Program Overview

The ACC's Diversity and Inclusion Task Force invites interested women cardiologists to apply for an exclusive and exciting two-day session on careers and professions in clinical research.

The event will be held May 6 – 7, 2019, at ACC's Heart House in Washington, DC. An overview of the session is available here.

In line with goals of the ACC's Diversity and Inclusion Initiative, this session is intended to increase the number of female investigative leaders in cardiovascular research. By increasing the number of women cardiologists available to serve as leaders in cardiovascular clinical trials research, the ACC strives to ensure diversity of thought, experience and perspective and more closely reflect the demographics of actual cardiovascular patients.

Target Audience

If you are a woman cardiologist with an interest in clinical research seeking to increase your knowledge and participation as an investigator and leader in clinical trials research, we encourage you to apply.

Planning Committee

Click here to view the Planning Committee roster.

Session Format and Highlights

This two-day program describes the spectrum of clinical therapeutics and device development and the opportunities inherent in industry-professional partnerships, mentoring and access to specific opportunities. The program will include presentations, Q&A panels and breakout discussions in the following topics:

  • Overview of drug and device development process
  • Anatomy, structure, funding and organization of clinical trials research
  • Critical role of FDA and other regulatory bodies
  • How to access clinical trial leadership roles
  • How to excel as a clinical trials researcher
  • Future of clinical trials research
  • Creating a personal action plan for clinical trials leadership

Selected applicants will receive support for travel expenses, including coach airfare and one-night hotel in Washington DC.


Please click the Eligibility Criteria button to review eligibility and application requirements.

All applications are due February 28, 2019. Selected applicants will receive their formal invitation to attend by mid-March.

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This activity is supported in part by Bristol-Myers Squibb.

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