Member Trends: International FITs On The Rise
Although International Fellows in Training (FITs) would be categorized among the smaller member segments of the ACC in terms of size, this group has tripled in size over the past five years to 1,628 members currently. For many years now the College has sought opportunities to engage with these up-and-coming, international clinicians and to provide them with the resources and education critical to their foundation in cardiovascular medicine. Based upon a recent ACC survey of 224 International FITs, the ACC's efforts are appreciated and valued by this audience.
Nearly nine out of 10 International FITs (89%) have used the ACC educational resources and benefits that have been offered to them as part of their membership. Furthermore, they find ACC resources to be extremely valuable to their burgeoning careers, especially the online access to JACC (75%), access to ACC.org (69%), discounts on ACC educational offerings (50%), travel/research awards (50%), and networking opportunities (45%). Also, although only one out of four International FITs have used the ASCVD Risk Estimator mobile app, the majority of them (59%) find it extremely useful in their practice.
While almost half of those surveyed indicate that they would likely continue as ACC members after their training has been completed, cost remains a primary barrier among those who were less certain of continuing their membership. Moving forward, nearly two out of three International FITs desire additional ACC support in the areas of clinical education (65%), practice guidelines (63%) and research/publishing opportunities (59%). About one-fourth also express a need for an International fellowship training program for cardiologists.
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