Continuing to Lead From the Heart As this issue of Cardiology went to print, we received word from the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) about significant new changes to its controversial Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. These changes, in large part, are due to the efforts of ACC leaders, members and staff who have been advocating at the highest levels of ABIM leadership for changes to the process over the past year. The changes, which you can read more about on the ACC in Touch Blog (blog.acc.org), are encouraging and showcase just how successful we can be in bringing about change when we work together both as a cardiovascular profession and as a larger part of the medical community. The ABIM should be recognized for listening to physicians and relevant specialty societies, and congratulated for its public expression of remorse. The ACC admires and respects the commitment shown by the ABIM and its leadership to address these concerns. However, as the ABIM itself notes, actions will speak louder than words. How it works with both medical societies and physicians to evolve and improve the MOC process further will be key. MOC was undoubtedly one of the most critical issues during my presidency, and as I pass the gavel to ACC Incoming President Kim Allan Williams, Sr., MD, FACC, during ACC.15 in San Diego, I am confident that the ACC’s leadership will continue to be heavily engaged with the ABIM in this upcoming period of transition and evolution. Speaking of ACC.15, this issue of Cardiology offers a sneak peak at what exciting new activities are planned. Athena Poppas, MD, FACC, chair of the ACC’s Annual Scientific Session, and members of the Program Committee have been working tirelessly to provide attendees with new interactive and innovative learning opportunities. ACC.15 is easily the best version of this conference we’ve put together thus far. This year also marks the 10 year anniversary of the ACC’s Member Sections. Read about the pioneers of the Adult Congenital and Pediatric Cardiology and Women in Cardiology Member Sections, and how the College has grown to include 16 member sections with over 22,000 active members. Michael Mansour, MD, FACC, provides us with an overview of the annual State of the States report in which each of the ACC’s Board of Governors provides first-hand accounts as they work toward the mission of transforming cardiovascular care and improving heart health. Finally, this issue showcases the ACC’s partnership with 1776 and their Challenge Cup competition, which features promising startup companies tackling major global challenges, including health care. Innovation is an area in which the College will continue to grow. Kevin Fitzpatrick was recently named executive vice president and chief innovation officer of the ACC. As my presidential year comes to an end, I am proud of what the College has accomplished. It has truly been an honor to serve. I encourage you all to continue to lead from the heart! Sincerely, Patrick T. O’Gara, MD, FACC ACC President
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