Early Career Faces of Cardiology | Why I Became an FACC: M. Chadi Alraies, MD, FACC

M. Chadi Alraies, MD, FACC

The ACC is a prestigious organization that thrives for educating cardiologist inside and outside the U.S., as well as advocates for best practices to guarantee the best outcome for cardiovascular patients.

It was always a dream of mine to be a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology (FACC).

These four letters after my name mean a lot to me. It is beyond prestige or self-promotion; these four letters represent credibility and recognition by one of the best organizations of cardiovascular diseases in the world.

The ACC is the home for education, research, advocacy and patient-centered care. The ACC.org website, for example, is an invaluable resource that has helped shape my practice and my career.

It is equipped with numerous resources that meet the needs of the early career cardiologist for clinical practice, education and staying up to date in cardiovascular medicine.

The resources that have been placed to help cardiologists on the website, as well as published material by them the College, have been tremendous.

I am an FACC to deliver evidence-based care to my patients daily. I am an FACC to be the first to learn new trends and innovations in cardiovascular medicine.

I am an FACC to learn new skill sets as an interventional cardiologist and researcher. I am an FACC because I want to be the advocate for my patients and fellow cardiologists, and deliver the best cost-effective and efficient clinical care.

This article was authored by M. Chadi Alraies, MD, FACC, director of interventional cardiology research at Detroit Medical Center, Detroit, MI. Follow Dr. Alraies on Twitter: @chadialraies)