Program Background

As part of our commitment to leadership development, the American College of Cardiology (ACC) is pleased to announce the second class of our Emerging Advocates program. This program is a unique opportunity for ACC members, particularly Fellows in Training, Early Career Professionals and members of the Cardiovascular Team, to increase their knowledge of the College’s advocacy efforts and lend a voice to improving cardiovascular care through health policy.

Over the course of this 10-month program, Emerging Advocates will learn directly from the College's advocacy leaders about high-level advocacy topics. Topics could include the various levels of government relations, payer advocacy, value solutions and more. In addition, Emerging Advocates will be introduced to issues specifically affecting cardiology, like the movement toward value-based payment, graduate medical education funding, medical coding development and medical coverage policies.

With guidance from ACC’s member leaders, Emerging Advocates will work together to analyze these issues and understand how they impact ACC’s policies and positions. Participants will also receive training on how to best communicate with ACC members, Congress, federal agencies, state legislators and health insurer representatives on the issues facing cardiovascular medicine.

The program will consist of the following activities:*

  • Welcome webinar (December 2017)
  • Mandatory face-to-face launch meeting at the ACC Heart House in Washington, DC (Saturday, January 27, 2018)
  • Team building session at ACC.18 in Orlando (March 2018)
  • 2-3 Educational Webinars (April 2018 – August 2018)
  • Advocacy Engagement Activities (April 2018 – August 2018)
  • ACC Legislative Conference in Washington (September 2018)

*Dates subject to change


To apply, please complete the following steps:

  • Visit and complete the online application.
  • A letter of recommendation must be sent by September 28, 2017. Send letters to

Applicants will be notified by December 1, 2017 on the status of their application.

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