Fall 2015 Sports and Exercise Section Update

Dear Section Members,

The Sport and Exercise Cardiology Section is committed to providing its members with exceptional resources to ensure the continued deliverance of premium cardiovascular care to athletes and exercising individuals of all ages.

Our Section has been hard at work expanding our reach and developing projects like the following:

  • The Sports and Exercise Cardiology Section produced and received approval on a Strategic Plan. As a whole, the ACC recently rolled out a Strategic Plan, laying out the College’s strategic themes and initiatives. The Section’s Strategic Plan strongly complements the ACC’s overall strategic goals, with a special emphasis on incorporating Sports and Exercise Cardiology into the themes of population health, purposeful education, membership value and engagement and transformation of care. Desired outcomes of the Sports and Exercise Cardiology Section’s strategic plan include:
    • Reducing the global burden of cardiovascular disease by encouraging sport and exercise for primary and secondary prevention
    • Working with the College in establishing policies for the care of athletes and exercising individuals, and ensuring that care providers are practicing within policy and best practices that consider cost, value or resource utilization
    • Offering robust mentoring and Sports and Exercise Cardiology learning exchange programs, among others
  • The education committee within the Section recently received approval from the Lifelong Learning Oversight Committee for a Longview educational plan. The overall goal of the plan is to provide formal and informal, personalized learning experiences that result in practical, clinically-relevant patient care and management strategies, in addition to promoting research opportunities in the cardiovascular care needs for athletes across the lifespan. As a result of the implementation of this education plan, the Section will foster enhanced connectivity, coaching and collaboration within the sports and exercise cardiology community.
  • The Care of the Athletic Heart: Translating Clinical Science into Practice Strategies has been approved and will take place from June 17 – 18, 2016, at Westin Memorial City in Houston, TX. Stay tuned for additional details.
  • The ACC and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) have joined forces for the upcoming ACC and ACSM annual meetings. Be on the lookout for joint branding for their “Exercise is Medicine” Platform, in addition to joint educational sessions at each organization’s respective annual meeting:
  • The ACC has been invited to partner with the Sociedade de Cardiologia do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (SOCERJ) for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Sport and Exercise Cardiology Symposium on April 15, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro. We are excited for this new partnership and will be sending four speakers to present during an all-day symposium. Stay tuned for more information!

As we continue to strive for excellence in the field of Sport and Exercise Cardiology, we will continue to develop innovative, enriching opportunities for our Section Members.

Happy Fall!

Michael S. Emery, MD, FACC and Silvana Molossi, MD, PhD, FACC
Sports and Exercise Cardiology Section Chairs

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