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- Christopher O'Connor, MD, FACC, Editor-in-Chief, JACC: Heart Failure∗ ()
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Dr. Christopher O'Connor, Editor-in-Chief, JACC: Heart Failure, 3655 Nobel Drive, Suite 630, San Diego, California 92112
One of the aspects of medicine I enjoy most is mentoring. Mentoring gives us the opportunity to give back to our profession by sharing our experiences with those who, because of less experience and fewer years under their belt, are not as knowledgeable about the complexities of medicine that they are practicing. It is also important to realize that you are never too old to be a mentee. To accept the knowledge and experience of those who have traveled before you by listening, learning, and engaging in dialogue and communication about aspects of activities and the practice of medicine that cannot be transcribed in the written word is a gift at any stage in your career. I am, therefore, deeply grateful to the mentoring that I have experienced as an Editor Mentee of Dr. Anthony DeMaria.
Dr. DeMaria took over the role of JACC Editor-in-Chief over 12 years ago. He has reviewed more than 60,000 manuscripts, letters to the editor, and research correspondence over the past decade; in this capacity, he has seen every aspect of clinical cardiology, research advancement, the challenges of research integrity, the behaviors of our most trusted colleagues, and interactions with entities such as industry, government, regulatory authorities, publishing companies, and society leadership. I have benefitted from listening, asking questions, and consulting a resource whose involvement has traveled light years ahead of mine in the editorial experience.
Dr. DeMaria has been an outstanding teacher throughout his entire career. How does one set up a journal? What are the criteria for acceptance and rejection? How does one communicate these issues? How does one investigate the integrity of scientific methods? These and many more topics can only be learned through years and years of practice. I have fond memories of asking him, “What do you think of this paper?” His reply: “I probably wouldn't take the paper, it doesn't seem very scientific, or novel, or that interesting. But it's entirely up to you.”
Knowledge is accelerated through a mentee–mentor relationship, and this is particularly true of the one that I have enjoyed over the past 2 years with Dr. DeMaria. There was never a question too simple or a concept so complex that he did not have an answer, a thought, a hypothesis, a strategy for resolving, or the time to give. Malcolm Gladwell has written that it takes 10,000 hours to master a concept (1). Multiply that by 6 and you have Dr. DeMaria's editorial database as one of the most experienced editors in cardiovascular medicine today.
It has been an honor and a privilege to study under Dr. DeMaria and help build JACC: Heart Failure. In the tradition of cardiovascular medicine, mentoring is one of our most precious skill sets. I hope that by bringing on young associate editors, and the JACC: Heart Failure Scholars Program, we will continue this tradition of teaching and sharing our knowledge with the next generation of cardiovascular leaders in research, education, clinical practice, and editorial experience.
As we transition to a new era of JACC under the editorship of Dr. Valentin Fuster, I look forward to the new mentorship that will follow. Everyone at JACC: Heart Failure wishes to thank Dr. DeMaria for all he has done to build this family of journals.
- American College of Cardiology Foundation
- Gladwell M.