When you become a member of the American College of Cardiology and the Pennsylvania Chapter, you join a global community of cardiovascular professionals driven to transform cardiovascular care and improve heart health. You also get access to benefits and resources designed to help you accomplish that mission.
The ACC and the PaACC is your Cardiovascular Home
What are the benefits of joining? Professional growth and career development opportunities abound:
Leadership and networking opportunities at national meetings and in your local area
ACC programs and products are tailored to meet your career development and educational needs
Discounts on Annual Scientific Session and I-2 Summit meeting registrations
Discounts on programs and products
Actionable, timely and critical information you need to positively impact patient outcomes
At ACC.22, I was fortunate to gather with hundreds of healthcare professionals in our nation’s capital. After ACC.20 and ACC.21 were forced to go fully virtual, being able to return to a live conference felt like a huge victory in this pandemic! I was able to meet colleagues in-person who I had only ever spoken to via Zoom or telephone. We finally had the chance to make connections on a much more personal level and share our work and life experiences. It was a wonderful culmination of my time as your CVT Representative for Eastern Pennsylvania.
This month marks the transition from Karen Tarolli, CRNP and me as your CVT representatives to our incoming CVT representatives, Ashley Heatley, CRNP and Courtney Montepara, PharmD. They have both been invaluable assets to the Pennsylvania chapter in the past two years. They have helped to form a CVT leadership committee, organize virtual journal clubs and plan two successful virtual CVT conferences for our chapter. We have gotten to know each other through Member Spotlight newsletter articles and have shared research projects. It has been phenomenal to experience CVT professionals from various specialties in cardiology collaborating on projects and educating one another.
I am excited to see our new CVT representatives involve even more of you in chapter activities as we transition from virtual back to more in-person opportunities. I encourage all of you to try attending a virtual journal club or a live event. Our next journal club will be on May 18, 2022 at 7pm. More details including the journal article and registration will be posted here. I assure you this is a supportive learning environment where you can sit back and listen or participate in the conversation as much as you prefer. Let’s work together to strengthen our knowledge and learn new methods to provide the best quality of care to our patients!
Thank you for allowing me to represent you as a CVT representative. I hope to meet more of you in person or on Zoom at a chapter activity soon. If you want to get involved with the CVT Leadership team or want to get involved in microvolunteering, please contact our Chapter Executive, Jennifer Ray Beckman at email@example.com.
Elaine Strohl, PA-C, AACC
WANT MORE INFORMATION and GET INVOLVED?
For more information about Pennsylvania Chapter CVTeam involvement, contact the CVTeam Liaisons at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where do you currently work and what is your role?
Penn State Hershey Medical Center. I am a Structural Heart Coordinator and Interventional NP… if it happens in the cath lab, I cover it :) TAVR, MitraClip, Watchman, ETOH septal ablation, PFO/ASD closure, cath and PCI.
How and when did you get interested in the field of cardiology?
I was obsessed with my very first cardiology lecture in nursing school and wanted to learn everything I could. My professor was engaging and enthusiastic and I loved the passion she brought. I (optionally!) read the entire cardiovascular portion of the text and took clinical rotation with my cardiology passionate professor. Choosing my first RN job on a cardiac tele unit was an obvious decision for me. I continued to absolutely love everything I encountered. Learning about the CV system never feels like work.
What do you like about being an ACC member?
Networking has been phenomenal. It’s great to see what others are passionate about as well as how they run their programs or clinics. I think we all have something to learn from each other. Connecting with other cardiology nerds is a bonus.
What hobbies or lifestyle changes have helped to keep you sane during this pandemic?
Really being generous with myself and allowing the same grace I would extend to others. Self-care is not just a good idea in theory, it is essential. You can only give of yourself and care for others when your own cup is full. Yoga, mindfulness, taking guilt free “me” time, and stepping away from news and social media. My to-be-read pile of leisure reading books has grown, much to my liking! Oh! And my puppy… gotta have a dog!
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.
Pennsylvania Chapter, American College of Cardiology