A Spotlight on Member Sections When the ACC was founded in 1949, its founders were committed to creating an organization that focused on the continuing education of practicing clinicians. Our forefathers likely never imagined all that the College would become 65 years later – a thriving organization spanning 50,000 members around the globe who are all dedicated to the mission of transforming cardiovascular care and improving heart health. Famed anthropologist Margaret Mead once said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” This special issue of Cardiology places a spotlight on ACC’s Member Sections – which were created 10 years ago to facilitate and develop specialized, topic-focused communities of like-minded individuals within the College. In 2005, the College first launched the Women in Cardiology Section followed by the Adult Congenial Pediatric Cardiology Section. Now, a decade later, there are 20 member sections and section leadership councils that include over 24,000 individuals. This includes the two newest sections, Cardio-Oncology and CV Training, which started earlier this year. As you can tell from the breadth of this issue, our Sections are hard at work. Each Section is comprised of several work groups that include volunteers who help carry out and fulfill the Section’s goals and objectives. As Kim Allan Williams, MD, FACC, president of the ACC, notes, “[the Sections] power the goals of the College and are the driving force behind the majority of new initiatives and programs that allow the ACC to continue to evolve.” In this issue, you will hear from each Section about what initiatives are top of mind and a key priority. You’ll also learn a little more about some of the volunteers within each Section, including the Cardiovascular Team Members, the CV Service Line Administrators and a mother and daughter within the Women in Cardiology Section. After reading this issue, I hope you’ll come away with inspiration and motivation to continue to live the College’s mission, and get involved in your area of interest. John Gordon Harold, MD, MACC Cardiology Editor in Chief
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