Editor's Corner | Choosing Your Path: The Growing Value of ACC Membership
This month's issue of Cardiology explores the many facets of what it means to be an ACC member. As you'll read in our cover story, the value derived from membership is as varied as the paths that not only led us to our respective cardiovascular careers; but continue to lead us both personally and professionally.
In this issue, read firsthand about the many ways being part of the "ACC family" allows for unique opportunities to impact the field of cardiology and improve the lives of patients. In Mentorship Beyond Borders, learn about the unique mentoring relationship between Yan Wang, MD, PhD, a Chinese cardiologist, and ACC Vice President-Elect Dipti Itchhaporia, MD, FACC, from California. You'll also hear from three women currently serving on the ACC Board of Governors about their individual journeys and the internal and external challenges along the way.
What does it take to build and shape the next generation of cardiovascular professionals? Be inspired by innovative programs being created by ACC members that aim to reach youth early and showcase the benefits of a career in the cardiovascular field. Shaping health policy is also critical to the future of the profession. Hear from Health Affairs Committee Chair Thad Waites, MD, MACC, on the College's advocacy priorities over the next five years and how we are committed to advancing solutions to the problems facing our profession today.
Also in this issue, catch the highlights from ACC's recent Industry Advisory Forum focused on diversity and inclusion; read more about the new MedAxiom report on cardiovascular provider compensation; get up to speed on new science out of ESC Congress 2019 in Paris; and don't miss a feature intended to help better understand burnout among physicians.
The ACC is fortunate to have a rich and broad membership that spans Fellows in Training to the broader cardiovascular team. We are proud of our 70-year legacy and are stronger today because of each of you.
I hope you enjoy this issue and that you are motivated to explore what membership means to you and how it can be your springboard for professional growth and moving us closer to our vision of a world where innovation and knowledge optimize cardiovascular care and outcomes.
John Gordon Harold, MD, MACC
John Gordon Harold, MD, MACC, is professor of medicine at Cedars-Sinai Smidt Heart Institute, and David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and a past president of the ACC.
Keywords: ACC Publications, Cardiology Magazine, Mentors, Mentors, Fellowships and Scholarships, Health Policy, Burnout, Professional, Industry, Pleasure
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