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President's Message

January 2021

Dear PaACC Members,

Happy 2021!

While 2020 did not turn out as we had expected, it’s important for all of us to pause to reflect on the year. As a chapter, we were able to pivot every one of our programs to alternative offerings, including the virtual FIT poster competition. Our WIC and FIT sections had robust virtual sessions about mentoring and financial well-being; our CVT section has launched a Journal Club with CEUs; we collaborated with state stakeholders to prevent venue shifting and to amend Act 112; we established a new cardio-oncology committee and a member value task force. We overcame many challenges – and all learned how to mute and unmute ourselves (though I must admit I am still practicing that skill some days!)

As we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. this week, I return to one of his many wise statements: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is ‘What are you doing for others?’”. In the spirit of advocacy and teamwork, I’d like to ask you to consider giving back this year by getting involved in the chapter. Help us make this a better place for you, for your colleagues, for future generations. Sign up here

Finally, we are thrilled that many of you have been or shortly will be vaccinated and are leading by example for the nation, modeling best practices as we move into this next phase of the pandemic. Please continue to educate your patients and community about the vaccine. I’ve found this NEJM FAQ resource incredibly helpful as I navigate those conversations.

Katie Berlacher, MD, FACC

President, PaACC

Governor, ACC, representing western PA

    Humans of Cardiology logo

    January 2020 - Elaine Strohl, PA-C 

    We Never Know

    It’s been a long nine months in this pandemic. All of us who work in healthcare have especially felt the burden of being “essential workers.” When my two sons were abruptly forced to move to an all-virtual format of school in March, my family was forced to adapt to the change. 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.   

    CVTeam Journal Club

    Kicks Off January 20

    Thank you for your interest. Please note that the January event is full.

    Join the CVTeam as we discuss journal article each month. We have applied for CEU for these sessions. For more information and to register, click here.

    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.


    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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