The Pulse of ACC

Latest Impact Factor Numbers Showcase Global Influence of JACC Journals

The global breadth and reach of the entire JACC Journals family are highlighted with the newly released 2022 Impact Factors. JACC tied for 4th among all cardiovascular journals in the world with a very strong Impact Factor of 24. JACC's top cited papers reflect the Journal's ongoing commitment to prioritizing practice-changing and influential original research.

This year's numbers showcase the exceptional strength and growth of the JACC sister journals:

  • Six of seven journals that are eligible for Impact Factor are in the top 15, making JACC Journals a strong competitor in the cardiovascular field.
  • Five journals rose in Impact Factor this year.
  • JACC: CardioOncology is a particular stand-out, jumping from 23 to 11 this year.
  • JACC: Heart Failure jumped into the top 10.
  • JACC: Basic to Translational Science rose in rank from 18 to 13.
  • JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging and JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions continue to lead their respective fields.

These results reflect the incredible vision and leadership of the journal editors and their respective editorial boards and are a testament to the dedication and quality of the authors, peer reviewers and publishing staff. Click here to see individual journal Impact Factors.

ACC's Next Leaders

The ACC Board of Trustees (BOT) has approved the College's newest officers and trustees who will assume their roles in April 2024 following ACC.24 in Atlanta, GA.

These new officers, put forth by the ACC Nominating Committee, include:

  1. Cathleen Dalton Biga, MSN, RN, FACC (ACC President)
  2. Christopher Kramer, MD, FACC (ACC Vice President)
  3. Bonnie Ky, MD, MSCE, FACC (Trustee)
  4. Lee R. Goldberg, MD, MPH, FACC (Trustee)

These individuals will join Himabindu Vidula, MD, MS, FACC (BOG Chair/ACC Secretary), Akshay K. Khandelwal, MD, FACC (Finance Committee Chair), B. Hadley Wilson, MD, FACC (Immediate Past President), Jeffrey Kuvin, MD, FACC (Trustee), Sandra J. Lewis, MD, FACC (Trustee), Thomas M. Maddox, MD, MSc, FACC (Trustee), Roxana Mehran, MD, FACC (Trustee), Pamela B. Morris, MD, FACC (Trustee), and Hani Najm, MD, FACC (Trustee).

"The next year will be pivotal for the College as we kick off our 2024-2028 Strategic Plan and celebrate 75 years of serving as the professional home for cardiovascular clinicians around the world," said Nominating Committee Chair and ACC Immediate Past President Edward T.A. Fry, MD, MACC. "Fortunately, to deliver on our strategic initiatives, ACC directly depends on the amazing pool of talent across all communities of the College. As we identify our new leadership, I can't think of a better team of individuals to guide the College and the profession into the future. Together, our future, current and past leaders will bring vital competencies, perspectives and experiences that will allow us to truly transform cardiovascular care and improve heart health for all."

The ACC Nominating Committee put forth the new slate of candidates using the College's Leadership Competencies as a guide. Click here to learn more about ACC's governance structure and the roles of Officers and Trustees in strategically achieving the College's Mission and Vision.

Call For Applicants: Next JACC Editor-in-Chief

The ACC is seeking a proven physician scientist, inspirational leader and a strategic, organizational thinker to serve as the next Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC) for a five-year term.

The Editor-in-Chief will serve as a proactive and passionate global brand ambassador and advocate for JACC and the entire JACC Journals portfolio. The Editor-in-Chief will be responsible for continuing to grow, innovate and maintain JACC as the pre-eminent clinically focused, peer-reviewed cardiovascular journal worldwide.

Interested candidates should submit their applications by Sept. 12. Individuals must have previous publishing experience and be able to devote a minimum of 50% of their time to the JACC Editor-in-Chief role. Initial responsibilities and Editorial Board formation will begin in January 2024, with the official Editor-in-Chief transition and first issue starting in July 2024.

Meanwhile, as his final term comes to an end in June 2024, a special acknowledgement to current Editor-in-Chief Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, MACC, for his leadership and scientific vision throughout the past 10 years. In the last decade, both JACC and the entire JACC Journals family have innovated and grown and continue to be globally recognized for the best in cardiovascular science and research.

Click here to access the complete position description. Learn more about JACC Journals, including submission processes, current calls for papers and how to sign up for email alerts, at

Are You on the Collaborative Maintenance Pathway?

Performance Assessments, which are offered for two one-week windows each year, are a fundamental component of the Collaborative Maintenance Pathway – a maintenance of certification (MOC) alternative option to the 10-year MOC exam and Longitudinal Knowledge Assessment.

The first Performance Assessment window of 2023 kicks off this month (Aug. 19-27) for those using the CMP to meet MOC requirements for interventional cardiology, electrophysiology and heart failure. The first Performance Assessment window for cardiovascular disease will take place in October.

For those due for an MOC assessment in 2023, there is still time to take advantage of both Performance Assessment windows and have two opportunities to pass. The CMP is delivered through ACCSAP, CathSAP and HFSAP, as well as EPSAP, and integrates lifelong learning with assessment and is the shortest path between learning and maintaining credentials.

More information on how to prepare for the Performance Assessment windows and how to enroll in the CMP is available at

Help With Fulfilling New DEA Training Requirement

The ACC is partnering with the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) to provide ACC members with an affordable option to meet new U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) education requirements.

As of June 27, all DEA-registered practitioners must complete a new one-time, eight-hour training requirement on the treatment or management of patients with opioid or other substance use disorders. Practitioners will need to report completion of the training when enrolling or renewing their online DEA registration.

As part of the partnership with ASAM, clinicians can use the discount code ACC30 to get 30% off ASAM's Fundamentals of Addiction Medicine course. Other discounted or free resources may also be available through state medical societies, hospitals, health systems and/or practice groups to help with meeting the new requirements. Click here to learn more.

ACC Debuts New Version of Chest Pain – MI Registry

The newest version of the Chest Pain – MI Registry debuted last month as part of the ACC's efforts to continuously optimize its NCDR registries to ensure that hospitals and facilities are equipped with the best resources to transform cardiovascular care and improve heart health for all.

New features include:

  • New Datasets: Two dataset options are now available for abstraction. One is streamlined for facilities providing comprehensive care to all cardiac patients, while another is designed for the STEMI Referral Facility (STRF).
  • Enhanced Dashboards: More robust reporting platforms allow facilities to access real-time performance data using the Facility Dashboard; see provider performance on the Professional Level Dashboard; and review patient care metrics based on Transferring Facility or EMS agency with the Intersystem Care Delivery Dashboard.
  • Improved Interface: New and improved toggles, filters and forms, make it easier for facilities to find and implement the data they need.

In addition, the registry fully supports the data requirements for ACC's Chest Pain Center Accreditation program and offers a streamlined approach to achieve your accreditation. Click here to learn more.

Clinical Topics: Arrhythmias and Clinical EP, Heart Failure and Cardiomyopathies, Stable Ischemic Heart Disease, Vascular Medicine, Implantable Devices, SCD/Ventricular Arrhythmias, Atrial Fibrillation/Supraventricular Arrhythmias, Acute Heart Failure, Chronic Angina

Keywords: ACC Publications, Cardiology Magazine, ACC History, Cardiovascular Diseases, ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction, Heart Failure, Accreditation, Certification, Referral and Consultation, Electrophysiology

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