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2020 State of the State Report

TOP ACCOMPLISHMENT
Targeted communications for COVID information were sent frequently during the first wave of the pandemic when trusted information was needed.  Of the over seventeen messages sent, the average open rate was forty percent.
 
1.      Increase Relevance as the CV Professional Home
Accomplishments
While pivoting the Mid-Atlantic Capital Cardiology Symposium (MACCS) to virtual, the leadership kept its commitment to have the agenda reflect inclusion and diversity issues with the keynote speech being on implicit bias and a large part of the agenda addressing diverse aspects of cardiac care for women.
 
The Emerging Leaders Program, an intensive leadership platform for FITs and early career cardiologists, was held in conjunction with the British Cardiovascular Society (BCS).  While it pivoted to a virtual format the science of the program was kept intact.
 
Opportunities
Continue to explore equality and diversity topics in all educational efforts.

 2.      Generate and Deliver Actionable Knowledge

Accomplishments
The Mid-Atlantic Capital Cardiology Symposium (MACCS) is the annual meeting of the Virginia Chapter.  While normally held at Heart House, the planning committee leadership engaged the entire twenty-one-person planning committee and implemented the program to a larger audience while still delivering the expected top-quality education.  Networking sessions via Zoom and robust questions helped the program become very interactive.
 
Opportunities
Build on the MACCS meeting success and host additional online forums for other chapter groups.
 
3.      Advance Quality, Equity, and Value of CV Care
Accomplishments
VCACC, as a founding member of the Virginia Cardiac Service Quality Initiative (VCSQI) and as a founding member of the Virginia Heart Attack Coalition (VHAC) is pleased that these two organization have begun a collaboration in cardiogenic shock management.  Chapter leadership is involved in both groups in ex-officio positions and the chapter continually supports both consortiums.
 
Opportunities
Additional engagement of the membership in these two groups.
              
4.      Ensure Organizational Growth and Sustainability
Accomplishments
Created and executed a plan to expand the leadership of the Council through filling Council positions and committee additions to reflect diversity of the membership and focus on early career cardiologists and fellows-in-training.
 
Opportunities
Growing the leadership of the chapter will position it to continue to be relevant and expand the reach of programming.

BVS and VCACC leadership

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.

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Virginia Chapter of the American College of Cardiology

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