Cardiology Magazine — March-April 2011
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Special Programming Aimed at Preparing the Next Generation of Cardiovascular Fellows

David Winchester, M.D., 2010-2011 FIT Committee chair, shared his thoughts with Cardiology on special Fellow in Training (FIT) activities taking place as part of the ACC.11 and i2 Summit.

Tell us about the special programming at ACC.11 designed for FITs.

We are very excited to provide two sessions focused primarily on the needs of FITs on Sunday and Monday in room R06/06 in the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Lunch will be provided. Sunday’s session will focus on “What to Know in Starting a Cardiology Career.” We have invited speakers to discuss several subjects, including perspectives on preparing for and taking the boards, as well as important considerations in selecting the right practice or academic position after training. In addition, speakers will also discuss key tips for interviewing and provide advice on financial planning.

We will switch gears a bit for Monday and have invited speakers explore some stimulating current cardiology topics. On the agenda: the effects of health care reform and how to be a clinician, investigator and educator during an academic career. There will also be a discussion around the current state of private practice careers. We have some time at the end of each session for questions from the audience. In the past, speakers have joined FITs in the FIT Lounge for extended discussions.

What is the FIT Lounge, and is there anything special going on there?

Because of the incredible space that the ACC’s Annual Meeting occupies, we are very fortunate to be provided with a meeting space just for FITs. The Lounge, located in Room 213 of the convention center, provides Internet access and some refreshments and is a great place to relax And meet with peers for between events. This year we are hoping to have some additional programming unique to the lounge. Details are not available yet, but watch your email for further announcements.With all the programming going on at ACC.11, where should FITs look for sessions that will benefit them the most? The FIT Committee has gone through all the educational programs and tried to locate the sessions that are likely to be high yield topics for FITs across the various Tracks.” The two FIT Bootcamps – one in imaging and one in interventions – are always popular, but come early since seating goes quickly! Of course, FITs also should come to our lunchtime sessions. All these “top picks” are listed in the FIT Guide to ACC.11 and i2 Summit 2011 that was mailed in February. The guide is also available on the FIT webpage (Cardio- Source.org/FIT), and hard copies will be available in the FIT Lounge. Lastly, the late-breaking clinical trials provide unique opportunities to hear the true luminaries in our field describe their research firsthand, as well as hear questions from the journalists are covering the trials for their major news outlets.

Where else can FITs learn more before ACC.11?

The ACC recently redesigned its website to include a section called Cardio Source Communities. This provides ACC members with a way to communicate based on certain topics of interest or member groups. We have a FIT group in Communities where we post updated information, allowing us to get the word out faster than we can in print and without filling people’s inboxes with emails. We are also working hard to expand, better organize and add new features to the FIT webpage. For example, we have links to several job search engines and articles from Circulation on careers in research, academics and more. In a new agreement

“ Sunday’s session will focus on “What to Know in Starting a Cardiology Career”… including perspectives on preparing for and taking the boards, as well as important considerations in selecting the right practice or academic position after training.” D

“tracks.” The two FIT Boot camps – one in imaging and one in interventions – are always popular, but come early since seating goes quickly! Of course, FITs also should come to our lunchtime sessions.

All these “top picks” are listed in the FIT Guide to ACC.11 and i2 Summit 2011 that was mailed in February. The guide is also available on the FIT web page (Cardio- Source.org/FIT), and hard copies will be available in the FIT Lounge. Lastly, the late-breaking clinical trials provide unique opportunities to hear the true luminaries in our field describe their research firsthand, as well as hear questions from the journalists are covering the trials for their major news outlets.

Where else can FITs learn more before ACC.11?

The ACC recently redesigned its website to include a section called Cardio Source

Communities. This provides ACC members with a way to communicate based on certain topics of interest or member groups. We have a FIT group in Communities where we post updated information, allowing us to get the word out faster than we can in print and without filling people’s inboxes with emails. We are also working hard to expand, better organize and add new features to the FIT web page. For example, we have links to several job search engines and articles from Circulation on careers in research, academics and more. In a new agreement.

“ Sunday’s session will focus on “What to Know in Starting a Cardiology Career”… including perspectives on preparing for and taking the boards, as well as important considerations in selecting the right practice or academic position after training.”

With Medical Group Management Association (MGMA), we have permission to post and share information about median wages for cardiologists in the FIT group. You’ll also find a link to get more detailed data directly from MGMA.

Any other advice or thoughts for FITs?

I hope everyone will consider applying for a position in ACC leadership sometime during fellowship. Our opinions are valued by the College, which recognizes the importance of the next generation of cardiologists. During my two years on the FIT Committee, we have accomplished important tasks and provided valuable feedback to the ACC. In addition to the FIT Committee, there are several other ACC groups that actively seek out FIT participation. There’s an annual call for volunteers in the fall, so keep your eyes open and get involved.

Cardiac Care Team in the Spotlight at ACC.11 and i2 Summit

The past year brought with it dramatic changes in the clinical practice landscape and these changes are only expected to continue. These profound changes, while forcing many cardiovascular professionals to literally re-evaluate business as usual, also provide opportunities to improve the way care is provided to patients.

One of the biggest opportunities is a movement towards team-based care. Team-based care not only offers solutions to the workforce shortage, it also has the potential to enhance patient care in terms of quality and safety, expanded physician productivity and improved job satisfaction by reducing workloads and preventing burnout. Given this increased focus on the entire cardiac care team, special ACC.11 and i2 Summit programming aims to provide cardiac care team members with opportunities to both strengthen clinical skills and enhance service to patients. Highlights include:
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