ACC Internal Medicine Cardiology Programs

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Accepting Applications for African American/Black Internal Medicine Cardiology Program

Statement of Need

ACC strives to achieve its Vision of "a world where innovation and knowledge optimize cardiovascular care and outcomes." Guided by our Strategic Plan, ACC has embarked on diversity and inclusion imperatives that will diversify the cardiovascular workforce, create a more inclusive cardiovascular profession through education and awareness, and lastly, improve cardiovascular health outcomes for all patient groups.

These initial programs will focus largely on those identified groups who have been historically underrepresented in cardiology (URC); African American/Black, Hispanic/Latinx, Women, Native American and Indigenous Peoples, and more.

In Comparison to the U.S. Population, Adult Cardiology is Less Diverse
ACC Internal Medicine Cardiology Program


To continue to impact the national and global burden of heart disease we must train a diverse group of talented cardiologists," said Quinn Capers, IV, MD, FACC, chair of ACC's Diversity and Inclusion Committee. "A cardiology workforce that benefits from unique, diverse perspectives will enhance research, education, and clinical care, and will help eliminate health care disparities. The ACC is committed to developing strong pipelines of future cardiovascular physicians and scientists.  

Target Audience

  • Interns and Residents in US accredited internal medicine programs
  • Completed IM Residency and pursing formal Cardiology fellowship training


  • Expose internal medicine trainees (interns and residents) to opportunities in the field of cardiology through an in-person program organized by ACC;
  • Create relationships and connections for interested program participants with ACC mentors and leaders in the cardiovascular field;
  • Establish a network of peers, mentors, and leaders for lifelong communication and support;
  • Provide access to all ACC educational resources and tools; and
  • Ensure successful matriculation into a cardiology fellowship training program along with growth as an ACC cardiovascular professional.

Steering Work Group (WG)

Quinn Capers, IV, MD, FACC

Quinn Capers, IV, MD, FACC
Chair of D & I Committee

Melvin Echols, MD, FACC

Melvin Echols, MD, FACC
WG Co-Chair

Melanie Sulistio, MD, FACC

Melanie Sulistio, MD, FACC
WG Co-Chair

Program Format and Highlights

The full-day virtual program will include:

  • Welcome with the ACC leaders
  • Meeting with partnering organization leaders
  • Presentations by leaders in the field of cardiology on available opportunities, success rates, and pragmatics
  • Panel discussion with Q&A to address questions and concerns of trainees
  • Networking with leaders and mentors
  • Relationship building with program cohort

ACC African American/Black Internal Medicine Cardiology Program

Applications are now open for the African American/Black Internal Medicine Cardiology Program (Due Aug. 20 at midnight ET).

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Eligibility Criteria

  • Current internal medicine intern or resident

  • Completed IM Residency and pursuing formal Cardiology fellowship training
  • Available to participate in program a minimum of 1 year
  • Available to attend virtual meeting October 16th, 2021
  • Willingness to participate in program requirements:
    • share contact information with program participants and ACC Staff
    • participate in surveys, program evaluation and feedback
    • share demographic information as appropriate
  • Must be a member of ACC or become an ACC member upon acceptance to the program Not a member? Apply now.

Interested trainees will apply to the program by submitting the following:

  • Personal statement
  • Curriculum vitae
  • One letter of reference supporting candidates' interest in cardiology
  • One letter of confirmation of good standing in residency program (Signed by Residency Director Office)
  • Confirmation to meet program expectations and attendance at October, 16th, 2021



Applicants will be selected based on:

  • Personal statement describing experience and pathway into medicine, how the program can advance goals and why a career in cardiology is of interest
  • Letter of support from supervisor (department chair, division chief, dean, mentor)
  • Preference will be given to qualified individuals that are historically underrepresented in cardiology
  • Approved applicants will receive their formal invitation to attend in early September 2021

Upcoming Program Cohorts

Coming in 2022

  • African American/Black (Cohort II)
  • Hispanic/Latinx (Inaugural cohort)
  • Women (Inaugural cohort)
  • Open Cohort (Any historically underrepresented groups in cardiology, for example LGBTQ+, first generation in medicine, etc.) (Inaugural cohort)

Supported by ACC's Campaign for the Future. Any questions? Please email

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