Late Fall President's Message
Dear Virginia ACC Colleagues,
Mid-Atlantic Capital Cardiology Symposium 2020
Our annual meeting, in combination with other regional chapters, is coming up and will be virtually held on Sunday, November 22. The theme for this year is “Diversity, Inclusion and Innovation in Cardiovascular Care.” There are many excellent presentations including: Women and Cardiovascular Disease, Cardio-Obstetrics, Post-Partum Hypertension and Menopause and Its Impact on Cardiovascular Health in Women; Contemporary Topics in Cardiovascular Medicine that will include topics such as PFO Closure, Pulmonary Hypertension, and Cardiac Amyloidosis; and CYIA Oral Presentations and CVTeam Case Study Presentations. It is a combination of live hours on Sunday and additional credit hours you can watch within the next sixty days. The full agenda and registration can be found at: https://maccscardiology.org/Agenda
ACC Legislative Day
On October 6 as part of the ACC’s Legislative Conference, almost a dozen VCACC members including FITs, APPs and physicians met (virtually) with staff members of Representatives Wexton, Spanberger, and Connolly, and Senators Kaine and Warner. The meetings were very successful (despite the potential for computer glitches) with strong support offered from all with whom we met. We discussed and asked for support for the following legislative bills that have the support of the ACC:
ACC COVID Website
As a reminder, acc.org has an excellent COVID-19 website for up-to-date information on the virus. It includes links to clinical guidance, policy and operational guidance, global perspectives, and hot topics. A recent publication provides recommendations on COVID and athletes: State-of-the-Art Paper: Screening of Potential Cardiac Involvement in Competitive Athletes Recovering from COVID-19: An Expert Consensus Statement
Virginia ACC Membership Dues
Please do not forget to renew your ACC dues. The ACC and Chapter membership renewal deadline is just around the corner on December 10. This year, the greater ACC community has rallied together to face unprecedented challenges to our practices and our communities. Membership prices are the same this year as last. Additionally, if you’re unable to pay your full renewal amount – reach out. Your membership is worth more than a single year’s dues payment, and ACC is happy to work with you on alternate payment options for 2021.
Keep ACC as your cardiovascular home as together we transform CV care and improve heart health. Renew online at www.acc.org/dues or by calling ACC Member Care from 9:00am-5:00pm at 202-375-6000, ext. 5603.
With 2020 being such an unusual year - a few members have contacted us about extra membership or CME monies which they'd like to use to prepay future years' worth of dues (at current prices). If this fits with your needs, or if you'd like to arrange to pay your dues on a payment plan, please contact ACC's Member Care Department directly at the number above or firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael Kontos, MD, FACCPresident, Virginia Chapter ACC
VCACC is proud to announce that we are the official international exchange partner with the British Cardiovascular Society (BCS). Members John Brush, MD, FACC, Christopher Kramer, MD, FACC and Michael Valentine, MD, FACC, signed the agreement at the BCS conference in Manchester, England at the beginning of June. On behalf of the BCS Sarah Clarke, MD, FACC, President, and Simon Ray, MD, President-elect welcomed the entire chapter. Plans are being made for the exchange of innovative ideas, patient care models, international clinical experiences that would be open to all VCACC members.
ACC Membership Renewal
The ACC and Chapter membership renewal deadline is just around the corner on December 10th. This year, the greater ACC community has rallied together to face unprecedented challenges to our practices and our communities.
Be sure your voice is at the table in 2021. Our membership prices are the same. Additionally, if you’re unable to pay your full renewal amount—contact us. Your membership is worth more than a single year’s dues payment, and we’re happy to work with you on alternate payment options for 2021.
Additionally, at the Chapter level, we’ve been hard at work providing you with localized opportunities for involvement, education and networking—plus providing you with representation to lawmakers and decision makers at the local and state levels.
Keep ACC as your cardiovascular home as together we transform CV care and improve heart health.
Renew online or by calling ACC Member Care at 202-375-6000, ext. 5603.
updated INFORMATION FROM ACC
The ACC has pulled together COVID-19 information and resources and is updating it daily. Click here for the COVID-19 Hub.
For the free Summer Education Series, click here.
CORONAVIRUS AND YOUR HEART: DON'T IGNORE HEART SYMPTOMS
ACC CardioSmart recently published the infographic below to emphasize the importance of maintaining heart health through the epidemic. Click here for additional information.
Virginia Chapter of the American College of CardiologyOur purpose is to contribute to the prevention of cardiovascular diseases, to ensure optimal quality of care for individuals with such diseases, and to foster the highest professional ethical standards.