ACC's Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity is not just an issue for cardiologists, it is an issue for quality patient care, which is why the ACC is committed to improving diversity and inclusion in the practice of cardiology, and at the College.

The College's vision is to harness the power of the diversity of its members to advance patient care, spur innovation and improve health equity among individual patients and populations.

In doing so, the ACC will ensure opportunity for all cardiovascular providers by working towards a fully inclusive organization and profession. Learn more about ACC's commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Questions? Contact diversity@acc.org.

Top Level ACC Diversity and Inclusion Accomplishments

Real strides have already been made in meeting the goals and priorities outlined by the ACC's Diversity and Inclusion Strategy. Highlights include:

  • The development of robust diversity and inclusion principles.
  • Increased opportunities for recognition and celebration of individuals, Chapters and others making a difference in the profession and their communities.
  • Published research identifying and addressing barriers to under-represented communities.
  • Increased opportunities to diversify and develop leaders, as well as grow a deep pipeline of new cardiovascular professionals to carry us into the future.
  • ACC's Growing List of Detailed Accomplishments to Date

    Accountability

    1

    Established ACC Diversity and Inclusion principles

    Recognition and Celebration

    1

    Established Distinguished Award for Leadership in Diversity and Inclusion

    2

    Established Chapter Award for Diversity and Inclusion

    3

    ACC's #TheFaceOfCardiology social media campaign

    Identifying and Addressing Barriers for URCs

    1

    Published joint AAMC/ACC article on status of cardiology workforce diversity (September 2019)

    2

    Published Perceptions of Careers in Cardiology from Internal Medicine Residents (May 2018)

    3

    Published 2019 ACC Health Policy Statement on Cardiologist Compensation and Opportunity Equity (August 2019)

    Deep Pipeline

    1

    Established complimentary membership for medical students

    2

    Implemented ACC Young Scholars Program for high school and college students

    Diversifying and Developing Leadership

    1

    Two new JACC Editors -in-Chief are women

    2

    ACC hosted a two-day session on Clinical Trials Research

    Integrating Diversity and Inclusion across the College

    1

    More than two-thirds of ACC's Committees, Sections and Chapters are undertaking diversity and inclusion activities.