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"The ACC Legislative Conference and What I Learned: Perspective from a Fellow-in-Training"

October 6, 2016:
The ACC made a select number of travel awards available to cover expenses for FITs to travel to the ACC’s 2016 Legislative Conference September 11 – 13, 2016 in Washington DC. Yu Xie, MD, Chief Cardiology Fellow 16-17 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, received the award and shared her experience at the conference.

Read Dr. Yu Xie's The ACC Legislative Conference and What I Learned: Perspective from a Fellow-in-Training:
"... the relationships we have are built on repeat exposure: meaning we need to keep these campaigning efforts alive both on a state and national level by staying active FIT members."

Click to enlarge: Yu Xie, MD, Chief Cardiology Fellow at ACC’s 2016 Legislative Conference September 11 – 13, 2016 in Washington DC.

Read Dr. Yu Xie's Experience


Ford Foundation Fellowships for Life Sciences Research on Trialect

October 6, 2016:
We have a posting on Trialect soliciting applications for The Ford Foundation Fellowships for Life Sciences Research. This year the program will award approximately 36 dissertation fellowships, 24 postdoctoral fellowships, and 60 predoctoral fellowships. Fellowships are tenable at any fully accredited, non-proprietary (not for profit) U.S. institution of higher education. An applicant need not be accepted by the chosen institution at the time of application. As the application deadline is Monday, November 10, 2016, we are reaching out to see if you can refer your fellows/junior investigators to this program. The details can be perused at:

Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowships
Ford Foundation Post Doctoral Fellowships
Ford Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowships


"And It’s Going, Going, Gone!" Dr. Sandeep Krishnan at Big Sky Conference

February 15, 2016: Sandeep Krishnan, M.D., Cardiology Fellow at Cedars-Sinai attended the 38th Annual Cardiology at Big Sky February 15-19, 2016 at Huntley Lodge, Big Sky, MT.
"And It’s Going, Going, Gone!"
by Sandeep Krishnan, M.D.
"And the ACC has done it again! Another home run for the Fellows-in-Training team! I recently had the good fortune of attending the Teaching Tomorrow’s Teachers (3T’s for short) program embedded into the 38th Annual ACC at Big Sky conference. It was a conference like no other I have ever attended."
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Excellence in Cardiology Fellowship Award Presented to 14 Emerging Leaders

On May 15, 2015, 14 California Fellows-in-Training were awarded the "Excellence in Cardiology Fellowship Award" in recognition and appreciation for work in clinical care, teaching, research, leadership, and Academic Achievement. This award program is in affiliation with the Cardiovascular Research Foundation of Southern California.

The recipients of the cash award were:
UCLA Medical Center Program Dr. Gentian Lluri
Los Angeles County-Harbor-UCLA Medical Center Program Dr. Shipra Hingorany
Kaiser Permanente Southern California (Los Angeles) Program Dr. Keith Thompson
Naval Medical Center (San Diego) Program Dr. Luke S Oakley
California Pacific Medical Center Program Dr. Gulnar Pothiawala Odera
Stanford University Program Dr. Christianne Haeffle
Scripps Clinic/Scripps Green Hospital Program Dr. Evan Muse
University of California (Davis) Health System Program Dr. Sanket Dhruva
Loma Linda University Program Dr. Hambik Tankazyan
University of California (Irvine) Program Dr. Nirmal Sunkara
University of California (San Diego) Program Dr. Lawrence Ang
University of California (San Francisco)/Fresno Program Dr. Richard G Kiel
University of Southern California/LAC+USC Medical Center Program Dr. Sarah Elsayed


FIT Funding News for Research and Career

[June 10, 2015] A limited number of research and career development awards.
> Details on Research and Career Development Awards

Worldwide Funding Source Search Engine
A worldwide funding source search engine that can be searched by key words as well as sources. Users can create saved searches to deliver opportunities as they arise.

Go to, click on Membership in the top bar
Click: Member Benefits & Resources
Click: Career Resources
Click: Research Funding Resources
Search for Funding to gain access to the InfoEd SPIN research funding database.

The funding resources page has been an initiative of the Early Career Professionals Section Leadership Council. The InfoEd SPIN database is provided free to ACC members through an ACC-paid subscription to the service. See also on that research funding page the Research Collaboration Network, grant writing resources, and also an opportunity for institutional discounts on research administration software from InfoEd that can save institutions thousands of dollars in administration costs and development.


Financial Awards for FITs

Fellowship Awardd
[May 2015] Learn more about the UCLA 2015 Training Course Fellowship Award

ACC.15 Award
[February 2015] The ACC has made a select number of travel awards available to cover expenses for FITs to travel to the 2015 Annual Scientific Sessions in San Diego, CA. The award provides funding for airfare, lodging, meals, ground transportation, and any other expenses to and from the Conference held March 14-16, 2015.
All current ACC FIT members are eligible. Presenters and non-presenters at ACC.15 are both eligible. No more than one award will be granted from any single training program.
The Award:
Travel expenses will be reimbursed for airfare, lodging, meals, ground transportation, and other expenses up to $1,500 for travel to and from the 2015 Annual Scientific Sessions in San Diego, CA March 14-16, 2015. Award winners will be asked to enroll in the ACC's mentoring program (
How to Apply:

Each FIT candidate will need to submit the following materials listed below to by Monday, February 9, 2015. In your email please include your full name, training program, and training dates. Winners will be selected by the FIT Section Leadership Council.
-- Nomination letter from training director.
-- Letter of Interest: Please include any prior engagement with the ACC, including prior committee applications (even if you were not selected) and appointments. Discuss how you would use this travel award to forward your career and become more involved with the ACC. Please limit to one page.

FITs on the Go Video Blog: Engaging Early Career Professionals

For fantastic video coverage of the ACC.13 meeting, check out There's coverage of fellow-focused events and exclusive interviews with Larry King and cardiovascular leaders (see the links below). There are hundreds of videos that cover ACC national meetings and fellow-focused cardiology news.

Many more videos on the FITs on the Go! YouTube Channel.

FIT Newsletter

Each quarter the ACC publishes a newsletter just for Fellows in Training (FITs). Access the latest in FIT newsletter and archived issues on the American College of Cardiology CardioSource website.

Purpose of our California Chapter

The purpose of the Chapter shall be to contribute to the prevention of cardiovascular diseases, to ensure optimal quality care for the individuals with such diseases and to foster the highest professional ethical standards. In carrying out these purposes the Chapter shall function in consultation with the leadership of the College and as an advisor to local and state governmental and professional organizations concerning issues related to cardiovascular disease.

The Chapter shall, in the interests of patients, physicians, and the public in general, maintain a high level of social consciousness and involvement with socioeconomic issues which may influence access to high quality cardiovascular health care for all individuals.

The Chapter has been formed as a 501(c)(6) not-for-profit corporation underthe federal and California state tax codes. The Chapter maintains an Executive Office with a full time Executive Director and support staff. The Chapter also maintains a full time lobbyist and staff in Sacramento.

Your ACC Membership Working for you?

ACC membership is complimentary for those in an approved training program, and comes with practical benefits including on-line access to the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC) and discounts on educational products and programs. Other benefits include:

If you are not receiving ACC benefits and services, but are a fellow in training in an approved program, please fax a letter from your training director indicating you are currently participating in a program, include a current address with e-mail address to: Damion Wise at (202) 375-6842.

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