Reflection: ACC Chief Fellow Leadership Symposium 2022

The ACC FIT Leadership Council works diligently to provide high yield content and opportunities including educational webinars, mentorship programs and networking events to improve the FIT experience during training. The inaugural ACC Chief Fellow Leadership Symposium for rising chief fellows was their latest successful endeavor, led by Emily Zern, MD; Hyeon-Ju Ali, MD; Prashanth Thakker, MD; and Nosheen Reza, MD. The 4-hour virtual symposium featured lectures, case-based discussions, and panel discussions with several star-studded speakers from various institutions across the country. There were four central themes:

  1. Leadership Skills For Chief Fellows
  2. Creating the Culture: A Chief Fellow's Role in Mentorship and Wellness
  3. Educational Leadership: You Got It All Covered?
  4. Recruitment and the Chief Fellow's Role in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Chief fellows were surveyed before and after the conference to evaluate perceived improvements in vital leadership skills and identify key areas for improvement for next year's program. A recording of the symposium is available here.

This event set the stage for continued discussion among chief fellows on ACC's Member Hub. This was an excellent start to a crucial program that will continue to prepare rising chief fellows to lead for many years to come.

Arooj Khan, MD, rising chief fellow at the University of Iowa, said: "I feel so much more prepared for my role as chief fellow after attending the symposium. The speaker presentations were obviously very insightful. What truly stood out for me were the interactive scenarios. It was very helpful to hear the other chief fellows' perspectives on how they would approach conflicts or difficult situations, which really showed me how there are multiple ways to tackle a situation."

This article was authored by Mohamad Khattab, DO, @MohaK92, Sonu Abraham, MD, @SonuAbrahamMD, Tripti Gupta, MD, @T_GuptaMD and Shubha Deep Roy, MD, FACC, @SDRoyMD on behalf of the ACC FIT Leadership Council.

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