Fellowships in Advanced Clinical Cardiology are available in the following specialties:
Advanced Heart Disease (Heart Failure/Heart Transplant)
Critical Care Cardiology
Advanced Heart Disease Fellowship (Heart Failure/Heart Transplant)
The Brigham and Women’s Advanced Heart Disease Program offers advanced training in the evaluation and multiple management strategies for patients with advanced heart failure. This senior fellow will participate in the inpatient and outpatient management of a wide spectrum of patients with advanced heart failure from initial diagnosis to consideration of high-risk cardiac surgery, cardiac transplantation, mechanical circulatory support, and end-of-life care. The one-year fellowship will include 8-10 months of inpatient service centered in the Advanced Cardiac Therapies Unit, also including co-management of early post-operative patients with cardiac transplants and mechanical support devices. Particular focus will be on hemodynamic assessment (using physical examination, echocardiography, intravascular monitoring, and cardiopulmonary exercise testing), genetic bases of cardiomyopathy, vasoactive therapy, and pharmacologic and mechanical strategies to restore volume balance. Additional time is devoted to continuity clinic experiences, including regular participation in Cardiomyopathy Clinic, outpatient Cardiac Transplant Clinic, and ambulatory VAD (ventricular assist device) Clinic. Particular emphasis is devoted to 1) interpretation of physiologic information from echocardiography, hemodynamic monitoring, and cardiopulmonary exercise testing, 2) decision-making and communication around risks and options for individual patients, and 3) effective team management for patients at home. All fellows will participate actively in the multiple ongoing research projects and will undertake at least one independent research project for presentation and publication. Fellows seeking full cardiac transplant certification will also participate in organ procurement, endomyocardial biopsy training, interpretation of endomyocardial biopsy pathology, and New England transplant consortium meetings. Combined training in heart failure and the implantation and follow-up of pacing/defibrillator devices is also available, requiring a total of two-three years of training and combined application to the Heart Failure and Electrophysiology fellowship training programs.
This training program is designed to meet the anticipated clinical requirements for Advanced Heart Failure certification as currently under consideration by the American Board of Internal Medicine. With the inclusion of the additional focused cardiac transplantation experience as described above, this fellowship will meet requirements for UNOS certification as a Transplant Cardiologist.
It is anticipated that applicants will have completed at least 2 years of cardiology training and be fully eligible for a medical training license in the state of Massachusetts. Preference will be given to those applicants demonstrating commitment to academic careers in the area of advanced heart failure and its applications. Interested fellows should submit a cover letter and CV to Lynne Warner Stevenson, firstname.lastname@example.org or Michael M. Givertz, email@example.com. Those applicants meeting initial requirements will be asked to submit two letters of recommendation, after which personal interviews will be scheduled with the section faculty in Boston or at national scientific meetings.
Noninvasive Cardiology Fellowship
This is a comprehensive cardiovascular imaging training program that will enable fellows to achieve competence in echocardiography and in nuclear cardiology/PET imaging, cardiac MR imaging, cardiac CT and vascular imaging in a broad yet cohesive formal program. If interested, please contact Drs. Ron Blankstein (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Justina Wu (email@example.com), with a personal statement, CV, & (3) letters of reference. The full 2-year program comprises training in echocardiography, cardiac CT, vascular imaging, cardiac MR imaging, and nuclear cardiology over the course of 2 years. A shorter 1-year program, focusing on vascular imaging with training also in cardiac CR, cardiac MR, and nuclear cardiology is offered to radiology fellows. Only fellows who have completed 2 or more years of cardiology fellowship in an accredited ACGME or in a radiology residency program wil be considered.
For these annual positions, we accept applications April - June, and schedule interviews September - November of the year prior to the year in which we will require the fellowship applicants.
These positions offer substantial research opportunities.
Send statement, CV, (3) letters of reference to:
Ron Blankstein, MD
Co-Director, Noninvasive Cardiovascular Imaging Fellowship Program
Justina Wu, MD
Co-Director, Noninvasive Cardiovascular Imaging Fellowship Program
In addition to clinical fellowships, appropriate candidates are invited to apply for full-time research fellowships in noninvasive cardiology. Inquiries regarding research fellowships should be directed to Dr. Scott D. Solomon, Director, Noninvasive Cardiac Laboratory (email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Vascular Medicine Fellowship
The Cardiovascular Medicine Division offers advanced fellowship training in Vascular Medicine. Brigham and Women's Hospital is a recipient of a NIH Clinical and Research Training Program for Academic Vascular Medicine Specialists. The primary goal of the training program is to prepare trainees to be outstanding vascular medicine specialists involved in clinical care, research and education. Vascular Medicine fellows will receive a minimum of 12 months of clinical training.
Vascular medicine comprises arterial, venous, and lymphatic disease as well as those systemic disorders that predispose to vascular disease. These diseases include atherosclerosis (peripheral arterial disease, renovascular disease, cerebrovascular disease), thrombosis (venous thromboembolism), chronic venous and lymphatic diseases, hypertension, dyslipidemias, vasospastic disorders, vasculitis, and diseases of the autonomic nervous system.
The clinical training will include both inpatient and outpatient consultation, as well as noninvasive vascular laboratory, and vascular imaging. Fellows will also spend several months in the Vascular Diagnostic Laboratory to develop expertise in performing and interpreting noninvasive vascular tests such as duplex ultrasonography, segmental pressure measurements, and pulse volume recordings. Fellows will spend 1-2 months in the Cardiovascular Imaging Laboratory and 1-2 months in the Catheterization and Interventional Radiology Laboratories. These rotations will allow the trainee to acquire fundamental knowledge about vascular magnetic resonance and computed tomographic imaging; and gain an appreciation for peripheral angiography and catheter-based endovascular interventions used to manage patients with a variety of vascular disorders. An additional 1-2 months will be spent on the Vascular Surgery service to develop an appreciation of the complex and extensive nature of vascular surgical procedures, and to participate in the postoperative care of patients undergoing vascular surgery. Following clinical training, vascular medicine fellows will be eligible to take the American Board of Vascular Medicine’s examination in Vascular Medicine.
Interested fellows should submit a cover letter and CV to email@example.com.
The Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellowship Program is a comprehensive one- to two-year training period in all aspects of cardiac arrhythmia management. In the Clinical Electrophysiology Laboratory, the fellow receives training in catheter placement and manipulation, programmed electrical stimulation, and interpretation of intracardiac recordings. The fellow plays an active role during catheter ablation procedures for both atrial and ventricular arrhythmias. The fellow also receives in-depth training in implantation, interrogation and follow-up of implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICDs). The fellows clinical responsibilities include making rounds on all inpatient cardiac arrhythmia patients and providing consultative services to the entire hospital with regard to cardiac arrhythmias. Training is also received in outpatient evaluation and management of cardiac arrhythmias, and in follow-up of patients with implantable devices. Additional training in pacemaker implantation is available as well. Direct inquiries should be sent to Dr. Tedrow (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Interventional Cardiology Fellowship
The Interventional Cardiology Training Program at Brigham and Women's Hospital/Boston Veteran's Administration Medical Center is a one-year ACGME accredited program. During the year, trainees will receive comprehensive training in all aspects of coronary intervention and will gain exposure to peripheral intervention and interventions for structural heart disease. A dedicated second year of training in peripheral vascular/structural heart disease interventions is also available for applicants interested in more dedicated training in these areas.
Trainees are required to participate in an independent research project during the course of the year with the ultimate goal of abstract submission and presentation followed by publication. Trainees are also encouraged to directly participate in one of several clinical trial protocols in the catheterization laboratory. The trainees will also maintain a one-half day per week continuity clinic precepted by the faculty.
A cornerstone of the fellowship is an extensive curriculum and didactic program. The conference schedule for 2010-2011 can be found here.
Further details regarding the program can be found here.
If you are interested in applying please visit the website of the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS) at www.aamc.org/eras. Please note: applications will be accepted only through ERAS. We will be accepting applications for academic year 2012-2013 from December 2010 through April 2011. An application will be considered completed only when the following have been received via ERAS: common application form, Curriculum Vitae, at least three letters of recommendation including one from a cardiovascular disease program director and two from members of the cardiac catheterization laboratory at your institution, documentation of completion of USMLEECFMG, and a personal statement.
Inquiries should be directed to Ana Mercurio or program director, Pinak B. Shah, M.D.
Critical Care Cardiology
The Brigham and Women’s Hospital training programs in Cardiovascular Diseases and Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine have partnered to create a specialized training program in Critical Care Cardiology. Cardiology fellows interested in advanced training in critical care medicine have the option to complete an additional year of training, including 6 months of clinical rotations through:
- Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU)
- General Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU)
- Cardiac Surgery Intensive Care Unit (CSICU)
- Neurologic Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
- Advanced pulmonary hypertension service
Additionally, Critical Care Cardiology fellows receive additional experience in the management of mechanical circulatory support, including percutaneous and surgical ventricular assist devices (VAD) and extra-corporal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), advanced therapies for pulmonary hypertension, anoxic brain injury, and complex thromboembolic disease.
This collaborative program is designed to provide training supporting dual certification in Cardiovascular Diseases and Critical Care Medicine.
The Critical Care Cardiology training pathway is conducted under the oversight of the Program Directors from Cardiovascular Medicine and Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, as well as David A. Morrow M.D., M.P.H., Director of the BWH Levine Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (LCU) and Senior Investigator at the Thrombolysis in Myocardial Infarction (TIMI) research group. Dr. Morrow is a national leader in this field, and the chair of the American Heart Association Writing Group on the Evolution of Critical Care Cardiology and the Emerging Need for New Staffing and Training Models which outlined a roadmap to meet the changing needs of the population with cardiovascular disease requiring critical care.
The Brigham and Women’s Hospital is uniquely suited for the exposures required for thorough subspecialty training in Critical Care Cardiology. The Levine Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (LCU) is a regional referral center for complex heart disease, cardiac arrest, and cardiogenic shock, with active programs in mechanical circulatory support and therapeutic hypothermia. Together with other specialty ICUs at BWH, the training experience is cutting-edge and broad in scope.
Heart Failure Fellowship (see Advanced Heart Disease Fellowship at top)
Heart Transplant Fellowship (see Advanced Heart Disease Fellowship at top)
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