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Book Review: Eat That Frog

March 19, 2020

Book Review

Brian Tracy's book Eat That Frog serves as a guide to those struggling with the seemingly never-ending to-do list.

Khanjan Baxi Shah, MD, MPH

#ChooseCardiology: Khanjan Shah, MD

March 19, 2020

Feature Article

"When there are nine." This unapologetic mandate for increased gender diversity was Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg's reply when asked when there would be a satisfactory number of women on the Court. The spirit of her words rings true in my field of interventional cardiology, as well, in which a paltry 3.5 percent of current practitioners are women.

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Nonclinical Competency: How to Approach Negotiations and Conflict Resolution

March 19, 2020

Feature Article

Caring for patients within a multidisciplinary team and navigating the current challenges in health care requires a skill set not traditionally taught in medical education: negotiation and conflict resolution. Furthermore, studies show that women are less likely than men to negotiate and more likely to avoid conflict.

ACC.20/WCC

RSVP For the WIC Section Meeting at ACC.20/WCC

March 2, 2020

Save the Date

Don't miss your chance to network with peers at the WIC Section meeting, taking place March 28 at 10:30 a.m. CT in the WIC Lounge, at ACC.20 Together With World Congress of Cardiology. Section leaders will recount 2019's achievements and activities, as well as answer any questions you may have.

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Celebrating-Female-Physicians

March 2, 2020

Women in medicine have come a long way since Elizabeth Blackwell became the first female medical doctor in the U.S. Early women physicians like Blackwell broke down traditions and barriers and set the stage for the next generations to grow and thrive within the field.

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A Poem: Metaphors For a Woman

February 27, 2020

Poetry

Check out the latest WIC poetry submission, A Poem: Metaphors For a Woman, by Kamala P. Tamirisa, MD, FACC! Please share on Twitter: #ACCWIC

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#ChooseCardiology: Rose Tompkins, MD, FACC

February 20, 2020

Feature Article

Someone once told me to be open to all possibilities, as you never know what opportunities may come your way. As I looked back, I found myself really taking this to heart (no pun intended). By the time I started residency, I felt strongly about pursuing a career in cardiology. Interestingly, I did not have the initial intention of subspecializing in adult congenital heart disease (ACHD) because it was not an official cardiac subspecialty, rather a unique niche where only a few centers in the U.S. were offering non-accredited fellowship training.

Ramyashree Tummala, MD

#Choose Cardiology: Ramyashree Tummala, MD

February 20, 2020

Feature Article

One Friday evening, I got a text from my friend asking if I was free for happy hour. I had to decline since I was on call. In addition to happy hours, most fellows will find that they often have to miss other events in training, like baby showers, family events, birthday parties or holidays. People often then question: what motivates me to take on such a challenging and demanding profession like cardiology? To answer this question, I want to share my personal stories on how cardiology excites me every day.

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High-Risk Pregnancy and Cardiovascular Clinic Empowers Women to Healthier Pregnancies

January 31, 2020

Highlights From Cardiology Magazine

Cardiovascular disease is estimated to be present in 1-3 percent of pregnancies, and the incidence is increasing. As a cardiologist who has a special interest in pregnant women with cardiovascular disease, and as a mother of twins, Colleen Harrington, MD, FACC, is challenged academically and emotionally in treating these patients.

WIC Leadership Workshop 2019

Highlights From the 2019 ACC WIC Section Leadership Workshop

January 23, 2020

Feature Article

The 2019 ACC Women in Cardiology (WIC) Leadership Workshop was held before the ACC Legislative Conference in Washington, DC. The event served as an educational forum that brought together female cardiologists from around the country – including a large number of Fellows in Training (FITs) – to promote continued professional growth and career advancement.

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Taking Time to Breathe

January 6, 2020

Feature Article

I recently read the obituary of one of my esteemed colleagues. It listed all his certifications, achievements, awards and invaluable contributions to our field – symbols of his pioneering vision. I thought to myself. I hope he had time to take a step back, look at all his achievements and life journey with a smile. I hope he took a walk in the rain. On a day so bleak and dreary, the rain-tipped leaves formed diamond crystals that sparkled.

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Feature Interview | Why to Consider Physician Coaching

December 18, 2019

Feature Interview

In this feature interview, cardiologists Toniya Singh, MBBS, FACC, a Partner at St. Louis Heart and Vascular, and Sangeeta B. Shah, MD, FACC, a cardiologist at Ochsner Health System, discuss how they discovered career coaching through different avenues, but have both experienced valuable benefits as a result.

Sherry-Ann Brown, MD, PhD, FAHA

#ChooseCardiology: Sherry-Ann Brown, MD, PhD

December 18, 2019

Feature Article

What can I say? I love the heart. I love the physiology of the physical heart and all of its components – the plumbing, electrical wiring and carpentry of the heart. All of it. The fact that cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death in the world makes this organ system even more fascinating to me. In addition to conditions of the physical heart, I also find value in considering the figurative heart, recognizing the interplay among various parts of the whole person. As you can see, I chose to become a cardiologist for several reasons. Once deciding to become a cardiologist, here is how I determined what sort of cardiologist I wanted to be.

Florida WIC Chapter Event

Strong Turnout for ACC Florida WIC Chapter Annual Meeting

December 18, 2019

Feature Article

The ACC Florida Women in Cardiology (WIC) Chapter recently held their annual meeting at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort. The program included mission areas of advocacy, education and quality, and had more than 200 attendees from across the state with a strong representation of women in cardiology.

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A Case For Support for Breastfeeding Cardiology Fellows

December 13, 2019

Highlights From JACC

"Cardiovascular medicine is among the most gender-imbalanced medical specialties in the United States. Over the last 12 years, the proportion of women in U.S. cardiology fellowship programs has remained stagnant around 20, percent," write Jenna Kay, MD, Nosheen Reza, MD, and Frank E. Silvestry, MD, in a recent "Voices in Cardiology" piece in JACC: Case Reports.

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Poetry | The Healer Speaks

November 26, 2019

Poetry

Check out the inaugural WIC poetry submission, The Healer Speaks, by Sherry-Ann Brown, MD, PhD! Please share on Twitter: #ACCWIC

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Reflections on the ACC Maryland Chapter WIC Kickoff

November 13, 2019

Featured Meetings and Conferences

I had the opportunity to participate in the ACC Maryland Women in Cardiology (WIC) Council Kickoff Event, led by Garima Sharma, MBBS, FACC. It was a beautiful summer evening in late June, and the waterfront outside our venue sparkled alongside our conversation.

Patricia Tung, MD

#ChooseCardiology: Patricia Tung, MD

November 13, 2019

Member Profile

Why did you choose cardiology? I found the mechanical nature of cardiac function fascinating – this complex pump that formed the most critical organ in the body. Once I started learning about pathophysiology and diseases affecting the function of the heart, it became even more interesting.

Kyla Lara-Breitinger, MD

#ChooseCardiology: Kyla Lara-Breitinger, MD

November 13, 2019

Member Profile

In medical school, I struggled with finding a career path I felt passionate about. I had enjoyed most of my clinical rotations but I did not have the "aha moment." While rotating through cardiology consults, I met Annabelle S. Volgman, MD, FACC, the person I credit for demonstrating that I, too, could one day become a cardiologist and #ChooseCardiology.

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Sign Up For “Microvolunteer” Opportunities

October 28, 2019

Member Engagement Opportunities at the ACC

There are a lot of big ways to get involved with the College – being on a Section Leadership Council, participating on a taskforce or committee, or serving as faculty for a live course, to name a few. However, we know that not everyone has the time for some of these larger-scale commitments. That's why the ACC is excited to announce the launch of our Microvolunteering Platform.

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Women in Cardiology: Is it Possible to Have it All?

October 28, 2019

Highlights From Cardiology Magazine

Toniya Singh, MBBS, FACC, and Tina Shah, MD, FACC, are two busy cardiologists. They are also women who have a family and make time to be active volunteer members of the ACC. In a recent Cardiology article, Singh and Shah talk about making it all work, progress made for women and unfinished business, and advice for their younger self.

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Last Call For Submissions: JACC: Case Reports Special Issue CVD in Women

October 18, 2019

Highlights From JACC

Submissions for a JACC: Case Reports special issue on cardiovascular disease in women are due on or before Oct. 31. Clinical cases, clinical case series and Voices in Cardiology will be accepted, as well as commentaries and perspectives if sufficiently rigorous and impactful.

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ACC Massachusetts WIC Chapter Get-Together

October 17, 2019

Feature Article

Last June, the ACC Massachusetts Women in Cardiology (WIC) chapter hosted a gathering for members living in the greater Boston area. The event was held at a local playground on a gorgeous day, and a few organizers brought coffee and snacks for everyone. Spouses and children were also invited to this event.

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ACC Southeastern WIC Conference Recap

October 17, 2019

Feature Article

I recently had the pleasure of attending the ACC Southeastern Women in Cardiology conference in Point Clear, AL. I have been to a variety of different conferences in my training so far, but none have been quite as unique and special as this one. This meeting was a wonderful opportunity to get to meet and bond with a variety of women from different backgrounds and at varying points in their medical careers. It served as a safe and open forum to discuss many of the issues surrounding female physicians in cardiology today.

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#ChooseCardiology: Ki Park, MD, MS

October 17, 2019

Feature Article

Why did you choose cardiology? I was originally drawn to the field of cardiology due to experience with family members dealing with heart disease. However, I became really intrigued with the idea of becoming a cardiologist when I went through cardiovascular physiology in medical school. Learning about hemodynamics and the vascular system in the body was fascinating, and the fact that one could directly auscultate the heart and make diagnoses based on this direct "interaction" was eye-opening.

Workplace Gender Inequality

Paper Addresses Urgent Need For Advancement of Women in Cardiology

October 4, 2019

Highlights From JACC

Urgent action may be needed in implementing creative, multipronged approaches to address the real and perceived barriers to women's full participation in cardiology, according to a paper published Sept. 30 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Women in Cardiology

ACC Delaware Chapter WIC Regional Meeting

September 19, 2019

Feature Article

We are proud to announce that on April 25th, the ACC Women in Cardiology (WIC) Delaware Chapter held its first event. After nearly a year of hard work and planning, Carly Fabrizio, DO, my co-fellow at the Christiana Care Health System in Newark, DE, and I founded the Chapter together. We were thrilled to see our efforts come to fruition.

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#ChooseCardiology: Nishaki Mehta, MBBS, FACC

September 19, 2019

Feature Article

From Ni"Shock"i to "Meta"-Analysis – it sounds like my name determined my career path. I chose academic electrophysiology because my name embedded electricity and research – just kidding! I chose academic cardiology because I envisioned a three-pronged career approach: providing high quality clinical care, being a part of a stimulating work environment where I continuously engage in teaching and learning, and having the ability to collaborate on research across specialties and disciplines.

Jacqueline L. Green, MD, FACC

#ChooseCardiology: Jacqueline L. Green, MD, FACC

September 19, 2019

Feature Interview

The following feature interview with Jacqueline L. Green, MD, FACC, is part of the ACC WIC Section's #ChooseCardiology series, where women in residency, fellowship and early career are encouraged to share why they would choose cardiology again. Dr. Green is a cardiologist at Piedmont Heart Institute in Fayetteville, GA.

Cardiology Magazine August 2019

Pregnancy and Motherhood During Interventional Cardiology Training

August 29, 2019

Highlights From Cardiology Magazine

In a recent Cardiology article, Khanjan Baxi Shah, MD, MPH, who completed her general and interventional cardiology fellowships at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School this year, provides a first-hand experience of pregnancy and motherhood during her training.

Tanuka Datta, MD

Mind the Gender Wage Gap

August 15, 2019   |   Tanuka Datta, MD

Feature Article

"Just because you love something, doesn't mean you have to do it for free," said Carolyn Carr-Ragland, a senior management consultant and executive coach by profession.

JACC

JACC: Case Reports Call For Papers: CVD in Women

August 1, 2019

Announcements

To address the largely underexplored topic of cardiovascular disease in women, JACC: Case Reports will publish its first special issue on this topic in January 2020.

Cardiology Magazine; July 2019

Check Out the July Issue of Cardiology; Your Member Magazine

July 23, 2019

Highlights From Cardiology Magazine

Cardiology is the ACC's flagship member magazine — your member magazine — providing cardiovascular professionals with a comprehensive source for clinical and professional news. Find links to all of the July issue's articles and share on social media!

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ACC WIC Section Networking Event at ESC Congress 2019

July 22, 2019

Save the Date

Are you attending the ESC Congress 2019 in Paris? Don't miss the ACC WIC Section networking event on Sunday, Sept. 1, from 6 – 7:30 p.m. at the Hotel Lutetia – Hotel Lobby Bar. Catch up with colleagues, make new connections and discuss opportunities for the Section.

Kathryn L. Berlacher, MD, FACC

Interview With Kathryn L. Berlacher, MD, FACC

July 18, 2019

Feature Interview

Kathryn L. Berlacher, MD, FACC, is a cardiologist at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and the new ACC Pennsylvania Chapter governor. In the following interview, Berlacher shares her goals for the coming term, the importance of mentorship and advice for Fellows in Training (FITs) looking to get more involved with the College.

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Does Your Institution Have a Cardiology Leadership Group?

July 18, 2019

Feature Article

Women within the field of cardiology face unique challenges during both their training and advancement as faculty. As a group of female cardiologists at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), we gathered together to first acknowledge and define these issues and then created a leadership development program to support career growth.

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Female Cardiologists in Hungary

July 18, 2019

Feature Article

While women in cardiology have come a long way, there are still hurdles to jump in Hungary. Medicine and the field of cardiology used to be a typically male-dominated profession. The increasing number of women enrolled in medical school led to major shifts in the gender composition.

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Leading By Example: Building a Network of Female Cardiologists in Africa

June 20, 2019

Quick Reads and Recommendations

"Female solidarity and the active mental decision to empower oneself are the most important ways forward," write Karen Sliwa, MD, PhD, FACC, et al., in a global health case report highlighting efforts to build a network among female cardiovascular researchers and scientists in Africa.

Why I Chose Cardiology: Shae Anderson, MD

June 20, 2019   |   Shae Anderson, MD

Feature Article

My fascination with cardiac physiology, the potential to make a profound clinical impact, and the diversity of career and lifestyle options led me to choose cardiology as a career, specifically pediatric cardiology.

Nosheen Reza, MD

Getting to Yes With Yourself

June 10, 2019   |   Nosheen Reza, MD

Book Review

You cannot get to "yes" with others until getting to "yes" with yourself first. This statement is the central argument of William Ury's Getting to Yes With Yourself: And Other Worthy Opponents, his 2015 sequel-intended-as-a-prequel to his 1981 international bestseller on negotiation, Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In.

Litsa K. Lambrakos, MD, FACC

ACC Florida WIC Chapter Meeting

May 16, 2019   |   Litsa Konstance Lambrakos, MD, FACC

ACC Chapters

Earlier this year, the ACC Florida Women in Cardiology (WIC) Chapter held its second annual meeting in Orlando, FL. The weekend-long session, designed to focus on WIC and Fellows in Training (FITs), attracted more than 40 attendees from across the state in various stages of their careers.

Lidija B. McGrath, MD

Why I Chose Adult Congenital Heart Disease

May 16, 2019   |   Lidija Breznikar McGrath

Feature Article

The human heart is an incredible organ that has intrigued me since the time I first learned about it in biology class. As I went through medical school, there were three separate moments that further sparked my interested in cardiology.

Caroline Ball, MD

It's Okay to Drop the Ball

April 18, 2019   |   Caroline Ball, MD

Book Review

For the busy female cardiologist (or Fellow in Training), Tiffany Dufu's book Drop the Ball is a paradigm-shifting guide to achieving success at both work and home. Her message is clear throughout the book: the way to get ahead is to let go.

Danielle A. Smith, MD

So, Now It's Time to Get a "Real" Job

March 13, 2019   |   Danielle Smith, MD

Feature Article

The job search in cardiovascular medicine is daunting but also exciting. Applying to attending positions gave me the motivation to get through the final push of my senior year.

Chapters

Save When You Advance to FACC in March

March 12, 2019

Announcements

Transforming cardiovascular care and improving heart health can't be accomplished by one person; it takes a diversity of experience, knowledge and perspectives.

Nidhi Mandan

Meetings and Events | Highlights From the ACC WIC Section Leadership Workshop

January 17, 2019

Last year, the ACC Women in Cardiology (WIC) Leadership Workshop took place preceding ACC’s 2018 Legislative Conference at Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. The ACC WIC Section is an exceptional forum that brings female cardiologists together and advocates for their career advancement and professional growth. An astounding number of female cardiologists and Fellows in Training from across the country attended the workshop, making it a huge success!

Chapter Engagement | ACC Georgia Chapter WIC Meeting

January 17, 2019

During the annual ACC Georgia Chapter meeting, which recently took place in Greensboro, GA, members from the ACC Women in Cardiology (WIC) Section gathered for a special event of their own.

Feature | Why I #ChooseCardiology

January 17, 2019

A benign heart murmur that was detected when I was 6 years old, along with the frantic investigations carried out at a time when murmurs were not considered benign, piqued my interest in cardiology. My life had been quite uneventful until then, and I found the frequent trips to appointments and diagnostic tests quite fascinating.

Nosheen Reza, MD

Close the Gap: Negotiation Skills For Women in Cardiology

December 20, 2018

Feature Article

Over the past year, workplace inequity across many American industries has become a topic of national conversation. Gender disparity in medicine is becoming increasingly exposed, and cardiology has not been exempt from this spotlight.

Inaugural Midwest WIC Symposium

December 20, 2018

Feature Article

The first Regional Midwest ACC Women in Cardiology (WIC) Section conference was held this past September in St. Louis, MO, and was supported by the ACC Arkansas, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri and Oklahoma Chapters.

Why I Chose Cardiology

December 20, 2018

Feature Article

I was drawn to the field of cardiology since early childhood. During summer vacation in the rural Republic of Georgia when I was 14 years old, I witnessed my grandfather having a heart attack.

Estefania Oliveros, MD

#MeToo: Cardiovascular Medicine is Not Immune to Sexual Harassment

November 29, 2018   |   Estefania Oliveros, MD

Feature Article

According to the World Health Organization, the prevalence of sexual violence affects one third of all women worldwide. "Me Too" is an international movement against sexual harassment and assault, which lately has become a hot topic in social media, television, Hollywood and even at the latest ACC Annual Scientific Sessions (ACC.18) in Orlando, FL.

Gail Jones, MD, MPH

Why I Chose Critical Care Cardiology: Gail Jones, MD, MPH

November 29, 2018   |   Gail Jones, MD, MPH

Feature Article

From the moment I entered medical school, I thought I was going to be an anesthesiologist. My father is a cardiothoracic anesthesiologist and has been practicing for more than 40 years. He has had a long, successful career and loves his job, so I wanted to be like him.

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Identifying Worldwide Barriers For Women in Interventional Cardiology

November 19, 2018

Highlights From JACC

Identifying barriers and providing potential solutions to empower more women to join interventional cardiology may be crucial in addressing the significant gender disparity within the specialty, according to an article published Nov. 19 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Stacy Westerman, MPH, MD

Feature | Why I Chose a Career in Electrophysiology

October 18, 2018   |   Stacy Westerman

Feature Article

Life is a series of choices. Each choice brings you to a fork in the road, and that subsequent choice leads you to the next one. Along the way, there will be nudges from family, friends, mentors and all the other subconscious inputs that go into decision-making. These choices seem to describe my path to a career in electrophysiology – because I certainly did not start out with that intention.

Bharati Shivalkar MD, PhD

Feature | Female Cardiologists in Belgium

October 18, 2018   |   Bharati Shivalkar, MD

Feature Article

Belgium is a federal state with three regions (Flemish, Brussels and Walloon) and three official languages (Dutch, French and German). There are 11.4 million inhabitants (49 percent men), with 6.5 million living in Flanders, 1.3 million in Brussels and 3.6 million in Walloon. According to a special report published in Belgium in 2015, of the 51,420 physicians practicing in various specialties, 1,269 are cardiologists (2.47 percent), including 247 practicing female cardiologists (19.4 percent), 56 percent of whom are younger than 45.

Cardiology Magazine, Sept. 2018

Women in Cardiology Section | The September Issue of Cardiology, YOUR Member Magazine, is Live! Read it All Online!

September 21, 2018

Highlights From Cardiology Magazine

The September 2018 issue of Cardiology, YOUR member magazine, is now live! Cardiology provides cardiovascular professionals with comprehensive clinical, professional and health policy news; feature-length articles on the top trends and innovations in cardiovascular medicine; expert commentary from leaders in the cardiovascular field; quick-read summaries of the latest research from the JACC Journals and other major cardiovascular journals; profiles of ACC members, like you; and so much more!

Amy Sarma

Feature | 2018: The Year of The Woman

September 20, 2018   |   Amy Sarma, MDEmily Lau, MD

Feature Article

As part of the collective call heard across the country to reinvigorate the woman’s movement, 2018 has been dubbed the "Year of the Woman" by many. In medicine, the need for continued advocacy is no more evident than in cardiology, where women make up less than 12 percent of the workforce and less than 5 percent of invasive subspecialists.

Amisha Patel, MD

Feature | Why I Chose Interventional Cardiology: An Interview With Amisha Patel, MD

September 20, 2018

Feature Interview

In the following interview, Amisha Patel, MD, interventional cardiologist at Columbia University Medical Center in New York, NY, discusses how she chose her path in cardiology, specifically coronary interventions and structural heart disease. She also talks about the major role mentors have played in her career and provides advice for women interested in the field.

ACC.19 Update

ACC Members, ACC.19 Registration is Now Open!

September 12, 2018

ACC20WCC

ACC.19 registration is NOW OPEN exclusively for ACC members. Nonmember registration will open Wednesday, Sept. 26. Register early for the lowest rates and best selection of hotel rooms!

Tina Varghese, MD

Feature | Why I Chose Preventive Cardiology

August 23, 2018   |   Tina Varghese, MD

Feature Article

On Valentine’s Day 1994, I was 5 years old and carefully crafting a card for my grandparents in art class. I remember gluing a white lace heart onto a red sheet of construction paper, excited to share my masterpiece. My grandfather picked me up from the bus stop that afternoon. Once home, he held his chest and reported pain. He tragically died in route to the hospital from a massive myocardial infarction at the age of 61. While I cannot recall if my grandfather’s early death was the impetus for my longstanding aspiration to become a cardiologist, it undoubtedly influenced my interest in preventive cardiology.

Cardiology Magazine August 2018

Women in Cardiology Section | The August Issue of Cardiology, YOUR Member Magazine, is Live! Read it All Online!

August 16, 2018

Highlights From Cardiology Magazine

The August 2018 issue of Cardiology, YOUR member magazine, is now live! Cardiology provides cardiovascular professionals with comprehensive clinical, professional and health policy news; feature-length articles on the top trends and innovations in cardiovascular medicine; expert commentary from leaders in the cardiovascular field; quick-read summaries of the latest research from the JACC Journals and other major cardiovascular journals; profiles of ACC members, like you; and so much more!

Gina P. Lundberg, MD, FACC

Feature | Why Young Women Should #ChooseCardiology

July 19, 2018

The number of women in cardiology has failed to keep up with the number of women in medicine. As medicine residencies approach more than 50 percent of women in training, female fellows in cardiology remain 20 percent at best. A 2009 physician workforce survey published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology showed most cardiologist — even female cardiologists — have high job satisfaction and would choose cardiology as a subspecialty again.

Sarah Alexander

Career Development | Financial Planning: Knowing Your Numbers

June 21, 2018

We all “know the numbers,” so to speak; but do we know our numbers? I am not talking about our cardiovascular disease risk factors. While cardiologists are familiar with the saying, “health is wealth,” and have dedicated their lives to preventing and treating cardiovascular disease, are they open to thinking about wealth and financial planning?

Gina Lundberg

Feature | ACC WIC Section Social Media Toolkit: Twitter For Cardiologists

June 21, 2018

Social media, just like the internet and electronic medical records, is here to stay. For better or for worse, social media has become an integral part of medical conferences, specialty societies and scientific journals. All age groups use social media on a daily basis, with some people even logging in multiple times a day. The rapid growth of social media sites has attracted physicians to LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and ResearchGate, to name a few.

Career Development | A Networking Platform For Female Cardiologists in Missouri

June 21, 2018

Last year, 30 women attended the Missouri Women in Cardiology (WIC) State Chapter “Rise and Shine” session in conjunction with the Missouri State ACC meeting. Lisa Alderson, MD, FACC, WIC Missouri Chapter council member and assistant professor from Saint Louis University, and I had a chance to meet many female physicians and allied health professionals as we emphasized the importance of becoming a member of the ACC WIC Section. Attendees discussed the advantages of joining the WIC Section. Allied health professionals who attended found the session useful, even if they were not WIC members.

Angela Santos

Feature | Being a Female Cardiologist in Brazil

May 17, 2018

Although cardiology is often looked at as a male-dominated field, women compose about 40 percent of Brazilian cardiologists – and this number is consistent with my experience in both the public teaching hospital and the private hospital where I work as cardiologist and echocardiographer.

Shae Anderson

Chapter Engagement | ACC Georgia Chapter WIC Meeting

May 17, 2018

The Woman in Cardiology (WIC) Section gathering at the annual ACC Georgia Chapter meeting brought together many women and an impressive number of men within the field of cardiology. Immediate past ACC President Mary Norine Walsh, MD, MACC, was the lead speaker at the meeting.

Feature | Mentorship, Misogyny and Imposters: Perspectives From a Canadian Colleague

April 19, 2018

As a successful and respected female cardiologist in a man’s world, I wanted to share some life experiences with younger women and trainees. There are hidden barriers to achievement; however, recognizing and addressing them head-on will allow you to overcome obstacles, achieve success and be recognized for who you are.

Feature | WIC Workshop Recap Part 1: Was I "Ism-xplaining?"

March 29, 2018

The ACC Women in Cardiology (WIC) Section Workshop, held last fall in Washington, DC, featured Sharonne Hayes, MD, FACC, as one of the main speakers. She led a workshop on "Advancing Women in Cardiology: Addressing Biases and Barriers Head On," and it involved kindly confronting implicit or unconscious bias in ourselves, others, our fields of practice and society at large.

Feature | Cardiovascular Training and Pregnancy: A Call to Action

March 29, 2018

As a junior fellow, the catheterization lab was always my “happy place,” where everything felt right and I could let my hands do the work. Unfortunately, this same place became a source of anxiety during my interventional fellowship year. A few weeks after the academic year began, I notified my program that I was expecting.


Cardiology Magazine Jan 2018

Feature | It’s 2018! Are You on Twitter Yet?

March 22, 2018

Social media for health care providers has changed the way we educate and learn and interact with each other. The dynamic nature of social media and its instant availability through our mobile devices is rapidly transforming the way we engage in society. Not surprisingly, the number of social media users is increasing, implying that our patients and their loved ones are on social media. 

Career Development | Nanette K. Wenger, MD, MACC, Offers Career Advice For Female FITs

January 25, 2018

Nanette K. Wenger, MD, MACC, is a professor of medicine in the Division of Cardiology at the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA. She has built an illustrious career as an academic non-interventional cardiologist, leading the paradigm shifts on cardiac rehabilitation and coronary atherosclerotic heart disease in women. In recognition of her leadership and accomplishments in the field of cardiovascular disease in women, she received the ACC Inaugural Bernadine Healy Leadership in Women’s Cardiovascular Disease Award in 2015. In a recent interview with Olivia Hung, MD, PhD, a Fellow in Training (FIT) at Emory University, Wenger offers career advice for female FITs.

Feature | Finding New Paths Forward

December 21, 2017

What happens when you decide to use your skills as a physician in an entirely different way, such as a nonclinical path?

Meetings

Meetings and Events | Hear From the Experts on the Hottest Trials From AHA 2017

November 28, 2017

In the latest ACC Cardiology Hour, Valentin Fuster, MD, PhD, MACC, is joined by Deepak L. Bhatt, MD, MPH, FACC; Rachel J. Lampert, MD, FACC; Prediman K. Shah, MD, MACC; and Chadwick W. Stouffer, MD, in a roundtable discussion of the hottest trials from AHA 2017 in Anaheim, CA. Among the trials discussed are DACAB, CANVAS, EXSCEL, POISE-2 and more.

Tina Varghese, MD

Book Review | Tripping the Prom Queen

November 8, 2017

Susan Shapiro Barash, a prolific author and knowledgeable professor of gender studies, uses these talents to construct her book Tripping the Prom Queen. This story illustrates the obvious and not-so-obvious dark elements of female rivalry through numerous anecdotes from female volunteers. Her discussions include: mother-daughter disputes; high school and college drama between girlfriends; judgments on workplace and household roles of women by other women; and fights among supposed female friends over appearance, relationship status and popularity standing.

Jennifer H. Mieres, MD, FACC, (L) Stacey E. Rosen, MD, FACC (R)

Book Review | Total Leadership: Be a Better Leader, Have a Richer Life

September 28, 2017

Total Leadership is a must read for all women in cardiology, as it highlights the importance of improving your ability to function in all the significant areas of your life: work, home, community and self. As female cardiologists, we continue to focus on addressing the reasons we have been unable to increase the number of women entering our field over the last several decades. This is occurring despite the fact that women make up half of the entering classes in medical school and half of the interns beginning their training in internal medicine. The challenge of managing a demanding profession while also “having a life” is frequently cited as a concern for many young female physicians.

Professional

WIC News | Apply for ACC’s Membership Committee by Sept. 22

September 13, 2017

In conjunction with the ACC Committee Nominations cycle, the College’s Membership Committee is now accepting applications through Sept. 22. The Membership Committee was established as part of the 2015 College’s governance transformation and serves as standing committee of the College, reporting directly to the Board of Trustees.

Book Review | The White Coat Investor

August 23, 2017

Most doctors do not enter the profession for the money, but in this time of rising college and medical school costs coupled with lower physician reimbursement, we should be more vigilant than ever when it comes to our personal finances. Unfortunately, many physicians suffer from financial illiteracy, having spent their formative years learning about renal physiology and the coagulation cascade rather than fixed asset allocation, mutual funds, 401(k)s and IRAs. The White Coat Investor: A Doctor’s Guide to Personal Finance and Investing, by James M. Dahle, MD, strives to address the challenge of physician financial illiteracy and teaches us important lessons regarding personal finance and investing.

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Member Benefits | The August 2017 Issue of Cardiology, ACC's Flagship Member Magazine, is LIVE!

August 21, 2017

The August 2017 issue of Cardiology, ACC’s flagship member magazine, is now live! Cardiology provides cardiovascular professionals with comprehensive clinical, professional and health policy news; feature-length articles on the top trends and innovations in cardiovascular medicine; expert commentary from leaders in the cardiovascular field; quick-read summaries of the latest research from the JACC Journals and other major cardiovascular journals; profiles of ACC members, like you; and so much more!

Feature | Women in Cardiology: The Bluegrass State Experience

July 26, 2017

This article was authored by Lynda Otalvaro Orozco, MD, FACC, an adjunct assistant professor of medicine in the department of cardiovascular diseases at the University of Kentucky, Gill Heart Institute, Manchester Memorial Hospital, Appalachian Regional Healthcare.

Hena Patel, MD

Book Review | Forget a Mentor, Find a Sponsor

July 26, 2017

Mentors serve a useful purpose, but only sponsors can effectively propel a career. In Forget a Mentor, Find a Sponsor, economist, thought leader, and founding president and CEO of the Center for Talent Innovation, Sylvia Ann Hewlett – author of ten critically acclaimed books – provides a road map to help professionals develop a portfolio of sponsors who can open doors and serve as a link to success. Based on her research, she clarifies the distinction between those who can offer encouragement and those who can provide the meaningful support and advocacy to put professionals on the vocational fast track.

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Member Benefits | The July 2017 Issue of Cardiology, ACC's Flagship Member Magazine, is LIVE!

July 20, 2017

The July 2017 issue of Cardiology, ACC’s flagship member magazine, is now live! Cardiology provides cardiovascular professionals with comprehensive clinical, professional and health policy news; feature-length articles on the top trends and innovations in cardiovascular medicine; expert commentary from leaders in the cardiovascular field; quick-read summaries of the latest research from the JACC Journals and other major cardiovascular journals; profiles of ACC members, like you; and so much more!

Chapter Engagement | New York WIC Chapter Holds Inaugural Event

June 29, 2017

Last December, the Women in Cardiology (WIC) Section of ACC’s New York Chapter kicked off in true New York style with a cocktail reception at Flûte, a lounge in Midtown Manhattan. As the home of the first cardiological society in the country and the birthplace of the ACC, NY has a rich history of pioneering networks for cardiologists. Now it joins a growing number of WIC state sections that are innovating ways to create meaningful networks for women at the local level.


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Meetings and Events | A Recap of the WIC Brown Bag Session at ACC.17

June 29, 2017

The Women in Cardiology Section’s (WIC’s) Brown Bag session during the 66th Annual Scientific Session (ACC.17) was highly promoted on social media, especially Twitter, which led to the presence of many social media leaders and novices in the audience. The hashtag #ACCWIC was one of the most used hashtags during ACC.17. Claire Duvernoy, MD, FACC, chair of the WIC Section, and Sandra Lewis, MD, FACC, immediate-past chair of the Section, were among those most active on Twitter.   

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Member Benefits | The June 2017 Issue of Cardiology, ACC's Flagship Member Magazine, is LIVE!

June 27, 2017

The June 2017 issue of Cardiology, ACC’s flagship member magazine, is now live! Cardiology provides cardiovascular professionals with comprehensive clinical, professional and health policy news; feature-length articles on the top trends and innovations in cardiovascular medicine; expert commentary from leaders in the cardiovascular field; quick-read summaries of the latest research from the JACC Journals and other major cardiovascular journals; profiles of ACC members, like you; and so much more!

Feature | My Story as a Woman Cardiologist

May 25, 2017

The patient was looking at me incredulously. He was finding it hard to accept me as his cardiologist. This young K-pop-lookalike Asian girl with long brown hair just didn’t fit into his stereotype of a loud, booming alpha male of a cardiologist.

Hena Patel, MD

Chapter Engagement | ACC’s IL Chapter Hosts First WIC Section Event

May 25, 2017

The Women in Cardiology (WIC) Section of ACC’s IL Chapter held its first event in late November 2016. Hosted at Rush University Medical Center in downtown Chicago, this event was a huge success! Female physicians at every career stage – from FITs to late career cardiologists (and even a couple of internal medicine residents!) – traveled from near and far to attend.

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Meetings and Events | This Saturday: All-Section Meeting & Reception at ACC.17

March 14, 2017

Attending ACC.17? Join us for the All-Section Meeting & Reception at ACC.17! The event happening THIS Saturday, March 18, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Marriott Marquis will give you a chance to learn more about what ACC's 19+ Member Sections are working to accomplish and to connect with members in your specialty or interest areas.

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Meetings and Events | This Saturday: WIC Section Meeting & Speed Mentoring Session

March 14, 2017

Will you be attending ACC.17 this weekend? You won't want to miss the Women in Cardiology Section Meeting & Speed Mentoring Session this Saturday from 4:45 – 6:00 p.m. We'll be discussing Section accomplishments, initiatives and ways you can get involved. Our speed mentoring session is also your chance to put your questions to women leaders in the field and get tips on interviewing, networking and succeeding in the field. Register now!

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Feature | A Timeline of Achievements For Women Cardiologists

March 7, 2017

In a field typically dominated by men, pioneering women have brought diversity and innovation to cardiovascular medicine, enriching heart health and patient care. Female cardiologists were once a rarity, with the first women physicians training during the 19th century. These early women physicians were determined to serve and broke down traditions and barriers to enter medical schools, crossing such hurdles as having their medical school admissions contingent on approval of their classmates. Their work created a strong model to build upon, setting the stage for the next generations to grow and thrive within the field. The members of the Women in Cardiology Section continue to grow their accomplishments, and honor their contributions.

Chapter Engagement | Establishing a WIC Section in a Local ACC Chapter

February 23, 2017

Establishing a Women in Cardiology (WIC) Section in your local ACC chapter may seem like a daunting endeavor, but fear not, it can be done! I started a WIC Section for ACC’s Missouri’s Chapter last year, and while it was a lot of work, it has been extremely rewarding to see so many of my female colleagues come together to advocate for issues that important for all women. If your Chapter doesn’t have a WIC Section yet, I encourage all of you to take the initiative to start one. Here’s a checklist to help you get started. Also, come to the WIC Lounge at ACC.17 on Saturday, March 18 at 1:30 pm to hear more about how you can do this in your chapter!

Career Development | Negotiating the Next Step

February 23, 2017

Although our daily lives are filled with negotiations, we receive very little formal training in this integral skill. In September 2015, we launched a Women in Cardiology (WIC) group at ­Columbia University Medical Center and invited two post-doctoral candidates from Columbia Business School who have written theses on negotiation to speak to us about the approaches to take, building the necessary skills and achieving success in communication. Our group then had an opportunity to role play a negotiation with a colleague. Below is a summary of their key takeaways for successful negotiations:

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Meetings and Events | Women in Cardiology Section Meeting & Speed Mentoring Session

February 14, 2017

Join us at the Washington Marriott Marquis on Saturday, March 18 from 4:45 – 6:00 p.m. for a special event at ACC.17. The Women in Cardiology (WIC) Section Meeting and Speed Mentoring Session is your chance to interact with female leaders in the field and get advice on networking, interviewing and how to succeed as a woman in cardiology. Plus, we’ll offer a recap of WIC Section activities, accomplishments and future initiatives. Reserve your spot today!

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WIC News | Pregnancy and Early Parenthood as a Cardiologist

January 26, 2017

A majority of female cardiologists become pregnant during their careers, however, many face a number of challenges, some starting even before conception and continuing after their children are born, according to a Council Perspective from ACC's Women in Cardiology (WIC) Section recently published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. "The experience of pregnancy among cardiologists has never been investigated, though it is speculated that concerns surrounding pregnancy may deter women from choosing a career in cardiology," said author Amy Sarma, MD, MHS, et al.

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WIC News | Third Professional Life Survey Shows Changes in CV Workforce

December 22, 2016

Differences in career experiences between female and male cardiologists have lessened over the past 20 years; however, personal life choices and levels of discrimination continue to diverge significantly according to a Council Perspective from ACC’s Women in Cardiology (WIC) Section, published on Dec. 21 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Ifeoma Onuorah-Ezenekwe, MD, FACC

Feature | My Early Career Interest in Women's Cardiovascular Health

December 20, 2016

I have always had an interest in women's cardiovascular health. Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer in women, with one in three women dying from heart disease compared to one in 13 from breast cancer based on the 2015 American Heart Association heart disease and stroke data.

Jenine John

Feature | Why Care About Being a Woman in Cardiology? Part II

November 4, 2016

My fellowship experience is, in a way, a case study on increasing the number of women in cardiology. My class consists of four women and one man. Yes, eighty percent of my cardiology fellowship year is female. We are probably making history here.

Jenine John

Feature | Why Care About Being a Woman in Cardiology? Part I

October 20, 2016

In a recent post on the Fellows in Training (FIT) Section Page, Jenine John, MD, an FIT at Stony Brook University Hospital, NY, explores the challenges of being a woman in cardiology and how to deal with those challenges.

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Career Development | September Career Development Tips From the WIC Section

September 22, 2016

Tips For Getting Promoted in an Academic Center: Share goals for promotion with administration: working with your division director or other senior faculty who have already gone through the promotion process can be helpful to better understand the process, including how to be successful and avoid potential pitfalls. – Sharon L. Roble, MD, FACC, an assistant professor of clinical medicine at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

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Feature | Like Mother, Like Daughters

September 22, 2016

According to an ACC survey, only 10 percent of practicing cardiologists are women. Female cardiologists are rare indeed, but Veena Gupta, MBBS, FACC, our mother, has done her best to increase the numbers. Both of us are board certified cardiologists and Fellows of the ACC (FACC).

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Career Development | August Career Development Tips From the WIC Section

August 24, 2016

Tips For Success in a Private Practice: Understand the business of medicine: Learn how to code and bill accurately, review accounts receivable every month. Know how much you pay in rent, utilities, office supplies, leases, employee salaries and benefits. Have a broad understanding of the money coming into the practice and the money being spent on expenses (the difference will be your take-home paycheck!). Set aside one to two hours a month to review this.  – Toniya Singh, MD, FACC, a cardiologist at St. Louis Heart and Vascular in St. Louis, MO.

Annabelle Volgman

Feature | Protectors of The Heart: A History of Heart Disease in Women

August 24, 2016

Breast cancer is not the number one killer of women – yet many women believe it to be their biggest health risk. So what wins this morbid ranking? Heart disease. In fact, 2013 was the first year since 1984 that fewer women died of heart disease than men despite it being viewed as solely a men’s health issue. This decline was the result of the tireless work of a small group of women who have dedicated their lives to eradicating this misunderstanding and unequal treatment of women’s heart disease.

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WIC News | The Basics of Solid Finances For Female FITs

August 8, 2016

In a recent post on the Fellows in Training (FIT) Section Page, Olivia Hung, MD, an FIT at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, GA, discusses important financial information for female FITs to consider. “Most women who file for bankruptcy do so because of divorce, serious medical problems, or a job loss – in other words, when they lose their source of income.

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Career Development | July Career Development Tips From the WIC Section

July 28, 2016

Tips For Getting Promoted in an Academic Center: Learn the dossier system that your center uses: Most universities will have some program (e.g., Research in View) that is used to compile a dossier. Familiarize yourself with this system within the first year of your career so that you can add your achievements to this as you accomplish them (e.g., publications, speaking engagements) rather than scrambling...

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Career Development | How to Position Yourself on the Leadership Track

July 28, 2016

The most recent ACC Women in Cardiology (WIC) Section Leadership Workshop was a day of networking and sessions geared to encourage, inspire and equip women cardiologists as to how to navigate a career in cardiology for both personal success and satisfaction...

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Career Development | Are You Ready For an Academic Promotion?

July 28, 2016

Not sure what you need to do to prepare for an academic promotion? Check out the following tips on how to maximize your chances for success when you embark on the promotion process. The timeline starts much earlier than you think, the first day of your new position or rank...

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Feature | A Timeline of Achievements For Women Cardiologists

July 6, 2016

In a field typically dominated by men, pioneering women have brought diversity and innovation to cardiovascular medicine, enriching heart health and patient care. Female cardiologists were once a rarity, with the first women physicians training during the 19th century. These early women physicians were determined to serve and broke down traditions and barriers to enter medical schools, crossing such hurdles as having their medical school admissions contingent on approval of their classmates...

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WIC News | Dr. Smith Goes to Washington

July 5, 2016

In a recent post on the ACC in Touch Blog, Annabelle S. Volgman, MD, FACC, discusses how her experience at last year's Legislative Conference impacted her career and care of patients. "Cardiologists on Capitol Hill? It turns out that a big part of taking care of patients is controlled by what happens in Congress!...

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Meetings and Events | Women in Cardiology Symposium and Roundtable at CRT 2016

June 23, 2016

Meetings and events focusing on female cardiologists are so rare, that it is refreshing to attend events that highlight problems specific to females in the field of cardiology. One such event was a “Women in Interventional Cardiology “ roundtable, chaired by Cindy Grines, MD, FACC, and Roxana Mehran, MD, FACC, held during this year’s Cardiovascular Research Technology (CRT) Meeting, in Washington, DC...

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WIC News | A Timeline of Achievements For Women Cardiologists

June 20, 2016

Cardiology | In a field typically dominated by men, pioneering women have brought diversity and innovation to cardiovascular medicine, enriching heart health and patient care. Female cardiologists were once a rarity, with the first women physicians training during the 19th century. These early women physicians were determined to serve and broke down traditions and barriers to enter medical schools, crossing such hurdles as having their medical school admissions contingent on approval of their classmates...

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WIC News | Private Practice Cardiology: Advice For Young Mothers

May 18, 2016

In a recent post on the ACC in Touch Blog, Riya Chacko, MD, a cardiologist at the Cardiovascular Group of Syracuse in Syracuse, NY, and a member of the WIC Section, provides advice for young mothers considering work in private practice cardiology.

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WIC News | Is Depression a CV Risk Factor in Young Women?

May 18, 2016

In a recent Expert Analysis, Smita I. Negi, MD, a member of the Women in Cardiology (WIC) Section, analyzes the impact of depression on cardiovascular disease risk in young women. “Major depression is associated with worse prognosis in patients with acute myocardial infarction...

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Career Development | What is the Difference Between Male and Female Cardiologist Work Compensation and Activities?

December 14, 2015

There is a "substantial salary difference" between male and female practicing cardiologists, as well as a difference in job activities, according to results of a study presented Nov. 8 during AHA 2015 in Orlando and simultaneously published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. "This is the first study to show that although men and women cardiologists share the same specialty, they have markedly different job descriptions," said Pamela Douglas, MD, MACC, senior author of the study.

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WIC News | WIC Section Advocacy Roundtable

July 9, 2015

The Women in Cardiology (WIC) Section Leadership Council will convene its third annual roundtable to discuss politics and challenges for women in cardiology on Tuesday, October 20th at 8 – 9 am ET.

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Feature | Gender Equality in Medicine: A Male Perspective

May 31, 2015

I (JDF) am a white male of European descent and, by that virtue alone, the clear majority in medicine. So why am I writing about women in cardiology? For three simple reasons: my wife, who is a surgeon, and my two daughters.

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Chapter Engagement | Louisiana WIC Section Paints the Dome Red

May 31, 2015

February was a busy month for the Louisiana Women in Cardiology (LA-WIC) Section. The LA-WIC Section was newly formed this past year with the goal of providing a forum where women practicing cardiology in Louisiana could network and share ideas across institutions, develop valuable leadership skills, mentor medical students and residents considering a career in cardiology, and begin to develop community based programs to encourage healthy living.

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Meetings and Events | Highlights of ACC.15: Congratulations to Athena Poppas, MD, FACC, and Pamela Douglas, MD, MACC!

May 1, 2015

The 64th Annual American College of Cardiology (ACC.15) Opening Session was inspiring in many ways. From the recognition of 3D printing technology as one of the top five research advancements in 2015, to the introduction of the new scientific session, "Futures of Cardiovascular Medicine, " this year's meeting flowed more like a "TED talk," —breaking traditional scientific meeting molds.

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Feature | A Story of Perseverance: Minority Women in Cardiology

February 11, 2015

Young women from impoverished parts of rural Mexico are not expected to pursue much education or professional careers. The lack of expectations is driven by many factors, most rooted in our patriarchal society. As a young girl, I became aware of huge gender inequities and feared my fate as a woman.

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Career Development | Entering the "Real" World: Life After Training

February 10, 2015

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As fellows-in-training are acutely aware, today’s health care environment is rapidly changing. Paralleling these changes in health care is an ever-evolving job market. With cuts in research funding, training grants and reimbursements, today’s job market isn’t even comparable to a few years ago, and it is even less similar to the market many more established cardiologists may remember. How do graduating fellows navigate this uncharted territory?