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President's Message

October 2020

Hello Pennsylvania ACC!

My name is Katie Berlacher.  I’m an Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, the Program Director of the UPMC Cardiovascular Fellowship and Director of the Magee Women’s Heart Program, part of the UPMC Heart Vascular Institute (Want more details on me?  Check out my fun facts here.  I am the western PA Governor with my colleague Dr. Andy Waxler, the eastern PA Governor, and am now the President of our Chapter for the next 18 months.  As you know, Andy has been a champion at the state and national levels for many years, relentlessly advocating for our patients and our community.  I want to thank him for a stellar job this past year and a half, leading us through unchartered territories with COVID-19 while also continuing to work on many other legislative issues affecting our state and nation.  We are lucky to have his energy and insight.  Rest assured, he will remain at the helm with me as we move forward. 

This is a busy fall and vital time of year for both our patients and our nation so I will be brief in my message this month. 

First, I’d like to remind everyone to VOTE.  Vote in the national election, in the state and in the local elections.

Second, get your flu shot and tell patients to get theirs too!  All of us are responsible for protecting ourselves, our colleagues and our patients.  Now is the time to get your flu shot.  Don’t wait.  I’ve made it a point to end every single office and video visit with a message about flu shots.  It takes 15 seconds and will save lives.  Remember, people who have heart disease have a 10x higher risk of heart attack within 3 days of getting the flu and are more likely to have a heart attack even weeks after the flu.  Check out resources at ACC’s terrific patient resource website, CardioSmart, for updated infographics and material.

I’m so excited to meet and work with you all.  Please contact me any time if you have thoughts, ideas or questions: president@pcacc.org.

Katie Berlacher, MD, FACC

President, PaACC

Governor, ACC, representing western PA

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    July 2020 - Kinan Kassar, MD 

    Saturday Morning Zooms: The Distancing That Brought Us Together

    "Welcome to the meeting!" I woke up to this early morning announcement as I logged in to my first Zoom meeting with my cardiology co-fellows. What a huge surge of unpleasant feelings I felt that morning as our program director announced the new measures we would be taking as a training program during the COVID-19 pandemic. To read the rest, click here.

    Humans of Cardiology is an opportunity for PaACC members to share motivating stories about their personal and professional lives and was inspired by the wildly popular Humans of New York series. Submit your story and view past posts here.   

    Financial Well-being: Take the Time to Plan Your Future

    Date: November 18, 2020

    Time: 7:00pm


    Join the Early Career and Section and FITs for a one-hour virtual seminar that will focus on financial planning. Click here for additional information.

    Congratulations to PaACC's

    2020 Virtual Oral Poster Winner: Syed Bukhari, MD

    And also to all of this year's selected virtual poster participants. Make sure to check them out!

    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.

    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.

    Heart Health during COVID-19 graphic
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