults (CCCOA) with a $25,000 grant to host a retreat in geriatric cardiology for Fellows in Training (FITs) during ACC.13. The retreat will provide FITs with additional insights, skills, support and career and professional development in an attempt to cultivate future investigators and leaders in the field of geriatric cardiology.

Specifically at ACC.13, six sessions will take place over the three-day meeting that are focused on:

  • Patient Selection for TAVR – What Does the Cardiologist Need to Know?
  • Controversies in Imaging: The Geriatric Patient
  • Advanced Heart Failure in the Older Patient: Transplant versus DT versus Neither
  • Sweating with the Oldies: Exercise Recommendations for the Aging, but Still Active Adult with Heart Disease
  • Prevention in the Very Elderly: What is a Valid Goal?
  • Common Clinical Dilemmas in the Care of the Older Adult

In addition, the grant will establish a Fellows Working Group to foster the development of leadership skills, engage FITs directly in the activities of the Geriatric Cardiology Member Section, on an on-going basis, and promote liaisons with other section working groups.

CCCOA Chair Daniel E. Forman, MD, FACC, said "engagement of FITs and nurturing opportunities for their growth into potential leaders in geriatric cardiology is viewed as a critical component of the future success of the Geriatric Cardiology Member Section. For these reasons, the opportunities that the CCCOA will provide with this grant will help develop the future leaders to improve care for the growth population of older adults."

To find other ACC.13 program and networking opportunities specifically tailored to FIT needs, visit the ACC.13 networking page for FITs.

Keywords: Patient Selection, Cardiology, Heart Failure

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