Hani Najm Global Scholar Award Observership Program

The Hani Najm Global Scholar Award was established to encourage the sharing of knowledge between international cardiology professionals to better combat the devastating effects of cardiovascular disease worldwide. It aims to provide early career cardiologists residing in the Middle East and North Africa region the opportunity to elevate their training by participating in the ACC Annual Scientific Session and completing an Observership Program in the United States.

This Observership Program offers awardees the opportunity to shadow practicing cardiologists and health professionals at a US hospital, watch procedures and surgeries first-hand, and attend patient rounds and teaching conferences. The goal is to strengthen the awardees clinical knowledge in their particular specialty as well as facilitate knowledge exchange between the participating awardee and US medical professionals and institutions


  • The ACC will award 2 early career cardiologists, with at least one award dedicated to a cardiovascular surgeon.
  • This is a 3-4 week-long observership set for March 2023.
  • One week will include a trip to ACC's Annual Scientific Session within the United State where awardees will be invited to programming by the Early Career Section and recognized at Convocation.
  • The ACC will cover flights, lodging, and meeting registration and offer a stipend of the length of the program .

Timeline for 2023 Observerships

Application Period

July 1 - November 4, 2022

Committee Reviews Applications

October - November 2022

Awardee Nominations Announced

November 2022

Annual Meeting Attendance

March 3 - 4, 2023

3 Week Observership

March 2023


The Hani Najm Global Scholar Award is open to Early Career Cardiologists who meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Applicant must never have attended the ACC Annual Scientific Session.
  • Must reside in the Middle East and North Africa region and have a good command of the English language.
  • Practiced cardiology for 2 to 10 years after formal training and qualify as part of the early career community.
  • Are not participating in any formal training.
  • Applicant does not have the means to obtain the financial resources to benefit from international meetings and educational experiences.
  • Has, or will be able to obtain, a passport and the appropriate visa for travel to the United State for the duration of the observership.

Awardees may be required to fulfill further eligibility requirements requested by the participating US institution (ex. proof of immunization). These topics will be discussed with awardees upon invitation to the program.

In line with goals of the ACC's Diversity and Inclusion Initiative, this program is committed to improving diversity and inclusion within the cardiovascular workforce.

The ACC recognizes the success of its mission to transform cardiovascular care and improve heart health is dependent on including people, as members and as leaders, who provide a diversity of backgrounds, experiences, ideas and perspectives. All professionals meeting the minimum requirements are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

Each applicant is responsible for ensuring their application is complete and that all information and supporting documents provided are authentic and accurate. Due consideration will be given to applicant's previous achievements, career goals, and ability to demonstrate ACC's core values.

In order to apply for the 2023 Observership Program, applicants must submit a completed application and all required documents to alucca@acc.org by Friday, November 4, 2022.

Documents Required

  • Completed Application
  • Letter of Intent
  • Current Curriculum Vitae
  • 2 Letters of Recommendations
  • Copy of Form of ID (for residency verification)

All documents must be submitted in English or must be accompanied by an official translation. Applicants assume all costs associated with authenticating, retrieving and submitting documents and material in support of their application. The ACC does not charge an application fee.