Nkechi Ijioma, MBBS, FACC 2017-12-19 04:31:06
Professional Development Through Inter-Society Collaboration and Networking Partnership and collaboration. The value of this in our professional lives was renewed for me recently when I attended the American Heart Association (AHA) 2017 Scientific Sessions in Anaheim, CA. It had been four years since I’d attended an AHA conference. As a clinically oriented interventional cardiologist, the importance of active engagement with the ACC and the Society for Cardiac Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) is clear to me. Attending the AHA meeting was not quite on my priority list, because of the limitation of available time off for continuing medical education (CME) to attend conferences and the financial cost of attending numerous annual conferences. This year, one of my mentors invited me to attend his AHA Council on Clinical Cardiology award ceremony. With this objective in mind, I decided to attend AHA 2017. My boss graciously granted me one day of CME time off from work and I made my registration and travel plans. It was lovely and a whirlwind of activities. During my day and half at AHA 2017, I met with colleagues and mentors from my previous training institutions, made new friends and participated in the AHA Women-in-Cardiology (WIC) informal networking session. I attended lecture sessions on several clinical topics relevant to my day-to-day clinical work. At the WIC networking session, I received pearls of wisdom from women leaders in cardiology regarding their career journey – mistakes made, lessons learned. Contrary to my prior reservations regarding the basic science emphasis at AHA scientific meetings, my recent experience reminded me of the value of intersociety networking and collaboration. The ACC recognizes that partnership with other cardiovascular societies helps the College fulfill its mission of enhancing heart health and transforming cardiovascular care. For decades, the ACC has partnered with the AHA in the development of clinical practice cardiovascular guidelines. The ACC and AHA recently partnered with nine other professional societies in the development of the 2017 ACC/AHA High Blood Pressure Guideline. Key take-home points are the changes in the definition of hypertension and the hypertension treatment algorithm. This collaborative effort was performed at the request of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. The guideline was revealed at AHA 2017. In addition to ACC’s collaborative work on guideline development, the College partners with other professional societies such as SCAI, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons and the Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) in the development of clinical registries such as CathPCI Registry, TVT Registry and ICD Registry to improve the quality of cardiovascular of America, HRS and SCAI recently announced a partnership to subspecialty cardiologists meet the American Board of Internal Medicine’s maintenance of certification (MOC) requirements. In front of Heart House is a sculpture called Man Helping two boys climbing a tree trunk. The boy at the top of the tree trunk stretches out both his hands to help the other reminds me of the noble philosophy within the College – we strive assist each other – ACC colleagues, cardiovascular team members, cardiovascular trainees and other like-minded cardiovascular societies to fulfill a common goal: transform cardiovascular care and improve heart health. As ACC members and early career physicians, we can adopt the same principle of “man man,” in our relationship with the various cardiovascular Within the reasonable ability and resources, we can lend our voice and resources cardiovascular societies achieve the goal of improved cardiovascular first step is to identify society and/or subspecialty professional home and become consider volunteering your time and resources to serve on committees that society home. seek opportunities to collaborate or network with members of other to your clinical once said, “Society from each other December 2017 Cardiology 17 Professional Development Through Inter-Society Collaboration and Networking From the Starting Line Nkechi Ijioma, MBBS, FACC care. The ACC, Heart Failure Society RS develop modules to help subspegists ne’s ments. Man. This one-story sculpture depicts bing nk boy reach the top. The sculpture trive to er s, s, ther rdioes mon m an helping lationship diovascular societies. sonable scope of our ources, urces to assist these rdiovascular care. The dentify a cardiovascular ome a member. Next step, teering mmittees or workgroups within me. Finally, wherever possible, ties her cardiovascular societies relevant interests. As a wise philosopher ciety is unity in diversity.” We learn er and we help each other.
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