Since its inception, education has been one of the central components that has allowed the ACC to fulfill its enduring purpose of improving cardiovascular health. In 1951 at the inaugural ACC national meeting, ACC President Bruno Kisch, MD, MACC, said that “for the first time in this country [the ACC would bring together] the clinician and scientist in common work and exchange of opinions … for the best of the suffering cardiac patient.”

Throughout its history, the ACC has fostered and provided cutting edge science and education to cardiovascular clinicians. This December 2016 edition of the CardioSurve Newsletter focuses on this mission, highlighting cardiology’s pre-eminent publication the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, the future of instruction via simulation-based education, training those on the front lines of education and development of the next generation of cardiologists, and the extension of education into the patient space with CardioSmart.

As the ACC strives toward meeting the goal of improving the health of the cardiovascular patient of today and tomorrow, it will continue its long tradition of planting seeds in the minds of cardiovascular clinicians with education.