On behalf of the Academic Leadership Council, Diversity & Inclusion Taskforce and the Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin Chapters we welcome you to the American College of Cardiology (ACC)!

The American College of Cardiology (ACC), is a medical professional organization composed of more than 52,000 cardiovascular professionals dedicated to transforming cardiovascular care and improving heart health.

In addition to a focus on optimizing patient care and outcomes, the College has also placed great emphasis on the importance of education and research in cardiology. In keeping with our aims to educate the scientist, we have created The American College of Cardiology's Young Scholar's Program.

The ACC's Young Scholar's Program provides a select group of students, who are interested in a career in science, with an opportunity for a year of mentored research and education about cardiovascular disease, and the importance of scientific research to advance the care of patients with cardiovascular disease.

The program kickoff will take place at our Annual Scientific Sessions in Chicago Illinois, on Saturday, March 28th, 2020. The program will also include an opportunity for students to work directly with a faculty mentor on a research project.

We are excited to have you apply for the Young Scholars Program. Please submit your application here. If you have any questions, please contact Alexandra DiTommaso at aditommaso@acc.org.

  Q & A: About the Program
  Q & A: About the Program
  Question: Who is the Young Scholars Program for?
  Question: Who is the Young Scholars Program for?

For anyone considering a career in science (e.g., doctor, nurse, physician assistant, nurse practitioner, ultrasonographer, radiologic technologist, nuclear medicine technologist, perfusionist, biomedical engineer, medical or health physicist, researcher, etc.).

  What is the Young Scholars Program?
  What is the Young Scholars Program?

The American College of Cardiology's Young Scholars Program is a 1-year program that will introduce budding scientists to the world of cardiology and research.

Through our program students will be paired with a cardiovascular profession, who is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology for a dedicated year of mentorship and growth in science. Each student will have the opportunity to work directly with their mentor on a research project appropriately suited to their level of experience.

Although not required, it is highly encouraged that students who wish to do research be prepared to volunteer some of their time to work with their mentors on their research projects.

The program will include regularly scheduled webinars to allow students to gain additional knowledge about cardiovascular disease and research in this extensive field of medicine. Additional events including a visit to the local hospital, or attendance at the ACC State Chapter meetings will be offered throughout the year.

We hope to provide students with a firm knowledge of the field of cardiovascular disease and the various opportunities that are afforded to them, should they choose a career in science, research or technology.

  When does the Young Scholars Program begin?
  When does the Young Scholars Program begin?

Our 1-year program begins at the American College of Cardiology's Annual Scientific Sessions in March 2020 and will extend until March 2021.

  Where will the Young Scholars Program take place?
  Where will the Young Scholars Program take place?

Our Young Scholars will join thousands of doctors, nurses, researchers and other health care professionals at the opening ceremonies of the American College of Cardiology's Annual Scientific Sessions in Chicago Illinois. Following this introductory day of discovery, students will work locally with their ACC Faculty mentor over the ensuing year.

  How will recipents take advantage of the Young Scholars Program?
  How will recipents take advantage of the Young Scholars Program?

Students will be paired with an ACC Fellow in Training at the ACC Annual Scientific Sessions where they will be introduced to the day's activities and begin a journey of exploration and revelation unlike anything they have experienced.

At the annual scientific sessions students will witness science in action, hearing for the first time the groundbreaking results of some of our late-breaking clinical trials. They will attend the abstract sessions, allowing them to witness young scientists report on their own research results.

Additionally, they will have independent time for exploration, during which they can wander through our "EXPO" floor, have the opportunity to network and meet other scientists from around the world, and learn about the art of research through focused didactic lectures.

Following the ACC Annual Scientific Sessions, each of our students will then be paired with a Fellow of the College to help mentor them over the ensuing year. Our curriculum will include online webinars tailored directly to young scientists beginning their journey into research, periodic meetings with their faculty mentor, and an opportunity to be part of one of their mentor's research projects, and opportunities for shadowing to allow for direct observations of the clinical world of cardiology.

It is our hope that students will embrace this experience and gain a firm knowledge of the field of cardiology and research, as well as the challenges faced by researchers and health care professionals caring for patients with an array of cardiovascular diseases.

  Are there any requirements?
  Are there any requirements?

Students may apply if they are attending high school or college in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin. To be eligible for the program students must be in their junior year of high school or at a higher grade level.

Freshman and sophomore year college students may also apply. Although not required, students interested in research should be willing to volunteer some time to work with their faculty mentor on a research or quality improvement project.

Additionally, students will be asked to attend bi-weekly one hour webinars throughout the year.