Change, Innovation and the Arts a Focus of ACC.17 Opening Showcase ACC.17 kicked off with a focus on change, innovation and the importance of the arts. Richard A. Chazal, MD, MACC, welcomed the tens of thousands of attendees to Washington, DC, as part of the Opening Showcase Session. Chazal paid tribute to all those involved in making ACC.17 happen, including ACC.17 Chair Jeffrey T. Kuvin, MD, FACC, and Co-Chair Andrew M. Kates, MD, FACC. Kuvin, who joined Chazal on stage later in the session, highlighted the many features that made ACC.17 stand out from previous meetings, including 23 Late-Breaking Clinical Trials and 17 Feature Clinical Research presentations; special intensives focused on Palliative Care, Equity in Healthcare and Faculty Development; the more than 275 companies that were part of the ACC.17 Expo; and a highly popular new Personalized Skills Center designed for independent and small group learning. He also noted new opportunities for attendees to earn simultaneous Continuing Medical Education and Maintenance of Certification credit, in addition to credits for nurses, pharmacists and European participants. Attendees also took a moment of silence to remember ACC Past President Sylvan Lee Weinberg, MD, MACC, who Chazal noted was a role model for an entire generation of clinical cardiologists. “I first met him when he served as a visiting professor at Indiana University in the 1980s,” Chazal said. “His ACC career included a highly successful term as president from 1993 to 1994. He also had a 15-year legacy as editor of ACCEL.” During his presidential address, Chazal focused on the many changes facing the cardiovascular and broader health care communities, as well as the ACC. Among these changes: new educational requirements and learning styles; a transition from evidence-based medicine to personalized medicine; and a changing health care delivery system in the U.S. Chazal also highlighted changing patient demographics, as well as changes in the cardiovascular workforce and in ACC membership. “How do we address all of these changes without feeling overwhelmed and frustrated,” Chazal asked. “First, we take a page out of the [Washington, DC] playbook and accept that change is occurring regardless of what we may wish. Next, we prepare to address it.” Chazal challenged attendees not to squander the chance to truly transform cardiovascular care and improve heart health and urged them to take advantage of the changing times to embrace challenges and find new solutions. “Implementing change is difficult and the transition fraught with anxiety – but few real accomplishments are achieved without angst,” he said. “And, although we cannot control external events, we can control our reactions to these events. We can decide whether to emphasize the inherent challenges or the inherent opportunities presented to us. Today, in a city long accustomed to change, I challenge all of us to meet change head on.” Following Chazal’s address, David J. Skorton, MD, FACC, secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, delivered the annual Simon Dack Lecture, which focused on “Values: How the Arts and the Humanities Nurture our Careers and our Lives?” He talked about the many ways the arts and humanities transcend politics and economics and enrich lives. “Arts, humanities and social sciences can help us connect and communicate in a time of division,” he said. Skorton also discussed the influence of arts and humanities in inspiring technological advance, helping patients recover and providing ethical guidance. He cited examples of using art therapy to help veterans recovering from traumatic brain disease, as well as origami-inspired collapsible stent prototypes. He closed by touching on the impacts of the arts and humanities on his personal career path, from the musical nature of the hearts rhythms to the color, emotion and imagery of cardiovascular imaging. He called on cardiovascular professionals to champion the arts, humanities and social science as a means of advancing medical science and ethical care. Read the transcript of Chazal’s Presidential Address at ACC.org/ACC2017. Convocation Welcomes New FACCs and AACCs to ‘The Team’ After three days of expanding knowledge, reaching new heights, rising to challenges and stretching limits, ACC.17 closed with the time-honored tradition of Convocation. Presided over by outgoing ACC President Richard A. Chazal, MD, MACC, the Convocation Ceremony ushered in 225 new ACC Fellows and nearly 20 new Associates. In addition, the evening recognized recipients of ACC’s Distinguished Awards, as well as recipients of ACC/Merck Research Fellowships, the ACC/William F. Keating, Esq. Endowment Career Development Award, ACC Presidential Career Development Award, the William W. Parmley Young Author Awards for the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC), the Young Author Achievement Awards for JACC Journals, and the ACC Young Investigator Awards. “Convocation is a time to recognize outstanding leaders in the cardiovascular field – both new and old,” said Chazal. “Congratulations to all of the new Fellows and Associates who have chosen to dedicate their lives to transforming cardiovascular care and improving heart health. These men and women are the future of our profession and of the College.” During his presidential remarks, Chazal noted that leading the College, particularly during a period of profound change, was the opportunity of a lifetime. He talked about the progress made towards achieving the goals and priorities of ACC’s Strategic Plan, particularly in the areas of Maintenance of Certification, implementation of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, ACC governance changes and the increasing integration of physicians and the care team with hospitals and systems. “The progress that we have made in these and other areas of our Strategic Plan is due to the commitment of ACC members and leaders to do what is best for patient care,” said Chazal. “Our value is in our mission statement, which is ultimately all about the patient. Collaboration with each other, as well as with our counterparts in the U.S. and around the world is key to our success.” The evening also marked the official installation of new ACC leaders, including ACC’s new president, Mary Norine Walsh, MD, FACC. Walsh, ACC’s third female president, is medical director of the heart failure and cardiac transplantation programs and director of nuclear cardiology at St. Vincent Heart Center in Indianapolis, IN, and is also program director of the St. Vincent Advanced Heart Failure and Transplantation Fellowship. “Convocation offers an opportunity to acknowledge and thank those who are moving our profession forward, as well as recognize those who have helped us reach where we are today,” said Walsh, who focused on the importance of teamwork in her Convocation remarks. “The delivery of cardiovascular care to our patients is becoming increasingly more complex every day,” said Walsh. “In my own field of advanced heart failure and transplantation, new treatment options and technologies and methods of care are advancing so rapidly that no one physician, surgeon or clinician can successfully care for our patients alone. It takes a team.” Walsh called on new Fellows and Associates to volunteer with the College and speak up. She also urged them to get to know their colleagues and team members at their hospital, in their practice and/or at the College. “Be a highly-functioning team. Do what you do best. Expect your teammates to do the same,” she said. “Our team will be better for your participation and involvement.” How do we address all of these changes without feeling overwhelmed and frustrated? First, we take a page out of the [Washington, DC] playbook and accept that change is occurring regardless of what we may wish. Next, we prepare to address it. Richard A. Chazal, MD, MACC Implementing change is difficult and the transition fraught with anxiety – but few real accomplishments are achieved without angst. Richard A. Chazal, MD, MACC Convocation offers an opportunity to acknowledge and thank those who are moving our profession forward, as well as recognize those who have helped us reach where we are today. Mary Norine Walsh, MD, FACC Be a highly-functioning team. Do what you do best. Expect your teammates to do the same. Our team will be better for your participation and involvement. Mary Norine Walsh, MD, FACC
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