As a recent graduate from cardiovascular training, the advancement to Fellowship in the ACC might seem like a daunting task that should be delayed until you're more established in the field. While you've either recently been advanced to Affiliate status, or are just finishing your training, we're here to tell you it's not too early (or too difficult!) to advance to Fellowship!

You no longer have to wait until you've passed your Board exams to apply for Fellowship. The ACC wants to make it as easy as possible for you to advance. See our steps to apply below for an easy step-by-step breakdown of what you need to do. We look forward to welcoming you to Fellowship & greeting you at our annual Convocation ceremonies during the next Annual Scientific Session.

Why FACC and Why Now?

With your training behind you, you're hard at work studying for the Boards and looking for that first big career move. So, why is it important to advance to FACC while you're juggling those very important milestones? As you search for positions, the added FACC designation will help you snag that dream job by signaling to potential employers and your future patients that you have been conferred to the highest credential by your peers – and that you are committed to the only the highest standards of CV care.

How Will FACC Membership Help as You Grow?

It will benefit you professionally: Membership in the College will help to keep you at the top of your field, with opportunities for networking, access to the latest clinical information and education. The College also offers you ways to increase your impact on the field through leadership, involvement and 'giving back' to the cardiovascular discipline.

It will give you a voice on critical issues affecting cardiovascular care: The ACC, its Chapters and its member communities offer you the power of a national collective committed to quality cardiovascular care. Leadership opportunities through committees, sections and councils allow you to participate in key forums and on critical issues that directly affect your profession. Additionally, the ACC acts as your advocate, and will speak out on your behalf where it can influence issues that affect you – including on cardiovascular research, training, accreditation, board certification, licensure, medical practice, reimbursement and career opportunities across the entire spectrum of cardiovascular care issues.

It will save you money: Membership in the ACC can save you $1,800 each year. Membership comes with many benefits, including discounts and free publication subscriptions. For the average full-paying physician member in the U.S. who receives the journals JACC, Cardiology, access to, attends annual meeting and purchases one product and one program registration in a given year – the membership savings are more than two times the dues amount each year.

Steps to Apply

Advancing to Fellowship in the ACC only seems difficult. In fact, as a recent trainee, it really is as easy as one, two, three! You can even apply before passing your Board exams.*:

  1. Download a copy of the application (PDF) to fill out at home. Remember to complete all sections of the application to avoid any delays in the process.
  2. Obtain two letters of sponsorship. These letters should be from current Fellows of the ACC and act as a letter of recommendation, speaking to why you exemplify what it means to be a Fellow. As a graduating FIT, you can even use the this form letter (PDF) to make it easier for you to obtain a sponsorship. All you need for your sponsor to do is fill out this quick and easy form and sign! A few tips on who can sponsor you: You should request letters from Fellows who have reviewed your application. Sponsoring Fellows should be well-acquainted with your current professional activities. At least one sponsor must be from your geographic area of professional activity, however, only one sponsor can be from a partner or colleague who works in your office. You may have a sponsor from your training program, however, both letters cannot come from a Fellow in your training program. Your relatives may not act as a sponsor. If you’re obtaining an original sponsor letter and not using the form: The letter should be on your sponsor's business letterhead, original in content and signed by the sponsor.
  3. Submit your completed application packet to us in the Member Services Department at the American College of Cardiology, 2400 N Street NW, Washington, DC 20037, USA. Remember to include the following items in your packet to make sure your application is processed in a timely manner.
  4. Signed application form and any attachments
  5. Two letters of sponsorship

Applications are accepted at any time throughout the year, but are processed during two deadline periods: May 1 and October 1.

*If you apply before you have passed your Board exams, your application will remain on file with a status of "Pending" until we receive confirmation that you have passed the Boards.