Hi Hello, meet your colleague Neha Mantri from the California ACC.
Q: What is your job?
A: I am currently an Advanced Echocardiography Fellow at UCSF. 
I completed my general Cardiovascular training in June 2020 as chief fellow at Kaiser Permanente Northern California. My clinical interests include interventional echocardiography and structural heart disease. This year, I am particularly excited to work with UCSF faculty on research involving implementation and validation of machine learning based algorithms to improve cardiac care and efficiency within the hospital and clinic setting.  


Q: How did you get involved in ACC?
A: During my residency at UC Davis Medical Center, mentors encouraged me to present research through the Fellows-in-Training (FIT) Section at ACC 2016 in Chicago. I felt exhilarated that first day of the conference. I attended career development workshops, connected with like-minded peers across the U.S., and even played my hand at FIT jeopardy sessions! That weekend affirmed my decision to pursue a career in cardiology. I would highly recommend aspiring cardiology fellows to attend these FIT sections early in their career.
 
Another seminal experience was the ACC Big Sky Teaching Tomorrow’s Teachers (3T) conference earlier this year. Nominated by Kaiser Permanente and the ACC California Chapter, I participated in this four-day bootcamp with 20 FITs across the country and renowned faculty. I actively engaged in case-oriented, interactive workshops that developed our teaching techniques, presentation skills, and leadership qualities. Beyond the learning, I made friends with future leaders in cardiology -- an opportunity that simply wouldn’t have been possible without ACC.


Q: Share your work with the COVID-19 Cardiology Coalition?
A: In March, I banded with FITs from the 3T conference to form the COVID-19 Cardiology Coalition (CCC). Our objective was to sift through noise related to symptoms, treatments, and research on COVID-19 and provide concise guidance for cardiology fellows on the front lines. What started as an informal WhatsApp group among our six founding members expanded to 250 cardiology fellows across the country.

Our hours of independent review, video conferences, and content development culminated in the launch of a consensus document on COVID-19 cardiology manifestations at www.covid19cardiology.com and www.acc.org. This document is being updated as we learn from and expand our understanding of the virus. An unexpected benefit of this initiative has been the grassroots community we’ve forged. For fellows, it’s been empowering to have a support group while working on the front lines and navigating a ‘new normal’ of education that includes virtual training.