"We all need to be more involved. Standing on the sidelines is the shortest path to failure for our profession." — Cardiologist, Texas
The ACC represents over 47,000 members who cover the spectrum of the cardiovascular team and share the College’s mission to transform cardiovascular care and improve heart health. Over 1,500 ACC members are active volunteers on the College’s committees/workforces andhave given their free time to help advance the work of the College.
In an effort to assess the perception of and motivation for volunteering in ACC activities, a recent CardioSurve survey found that slightly more than half of cardiologists (52%) believe that their ACC volunteer activity is very rewarding to them, compared to only 9% who do not feel that it is rewarding. Further, three out of four cardiologists (71%) would be highly likely to volunteer for another ACC activity, while only 5% noted they would not be likely to volunteer again.
The top motivational reasons for cardiologists to perform volunteer work include the ability to do something for a profession or a cause that is important to them (58%) and the importance of helping others (54%).
The study also found that the number of years that a cardiologist has in practice can impact motivation for performing ACC volunteer work. In addition to their desire to contribute to a profession or cause that is important to them, cardiologists who have been in practice for 10 years or less also have a business-related agenda. These early career cardiologists also volunteer to make new contacts that might help their business or career, to achieve satisfaction and recognition that they do not get at work, and to obtain volunteer experience that will look good on their resume.
"I desire to become more involved in the ACC rather than just be a member and carry the FACC designation. Our health care system is changing, and I believe the ACC needs to be at the forefront representing the views and vision of its members and I hope to one day make such a contribution." — Cardiologist, Indiana
Additionally, compared to tenured cardiologists who have been in practice for 20 or more years, younger cardiologists tend to find ACC volunteer activities more rewarding and are also more likely to volunteer for an ACC activity. To support that interest, the College has developed several programs dedicated to helping Fellows in Training and Early Career professionals engage with their professional home including a mentoring program, sections and opportunities to sit on several ACC councils and task forces.
The ACC greatly values the contributions of its volunteers and leaders which are so integral to its success and looks for ways to continue to enhance and grow the volunteer experience.