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
Colorful spring flowers are in bloom and everything looks green and alive. We hope you are enjoying the beauty of springtime. The new CVT Journal Club series started in January 2021 and it is also blooming. We have enjoyed several months of learning through discussion about current and groundbreaking journal articles. We have two more sessions for the current series. Join us on Wednesday, May 19 for a Heart Failure presentation given by Courtney Montepara, PharmD. We will round out the series with a talk about Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy led by Amy Brownell, CRNP on June 26. We are in the process of putting together the Journal Club series running September 2021 through June 2022. Please let us know if you have any topics or journal articles that you would like to see discussed as part of the series. You can email me at email@example.com.
Ashley Heatley, CRNP has been a phenomenal leader in our state chapter activities. She was a moderator at the CVT meeting held in March and led the Journal Club series on Secondary Mitral Regurgitation in the same month. Learn more about Ashley and her career in structural heart disease at below or on our webpage: www.pcacc.org/member-section-cvteam.
Thank you for all the work that you do for our patients! We want to continue to support you in your learning so that you can work at the top of your profession in your area of cardiology. Please let us know of any ideas you have or if you would like to get involved with the chapter.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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