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Partnership with Sociedad Espanola de Cardiologia


ACC Past President and one of the Founders of the Florida Chapter C. Richard Conti, MD, MACC said:

All cardiovascular specialists need the company, the talents, the insights,

and the contributions of other human beings to grow and develop productively.

As we work with our own colleagues and other medical organizations in the United States,

it is obvious that it is just as important to develop relationships with cardiovascular specialists abroad.

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The FCACC-SEC Preceptorship is an international clinical experience that aims to have FACCs and Associate Fellows who are currently in practice, in Florida, (private/academic/hospital-based) learn about the health system in Spain and get in-depth presentations and observe the latest technologies and therapies in the hospital setting.

The FCACC-SEC Preceptorship experiences in 2024 are built to offer two options to interested members.  One is a shorter experience for those who have limited time but want to support the partnership and the other is a more in-depth trip designed to allow FCACC members time to interact with additional SEC members in different regions. Click here to apply.


Click here for a printable schedule.

Sunday, June 16 - MADRID


Throughout the day

Arrive in Madrid, check in

The Madrid Edition

Pl. de Celenque, 2, Centro, 28013 Madrid, Spain



Group Tour

Exact tour to be determined; will be about an hour and a half tour of historical/art site in the immediate neighborhood. Guests and their families welcome.


Dinner with Delegation

Monday, June 17 - MADRID



SEC Leadership Meeting & Luncheon Reception Casa del Corazon



Return to Hotel


Reception with the SEC at the Palace Hotel

Tuesday, June 18 – MADRID



Depart for Hospital Preceptorship 

Meet in Hotel Lobby

Hospital de 12 October

Hosted by Dr. Fernando Arribas 


Arrive at Airport for departure to Vigo


Iberia Flight #534 at 15:50 arrive 17:05
There are other low cost airlines from Madrid that are also possible.  FCACC Staff will coordinate transport to airport and holding of bags.

Delegation will go to informal dinner 
meet in hotel lobby

Wednesday, June 19 - VIGO




Hospital Alvaro Cunqueiro
Hosted by Dr. Andrés Íñiguez
(typically return to hotel at 14:00, remains of day at leisure)

Thursday, June 20 – VIGO



ACC Members can enjoy Vigo and the North of Spain at their leisure or travel back to Madrid for departure.

The FCACC and the Sociedad  Espanola de Cardiologia (SEC) are a part of the American College of Cardiology’s International Exchange program. The SEC-FCACC relationship was formed through a desire of both organizations to develop long-term relationships between cardiovascular professionals in the United States and Spain.

Thoughts on the Preceptorship Experience

"The clinical experience was extremely rich and comprehensive. Certainly it was a great privilege to be able to learn from several truly Spanish Masters of Cardiology and Science. I cannot wait to return to my Spanish colleagues and share the joy of learning." ~Octavio Cosme, MD, FACC 

"The FCACC-SEC exchange program is a unique opportunity to peek behind the barriers that separate healthcare systems and observe how things differ, and also how much we have in common. I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in thinking about their own practice habits and how to improve them."  ~David Winchester, MD, FACC

"I am very grateful for the opportunity to visit the SEC and spend time with the congenital cardiologists (both pediatric and adult) at the Hospital General Universitario Gregario Maranon in Madrid. I learned about the Spanish medical system, and the many similarities and differences to ours. I had the opportunity to see how they are taking advantage of 3D printing to effectively improve congenital cardiac care. I am sure that we will see the work they are doing in their labs impact clinical outcomes in the next decade." ~Arwa Saidi, MEd, MBBCH, FAAP, FACC REVISTA ESPAÑOLA DE CARDIOLOGÍA is the official publication of the Spanish Society of Cardiology and is a bilingual international peer-reviewed journal dealing with cardiovascular medicine. Please visit 

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