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Abby Wertz Continues Cardiology Education, Completes Young Scholars Program

The American College of Cardiology’s Young Scholar Program selects high school and college students from across the United States to gain hands-on experience and mentorship in clinical cardiology and cardiovascular research. The program provides the opportunity for participants to take part in their mentor’s research projects, gain professional skills, listen in on late-breaking clinical trial seminars, and foster their passion for cardiology, ultimately strengthening the pipeline of talent for the future.

Abby began attending bi-weekly educational webinar sessions through the program last March and was paired with a mentor with whom she will begin a shadow program upon turning 18. In October, she attended Camp Cardiac at the ACC’s Heart House headquarters in Washington D.C., where she was CPR certified, learned to perform echocardiograms, and learned how to diagnose an unhealthy heart through hands-on experience with cadaver hearts.

Just a few weeks ago,  Abby travelled to New Orleans, Louisiana to attend the ACC’s Annual Conference. She saw presentations on the latest advancements in cardiology, explored the expo, and met inspirational cardiologists. While there, Abby also met Dr. Katie Berlacher from UPMC, who ran a program she previously took part in, UPMC I Look Like a Cardiologist. To conclude the weekend, Abby attended the Future of Cardiology Reception.

The American College of Cardiology Young Scholars Program has provided Abby with an in-depth education that has accelerated her career path toward being a cardiothoracic surgeon. She is grateful for the opportunity to learn and network with so many amazing, intelligent professionals and fellow students, and looks forward to participating in ACC alumni programs in the future.