JACC Peer Review Certificate

CONGRATULATIONS to the 2023 JACC Peer Review Certificate Awardees!

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Registration cost is for participation in the program.
Participants who pass the final assessment by Dec. 31st, 2023,
will receive the certificate.

Launch Program

Demonstrate your mastery of performing high-quality peer reviews as a JACC Peer Review Certificate Awardee.

The JACC Peer Review Certificate program equips you with the essential skills and expertise to become an effective peer reviewer in the realm of cardiovascular research. This course offers a broad range of topics, including the evaluation of cardiovascular peer reviewed manuscripts, understanding basic and advanced statistical methodologies, and the clinical implications of research findings.

You will have the opportunity to engage with esteemed experts in the field, learn from their wealth of knowledge and experience and develop the essential skills to provide valuable, constructive feedback to authors, helping shape the future of cardiovascular medicine.

By mastering the art of peer review in cardiovascular research, you will not only contribute to the advancement of the field but also enhance your own professional growth! Your expertise as a peer reviewer will be highly regarded, opening doors to collaborative opportunities, strengthening your network within the cardiovascular research community, and establishing yourself as a trusted authority in the field.

ACC's inaugural JACC Peer Review Certificate program is restricted to 40 participants interested in academic publishing.

Space is limited — registration will fill up fast!

Certificate Awardees will:

  • Enter the pool of Peer Reviewers for JACC
  • Gain recognition at the JACC Reception at ACC's Annual Scientific Sessions and online
  • Build insights and practical skills to conduct a high-quality peer review
  • Interact with JACC Editors directly for guidance
  • Access JACC Editorial calls to observe the internal process for evaluating a manuscript
  • Advance your academic career

Educational Modules
A collection of short modules on bias, study design, statistics, and structuring a high-quality peer review.

Practice Peer Reviews of Manuscripts
Evaluate initial drafts of real JACC manuscript submissions and compare your assessment of their strengths and weaknesses to the original peer reviewers' assessments.

Open Office Hours with a JACC Editor:
Optional: Join bimonthly open office hours sessions for direct coaching with a JACC Editor. Registrants will receive calendar invitations for all three from bvandenburg@acc.org.


  • Aug. 17, 9 a.m. ET
  • Oct. 2, 8 a.m. ET
  • Nov. 6, 8 a.m. ET

Observation of JACC Editorial process:
Optional: Observe a real JACC Editorial Board call as the editors evaluate upcoming manuscripts.


  • Sept. 19, 4 p.m. ET (JACC)
  • Oct. 11, 4 p.m. ET (JACC: Case Reports)
  • Oct. 25, 11 a.m. ET (JACC: Heart Failure)
  • Nov. 16, 4 p.m. ET (JACC: Cardiovascular Imaging)

Final Assessment:
Provide your own peer review of a sample manuscript. Your peer review will be evaluated by a JACC Editor who will score your review based on a standard rubric, which is described in the educational modules. The Editor will provide a pass/fail score and add comments on your final peer review submission. Participants who do not achieve a passing score on the first attempt may submit a second final assessment.

Program participants must have completed the program by December 31, 2023.

Module Faculty
Peer Review Certificate Course Introduction Fred M. Kusumoto, MD, FACC
Bias in the Medical Journal Peer Review Process: Challenges and Solutions to Consider Quinn Capers, IV, MD, FACC
It's Greek to Me: Introduction to Basic Translational Science Douglas L. Mann, MD, FACC
Study Design Julia Grapsa, MD, PhD, FACC
Basic Statistics Marc Cohn
Advanced Statistics Fred M. Kusumoto, MD, FACC
Combining Studies Fred M. Kusumoto, MD, FACC
Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics Fred M. Kusumoto, MD, FACC
Methodology, Study Design, and Findings Mary M. McDermott, MD
JACC Rubric: Organizational Structure for a Peer Review Fred M. Kusumoto, MD, FACC
Global Differences in Medical Research Julia Grapsa, MD, PhD, FACC
Evolving Research: New Data, Technology, and Structures Fred M. Kusumoto, MD, FACC


Fred M. Kusumoto, MD,  FACC
Mayo Clinic
Chair, ACC Scientific Publications Committee

Planning Committee:

Julia Grapsa, MD, PhD, FACC
Guys and St. Thomas NHS Trust
Editor-in-Chief, JACC Case Reports


Quinn Capers, IV, MD,  FACC
UT Southwestern Medical Center
Chair, ACC Diversity & Inclusion Committee

Marc Cohn
Subject Matter Expert, Biostatistician

Vaikom S. Mahadevan, MBBS,  FACC
University of California San Francisco
Associate Editor, JACC Case Reports

Douglas L. Mann, MD, FACC
Washington University School of Medicine
Editor-in-Chief, JACC: Basic to Translational Science

Mary M. McDermott, MD
Northwestern Memorial Hospital
ACC Scientific Publications Committee

Tabitha Grace Moe, MD,  FACC
Arizona Cardiology Group
Associate Editor, JACC Case Reports

Maurizio Taramasso, MD
San Raffaele Scientific Institute
Associate Editor, JACC Case Reports

Ali Vazir, MD, PhD
Royal Brompton Hospital
Senior Editorial Consultant, JACC Case Reports

Rafael Vidal-Pérez, MD, PhD
University Hospital A Coruña
Associate Editor, JACC Case Reports

Mladen I. Vidovich, MD, FACC
UI Health
Associate Editor, JACC Case Reports

This program is limited to 40 participants in 2023.

The JACC Peer Review Certificate Program creates a pipeline of trained peer reviewers who will actively contribute to the editorial process for JACC. As such, the program is offered to potential peer reviewers who meet the eligibility criteria below.

Eligible participants:

  1. Are an MD or PhD.
  2. Are currently undergoing or have previously completed cardiology training.
  3. Have a career interest in Academic Publishing.
  4. When invited, intend to contribute peer reviews for JACC.
  5. Have completed fewer than ten peer reviews for JACC to date.
  6. Are committed to completing all required components of the JACC Peer Review Certificate Program by December 31, 2023.

Interested learners who do not meet the above eligibility criteria may submit a written request to the program chair to be considered for inclusion in the program. Learners will be asked to address which of the criteria do not apply to them, describe what interests them about the program and why the certificate would benefit them, and how they plan to apply the learnings in their career and in service of JACC.

Learners can submit such a request by clicking "Register" above and answering "no" to the eligibility criteria, which then opens the option to request consideration. Requests will receive a response from the chair within two weeks of submission.

Overall Goal:
Participants will demonstrate the characteristics of a high-quality peer review including assessing data validity, evaluating conclusions, perspective on impact and written communication.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Demonstrate essentials of statistical analysis including statistical controversies in RCT reporting and interpretation, the fundamentals of study design, and statistical challenges in design and monitoring
  2. Assess the validity of the data and the science
  3. Determine whether the conclusions are supported by the results
  4. Identify criteria on the JACC Reviewer Template Rubric
  5. Provide constructive written communication of how the manuscript can be improved
  6. Offer perspective on whether the findings are novel, important, and likely to advance the field

Accreditation for Physicians:
The American College of Cardiology Foundation (ACCF) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The ACCF designates this enduring material for a maximum of 5.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

While offering CME credits noted above, this activity is not intended to provide extensive training or certification in the field.

MOC Information:
Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to 5.5 MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Participants will earn MOC points equivalent to the amount of CME credits claimed for the activity. It is the CME activity provider's responsibility to submit participant completion information to ACCME for the purpose of granting ABIM MOC credit.

Target Audience:
Individuals interested in fast-tracking their ability to be a peer reviewer for suite of the JACC journals.   

Date of Release: July 7, 2023

Term of CME/MOC Approval: All topics in the product will offer credit at any given time, but certificate seekers must complete all components of the program by December 31, 2023.

Participation in this program includes access to confidential JACC documents, and observation of sensitive discussions between JACC Editorial Leaders. As such, participants are required to accept a Confidentiality Agreement upon beginning the program. Details of this confidentiality agreement are below:

JACC Peer Review Certificate Program
Confidentiality Agreement

This Confidentiality Agreement ("Agreement") constitutes a legal agreement between the American College of Cardiology Foundation ("ACCF") and each participant ("Participant" or "You") of the ACCF's Peer Review Certificate Program (the "Program"). By participating in the Program, You accept and agree to be bound by all of the terms and conditions set forth in this Agreement. If You do not wish to accept the terms and conditions of this Agreement, You may not participate in the Program.

  1. As a participant of the Program, You may have access to materials and information about the ACCF's Editorial Boards, peer review operations, its members, and other potentially sensitive, confidential, and/or embargoed materials. You may also have access to, learn about, and participate in discussions regarding confidential and/or proprietary matters before the ACCF. The terms and conditions of this Agreement are intended to ensure the confidentiality of all such matters, information, and materials unless specifically informed or directed otherwise by the Program faculty.
  2. The term "Confidential Information" shall mean any and all ACCF information and materials, including, but not limited to, tangible and intangible information and materials regarding products, methods, events, software, business plans, finances, operations, personnel, membership, business information, non-public and/or embargoed manuscripts, any other information relating to the peer review operations and/or businesses of ACCF generally whether in oral, written, or electronic form provided to You or to which You have been exposed. Confidential Information shall not mean any information which: (i) is or becomes generally available to the public other than as a result of a breach of an obligation under this Agreement; (ii) is rightfully acquired from a third party having the right to disclose such Confidential Information and without an obligation of confidentiality; (iii) is or has been independently developed by You without violation of this Agreement; or (iv) is disclosed pursuant to a court order or other administrative body or government agency of competent jurisdiction.
  3. You agree to hold Confidential Information received from ACCF in strict confidence and will exercise the highest degree of care to prevent disclosure to others. You will not disclose or divulge either directly or indirectly the Confidential Information to others unless first expressly authorized to do so in writing by the Program faculty.
  4. You will not reproduce or use the Confidential Information for any purpose whatsoever other than for purposes of participating in the Program. You shall not use or exploit such Confidential Information for your or any third party's benefit in any manner.
  5. Upon the request of ACCF, You shall promptly return to ACCF, or destroy (and certify in writing as to such destruction) any materials or documents that have been furnished to You by ACCF as part of the Program, along with all copies thereof.
  6. You agree that your obligations hereunder are necessary and reasonable in order to protect ACCF and ACCF's business, and expressly agree that monetary damages would be inadequate to compensate ACCF for any breach of this Agreement by You. Accordingly, You acknowledge and agree that any such violation or threatened violation will cause irreparable injury to ACCF and that, in addition to any other remedies that may be available at law, in equity or otherwise, ACCF shall be entitled to obtain injunctive relief against the threatened breach of this Agreement or the continuation of any such breach, without the necessity of proving actual damages.
  7. Nothing in this Agreement shall grant any rights to You in or to any patent, trademark, copyright, or proprietary property of ACCF, and this Agreement shall not grant any rights to You in or to any Confidential Information disclosed by ACCF, except as expressly set forth herein.
  8. ACCF reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including terminating You from the Program, for violations of this Agreement.
  9. This Agreement shall be interpreted under and governed by the laws of the District of Columbia, without reference to conflict of laws principles.
  10. This Agreement contains the entire agreement between the Parties with respect to the subject matter hereof.  Any failure to enforce any provision of this Agreement shall not constitute a waiver thereof or of any other provision hereof. This Agreement may not be amended, nor any obligation waived, except by a writing signed by both Parties hereto. 

We are thrilled to celebrate certificate awardees for their hard work and contributions to JACC!

  • Awardees will be recognized at the JACC Journals Reception at ACC's Annual Scientific Sessions
  • Prominent listing on the certificate program page on ACC.org
  • Inclusion on the JACC Website under the "Reviewers Corner" section
  • Integration into the JACC Peer Review system used by Editors when they make assignments for manuscript review

We extend our heartfelt congratulations to the past awardees of the JACC Peer Review Certificate, whose dedication and contributions will help the JACC Family of Journals efficiently support authors to produce high-quality science to advance cardiovascular care.

Mohammad Al Madani, MD
Ahmad Al Turk, MD
Abdullah Al-Abcha, MD
Amit Alam, MD
Anas Alani, MD
Ahmed Aljizeeri, MBBS
Zain Ul Abideen Asad, MD, MS
Javier E. Banchs, MD
Alison Brann, MD
Vincent Carr, DO

Karina Gonzalez Carta, MD
Francisco Dias Cláudio, MD
Nadia Fida, MD
Taishi Hirai, MD
Amit Hooda, MD
Bernard S. Kadosh, MD
Arun Kanmanthareddy, MD, MS
Neelima Katukuri, MD
Samuel M. Kim, MD
Rohit Malhotra, MBBS

Preethi Mani, MD, MPH
Matylda Mazur, MD
Sanjeev Nair, MD
Nouman Nazeer, MBBS
Neha Paul, MD
Matthew Pierce, MD, MBA
Somwail Rasla, MD
George Helal Shenoda, MD
Nidhish Tiwari, MD
Konstantinos Voudris, MD