ACC, HRS, HFSA and SCAI Partner to Expand Maintenance of Certification Offerings The ACC, Heart Failure Society of America (HFSA), Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) and Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) have announced a partnership to develop new modules to help subspecialty cardiologists potentially meet collaborative maintenance pathway requirements equivalent to satisfying the American Board of Internal Medicine’s (ABIM’s) current 10-year maintenance of certification (MOC) examination. Through this partnership, which will move forward upon reaching agreement with the ABIM, the ACC will enhance its existing ACC Self-Assessment Program (ACCSAP) product line with CathSAP, EPSAP and Heart Failure SAP products to help fulfill the MOC needs of interventionalists, electrophysiologists and heart failure specialists. An analogous product for ABIM diplomates in Adult Congenital Heart Disease will be developed by 2021. “It is a shared goal of ACC, HFSA, HRS and SCAI to help our collective members ensure their patients are receiving the highest quality, evidence-based care,” said ACC President Mary Norine Walsh, MD, FACC. “In offering additional pathways for cardiologists who wish to maintain their professional certification, we can more effectively and efficiently help busy clinicians keep up with current knowledge in their specific areas of practice.” TAVR Decision Aid Tools Now Available The ACC’s CardioSmart Decision Aids hub recently expanded to include two new TAVR Decision Aid Tools that help patients understand what aortic stenosis (AS) is and what treatments are available. The first tool guides patients with intermediate or high surgical risk through the treatment options available for severe AS and helps them choose between TAVR and surgery. The second tool is dedicated to patients with prohibitive surgical risk/inoperable to help them evaluate the proper treatment and choose between TAVR and symptom management. To find out more and download these tools for free, visit CardioSmart.org/Decisions. ACC Celebrates National Diabetes Month This November’s Diabetes Awareness Month theme – You Are the Center of Your Diabetes Care Team – drives home the importance of patients being involved in their care. The ACC provides tools and resources for both clinicians and patients to help make preventing or managing diabetes easier. CardioSmart.org is a great first-stop for patients seeking easy-to-digest information not only about the disease, but lifestyle changes like healthy eating, active living and quitting smoking. On the clinical front, the Diabetes Collaborative Registry serves as an important resource for tracking and monitoring diabetes care across a broad spectrum of health care providers. Cardiovascular professionals can also take advantage of patient case quizzes, expert commentary and latest diabetes research updates on the diabetes and cardiometabolic disease clinical topic hub on ACC.org. While the patient may be at the center of their care team, it’s important they know they are not alone! CV Professionals Hone Their Skills at ACC Middle East Conference 2017 The 8th Emirates Cardiac Society Congress, held in collaboration with ACC Middle East Conference 2017, kicked off in Dubai last month, bringing together top experts to discuss and review new, relevant cardiovascular science pertinent to the Middle East. Co-chaired by William A. Zoghbi, MD, MACC, ACC past president and chair of cardiology at Houston Methodist, and Abdullah Shehab, MB, CHB, FACC, Emirates Cardiac Society president and faculty of medicine at United Arab Emirates University, the conference provided a platform for cardiovascular professionals to increase their knowledge on key topics effecting cardiovascular care throughout the Middle East region. Specifically, global cardiovascular leaders from the U.S., UAE, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Turkey, Pakistan and India offered insights on the global burden of cardiovascular disease; assessing cardiovascular risk; the perils of tobacco use; new syncope guidelines; the top cardiovascular research from 2017; and more. Pre-conference workshops led by ACC President Mary Norine Walsh, MD, FACC, and Zoghbi focused on leadership development and the ACC’s In-Training Exam. In addition to targeted educational sessions and interactive opportunities to hone cardiovascular skills, new research from across the region was also a highlight of the conference. Poster presentations on topics ranging from the global cardiovascular disease burden in Saudi Arabia to the impacts of Indian yoga and aerobic exercise on cardiovascular outcomes in obese patients with type 2 diabetes were presented over the course of the three-day event. “By partnering with the Emirates Cardiac Society and our international chapters, the ACC is reaching new communities and expanding our collaboration in leading international scientific research,” said Zoghbi. “The conference features original, educational content to better equip the needs of cardiologists throughout the region.” Next up: The ACC Asia Pacific Conference 2017, hosted in partnership with the China Cardiovascular Association, from Dec. 1 – 3 in Shanghai. Scan the QR code for more details.
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