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Become a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology

As a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology (FACC) you’ll gain recognition as a cardiovascular professional at the top of your field. As an FACC, you’ll unlock access to tools and resources that help you transform cardiovascular care and make a difference. You will:

  • Receive print, mobile and online access to leading professional publications
  • Connect with a network of over 47,000 CV professionals worldwide
  • Stay up-to-date on the latest cardiovascular guidelines
  • Unlock access to over 300 FREE educational opportunities—including those offering CME and MOC credit
  • Access research awards and over 10,000 searchable research opportunities—PLUS a research collaboration network to enable you to find partnerships and resources
  • And more.

Fellowship is one of the most distinguished designations the College offers its members. Election to Fellowship is determined by committee, and applications are welcomed on a rolling basis. Those who do not meet the stringent qualifications for Fellowship may be granted Associate Fellow membership in the College when they apply.

“What is most valuable…my ability to participate, to contribute, to lead members from around different academic institutions to move things forward.” — ACC Member

What it Means to Be an FACC

As a Fellow, you’ll be able to use the professional designation, FACC, to signal to both patients and colleagues alike of your commitment to only the highest standards of cardiovascular care, and that you have been conferred to the highest credential by your peers. Additionally, you’ll unlock access to exclusive leadership and involvement opportunities, and be able to participate in ACC’s Annual Convocation Ceremony held each year during the ACC Annual Scientific Session.

Why Join: Your Membership Benefits

What do you get for your membership dollars? You’ll gain access to benefits worth nearly $3,000 annually.

As a Fellow you can:

  • Read about the latest clinical developments in five JACC journals: The Journal of the American College of Cardiology, JACC: Imaging, JACC: Interventions, JACC: Heart Failure and JACC: Clinical Electrophysiology.
  • Gain access to ACC’s NEW Research Collaboration Network and Research Funding Search Engine that allows you to search over 40,000 opportunities from nearly 10,000 sources and save custom searches
  • Gain an advocate for your interests, as we fight for your priorities in all aspects of practice—from certification to reimbursement and to federal and state representatives, regulatory bodies and payers.
  • Focus on your specialty and/or interest area with ACC’s 16 Member Sections
  • Gain leadership experience and recognition opportunities available only to FACCs through participation on Councils, Committees, and Working Groups. Stay up-to-date with 300+ FREE educational opportunities offering CME
  • Meet certification requirements more easily with online compliment Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Modules and ACC’s MOC Information Hub online
  • Gain unrestricted access to ACC’s new website, filled with the latest news and information
  • Access the latest guidelines—including on-the-go with ACC’s new guidelines app
  • Save with deep discounts on digital products and live courses—including the ACC Annual Scientific Session
  • Participate in ACC’s quality initiatives to improve patient care including the NCDR Registries and more
  • Advance your career with ACC’s Mentoring Program, Cardiology Careers and career advice from the experts
  • Access mobile applications that help you treat and manage patients on the go
  • Receive membership in your local chapter for additional networking and educational opportunities locally
Membership Criteria

Election to Fellowship is based on training and specialty Board certification in cardiology. Members are expected to conform to high moral standards.

To apply, candidates must:

  • Have completed cardiovascular training
  • Have a full-time academic and/or cardiovascular position
  • Dedicate at least 75% of their professional activities to CV research
  • Have made significant contributions to the scientific literature and submit a bibliography outlining said contributions
    • Have a PhD? You will need to have published 20 articles in peer-reviewed journals with 10 first or senior authorship
    • No PhD? You will need to have published 50 articles in peer-reviewed journals with 20 first or senior authorship
  • Present two letters of sponsorship from current FACCs with the application

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How to Apply: The Application Process

Applications are welcome on a rolling basis! Apply at any time throughout the year.

To apply, submit your application packet consisting of:

  1. Completed Application Form
  2. Two Letters of Sponsorship from Current FACCs that Meet Letter Requirements (See Your Sponsors and Sponsorship Letters below)
  3. Copy of Medical or Doctoral Degree Certificate, Translated to English if Received from an Institution Outside the U.S.
  4. Copy of Certificate if You Have a PhD
  5. Bibliography (See Submitting Your Bibliography below)
  6. Payment of Annual Dues and Nonrefundable Application Fee.
    • Note that if you are a current member of the ACC applying for FACC and are current on your dues, you ONLY need to submit the application fee. (See Annual Dues and Fees below)

Applications will be reviewed twice annually by the ACC’s Credentialing and Membership Committee.

  • Applications received by May 1 will be reviewed in July
  • Applications received by Oct 1 will be reviewed in January
Your Sponsors and Sponsorship Letters

Applicants are required to submit two letters of sponsorship from current FACCs.

Sponsorship Letter Requirements:

  • Letters must be included with your application
  • Letters must be on the sponsor’s business letterhead, dated and signed by the sponsor
  • Letters should detail your accomplishments of distinction, such as hospital, medical society or educational leadership
  • Letters should be original in content—substantially identical letters will be rejected

Sponsor Requirements:

  • Sponsors must be current FACCs
  • Sponsors must be well acquainted with your current professional activities
  • At least one sponsor must be from your geographic are of professional activity
  • Only one sponsor can be from a partner or colleague that works in your office
  • Only one sponsor can be from your training program
  • Your relatives may not sponsor you
Annual Dues and Fees
  U.S. Canada
Fellowship (FACC)* $770 $455
Associate Fellowship* $770 $455
Application Fee $150 $150
Total Payment to Accompany Application $920 $605

*** Are You a Current ACC Member? Only include the $150 application fee if you are up-to-date on your membership dues.

Submitting Your Bibliography

In order for you application to be evaluated fairly, please organize your bibliography using the following format; otherwise, your application will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed.

Do not send reprints of articles, abstracts, etc.

  • List your publications precisely as published with:
    • Authors
    • Title of Article
    • Name of Journal (including Volume, Page and Date)
  • Provide the name of the index where each publication is listed, or state, “not indexed” if that is the case
  • List and number the following publication types in separate categories as follows:
    1. Published papers in peer-reviewed journals
    2. Textbook chapters, invited articles and reviews
    3. Published abstracts
    4. Miscellaneous