ACC Internal Medicine Cardiology Programs

Guide The Next Generation of Cardiologists:
Seeking Internal Medicine Cardiology Program Mentors

The ACC is seeking mentors for its Internal Medicine Cardiology Programs. Join as a volunteer mentor and be part of the College's workforce diversity efforts. The African American/Black, Hispanic/Latinx and Women's Internal Medicine Cardiology Programs are designed to provide exposure, education, information, networking, and mentorship to underrepresented groups in cardiology.

Quinn Capers IV, MD, FACC

Led by Quinn Capers IV, MD, FACC, these programs are essential in providing pathways into cardiology fellowship and training. The expertise, experience and guidance from ACC members is crucial in making programs like this a success. Get involved with this important initiative today and help advance ACC's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion strategy as well as the career trajectory of the next generation of cardiologists.

Explore this page to learn more about the program criteria and click here to submit your application by March 4th.

Explore a Future in Cardiovascular Medicine

ACC is dedicated to creating a strong, diverse and inclusive pipeline of future cardiovascular physicians and scientists. ACC's Internal Medicine Cardiology Programs are designed to introduce participants to a career in cardiology by connecting them with the mentors, peer network and resources they need to understand career opportunities in the field of cardiology. Apply to participate in a future cohort to gain exposure to education, knowledge and a community of support. Click the boxes and explore the page below to learn more!

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Quick Links: Statement of NeedTarget AudienceObjectivesSteering Work Group (WG)Program Format and HighlightsACC 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.

Contemporary Trends in Underrepresentation in Medicine
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