Message From Ada C. Stefanescu Schmidt, MD MSc

March 28, 2018 | Ada C. Stefanescu Schmidt, MD MSc

Dear Co-FITs,

Happy Spring! We hope you had the chance to attend some of the FIT sessions at ACC.18 earlier this month, or read about them on Twitter (#ACCFIT) and Facebook. Catch up with the fantastic FITs-on-the-Go video interviews for trial updates and career advice from master clinicians, researchers and educators. A special thank you to FITs on the ACC.18 programming committees and the organizers of the FIT Forums and FIT Lounge Sessions for their amazing work!

Congratulations to the FITs representing Minnesota for being the ACC FIT Jeopardy champions this year in an exciting competition between 35 State Chapters! In another close Jeopardy contest, the Program Directors Team beat the ACC Board of Governors and ACC Board of Trustees team, and Singapore won the International competition between Italy, Malaysia and Mexico. Many thanks to all question writers, editors and our program leaders Nkechi Ijioma, MBBS, FACC, and Sri Adusumalli, MD! For more coverage from ACC.18 including ACC news stories, trial summaries, slides, journal scans and videos, visit

This month marks the transition to a new ACC year. Thank you to Poonam Velagapudi, MD, MS, our FIT Section chair, Akhil Narang, MD, past Section chair, and outgoing FIT Leadership Council members, Ashley Hardin, MD; Bryan LeBude, MD; David McNeely, MD, FACC; and David Snipelisky, MD, for their service and leadership. Another special thank you to Stefan Lefebvre and Kristin West, our tireless and amazing ACC staff! We are excited to welcome new FIT Council members Tanush Gupta, MD; Sena Kilic, MD; Arnav Kumar, MBBS; Emily Lau, MD; and Jennifer Rymer, MD, and all the FITs starting their terms on ACC Sections, workgroups, NCDR Registry committees and the leadership and early advocates academies. We look forward to hearing from you and seeing the great things you will accomplish within the College!

Additionally, now is the perfect time to make sure your ACC profile is up-to-date. Do you have a personal email address listed? Did you know you can sign up for membership in any or all Sections for free as an FIT? Click on "Renew your Membership" and select the Members Sections you are interested in to be included in events, added to distribution lists and to gain useful information.