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
I hope you all had a wonderful summer! Now that the 2021-2022 school year is underway it’s time for the Pennsylvania Chapter of the ACC to get back into learning mode as well.
Journal Club Continues
We will be offering our Wine, Cheese and Heart Disease virtual journal club series from October 2021 through April 2022. We will skip a December meeting due to the holidays. Register for these conferences and plan to meet us on Zoom every third Wednesday, starting in October. Look for the updated journal club series information on our website.
ACC Legislative Conference
The ACC made the difficult decision to move the Annual Legislative Conference to an all-virtual platform. It will still take place October 3-5 and there is no cost for attendance. Please consider joining this important conference where we advocate for bills that improve the quality of care for our patients. We can always use CVT members to give their unique perspective on the advocacy topics! For more information and to register for this conference, follow this link.
We look forward to a day that we can safely gather in-person again. But for now, let’s embrace the technology of virtual meetings and enjoy a shorter “commute” as well. It’s invaluable that we are able to connect with colleagues from across our large state (and the world!) without leaving the comfort of our homes.
Elaine Strohl, PA-C, AACC
ACC CVT Liaison for Eastern Pennsylvania
WANT MORE INFORMATION and GET INVOLVED?
For more information about Pennsylvania Chapter CVTeam involvement, contact the CVTeam Liaisons at email@example.com.
Ashley Heatley, CRNP
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