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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.

Spain Preceptorship 2021 dates

2021 PRECEPTORSHIP - June 14-17

The FCACC-SEC Preceptorship experiences in 2021 are designed to offer two options to interested members. One is a shorter experience in Madrid only for those who have limited time but want to support the partnership and the second is a more in-depth trip designed to allow FCACC members time to interact with additional SEC members in different clinical settings and experience different regions of Spain. For additional details and the form to sign up, click here.

What is a Preceptorship?
The FCACC-SEC Preceptorship is an international clinical experience that aims to have members who are currently in practice (private/academic/hospital-based) learn about the health system in Spain and get in-depth presentations on the latest technologies and therapies in the host country. Then, depending on specialty and interests they travel to one of the host hospitals for a 1-day or 3-day experience with a mentor.  While this is not a training program, and license issues prohibit extensive hands on with patients, members are able to gain a great deal of knowledge during patient encounters, direct observations and through time with their mentors.

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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