Addison
Giving Thanks, While Preparing for the Next Season
November 30, 2016

November 30, 2016 | Daniel Addison, MD
Career Development

As we head into the holiday season with thanks-giving for the completion the start of another academic year, we recognize our achievements as we cast an eye on the next horizon. Many of us are faced with important decisions over this holiday season. These decisions range from how to prepare for a successful finish to the first year of cardiology fellowship, to the decision on jobs for the upcoming year. In this article I will focus on the decision to pursue additional sub-specialty training and a potential framework to aide in making a good transition.

Sahil Khera, MD
Where Do You See Yourself in the Next 10 Years?
November 16, 2016

November 16, 2016 | Sahil Khera, MD
Career Development

Cardiology remains one of the most sought after specialties in medicine – fiercely competitive, gratifying and extremely demanding. With rapid advancements in device technology, pharmaceutical therapies, imaging modalities and procedural competencies we have more subspecialties than any other field in medicine to choose from.

Chapters
Fellows Met the Masters at TCT 2016
November 16, 2016

November 16, 2016 | Deepika Narasimha, MD & Poonam Velagapudi, MD
Career Development

The recent TCT 2016 meeting was well attended by many notable ACC members. Roxana Mehran, MD, FACC, chair of ACC's Interventional Cardiology Section, co-director of TCT 2016, and co-author of the Platinum Diversity study presented at this meeting, hosted an exciting program titled 'Fellow Conversations with the Masters' for FITs.

Amanda Eilers, DO
FIT November Spotlight: Amanda Eilers, DO
November 16, 2016

November 16, 2016 | Amanda Eilers, DO
Career Development

Each month, the Fellows in Training (FIT) Section newsletter, ACC On-Call, will highlight the achievements of one cardiology FIT. The Section would like to recognize Amanda Eilers, DO, a cardiothoracic surgery fellow at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA) and an FIT member of the Surgeons' Section Leadership Council, as the 'star FIT' for the month of November.

Jenine John
Why Care About Being a Woman in Cardiology? Part II
October 27, 2016

October 27, 2016 | Jenine John, MD
Career Development

My fellowship experience is, in a way, a case study on increasing the number of women in cardiology. My class consists of four women and one man. Yes, eighty percent of my cardiology fellowship year is female. We are probably making history here.

Chapters
My Experience as a First-Time Attendee of the WIC Leadership Workshop
October 19, 2016

October 19, 2016 | Deepika Narasimha, MD
Career Development

ACC's 2016 Legislative Conference held in Washington, DC, marked the 25th anniversary of the event. This annual session brings together various cardiovascular professionals from all over the country to advocate for patients and the cardiovascular team on Capitol Hill. On the first day of the conference various section and council meetings were held at the Heart House and the Fairmont hotel in D.C, including the Women in Cardiology (WIC) Leadership Workshop.

FIT October Spotlight: Sherry-Ann Brown, MD, PhD
October 19, 2016

October 19, 2016 | Sherry-Ann Brown, MD, PhD
Career Development

Each month, the Fellows in Training (FIT) Section newsletter, ACC On-Call, will highlight the achievements of one cardiology FIT. The Section would like to recognize Sherry-Ann Brown, MD, PhD, a general cardiology fellow in the clinician investigator program at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, as the 'star FIT' for the month of October. She describes her research interests, hobbies, career goals and involvement with the ACC in a short interview below.

Coping With Burnout Strategies For Female FITs
September 29, 2016

September 29, 2016 | Sanah Christopher, MD
Career Development

Burnout syndrome is a significant concern in contemporary medical training, often leading to impairment of personal and work outcomes in health care providers. Burnout frequently establishes its early roots during training, which can have unfortunate lingering effects on future career goals and development.

Olivia Hung
Has Mentorship Become Cliche?
September 29, 2016

September 29, 2016 | Olivia Hung, MD, PhD
Career Development

The importance of mentorship cannot be emphasized enough. It is especially critical during the last years of training and the first few years after fellowship completion because this is the time when we are at our most vulnerable. We face career decisions amidst the growing need to accommodate family considerations and we want to enjoy some of the rewards that have been implicitly promised to us when we enrolled in medical school. The next steps in our trajectory are no longer pre-programmed and obvious. As a result, this is a time when we are most likely to need strong mentorship.

William A. Zoghbi, MD, MACC
Conversations With Cardiologists: William A. Zoghbi, MD, MACC
September 21, 2016

September 21, 2016 | William A. Zoghbi, MD, MACC
Career Development

William A. Zoghbi, MD, MACC, is the chair of the department of cardiology, the Elkins Family Distinguished Chair in Cardiac Health at Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center, a professor of cardiology in the Institute for Academic Medicine, and full member of the Research Institute at Houston Methodist Hospital, in Houston, TX. He is also a past president of the ACC and the American Society of Echocardiography.

Sandeep Krishnan, MD
FIT September Spotlight: Sandeep Krishnan, MD
September 21, 2016

September 21, 2016 | Sandeep Krishnan, MD
Career Development

Each month, the Fellows in Training (FIT) Section newsletter, ACC On-Call, will highlight the achievements of one cardiology FIT. The Section would like to recognize Sandeep Krishnan, MD, an interventional FIT at the University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, as the 'star FIT' for the month of September. Krishnan has been actively involved with the activities of the ACC over the past few years. He describes his research interests, hobbies, career goals and involvement with the ACC in a short interview below.

Jenine John
Why Care About Being a Woman in Cardiology? Part I
August 25, 2016

August 25, 2016 | Jenine John, MD
Career Development

Here is a scenario for you. A father and his son are in a serious car accident, and the father dies. The son is taken to the closest hospital. Upon entering the boy’s room, the surgeon says, “I cannot operate on this patient – he is my son.” How can this be? Have you figured it out?

Mirnela Byku, MD
FIT August Spotlight: Mirnela Byku, MD
August 17, 2016

August 17, 2016 | Mirnela Byku, MD
Career Development

Each month, the Fellows in Training (FIT) Section newsletter, ACC On-Call, will highlight the achievements of one cardiology FIT. The Section would like to recognize Mirnela Byku, MD, an advanced heart failure/transplant FIT at Washington University, St. Louis, MO, as the 'star FIT' for the month of August.

Chapters
Investment Portfolio Rebalancing – The Basics
August 17, 2016

August 17, 2016 | Marshall Weintraub and Michael Merrill, CFP, CLU, ChFC
Career Development

Most cardiologists will become investors at some point in their lives, whether this begins with savings from a high school summer job, an employer-sponsored retirement plan as an attending, or anywhere in between. When you purchase investments, you are probably aware that the value of these may fluctuate, sometimes significantly. Earlier in the year, we wrote an article about the importance of not making large, emotion-based changes to your investments during periods of market volatility. This article will cover an aspect of investment management in which making adjustments is beneficial, called portfolio rebalancing.

Olivia Hung
Personal Finance Primer – Part 2
July 29, 2016

July 29, 2016 | Olivia Hung, MD, PhD
Career Development

In Part I, I discussed the basics of personal finance, including securing and protecting our earnings potential and current financial independence. Once these have been considered and acted upon, the next step is arguably more individualized, making it more complex and interesting. People who have budget surpluses can now plan to use that surplus in one of the following four general categories.

Craig Alpert, MD
FIT July Spotlight: Craig Alpert, MD
July 20, 2016

July 20, 2016 | Craig Alpert, MD
Career Development

Each month, the Fellow in Training (FIT) Section newsletter, ACC On-Call, will highlight the achievements of one cardiology FIT. The Section would like to recognize Craig Alpert, MD, an advanced heart failure/transplant FIT at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, as the 'star FIT' for the month of July. Alpert has been actively involved with the activities of the ACC over the past few years. He describes his research interests, hobbies, career goals and involvement with the ACC in a brief interview below:

Chapters
Welcome Letter From the FIT Section Chair Akhil Narang, MD
July 20, 2016

July 20, 2016 | Akhil Narang, MD
Career Development

Dear Colleagues, Welcome to the start of the 2016 – 2017 academic year and a special welcome to our incoming Fellows in Training (FITs) from around the world! As you progress through your training in preparation for a long and rewarding career in cardiology, please take a few moments to explore the many opportunities afforded by your complementary membership in the ACC. Our goal is to ensure that the ACC remains your professional home for years to come.

Jeremy Nicolarsen
ACHD Career Pathways – Running an ACHD Program
June 22, 2016

June 22, 2016 | Jeremy Nicolarsen, MD
Career Development

Careers in adult congenital heart disease (ACHD) are on the rise. In the second of this three part interview series, we’ll look at ACHD care from the vantage point of the early career ACHD Program Director. In this installment, we’ll hear from Yuli Y. Kim, MD, FACC, director of the Philadelphia Adult Congenital Heart Center at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), and Ali N. Zaidi, MD, FACC, director of the Montefiore Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program (MAtCH) at the Montefiore Einstein Center for Heart & Vascular Care, Montefiore Medical Center, and The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, Albert Einstein College of Medicine in NY.

Olivia Hung
The Basics of Solid Finances For Female FITs
June 22, 2016

June 22, 2016 | Olivia Hung, MD
Career Development

Whenever our Women in Cardiology group gets together, we always end up talking about rotations, careers and family. But what about financial matters? Most women who file for bankruptcy do so because of divorce, serious medical problems, or a job loss – in other words, when they lose their source of income. While female cardiology fellows-in-training are at very low risk of losing their income source (after all, a residency or fellowship offers outstanding job security), we do have our own questions and worries with respect to daily expenses, debt, investments, retirement and lifestyle.

Ravi Hira, MD
A Few Parting Thoughts on Career Development
June 15, 2016

June 15, 2016 | Ravi S. Hira, MD, FACC
Career Development

As the year and another stage in your career draw to a close, I hope you have all found the career opportunities and jobs that you were looking for. I have shared a few choice words of advice from those who have gone before me that have helped me tremendously over the past year.

Chapters
Estate Planning – Basic Steps For the Young Cardiologist
June 15, 2016

June 15, 2016 | Marshall Weintraub & Michael Merrill, CFP, CLU, ChFC
Career Development

Estate planning is one of the last areas of planning we often see our clients address. This is not because they do not value it, but because these items may seem either too daunting or morbid to place at the top of one's to-do list. Nevertheless, if you have a young family or plan to start one soon, we encourage you to consider these important items to ease the burden on your loved ones in the unfortunate event they are needed. This article will cover four areas of basic estate planning – wills, trusts, other documents and life insurance.

Chapters
Acknowledgement of FIT Section Contributors
May 18, 2016

May 18, 2016
Career Development

The FIT Section has grown tremendously in membership, but also in recognition. Our success as a section would not have been possible without the tireless efforts of FITs from around the country and world. We are deeply indebted for the time and dedication of FITs who have contributed to various initiatives from our section. We look forward to getting more of you involved – please do not hesitate to reach out to us for various opportunities.

Chapters
Conversations With Cardiologists: Mukesh Jain, MD
May 18, 2016

May 18, 2016 | John J. Lazarus, MD & Mohammed Sabeh, MD
Career Development

Mukesh Jain, MD, is the Ellery Sedgwick Jr. Chair & Distinguished Scientist, scientific director of the Harrington Discovery Institute, chief scientific officer at the University Hospitals Health System, and vice dean for Medical Sciences at Case Western Reserve University. He is also the immediate past president of the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI). Dr. Jain is widely recognized for pioneering studies establishing a family of transcription factors termed Kruppel-like factors (KLF) as nodal determinants of metabolism and immunity, which influences the cardiovascular system. He has translated this corpus of work in animals and humans, and established KLFs as key targets of pharmacologic agents. Dr. Jain is also a gifted mentor with an exceptional track record of developing independent investigators, efforts that have resulted in mentorship awards from Harvard Medical School and University Hospital Case Medical Center.

Olivia Hung
The Coffee Machine
May 12, 2016

May 12, 2016 | Olivia Hung, MD
Career Development

As we are surveying the new suite that will accommodate our growing laboratory group, I wonder aloud about getting a coffee machine. My female colleague immediately replies, “No. We’ll be the ones always cleaning it.” My first love was chemistry, which germinated when my seventh grade science teacher carefully held a bucket of mercury for us to observe and later mentioned to me that I had an innate aptitude for the subject. My passion held firm through high school chemistry (where my teacher spent six months teaching us the definition of a mole) and a freshman general chemistry course in college (during which my professor spent an entire lecture wrongly deriving the Schrödinger equation), and blossomed once I encountered the power of aldol mechanisms in organic chemistry.

Fellows in Training
Disability Insurance – Three Common Questions
April 20, 2016

April 20, 2016 | Marshall Weintraub & Michael Merrill, CFP, CLU, ChFC
Career Development

Spring is in the air. Along with it comes graduating medical students, interviews and, for cardiologists entering practice, questions on how best to protect their incomes. We would first like to agree with you that disability insurance is not the most exciting area of building your financial plan. With that said, we would like to remind you that properly protecting your income in the event of a long-term disability is one of the most important planning steps you can take. This article addresses three common questions we receive when discussing disability insurance with cardiologists.

Fellows in Training
Conversations With Cardiologists: Stanley J. Chetcuti, MD, FACC
February 17, 2016

Feb 17, 2016 | Devraj Sukul, MD, and John J. Lazarus, MD, PhD
Career Development

Stanley J. Chetcuti, MD, FACC, serves as the Eric J. Topol Collegiate Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine, and director of the cardiac catheterization laboratory at the University of Michigan Health System. In his interview, he discusses his path to interventional cardiology, as well as career advice for FITs.

Fellows in Training
Recent Market Events – What They Mean For the Long-Term Investor
February 17, 2016

Feb 17, 2016 | Marshall Weintraub and Michael Merrill, CFP, CLU, ChFC
Career Development

If you have seen any news about the stock market recently, then there is a good chance you have noticed the negative performance over the first few weeks of the year. In fact, the first two weeks of 2016 were the US stock market's worst start to a calendar year in history, including the Great Depression era. Headlines like the previous sentence often receive a second glance, yet cardiologists do not always have time to fully investigate events in the global markets, what these mean for them, and what action, if any, they should take. This article will review some of the key macroeconomic events that have driven recent market performance. We then provide three principles for the long-term investor that has many years until retirement.

Jeremy Nicolarsen
ACHD Career Pathways - Working in a Large Health System
January 19, 2016

Jan 19, 2016 | Jeremy Nicolarsen, MD
Career Development

Careers in adult congenital heart disease (ACHD) are on the rise. In the first of this three part interview series, we’ll look at ACHD care in a large health system – a much less common but growing practice model. In this installment, we’ll hear from Alison Meadows, MD, PhD, director of the Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program for Northern California Kaiser Permanente. Meadows received a PhD in Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and taught in the School of Engineering before matriculating at University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. After residency and fellowship, Meadows was on faculty at Boston Children’s Hospital for two years, followed by three years at University of California San Francisco (UCSF), before taking her current position.

Fellows in Training
Training Pathways in Peripheral Vascular Disease For FITs
January 19, 2016

Jan 19, 2016 | Grant W. Reed, MD and Heather L. Gornik, MD, FACC
Career Development

Peripheral artery disease affects 8.5 million U.S. individuals ≥ 40 years of age (approximately 12 percent of the U.S. adult population), and its prevalence is growing in developed nations. Other peripheral vascular diseases (PVD) that lead to major health events and quality of life impairment include venous thromboembolism (deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism), chronic venous insufficiency and abdominal aortic aneurysm. As the population ages, the prevalence of PVD is expected to grow, and the demand for vascular services is expected to expand by approximately 20 – 30 percent in upcoming years.

Ravi Hira, MD
Important Considerations When Interviewing After Fellowship
January 19, 2016

Jan 19, 2016 | Ravi Hira, MD and Payal Kohli, MD
Career Development

As we begin the new year and further explore the life-altering and career-changing decisions ahead of us, we wanted to share a few thoughts on the process of interviewing. None of us are new to the process; medical school, residency, and fellowship interviews were challenging but this may be the last set of interviews some of us will go through. Fortunately, on this occasion, travel costs are covered by the potential future employer and, for many of us, it may be the first time we feel "wanted".

Fellows in Training
Fiduciary Duty – An Important Factor When Choosing a Financial
December 16, 2015

Dec 16, 2015 | Marshall Weintraub and Michael Merrill, CFP, CLU, ChFC
Career Development

Financial planning is becoming increasingly complex, particularly for cardiologists who must decide between student loan repayment methods, how best to save for retirement and which disability insurance to choose in order to protect their income, all with very limited time. Because of this, many cardiologists work with a financial advisor for guidance and help implementing their plan.

Payal Kohli
‘Tis the Season: Tips For Graduating FITs
December 16, 2015

Dec 16, 2015 | Payal Kohli, MD
Career Development

The holiday season represents, in some ways, a microcosm of the cardiology fellowship training. On one hand, we are inundated with positive emotions such as happiness, contentment and gratitude (similar to those we feel during our fellowship when learning a new skill or receiving praise from a grateful patient). On the other hand, the holidays can mean materialism and stress, just like what we may feel when looking for a new job or struggling to keep up with the onerous demands of cardiology fellowship.

Ankur Kalra, MD
Conversation With Cardiologists: Mark E. Josephson, MD, FACC
November 18, 2015

Nov 18, 2015 | Ankur Kalra, MD and Jill B. Whelan, MD
Career Development

Mark E. Josephson, MD, FACC, is the chief emeritus of the division of cardiovascular medicine at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Herman Dana Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and director of the Harvard-Thorndike Electrophysiology Institute and Arrhythmia Service at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA.

Anita Saraf
An Unintended Quest of “Having It All”
November 3, 2015

Nov 3, 2015 | Anita Saraf, MD, PhD
Career Development

As I traverse through the long road in training as a physician scientist in the field of cardiology at Emory, I am lucky to have a husband and two boys who provide balance in my life. I am not on a quest to “have it all”; I have always wanted to be a physician scientist and have been working toward that goal since college – making pro and con spreadsheets and talking with people at all stages of this career. However, most of the personal – the family part – just happened because it felt right.

Olivia Hung
Reflections on Being a Female Physician in Cardiology
November 2, 2015

Nov 2, 2015 | Olivia Hung, MD, PhD
Career Development

A recent Fellows-in-Training & Early Career Page, published the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, discussed some barriers and opportunities for women in cardiology. This article by Nishaki Mehta Oza, MD, and Khadijah Breathett, MD, along with the response by Sandra Lewis, MD, FACC, provides an excellent foundation for me to share some musings on being a female cardiology fellow.

Fellows in Training
Conversations With Cardiologists: Brahmajee Nallamothu, MD, FACC
October 21, 2015

Oct 21, 2015 | John J. Lazarus, MD, PhD, and Devraj Sukul, MD
Career Development

Brahmajee Nallamothu, MD, FACC, is a professor of medicine in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Michigan. He is a practicing interventional cardiologist and clinical investigator, focusing on improving the delivery and quality of cardiovascular care. He has received research funding from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Veterans Administration, and the National Institutes of Health. Recently, he served on the Institute of Medicine (IOM) committee that published a seminal report on strategies to improve cardiac arrest survival.

Akhil Narang, MD
Learning From Our Mistakes in Fellowship and Beyond
October 21, 2015

Oct 21, 2015 | Akhil Narang, MD and Bryan Smith, MD
Career Development

I should have asked but I didn't. I was about to perform a cardioversion on a patient who was in symptomatic atrial fibrillation. I discussed the procedure with the patient including the risks and benefits. She signed the consent form as the nurses obtained IV access and positioned the defibrillation pads. I then asked the team of nurses to administer mild sedation prior to defibrillation. The team drew up the medication and gave her an IV push. It crossed my mind to inquire how much was being given, but I didn't ask.

Fellows in Training
Student Loans – Forgiveness vs. Refinancing
October 21, 2015

Oct 21, 2015 | Marshall Weintraub and Michael Merrill, CFP, CLU, ChFC
Career Development

The path to becoming a cardiologist is not an easy one. The coveted title of "fellow" is earned after undergraduate college, medical school and residency – the first eight of these years often financed by student loans. Taking out loans for your education can be one of the best investments you will ever make. However, they can also become more of a burden than necessary if not handled properly. This article will discuss the two main methods cardiologists use to become free of student loans: loan forgiveness and full repayment, with emphasis on refinancing with a private lender.

Ravi Hira, MD
The Best Laid Plans
October 21, 2015

Oct 21, 2015 | Ravi S. Hira, MD, FACC
Career Development

As Fall rolls around and you settle into your comfort zone with new responsibilities as a senior fellow, now would be a good time to plan your strategy for the next few months. Many of you may be considering advanced fellowships and more training, while others have decided to look for jobs. For those on the fence, I would suggest following through with the steps below and deciding after more specific details and options become available.

Nkechinye Ijioma
A Day in the Life of a FIT (Cardiology Magazine)
October 7, 2015

Oct 7, 2015 | From Cardiology Magazine
Career Development

Some may ask how Nkechinyere “Nkechi” Ijioma, MD, a first-year interventional fellow at The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, finds the time to do it all. She is a member of ACC’s Fellows in Training (FIT) Section Leadership Council, the FIT representative for the ACC Minnesota Chapter, editor-in-chief of the FIT Section homepage, ACC.org/FIT, a member of the College’s Leadership Academy, a roving reporter for ACC’s FITs on the GO video blog, and more.

Payal Kohli
Leaving-Behind-the-Baggage
September 22, 2015

Sept 22, 2015 | Payal Kohli, MD and Ravi Hira, MD
Career Development

In our last post (see Related Resources, below), we discussed the preliminary steps to brainstorming what type of job and the type of practice setting you picture yourself in. By this time of the year, you have probably had time to reflect on that and come up with clearer plan. Hopefully, you have had a chance to meet with some advisors or mentors who have started you on the right path.

Fellows in Training
IRAs: Types and Strategies For High Income Earners
August 17, 2015

Aug 17, 2015 | Michael Merrill, CLU, ChFC and Marshall Weintraub
Career Development

When investing for retirement, there are several decisions that will determine how successful your plan is. Three of the most important decisions are how much to save, your asset allocation (choosing which investments to hold and in what proportions), and which accounts you use. This article will focus on the account side – specifically individual retirement accounts, or IRAs – as opposed to employer-sponsored retirement accounts like 401(k)s and 403(b)s. We will provide an overview on the differences between the main IRA types, their income restrictions and strategies cardiologists can use to take advantage of favorable tax legislation.

Ravi Hira, MD
Charting a New Course
August 11, 2015

Aug 11, 2015 | Ravi Hira, MD
Career Development

Over the next several months, we hope to provide information and insight to you in your search for a cardiovascular position. We decided to pass on words of wisdom that we received from faculty with years of experience. We will also include lessons learned from our personal experiences and those of our peers. Further, we are fortunate to have Marat Yanavitski contribute articles on innovative career options in cardiovascular medicine.

Fellows in Training
Exciting New Features Coming to the FIT Section!
July 30, 2015

July 30, 2015 | From the FIT Section
Career Development

Thank you for checking out this exciting new feature of the Fellows in Training Section! In the coming days you will be see “quick-read” articles from FITs in this space. These articles will be written with your busy lifestyles in mind and we encourage you to check back soon.