ACC Members Making a Difference This issue of Cardiology features several prominent ACC members who are making a difference in cardiovascular medicine throughout the world. The cover story shows a travel log of Sandeep Krishnan, MD, an ACC Fellow in Training and a member of the College’s first class of Emerging Advocates, who recently went on a volunteer trip to the Himalayas in Northern India. He documents his 20-day journey and provides a daily patient and echo count, along with photos and captions of his experience. This issue also introduces the College’s inaugural class of Emerging Advocates, who are 15 ACC members getting an immersive education on advocating for cardiovascular clinicians and their patients. They are doing some outstanding work – ranging from grassroots projects with their local chapters to graduate medical education funding to medical malpractice research to quality reporting measures, and more. Those attending ACC’s 2016 Legislative Conference should look for the Emerging Advocates’ breakout session, “Advocacy 101.” Speaking of Legislative Conference, the ACC is celebrating the 25th year of the conference, which continues to get bigger and better. This year’s conference will be held Sept. 11 – 13, and with implementation and congressional oversight of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) well underway, it is a critical time for ACC members to come to Washington, DC, to personally deliver cardiology’s message. The Heart of Health Policy section of the magazine includes more about MACRA, highlights of the proposed 2017 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule, which addresses Medicare payment and quality provisions for physicians in 2017, and the proposed 2017 Hospital Outpatient Rule. You’ll also learn more about recent grassroots advocacy efforts, and advocacy hot topics in the states. You’ll also read about Dena Wilson, MD, FACC, who is currently the Indian Health Service’s chief clinical consultant for cardiology, as well as an officer with the U. S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. You’ll learn more about the organization and how Wilson has been involved, first as a patient and now as a physician. Daniel James Penny, MD, PhD, FACC, is another member making a difference, and you’ll read about how he organized a collaboration that included a comprehensive teaching program that eventually led to the creation of an international-caliber heart institute in Hué, Vietnam. The College recently recognized Penny for his work and presented him with the International Service Award at ACC.16. We are fortunate to have so many members who go above and beyond in changing the cardiovascular profession and their communities for the better. I continue to be inspired and in awe of all of the ACC members making a difference. Rick Chazal, MD, FACC ACC President
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