HRS Communities of Practice – “Connect, Network, and Engage”

In its commitment to provide HRS members an opportunity to meet others, share ideas, participate in development opportunities, and advance the mission of the Society, the Heart Rhythm Society created the Community of Practice initiative. 

Visit the HRS Communities at https://communities.HRSonline.org

Involvement in each Community is open to all members.

What is a Community of Practice?

A Community of Practice is a group of Heart Rhythm Society members who come together to engage, network, and share knowledge and best practices with colleagues in similar areas of practice or who have common professional interests through a variety of platforms. Participation in a Community of Practice will provide members an opportunity to:

  • Share ideas and innovative thinking
  • Engage with experts and key opinion leaders
  • Expand professional expertise and visibility within the Community and Society
  • Implement mission-driven activities
  • Provide feedback, ideas, and suggestions

How are the Benefits Leveraged in a Community of Practice?

HRS is providing many resources to support the Communities of Practice, including:

  • Networking Opportunities:
    • Telephonic and in-person interactions
    • Webinar capabilities
    • If available, dedicated space to meet at Scientific Sessions
  • Collaboration Tools on HRS Communities :
    • Discussion board
    • Group email
    • Library/Resource repository
    • Community calendar
    • Member directory

How are Communities of Practice Structured?

A successful Community of Practice is dependent on the engagement of its members. Communities are designed to be informal, open, and self-supporting, yet provide some degree of structure and accountability is critical to the ongoing success of a Community.

To support this aim, each Community has a Community Planning Team and Community Facilitator. The Community Planning Team is responsible for launching and welcoming new members to the Community, facilitating discussions across the Community, leading programming and networking opportunities, and managing the operations of the Community. Planning Team members are selected on an annual basis by the Community membership and serve two-year terms.

Participating in a Community:

Joining a Community is easy—simply visit the HRS Communities site  (member login required) and join the Communities(s) in which you would like to participate. Remember, you may participate in any Community. 

 

The current Communities of Practice are:

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Advanced Imaging Community of Practice

Mission: The mission of the Advanced Imaging Community is to improve the adoption of advanced imaging, specifically MRI, into our EP community. The Community will focus on initiating collaborations between our members and the cardiac imaging community and its non-MD scientists, sharing the latest developments of novel imaging techniques and technologies. We will help advance imaging research protocols and collaborate on multi-center projects.

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Mission: The mission of the Advanced Imaging Community is to improve the adoption of advanced imaging, specifically MRI, into our EP community. The Community will focus on initiating collaborations between our members and the cardiac imaging community and its non-MD scientists, sharing the latest developments of novel imaging techniques and technologies. We will help advance imaging research protocols and collaborate on multi-center projects.

Activities: The Community will meet on a regular basis during the HRS annual meeting and 3-4 times per year to discuss educational endeavors focusing on helping EPs in advanced imaging. In addition, there will be regular webcasts featuring new findings from leaders in the fields of both EP and advanced imaging.

Planning Team Members: 

  • Nassir Marrouche, MD, FHRS (Director Atrial Fibrillation Program, University of Utah Health Sciences Center Division of Cardiology)
  • Nazem Akoum, MD, MS, FHRS (Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Washington)
  • Saman Nazarian, MD, PhD, FHRS (Assistant Professor, John Hopkins University, Cardiology)

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Allied Professionals Community of Practice

Mission: To provide its members with opportunities to network and enhance leadership by providing and participating in mentorship, sharing and creating research, and sharing best practices and resources aimed at enhancing patient care.

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Mission: To provide its members with opportunities to network and enhance leadership by providing and participating in mentorship, sharing and creating research, and sharing best practices and resources aimed at enhancing patient care.

Activities: The Community will hold webinars on topics of interest to the Community; create a library to share resources (policies, templates, best practices); develop opportunities to network; and provide leadership and mentorship opportunities.

Planning Team Members: 

  • Melanie T. Gura, MSN, CNS, CCDS, FHRS (Director, Pacemaker and Arrhythmia Services, NE Ohio Cardiovascular Specialists)
  • Nancy Lee , AND, FHRS, CCDS (Arrhythmia Device Specialist and Lab Nurse, The Arrhythmia Center)
  • Ruth Madden, MPH, RN (Quality Coordinator, Electrophysiology and Pacing, Cleveland Clinic)
  • Laurie Racenet, FNP, MSN, CCDS, CEPS, FHRS (Advanced Nurse Practioner, Alaska Heart Institute)
  • Community Facilitator: Sarah Worsnick, PAC, CCDS, CEPS (Physician Assistant, Geisinger Heart Institute)

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Early Career Community of Practice

Mission: To provide early career members with opportunities for professional development and leadership training; discussion of common career challenges; and participation in networking, mentorship, and collaborative scientific learning events. Early career members are individuals in training or less than 5 years out of training from all HRS constituencies.

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Mission: To provide early career members with opportunities for professional development and leadership training; discussion of common career challenges; and participation in networking, mentorship, and collaborative scientific learning events. Early career members are individuals in training or less than 5 years out of training from all HRS constituencies.

Activities: The Community will hold regular webinars on scientific topics and professional development,; organize a collaborative, web-based review series for challenging clinical cases and provocative scientific questions; convey feedback to HRS leadership on issues relevant to early career members; and provide opportunities to network with other professionals at Scientific Sessions.

Planning Team Members:

  • Elena Arbelo, MD, PhD, Hospital Clinic De Barcelona-Cardiology Department
  • Patrick M. Boyle, BSc, PhD, PEng, Johns Hopkins University
  • Prashant Bhave, MD, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics
  • Edmond Cronin, MB BCh BAO, FHRS, CCDS, Hartford Hospital and University of Connecticut School of Medicine
  • Rakesh Gopinathannair, MD, MA, FHRS University of Louisville School of Medicine and Jewish Hospital
  • Sandeep K. Goyal, MD, FHRS, Piedmont Hospital
  • Community Facilitator: Junaid Zaman, MA, BMBCh, MRCP, Stanford University
  • Community Advisor/Champion: Rahul Doshi, MD, FHRS, University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine

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Florida Community of Practice

Mission: Stakeholders in the US state of Florida with multiple backgrounds who share an interest and commitment to treating patients with arrhythmias and ensuring that Floridians receive state of the art care. The Florida CoP will focus on local health policy issues, identification and sharing of best practices in the field of EP, and opportunities for networking.

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Mission: Stakeholders in the US state of Florida with multiple backgrounds who share an interest and commitment to treating patients with arrhythmias and ensuring that Floridians receive state of the art care. The Florida CoP will focus on local health policy issues, identification and sharing of best practices in the field of EP, and opportunities for networking.

Planning Team Members:

  • Bosede Afolabi, MD, FHRS
  • Fred Kusumoto, MD, FHRS
  • Cynthia Lynady, RCES, RCIS
  • Karin Prussak, DNP, ACNP, ARNP, CCRN

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U.S. Veterans Affairs Community of Practice

Mission: The mission of the U.S. Veterans Affairs Community of Practice is to provide its members, those individuals responsible for caring for veterans with arrhythmia conditions, opportunities for networking (face-to-face and online) and sharing of best practices and lessons learned on issues relevant to the Community; including topics such as EP focused research and VA equipment procurement challenges. 

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Mission: The mission of the U.S. Veterans Affairs Community of Practice is to provide its members, those individuals responsible for caring for veterans with arrhythmia conditions, opportunities for networking (face-to-face and online) and sharing of best practices and lessons learned on issues relevant to the Community; including topics such as EP focused research and VA equipment procurement challenges.  

Activities: The Community will meet by phone 2-3 times per year to discuss issues relevant to the Community, host a networking event at Scientific Sessions, and share ideas and best practices via the discussion board.

Planning Team Members:

  • Kim Selzman, MD, MPH, FHRS. Salt Lake City VA Hospital, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Paul D. Varosy, MD, FHRS. University of Colorado, Denver, CO
  • Mintu P. Turakhia, MD, MS. Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
  • Sanjay Dixit, MD, FHRS.  University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
  • Alaa Shalaby, MD, FHRS. University of Pittsburg, Pittsburg, PA

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Women in EP Community of Practice

Mission: To provide members, who have an interest in the topic of women’s practice and research, an opportunity to participate in programs that support networking, mentorship, leadership, research, and provide a support system for women throughout the EP Community. 

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Mission: To provide members, who have an interest in the topic of women’s practice and research, an opportunity to participate in programs that support networking, mentorship, leadership, research, and provide a support system for women throughout the EP Community. 

Activities: Community activities will include: a member database with areas of interest and expertise; support for research collaboration, webinars on topics such as networking and leadership development, mentorship opportunities, and a networking event at Scientific Sessions.

Planning Team Members:

  • Mina Chung, MD, FHRS (Cardiac Electrophysiology, Cleveland Clinic, Dept. of Cardiovascular Medicine)
  • Sherry Saxonhouse, MD, FHRS, Cardiac Electrophysiology, Sanger Heart and Vascular Institute and Associate Professor of Medicine, Carolina Health Care Systems)
  • Sarah Worsnick, PAC, CCDS, CEPS (Physician Assistant, Geisinger Heart Institute)
  • Community Facilitator: Jennifer Silva, MD (Director, Pediatric EP, Washington University School of Medicine, Pediatrics)
  • Community Champion/Advisor: Ulrika M. Birgersdotter-Green, MD, FHRS (Professor of Medicine, UC San Diego Health Systems)

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How do I Form a New Community of Practice?

Members are encouraged to form new Communities of Practice. Before submitting an application, please review the eligibility requirements below: 

  • The purpose of the Community aligns with the vision of the Society
  • The purpose and proposed activities fit into the Community of Practice structure (i.e. it must be open to all members).
  • The Community topic is not currently addressed in a pre-existing Community. 
  • A primary Community of Practice Champion and Planning Team (minimum of 5 individuals) must be identified.
  • An application form must be completed and submitted to the Membership Committee for review.
  • A minimum of 25 members must be registered in the Community within six months of its creation.

To submit a Community of Practice application, please download the HRS Communities Group or Community of Practice Application Form .