Early Career Voice Blog

  • Updated:Sep 25,2015
  • A Bold New World in Science: Embrace disruption

    Nov 20, 2015 10:31 AM | “A disruptive technology is any innovation that creates a new market and disrupts an existing one. We live in an exponential era…either disrupt yourself or be disrupted by someone else.” Peter Diamandis, MD, CEO of the XPRIZE Foundation, in Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World.  

    Posted by Kelly Kozakowski
    Nov 20, 2015 11:31 am
  • With Paris and Beirut in Our Hearts: Life Is Why

    Nov 16, 2015 9:18 AM | In light of the horrific massacres in Paris and Beirut, it is difficult for me, as one of the Early Career Voice bloggers at Scientific Sessions, to complete the task of writing a summary piece on the conference without addressing how these events might motivate us to continue with our global mission to improve cardiometabolic health and ultimately save lives.  

    Posted by Kelly Kozakowski
    Nov 16, 2015 10:18 am
  • Celebration of Science: the ugly, the bad, and the good

    Nov 12, 2015 3:31 PM | Now that the American Heart Association (AHA) Scientific Sessions have come to a close, we believe that it may be important to highlight why should we celebrate science! One can argue that there may exist three different viewpoints on this: the ugly, the bad, and the good.  

    Posted by Lyndie Bishop
    Nov 12, 2015 4:31 pm
  • Advice to the next generation of clinicians and scientists...and to ourselves

    Nov 10, 2015 8:55 PM | I had the wonderful opportunity yesterday to serve as a mentor for the Council on Clinical Cardiology’s High School Minority Outreach Program. Bigger and better than ever, this program is now in its fourth year, with participation by more than 100 students from eight local schools in the Orlando area. The organizers worked hard to provide a stimulating experience for the students, with the hope of getting them excited about medicine and science—for if these students will not be the ones safeguarding the health of our communities in the future, then who else will?

    Posted by Kelly Kozakowski
    Nov 10, 2015 9:55 pm
  • A Lesson from Walt Disney

    Nov 9, 2015 5:43 PM | "You can dream. You can create, design, and build the most wonderful place in the world… but it requires people to make the dream a reality." -Walt Disney This quote from Walt Disney, which I found fitting given this year’s Orlando location for Scientific Sessions, captures an important message I’ve heard repeated throughout the day: meeting people through networking is an invaluable component of conference participation.

    Posted by Kelly Kozakowski
    Nov 9, 2015 6:43 pm
  • A New Type of Scientific Session

    Nov 9, 2015 10:15 AM |  I’ve been attending the AHA Scientific Sessions since I was a medical resident, which means close to 10 years now. While that pales in comparison to our most committed senior colleagues, it’s enough time for me to have developed a sense of what Sessions is “supposed to be.” The science that’s presented at Sessions is some of the best cutting-edge work to be seen anywhere, but much of it tends to be delivered in a fairly standard, well-worn format—a moderated series of lectures by several speakers lasting for a few hours. Each speaker gets up in front of the room and talks without interruption while the audience sits in packed rows of up to hundreds of seats, politely and passively listening to the speaker. The speaker invariably spends the first part of the talk giving an introduction to the subject at hand, and the last few minutes provide the only opportunity for the audience to ask questions of the speaker. This format is by no means exclusive to Sessions but has been shared by just about every conference I’ve ever attended in my career.

    Posted by Kelly Kozakowski
    Nov 9, 2015 11:15 am
  • Red Carpet Excitement Jump-Starts Sessions

    Nov 8, 2015 5:30 PM | I always love attending the Opening Session at the AHA Scientific Sessions. I think of it as the “Red Carpet” of the Sessions complete with the requisite bright lights, large screens and an illustrious list of scientific award winners.  The opening remarks by President Dr. Mark Creager set the tone for the conference with an enthusiastic charge to action to increase awareness and treatment for patients with peripheral arterial disease (PAD), building a culture of health among AHA members and incorporating cutting edge technologies in cardiovascular research. His passionate call arose from his very personal connection to PAD, as his father suffered from complications from this severely underdiagnosed disease. It reminded me of why we as AHA members are so engaged in the organization as we all have loved ones that have been devastated by cardiovascular diseases.

    Posted by Kelly Kozakowski
    Nov 8, 2015 6:30 pm
  • The Value of the AHA Council Dinner

    Nov 8, 2015 8:31 AM | I write this after having just attended the Annual Clinical Cardiology Council Dinner and Business Meeting. I’ve been going to this dinner since first becoming an AHA member when I was a medical resident, and it becomes an ever richer experience each year as I’ve come to know more and more people through the AHA. It’s such a great opportunity to connect with colleagues, both mentors and peers, whom I don’t see more than a few times a year and never all in the same place at the same time.

    Posted by Kelly Kozakowski
    Nov 8, 2015 9:31 am
  • Early Career Day Programming at the Scientific Sessions for Young Investigators

    Nov 7, 2015 7:42 PM | Welcome to the largest scientific cardiovascular meeting on planet focused on targeting and improving cardiovascular health! Yes, we are talking about the American Heart Association (AHA) Scientific Sessions! The festivities (in the life of a cardiology physician), as I like to think of the AHA Scientific Sessions, have just begun. There will be 5 jam-packed days of scientific learning, networking, and an opportunity to create new collaborations. What you do matters, whether you are attending, moderating, presenting or just volunteering, and everything about the Scientific Sessions wants to make you believe that it cannot get any bigger or better than this.  

    Posted by Kelly Kozakowski
    Nov 7, 2015 8:42 pm
  • What do you wish you had known? Advice for physician-scientist trainees

    Jun 25, 2014 9:42 PM | The road to becoming a physician can be taxing to even the most capable of individuals.  For the aspiring physician-scientist, the pathway is all the more complex, with additional responsibilities and challenges arising from training in scientific research.  While none among us can predict the future as we progress in our training, we can learn from those who have faced similar challenges before us.   Recently, the American Physician Scientists Association (APSA), a student-led organization dedicated to advocacy for physician-scientist trainees, joined with the American Heart Association (AHA) to ask trainees two questions: “What do you wish you had known, and what has been your experience as a physician-scientist trainee?” APSA and the AHA have compiled responses from two such trainees for the Early Career Experiences Blog.  If you are just beginning your journey as a physician-scientist trainee, the experiences of these trainees may help you navigate the exciting challenges ahead.

    Posted by Alexander Adami
    Jun 25, 2014 10:42 pm