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President's Message

may 2021

Dear PaACC Members:

What a great few months we’ve had!! Lots of things happening right now. Take a look: 

      • Our chapter’s new series “Emerging Fields of Cardiology” launched in April and covered the topic of Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy. Many thanks to Doctors Sharlene Day, Mark Estes, Timothy Wong, Nosheen Reza, Sheela Krishana and Alejandro de Feria Alsina for participating in the webinar, and to Dr. Marietta Ambrose for organizing the entire session. We had 84 members from four states and five countries join us. 
      • Mark your calendars for Saturday, July 17th at 7:30am for our next session on Cardiac Amyloidosis. Sign up here so you don’t miss it! If this date doesn’t work, sign up and view it on your own time the following week. All recorded videos are available for thirty days and we are awarding educational credit for CME and CEUs.
      • Many of you tuned in for ACC.21 this month. Good news! If you missed it (or just had screen fatigue), it’s not too late to access the content on demand. All education from ACC.21 will be available until December 31, 2021. Check it out here to access the program.
      • Your PaACC, together with the ACC Fellows-in-Training Section, launched a new podcast series with CardioNerds, called “Narratives In Cardiology” which is a multimedia educational series promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion through discussions with various state chapters throughout the country. Download the podcasts here and tune in.
      • Legislation to amend Act 112 is proceeding; the PaACC advocacy team is working to explain the negative impact to patients that were unintended consequences of this law. Delivering test results without input and context from the ordering physician needs to change. We anticipate asking you to contact lawmakers as this moves through the committee system in Harrisburg. Be on the lookout in your in-box for an action alert!
As always, please reach out (president@pcacc.org) to us with questions or thoughts. We are better together!

Katie Berlacher, MD, FACC

President, Pennsylvania Chapter ACC

Governor, Western Pennsylvania

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February 2021 - Jessica Oh, MD

Reflections on Starting Residency in the Middle of a Global Pandemic

I never imagined I would start my residency in the middle of a global pandemic. That I would be worried about PPE availability. Or be afraid of contracting a new virus that scientists were racing to find more information on, a virus that could potentially have life threatening consequences. 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.   

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Click here for more information and to register.

2021 Pennsylvania Legislative Session Updates

Click here to see what's happening in Harrisburg.


ACC CardioSmart recently published the infographic below to emphasize the importance of maintaining heart health through the epidemic. Click here for additional information.

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