ACC Young Scholars Program

The ACC Young Scholars Program is designed for high school and undergraduate students who are interested in healthcare science careers. The Young Scholars program pairs participants with an ACC member mentor for a year of exposure to cardiology, clinicians, health science and education specific to cardiovascular disease.

About the Young Scholars Program

The Young Scholars program is an initiative of ACC's Academic Cardiology Member Section and local State Chapters that aims to provide promising young students with an introduction to the field of cardiology and strengthen the workforce of the future.

Following the virtual program kick off, regularly scheduled webinars will continue throughout the year. Students will then be paired with a mentor of the ACC to learn, network, and grow as a future young professional.

Students will have the chance to attend ACC.24 in person in Atlanta, GA, to meet scientists and clinicians from around the world, sit in on sessions, and explore the Expo floor.

Program participants also have the opportunity to visit a local hospital or attend ACC State Chapter meetings throughout the year.*

The 2024 application will open in the Winter of 2024.

Camp Cardiac

The Young Scholars Camp Cardiac is a 2 day, in-person, event held at Heart House in Washington, DC. It is an opportunity for all the young scholars to come together and learn basic, practical, hands-on skills such as CPR/AED training by the Red Cross and point of care ultrasound training. The students will receive an in depth and in person look at cardiology, learn skills, and hear from several cardiovascular professionals about what their job is like.

ACC.24 Abstract Submissions

Please contact Abby Cestoni at with any questions.

About the American College of Cardiology

The American College of Cardiology (ACC), is a medical professional organization composed of more than 54,000 cardiovascular professionals around the world – physicians, nurses, physician assistants, clinical pharmacists, and more – dedicated to transforming cardiovascular care and improving heart health.

Young Scholars Describe Their Experience at ACC.22 in Washington, DC.

Cardiology Magazine Image ACC Young Scholars visit Tulane University Medical Center and Dr. Robert Hendel
Cardiology Magazine ImageYoung Scholar Program participants at Ochsner Medical Center with ACC Louisiana Chapter Governor Dr. Sangeeta Shah and colleagues
Cardiology Magazine Image Young Scholar Program participants at Ochsner Medical Center with ACC Louisiana Chapter Governor Dr. Sangeeta Shah and colleagues
Cardiology Magazine Image The inaugural 2019 class of Young Scholars with ACC members and faculty
Cardiology Magazine Image The 2019 class of ACC Young Scholars
Cardiology Magazine Image Young Scholars and Dr. Jacqueline Tamis-Holland visit the Expo at ACC.19 in New Orleans
Cardiology Magazine Image Attending the wildly popular ACC Fellow in Training (FIT) Jeopardy competition at ACC.19
Cardiology Magazine Image The ACC.19 Expo floor
Cardiology Magazine Image The ACC booth on the Expo floor

* The safety and well-being of Young Scholars is a priority of the ACC. All in-person activities and participation in connection with the Young Scholars Program are subject to the conditions in the relevant location at the time of the event, and the ACC reserves the right to determine that any or all in-person activities will be virtual upon notice to Young Scholars. If events are held in-person, Young Scholars are not required to attend ACC.22 or State Chapter meetings in-person in order to participate in the Program. Students who are unable or uncomfortable traveling to in-person events are still encouraged to apply! The ACC is not responsible for and hereby disclaims any and all liability arising from in-person attendance at the Young Scholars Program.