American Heart Association (10/30/23)
The American Heart Association (AHA) has voted in support of a new professional certification board for cardiovascular medicine, the American Board of Cardiovascular Medicine (ABCVM). The AHA will join a consortium the American College of Cardiology, the Heart Failure Society of America, the Heart Rhythm Society and the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography & Interventions in its support of the new board. "We enthusiastically join with our colleagues in proposing a new professional certification body to accredit cardiovascular professionals called the American Board of Cardiovascular Medicine," said the association's volunteer president, Joseph C. Wu, MD, PhD, FAHA. "The new ABCVM will be independent of the American Board of Internal Medicine and focus on the specific competency-based trainings and appropriate ongoing certifications that align with and strengthen skills for cardiovascular physicians and enhance quality of care for people with cardiovascular disease." The consortium will apply to the American Board of Medical Specialties to request the creation of the new medical board for cardiovascular medicine. "The consortium's robust proposal harnesses the knowledge, skills and benchmarks appropriate for professional excellence and delivery of effective, high-quality cardiovascular care," Wu said.