Welcome to the Medical Student Perspective Page!

Articles featured on this page are submitted by ACC medical student members around the globe covering topics ranging from personal experiences, patient encounters, mentorship, entrepreneurship, advocacy and more.

Krish Keswani, MBBS

Young Indians With Fatigued Hearts

October 17, 2023   |   Krish Keswani, MBBS

Feature Article

India is strongly supported by its youth and has the largest youth population in the world. Of the population of over 808 million people, approximately 66% are below the age of 35 and nearly 40% are between the ages of 13 to 35. Unfortunately, in recent years, the incidence of myocardial infarctions has increased in the young population in India.

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Applications Now Open For ACC’s Internal Medicine Cardiology Program

August 20, 2023

Call For Applications

The ACC is now accepting applications for all five cohorts of ACC's Internal Medicine Cardiology Program. The program is designed to introduce internal medicine interns, residents and cardiology fellows to a career in cardiology by connecting them with mentors, a peer network and education on career opportunities in the field.

Cardiology Magazine June 2023

Cardiology Magazine: The Transformative Power of Technology in Medical Education

June 13, 2023

Cardiology Magazine Highlights

In the From the Member Sections article in the June issue of Cardiology magazine, Rija Khalid, a third-year medical student at Fatima Jinnah Medical University in Lahore, Pakistan, explains how medical technology is rapidly evolving and is an important component of current health care.

Martha Gulati, MD, MS, FACC

Interview With Martha Gulati, MD, MS, FACC

May 30, 2023   |   Martha Gulati, MD, MS, FACCNorma Gamarra, DM

Feature Interview

Martha Gulati, MD, MS, FACC, recently joined the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute as a professor of cardiology and is the associate director of the Barbra Streisand Women's Heart Center. Her dedication to the study of women and cardiovascular disease led to her receive ACC’s 2019 Bernadine Healy Leadership in Women’s CV Disease Award for her leadership and accomplishments in this field.

Khristian S. Burke, BS

Leaders in CV Research Interview: Geoff Barnes, MD, MSc, FACC

May 24, 2023   |   Geoffrey D. Barnes, MD, MSc, FACCKhristian S Burke, BS

Feature Interview

Geoffrey D. Barnes, MD, MSc, FACC, is the holder of the James O. Woolliscroft, MD, Department of Internal Medicine Early Career Endowment Award and an associate professor at the Frankel Cardiovascular Center at the University of Michigan. He currently serves as co-director of the Michigan Program on Value Enhancement and Michigan Anticoagulation Quality Improvement Initiative.

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Learn More About Cardiology Career Paths

April 24, 2023

Career Development

Ready to explore a career in cardiology and/or take your career to the next level? Learn about the various career paths within cardiology with ACC's new "Careers in Cardiology" page.


ACC.23/WCC Clinical Trials Recap

March 28, 2023

Featured Webinar

Listen to concise summaries from FITs from the University of Michigan, with commentary from ACC.org Editor-in-Chief Kim A. Eagle, MD, MACC, on the most impactful late-breaking clinical trials from ACC.23/WCC.

Omneya Kandil

Medical Student Member Spotlight: Omneya Kandil

March 21, 2023

Feature Article

Omneya Kandil is a sixth-year medical student from the Alexandria Faculty of Medicine in Egypt. Throughout medical school, the cardiovascular system has always piqued her curiosity and her interest was heightened when she travelled on a research exchange program to Indonesia for a month.

Ana Barac, MD, PhD, FACC

Cardio-Oncology, Women in Medicine, and More: Interview With Ana Barac, MD, PhD, FACC

March 21, 2023   |   Mariana L Henry, MPH

Feature Interview

Ana Barac, MD, PhD, FACC, is Regional Director of the Cardio-Oncology Program at the MedStar Heart and Vascular Institute and Georgetown MedStar Cancer Institute, Professor of Medicine at the Georgetown University School of Medicine. In addition, she works on research protocols at the National Institute of Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s Clinical Physiology laboratory using cardiac magnetic resonance imaging to advance the understanding of cardiomyopathies.

JACC: Case Reports

JACC: Case Reports: How to Write Your First Clinical Case Report

November 14, 2022

JACC Family of Journals

Although the process for young authors is rewarding once the manuscript gets accepted, the writing and revision process can be exhausting. In a recent article, JACC: Case Reports Editor-in-Chief Julia Grapsa, MD, PhD, FACC, shares valuable advice on how to publish a clinical case, guiding authors from journal selection to revision and beyond.

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Call For Applications For ACC’s Internal Medicine Cardiology Programs, Due Dec. 16

November 8, 2022

Call For Applications

The ACC is now accepting applications for four new cohorts in ACC’s Internal Medicine Programs. The program is designed to introduce internal medicine interns, residents and cardiology fellows to a career in cardiology by connecting them with mentors, a peer network and education on career opportunities in the field.

Samir Kapadia, MD

Interview With Samir Kapadia, MD

August 24, 2022   |   Adriana Camila Mares, BSDiego Chambergo-MichilotAkiva Rosenzveig

Feature Interview

Samir Kapadia, MBBS, FACC, is the Chair of Cardiology at the Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute at Cleveland Clinic. Kapadia has more than 800 peer reviewed publications and is currently the principal investigator in various clinical research trials on percutaneous methods to treat aortic stenosis and mitral regurgitation.

Tripti Gupta, MD

A Guide to Cardiology for Medical Students

July 25, 2022   |   Tripti Gupta, MD

Feature Article

The road to cardiology may seem intimidating, especially when you’re a medical student. Here are 10 tips for medical students interested in pursuing cardiology, as well as perspectives from Adriana Mares, MS and Anusha Gandhi, BA, co-chairs of the ACC Medical Student Leadership Group (MSLG), on their journey to becoming future cardiologists.

Mevlut Serdar Kuyumcu, MD

Interview With Mevlut Serdar Kuyumcu, MD

July 22, 2022   |   Sebahat Ulusan

Feature Interview

Mevlut Serdar Kuyumcu, MD, was born in 1987 in Isparta, Turkey. He graduated from Hacettepe Faculty of Medicine in 2012. In 2017, he completed his cardiology fellowship from Ankara Yuksek Ihtisas Hospital. In 2018, he became an assistant professor at the Suleyman Demirel Medical Faculty. During this time, Kuyumcu also received electrophysiology training at Ankara Yuksek Ihtisas Hospital and Pasteur Clinic in Toulouse, France.

Ahmad Akhtar, MD

Medical Student Member Spotlight: Ahmad Akhtar, MD

May 27, 2022

Feature Article

Ahmad Akhtar, MD, is a recently graduated medical student from the American University of Integrative Sciences and CEO of Darul Qalb, a Knoxville, Tennessee-based non-profit organization that conducts medical missions to provide free procedures to underserved populations around the world.

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Webinar: Teaching in the Clinical Setting

April 19, 2022

Featured Webinar

Are you aiming to be an outstanding educator while on service? Join the FIT Section on April 21 at 7 p.m. ET for a webinar on educating in the clinical setting. Learn about how to execute effective teaching strategies, tackle teaching at multiple levels and build a career in medical education.


Seeking Volunteers For the FITs on the Go Initiative

February 28, 2022


ACC.22 is just around the corner, and we are looking for volunteers to join the FITs on the GO (FOTG) initiative! FITs from the Mayo Clinic and ACC have partnered to create FOTG with the goal of spreading cardiology knowledge and building a community among trainees. For the first time, in addition to FITs, we are opening this opportunity to medical residents and medical students.


From Helpless to Powerful: My Road to Cardiology

February 24, 2022

Some events in our lives are meant to be forgotten, or at least not remembered particularly in detail. But others mark our lives forever, whether it’s positively or negatively. We may not remember what we had for lunch a week ago, but we always remember the day we graduated from high school or the day we received bad news about the health of someone we love.

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Now Accepting Applications For the Medical Student Leadership Group

February 23, 2022

Call For Applications

The ACC is excited to announce an opportunity to join a national board of medical student leaders. The leadership council is tasked with promoting collaboration among our student members, growing our student outreach and engagement, and working on common tasks to promote ACC's Medical Student Member Community.

Sibi Krishna Thiyagarajan

Empowering Intersectionality in the Field of Medicine

October 1, 2021   |   Sibi Krishna Thiyagarajan

Feature Article

We all might be divided by race, creed, caste, religion, and many other factors. However, what ultimately remains is that we are all humans. In accordance with the Declaration of Geneva, which was adopted by the World Medical Association at its second General Assembly in 19481, we as physicians should not discriminate against any patients who come to us for treatment based on any bias. I believe the same must be practiced among ourselves, as physicians, too.

Mario Alvarez Nava, MS

Cardiology: Finding Purpose During a Global Pandemic

October 1, 2021   |   Mario Alvarez Nava, III

Feature Article

When the global COVID-19 pandemic began, the life of every person in the world changed. In my case, as a third-year medical student, it meant a stop in attending to the hospital and learning through direct contact with patients, and a stop in seeing my friends, family and teachers.

Rachel D. Check, BS

A Certain Cardiologist

October 1, 2021   |   Rachel D Check, BS

Feature Article

Many physicians have influenced my journey in medicine thus far. But amid completing my residency applications, I feel a great sense of gratitude for a certain cardiologist: John Cantwell, MD, FACC. From being his medical assistant to rotating with him as a medical student, my experiences with Dr. Cantwell have inspired me to choose a field that will satisfy my thirst for knowledge and my desire to form strong patient relationships – just as cardiology has done for him.

Sebahat Ulusan

How to Get Involved in Research Activities as a Medical Student

August 5, 2021   |   Sebahat Ulusan

Feature Article

At the beginning of my first year of medical school, I didn't yet comprehend the importance of research activities. However, during my second semester, Medical Education Department Assistant Professor Giray Kolcu, MD, offered me a place to attend an international congress.

Ailing Health Care Systems: My Ghanaian Experience

June 22, 2021   |   Andrew Awuah Wireko

Feature Article

Currently, there is a need for Ghana and many other African countries to fix their ailing and overwhelmed health care sectors. The devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on health care systems across the globe and the international social and economic order has taught the world a great lesson.

From Patient to Provider

June 22, 2021   |   Tess Calcagno, PharmD

Feature Article

"Transitional AV canal, status post-surgical repair in 2003. Now with residual cleft in the left atrioventricular valve with moderate regurgitation."

Som Prabh Singh

Student-Run Free Health Clinics: Mobilizing Care to Address Health Disparities

May 10, 2021   |   Som P Singh, MD

Feature Article

Student-run free clinics are sponsored, not-for-profit forms of community-level outpatient care. Student volunteers are involved in nearly all aspects of clinic operations while under the supervision of volunteer doctors, pharmacists and other health care professionals. In addition, literature supports the general attitude among student volunteers is that volunteering at these clinics improves their clinical skills holistically.

Christian Faaborg-Andersen, BS

A Global Pandemic: When the Learner, Provider and Patient Became One

April 2, 2021   |   Christian Faaborg-Andersen, MD

Feature Article

Like a kid on the first day of school, I arose from bed at around 4:45 a.m. on Monday, March 2, 2020 with butterflies in my stomach. The clerkship year had at long last arrived. I donned my surgical scrubs and brushed my teeth as the moon stood high and the crickets chirped outside my window. The world was quiet. Then came the cold sweat down my neck and my face felt hot. At that moment, I knew there was an infection blooming inside my lungs.

Zoilo Karim Suarez Yeb

The Silent Bias: Risks of Not Following Clinical Guidelines in Developing Countries

April 2, 2021   |   Zoilo Karim Suarez Yeb, MD

Feature Article

There are several factors that are essential for personal development, but what are they? I am a firm believer that introspection is an important key to growth. After traveling to the U.S. from the island nation of the Dominican Republic to do a sub-internship, my interactions with residents, fellows and attendings have given me a new perspective on how medicine should ideally be practiced and has made me reflect on the issues that are silently affecting thousands of lives within my "Quisqueya La Bella" (Dominican Republic).

Fariha R. Hameed, BS

The Impact of a Mentor

February 5, 2021   |   Fariha Hameed, BS

Feature Article

A field as vast as medicine can be challenging to navigate for a budding medical student. As someone who has benefitted from having an exceptional mentor, I understand the impact mentorship can have on a medical student’s future trajectory.

Mariana L. Henry, MPH

“Chemo Kills As It Cures” – The Role of Cardio-Oncology

February 5, 2021   |   Mariana L Henry, MPH

Feature Article

While shadowing at the hospital one Monday morning, I met Anna*. Anna was 17 years old. She loved swimming, cheerleading and horseback riding. Unfortunately, Anna had to put these activities on hold. She had osteosarcoma, and her health had recently taken a turn for the worse.

Eric J. Topol, MD

Interview With Eric J. Topol, MD

January 20, 2021

Feature Interview

Eric J. Topol, MD, is the founder and director of the Scripps Research Translational Institute, professor of Molecular Medicine, and executive vice president of Scripps Research.

Dan Tran

Comforting the Heart That Hopes

January 15, 2021   |   Dan B Tran, BS

Feature Article

Eight years after my sister’s remarkable recovery from surgery that cured her rare congenital heart defect and kindled my fascination for becoming a cardiologist, I felt excitement and humility on the first day of my cardiology rotation as a third-year medical student.

Mindfulness, Medicine and Me

December 1, 2020   |   Andrew C Elton, BS

Feature Article

It is the anatomy final in my first year of medical school; I move quickly through the lab trying to identify the semblances of human structures laying on the stainless-steel dissection tables.

Interview With Neil J. Weissman, MD, FACC

November 6, 2020

Feature Interview

Neil J. Weissman, MD, FACC, is the chief scientific officer for MedStar Health and president of MedStar Health Research Institute.


Majority of CVD Program Directors Feel Diversity Needs to Increase, Many Not Sure How

September 9, 2020

JACC Family of Journals

Diversity is important to cardiovascular disease (CVD) programs directors (PDs) and PDs are striving to increase diversity in their programs through recruitment and strategies directed toward the fellowship learning environment, according to results of the second annual Cardiovascular PDs Survey published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Debabrata Mukherjee

Interview With Debabrata Mukherjee, MD, MS, FACC

July 30, 2020

Feature Interview

Debabrata Mukherjee, MD, MS, FACC, is the chair of the department of internal medicine and chief of cardiovascular medicine at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso.