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
We hope you have
all fared well this snowy winter. March looks to be the month of the big thaw
as we transition to spring! The Pennsylvania Chapter CVTeam of the ACC is
excited to bring you two exciting educational opportunities this month!
Mark your calendars
for these virtual events that are accredited for CME hours:
March17th – Wine, Cheese and Heart Disease
Journal Club will discuss the May 2020 JAMA article about
the importance of SGLT2
therapy for heart failure patients. Join us as we review
the mechanism of these life-saving drugs and learn how to incorporate them
into our practice! Go to https://www.pcacc.org/Journal-Club
to register and view the suggested beverage and wine pairings for the
month. Grab a drink, a snack, a colleague and join in our discussion!
March 20th – Hot Topics in Patient Care: Need to Know Therapeutics &
Diagnostics Join us for our first
conference specifically for CVT Members! We will have live lectures from
8-10am and on-demand content to view from 10-12 or anytime in the 30 days
following the live conference. Register for this free conference at: https://www.pcacc.org/CVTeam-Education
We know everyone’s
lives get busy but staying up-to-date on the latest advances in cardiology is
important for us all! To entice you to register for and attend these events,
keep an eye out for some fun raffle opportunities.
Welcome to any new
members of the American College of Cardiology! We hope you make acc.org and
pcacc.org your home for education, networking opportunities and all your
professional needs. If you would like to be involved in the ACC or have any
ideas for the Pennsylvania chapter, please let me know (firstname.lastname@example.org)!
ACC CVT Liaison for Eastern
WANT MORE INFORMATION and GET INVOLVED?
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Need to Know Therapeutics & Diagnostics
Join us for the PaACC CVT educational conference as we discuss many HOT topics in cardiology! We have applied for CEU for this meeting. For more information and to register, click here.
Sarah Bowman, CRNP, AACC
Where do you currently work as a nurse practitioner and what is your role there?
I work as the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Nurse Practitioner at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center in the Heart Vascular Institute. Prior to joining the team, my NP experience was primarily with cardiothoracic surgery. I have my own independent clinic as well as provide shared care. I have helped to develop policies and procedures and documents as we work toward ACHD site accreditation. This includes working on a transition program that will allow for smooth transition from pediatric congenital heart disease care to adult congenital heart disease care.
How did you decide to be a nurse practitioner and why did you choose the field of cardiology?
One day during an undergraduate nursing school course, the professor asked for a show of hands of those who thought they would one day go to graduate school to be a Nurse Practitioner or any other kind of advanced practice nurse. I immediately raised my hand. At the time I of course did not know when or where or how, but I knew that would be part of my future.
How long have you been an ACC member and why did you join the ACC?
In early 2018 the cardiologists I worked with encouraged me to join ACC and to apply for an Associate of the ACC. In April 2018 I was appointed an Associate of the ACC.
What activities or hobbies have helped to keep you sane in this past year with the Covid-19 pandemic?
Staying physically active has been the best way to keep sane this past year. I enjoy stationary biking and using kettle bells at home as well as socially distanced CrossFit. Outdoors I love hiking, jogging and walking and have enjoyed the many beautiful parts of the Appalachian Trail and other spots in beautiful central Pennsylvania. In October of 2020 I completed my 200 hour yoga teacher training. So far I’ve taken great pleasure in teaching yoga to friends over Zoom. For my personal yoga practice, I’ve mostly taken yoga classes online or on YouTube. Lastly, thanks to encouragement from a friend, part of what kept me sane in 2020 was when I upgraded to a smart tv. Access to workout programs has been much more accessible.
What are you looking forward to most when our lives return to a more normal state?
Traveling! I cannot wait to see my sister and her family including three sweet little girls who live in San Francisco. I also cannot wait to teach yoga in person in an actual studio.
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