For Board-certified physicians currently practicing in the U.S. and Canada. Membership options include Associate Fellow and Fellow.

  What it Means to Be an FACC
  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.

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. Aside from recognition as a professional at the top of your field, you’ll gain access to member benefits worth thousands. Discover all those member benefits.

  Membership Criteria
  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
  • Hold a full-time hospital appointment
  • Dedicate at least 75% of their professional activities to cardiology
  • Hold a primary and applicable subspecialty Board certification:
    • Board should hold membership in either the American Board of Medical Specialties or the Advisory Board for Osteopathic Specialists of the American Osteopathic Association.
  • For those certified in 1990 or later, candidates need to show evidence of successful completion of an accredited program with a minimum number of in-training years as follows:
    • Adult Cardiology – Three Years
    • Pediatric Cardiology – Three Years
    • Cardiovascular Surgery – Two Years
  • Lacking Board certification, you may be awarded "Associate Fellow" status
  • Present two letters of sponsorship from current FACCs with the application

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  How to Apply: The Application Process
  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). If you are an Associate Fellow that is board certified, you may use a sponsorship form letter.
  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. 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)

Submit your completed application packet to:

American College of Cardiology
ATTN: Membership Services
2400 N Street, NW
Washington, DC 20037

Fax: 202-375-6842
Phone: 202-375-6000, ext. 5439

Email to check on the status of your application.

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
  Your Sponsors and Sponsorship Letters

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

Are you a board certified Associate Fellow? You may use a sponsorship form letter. Download the form letter here.

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. Exception for Associate Fellows highlighted above.

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
  Annual Dues and Fees
  U.S. Canada
Fellowship (FACC)* $785 $480
Associate Fellowship* $785 $480
Application Fee $150 $150
Total Payment to Accompany Application $935 $630