Conversations With Cardiologists: Andrew Kates, MD, FACC

March 15, 2017 | Andrew Kates, MD, FACC

'Conversations With Cardiologists' highlights prominent cardiologists throughout the country and shares their invaluable insight on cardiology and sage advice for Fellows in Training (FITs). In an interview with Andrew Kates, MD, FACC, vice chair of ACC.17, and governor of ACC's Missouri Chapter, he discusses his involvement in the ACC and what to expect at ACC.17.

How did you get involved with the ACC?

AK: My involvement with the ACC really began with participation in the inaugural Emerging Faculty Program in 2005. It grew through various roles including the FIT Exam Committee, co-chair of the Best of ACC meetings and chair of the Education Group within the Academic Council. I also became involved at the state level through work with the FITs and our state's Annual Scientific Session.

I have been involved with the national Annual Scientific Session for the last 10 years at various levels – initially as an abstract reviewer and presenter. For the last two years, I chaired the Core Curriculum sessions (along with John P. Erwin III, MD, FACC, governor of ACC's Texas Chapter) and the Health Care in Emerging Countries Symposium. Both of these opportunities gave me unique insight into the educational structure and international impact of the annual meeting.

As governor of ACC's MO Chapter, what is your vision for the Chapter?

AK: It is my hope to grow the Chapter by raising awareness of what we can do as an organization to further our mission. We aim to do this through educational programming for cardiologists and other members of the CV team – we are going to partner with hospitals and groups across the state for educational programs. We also want to promote the cardiovascular health of Missourians through a variety of outreach programs targeted at the public – such as blood pressure screenings, cardiopulmonary resuscitation education, AED training and more.

What will be the focus of ACC's 66th Annual Scientific Sessions(ACC.17)?

AK: Interactive, innovative education is at the heart (pun intended) of ACC.17. I think fellows will really enjoy interactive debates and discussion. There is a great balance between ground-breaking science and education. And we are dedicated to the idea of the engaged learner – with the ability to provide joint Continuing Medical Education/Maintenance of Certification credit for most of the sessions, the learner really is the focus.

What are some of your favorite sessions at ACC17?

AK: There are many – it starts with the opening session – we have David Skorton, MD, MACC, secretary of the Smithsonian, who will be giving the Simon Dack Lecture. How cool is that?! Then the first late-breaking clinical trial sessions will feature what could be game-changing trials. And we have phenomenal educational sessions planned. In addition, three intensives will allow for a "deep dive" into some unique topics, including health care equity, palliative care and teaching with intent. We also have the FIT Jeopardy competition each day. Go Missouri!! (Am I allowed to show my bias?)

You moderated the 'Medical Resident Breakfast' session held in the FIT Lounge at ACC.16. It was very popular and well attended by residents interested in careers in cardiology. This year, the session will be held on March 19 from 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. in the FIT Lounge. What can residents expect to take away from this session?

AK: This session should be fun! Last year we talked about what to do to prepare for applications – letters of recommendation, personal statements, what to look for in a fellowship program (what is a good fit for residents), and what programs are looking for in applicants as well.

What is your message for FITs who are interested in getting involved with the ACC?

AK: Yes! The ACC has done an incredible job in engaging FITs and Early Career members by providing meaningful opportunities for involvement. There are countless ways to get involved. Submit an abstract. Try to get on a council. Volunteer for a working group. Join a member section. The state chapters are also a great way to become involved – in Missouri, we have numerable opportunities for involvement: we have FIT positions on our leadership council, provide scholarships to attend the Legislative Conference, the 3Ts at Snow Mass, the CV Summit, the Annual Scientific Sessions and more.