Minnesota FIT Jeopardy Team at ACC.23

Kudos to the Minnesota FIT Jeopardy team for a good showing at the American College of Cardiology’s 72rd Annual Scientific Session & Expo (ACC.23) on March 5th. The team, who was in the lead for most of their preliminary round, faced teams from Hawaii, Tennessee and Missouri.

The team was comprised of University of Minnesota Third Year Fellows Garima Dahiya, MD; Daniel Gonzalez, MD; and Michael Klajda, MD.

Video Highlights

Judges confer.

The team answers.

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Why Cardiology? WIC Event – April 14

Med Students, Residents, & Fellows: Interested in the Field of Cardiology?

We want to show you how rewarding it is to be a cardiologist! All trainees interested in Cardiology (Fellows, Residents, Medical Students, Pre-Med Students) are invited to join the Minnesota Chapter of the American College of Cardiology (ACC-MN) and its Women in Cardiology (WIC) section to explore this important and exciting field of medicine.

Join us for networking, a panel discussion and career exploration with Minnesota-based cardiologists representing the ACC-MN WIC Section. Refreshments will be provided.

Physician Day at the MN Capitol with the Minnesota Medical Association – Feb. 8

Physicians and physicians-in-training from across the state will gather again in-person at the state Capitol on February 8, to advocate on behalf of medicine.

The annual get-together, which has been held virtually the last two years, is now referred to as Physicians’ Day at the Capitol. It will include a review of top priorities and tips on how to interact effectively with elected officials.

The MMA is partnering with several specialty societies and Zumbro Valley Medical Society to promote the event including the Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians; the Minnesota Academy of Ophthalmology; the Minnesota Chapter, American College of Cardiology; the Minnesota Chapter, American College of Emergency Physicians; the Minnesota Chapter, American College of Physicians; the Minnesota Osteopathic Medical Society; and the Minnesota Psychiatric Society.

“The more white coats we get to the Capitol and in meetings with legislators, the louder our voice,” said MMA President Will Nicholson, MD. “Now more than ever, physicians need to be meeting with representatives and senators to continue advocating for the practice of medicine and their patients.”

To register and for more information, visit here: https://mnmed.org/education-and-events/Day-at-the-Capitol

New ACC/AHA Aortic Disease Guideline

The newest clinical guideline from the ACC and the American Heart Association (AHA) aims to guide clinicians in the diagnosis and management of patients with aortic disease. Specifically, the 2022 ACC/AHA Guideline for the Diagnosis and Management of Aortic Disease provides recommendations regarding diagnosis, genetic evaluation and family screening, medical therapy, endovascular and surgical treatment, and long-term surveillance across multiple clinical presentation subsets, ranging from asymptomatic patients to those with acute aortic syndromes.

Among the highlights, the guideline encourages the use of centers with Multidisciplinary Aortic Teams in determining the appropriate timing of intervention. There is also added emphasis on the role of shared decision-making, especially in the management of patients with aortic disease both before and during pregnancy due to the “cardiovascular risks of pregnancy, the diameter thresholds for prophylactic aortic surgery, and the mode of delivery.” Read more.

To access clinician and patient tools related to the Guideline, including CardioSmart resources and a JACC Aortic Disease Interactive Guideline Tool tied to family screening, visit ACC’s Aortic Disease Guideline Hub.

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