I hope this message finds you and your family well. Despite the progress made in recent months, the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Nevertheless, I am hopeful we are turning the corner. I want to personally acknowledge and thank those of you working on the front lines caring for patients and assisting with the vaccine rollout, which is an important piece of our eventual return to “normal” – whatever that may look like.
Before introducing myself, I first want to thank the extraordinary efforts of my predecessor, Jan Griffin, who served admirably as our CVTeam State Liaison from 2018-2021. Thank you, Jan!
It is my pleasure to serve as the Virginia CVTeam State Liaison, and since many of you may not know me, I want to take a moment to introduce myself. I am a clinical pharmacist in outpatient cardiology working in prevention with the VCU Pauley Heart Center and an associate professor at VCU School of Pharmacy. My research is focused in cardiometabolic disorders and the implementation of team-based care to improve the management of cardiovascular risk factors.
Since joining ACC in 2012, it has been incredible to see the role of the CVTeam continue to be recognized and valued by the College. We have terrific leaders within ACC here in Virginia and I hope to see that trend continue. In order to do this, we need your help identifying rising stars in Virginia to join our Virginia CVTeam Executive Council. If you, or someone you know, is interested, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or our Executive Director, Jennifer Ray Beckman (email@example.com).
It is also my hope to increase opportunities for CVTeam members to engage and connect. Obviously, COVID-19 has disrupted the normal opportunities for engagement, such as ACC Scientific Sessions, but I’m hoping we can provide future educational webinars and other networking events where we can gather virtually until in-person meetings are possible. If you have ideas or suggestions, we’d love to hear them!
Again, thank you for all that you do and take care of yourself and your families.
Dave L. Dixon, PharmD, FACC, FCCP, FNLA
VCACC CVTeam Liaison
Social Media: Our Chapter has a Twitter handle: @VirginaACC; please follow us. The ACC CVT Twitter hashtag is #ACCCVT.
Membership: Members are encouraged to apply for professional designations through the college. The AACC designation recognizes CVT professionals who provide a high level of cardiovascular care. The FACC designation, Fellow of ACC, is a recognition of professional achievement. If you are interested or would like more information about either, please reach out to VCACC CVTeam Liaison-elect Dave Dixon firstname.lastname@example.org.
Creating a Community of Care . . . the Cardiovascular Team
The Virginia Chapter ACC is dedicated to creating a vibrant and growing community comprised of Registered Nurses, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, and Clinical Pharmacists from practice and hospital settings. Currently, cardiovascular team members (CVT) serve not only on their own committee but also on the chapter leadership council. CVTeam members are involved in all levels of the chapter. Notable features include:
Travel stipends to attend the annual ACC Legislative Conference and meet lawmakers on Capital Hill
Opportunities to serve on program planning committee for annual meeting as nurse planner
Gatherings at ACC Annual Scientific Session (CVTeam members met up to attend sessions together and discuss results of late-breaking clinicals)
Voice at VCACC Council to get involved on projects such as the Virginia Heart Attack Coalition and VCSQI Quality Project
CVTEAM WEBINARS AVAILABLE
A new website featuring webinars has been created for the CVTeam. Find it here along with information regarding relevant upcoming webinars. Archived webinar recordings are also available.
VCACC CVTEAM MENTOR PROGRAM
Looking for someone to help guide you in career choices and volunteer activities? Or are you at a point you want to give back to your cardiovascular home? The VCACC network of mentors is here to link up CVTeam members with other members who can be a trusted voice. Listen in to ACC leaders (two of our own Virginians) explain the impact of their mentors. Complete this form to be matched.