Welcome to the Early Career Section!

The transition from Fellow in Training (FIT) to practicing physician is both exciting and stressful. The autonomy we wished for as trainees is suddenly right in front of us, as are the obligations for billing, establishing a referral network and perhaps getting to know a new health system.

The Early Career Section is comprised of cardiologists in the first seven years of clinical practice. Our peer group is distinguished from other members of the ACC by a unique set of concerns, challenges and definitions of success. The Section was established to advocate for our member section, within and outside of the ACC, in effort to procure resources that ease transitions and prepare us to succeed in professional life.

The Section has a number of work groups that reflect the interests and initiatives of our members. We have recently surveyed the educational needs of Early Career members and are making progress identifying existing content that addresses them – and creating new content where it is necessary. We have also made strides engaging our international colleagues, lobbied for opportunities to participate on local and national committees, and are re-designing a mentorship program based on feedback from our member group.

If you have recently finished fellowship and are on your way to the Fellow of the ACC (FACC) designation, join one of the most active and productive sections within the College. The Early Career Section adds a dimension to your clinical duties, provides a community outside of your workplace, and facilitates professional successes and personal growth.

Scott M Lilly, MD, PhD, FACC
Chair-Elect, Early Career Section Leadership Council