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
My name is Karen Tarolli and I am your Cardiovascular Team Liaison for Western Pennsylvania. Together, with Elaine Strohl, our CVT Liaison for Eastern Pennsylvania, I would like to wish you all a Happy New Year! Some of you may know that January derives its name from Janus, the Roman god of beginnings and endings. Janus, the two faced god represents all beginnings and possesses the ability to see the past and the future, and if there ever was a time to embrace new beginnings it’s now. We have been living through a pandemic, the likes of which none of us have ever experienced, and we’ve been adapting as best as we can to stay engaged. Our new beginning is in the hope of vaccinating everyone against this novel virus that has changed our lives in ways we never could have imagined.
As members of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the ACC we will continue to learn more about the Coronavirus, and how it has affected our patients and mourned the loss of others, but there is hope with the vaccine that better days are ahead. As we adapt to changes the pandemic has brought us, there is much to look forward to in the upcoming months with PaACC.
Please join us for Journal Club that will take place every third Wednesday at 7:00pm. We are so excited to bring this to you, but it will be with a twist. It is called Wine, Cheese and Heart Disease, and although it is virtual, we will have some refreshment pairing suggestions (alcoholic, non-alcoholic, and other treats to keep your senses piqued during the featured presentation) and of course a virtual meet and greet afterward. Each month will be a different presenter with a different topic that I know you will all enjoy learning more about. Look for the emails from the Chapter and sign up. Our first presentation was Pulmonary Hypertension with Jennifer Fox, CRNP who is with the heart failure program at Lankenau Hospital. Each month we will be offering a different speaker and of course a different topic. We submitted an application for CEU. Although the sessions are complimentary for PaACC members, registration is required to receive the Zoom link.
We have been hard at work planning the PaACC CVT Virtual Conference on hot topics in cardiology. This virtual conference on March 20th runs from 8:00-10:00am. The first live presentation will be on PFO/ASD by Dr. Conrad Smith from the University of Pittsburgh Presbyterian Hospital, with panelists Rebecca Burdett, CRNP from neurology at Penn Medicine and Kathryn Fatigante, PA-C from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. The second hour will be on HCM and Amyloidosis with Jennifer Fox, CRNP and Amy Brownell, CRNP as speakers and Amy Marzolf, CRNP, MSN as the moderator. We have submitted an application for CEUs for both the live and asynchronous materials. Although the March meeting is complimentary for PaACC members, registration is required to receive the Zoom link.
We know that some people were interested in joining the PaACC and experienced difficulty using the free promotion code due to some system glitches. ACC has extended the free promotion until August 31, 2021. The new code is CVTRefer20. Please encourage your colleagues to consider joining.
Don’t forget about Humans of Cardiology. If you have a story to share please submit it. The stories have been inspiring and enlightening and are binge worthy in reading. I know you have one, we all do, just sit down, write it out and send it in.
Please continue to visit the website for upcoming programs, and if you have any questions or concerns feel free to reach out to one of us.
“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” --- Antoine de Saint-Exupery, The Little Prince (my favorite book since I was a child)
Karen Tarolli, MSN, ACNP-BC, CHFN
ACC CVT Liaison for Western Pennsylvania
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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.
Courtney A. Montepara, PharmD
Why did you become a pharmacist?
I became a pharmacist because I wanted to have a career that allows me to make a positive impact on patient care. I was a pharmacy technician throughout high school, and I witnessed the important role of the pharmacist. I love interacting with patients and seeing the effect the right medications can have on improving their health. I decided to specialize in cardiology because I was fascinated with the heart and its associated disorders. Drug therapy is vital for the management of cardiovascular diseases, so I knew this was an area where I would be able to make a difference through medication optimization and patient counseling.
How long have you been practicing as a pharmacist? Where have you worked during that time? Tell us about responsibilities you have at your job.
I have been practicing as a pharmacist for almost 6 years. I earned my Doctor of Pharmacy degree (PharmD) from Philadelphia College of Pharmacy in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 2015. I then completed a post-graduate pharmacy practice (PGY1) residency at Atlantic Health System in Morristown, New Jersey in 2016 followed by a cardiology pharmacy specialty (PGY2) residency at Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio in 2017. Following my two years of residency training, I became an Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Duquesne University School of Pharmacy in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. One of my main roles is to educate pharmacy students on cardiovascular pharmacotherapy in their cardiology therapeutics course. I also teach in various electives and abilities-based labs. Additionally, as part of my clinical faculty position, I am a cardiology pharmacy specialist on an inpatient cardiology team at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I am involved in designing, recommending, monitoring, and evaluating drug therapy plans for our patients with cardiovascular disease, as well as providing patient education. I also precept students in their last year of the PharmD program at Duquesne University on five-week clinical rotations. In addition to my teaching and practice responsibilities, I am engaged in numerous research endeavors.
How long have you been an ACC member and why did you join the ACC?
I have been an American College of Cardiology (ACC) member since 2017. I joined to stay up-to-date on the newest developments in cardiology. There are various opportunities for education, such as programming at the Annual Meeting, continuing education presentations, and email blasts containing research articles and guideline updates. Additionally, I have been able to network with healthcare professionals across many disciplines and receive mentorship from esteemed practitioners. I also sought ways to get involved in the cardiology profession, so I joined the Cardiovascular Team Member Section within the ACC. I am now helping to plan continuing education opportunities for healthcare providers in the Pennsylvania Chapter of the ACC as part of the Education Committee.
What challenges have you faced professionally due to the COVID-19 pandemic?
At Duquesne University, safety of the students, faculty, and staff is of the utmost importance, so when the pandemic first hit, we moved all of the courses to an online format, which was no easy task. During this current school year, the faculty are teaching in person to a smaller cohort of students who wish to be on campus (social distancing and masks required) and streaming our courses live via Zoom for the rest of the class to attend. This was undoubtedly a unique situation for me where I needed to be creative in engaging the students near and far, while also showing my passion and enthusiasm through a mask. Another challenge was when Allegheny General Hospital made the difficult decision to temporarily suspend students from being on site for their clinical rotations. This could have prevented our pharmacy students from graduating on time; however, through a team effort with the preceptors at the hospital, we were able to offer rotations in a remote format that satisfied the necessary requirements for graduation. Last but certainly not least, ensuring safety of the patients and healthcare professionals at Allegheny General Hospital was vital. As a result, my cardiology team stopped doing bedside rounds and transitioned to meeting in a conference room or on Zoom to discuss patient care. The pandemic has shown me the beauty of people coming together during a very difficult and uncertain time to help those in need. Although we faced, and will continue to face, numerous challenges during this pandemic, I feel fortunate to be able to provide care to my patients and education to my students.
What are you looking forward to most post-pandemic in your personal life and in your workplace?
I am looking forward to spending time with my family and friends, as well as the activities we once took for granted, such as eating out at restaurants, attending concerts, and traveling. In the workplace, I miss the simplicity of having in-person conversations with my patients, students, and colleagues without the constant worry of contracting or spreading COVID-19, and I am excited to gain back some sense of normalcy (minus the Pittsburgh traffic!).
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