Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellowship

The Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellowship (CCEP) is a training program of Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) and West Roxbury Veteran’s Administration Medical Center (WRVA). The mission of the CCEP is to prepare fellows to function as sub-specialists in the care of patients with cardiac rhythm disturbances and to provide trainees with the research background necessary for them to pursue investigative careers in the field of clinical cardiac electrophysiology. The clinical cardiac electrophysiology laboratories at BWH and WRVA hospitals perform electrophysiology studies with catheter ablation, as well as cardiac rhythm management device (pacemaker and defibrillator) implants in over 3,000 patients annually. Our program has specific expertise in complex catheter ablation, including ablation of ventricular tachycardia and atrial fibrillation. We are also a referral center for patients needing advanced device management with laser lead extraction.

Fellows must have as a clinical prerequisite the equivalent of U.S. training in general cardiology, including exposure to cardiac catheterization, cardiac imaging techniques and inpatient management of cardiac patients.

Quick Facts

  • As of 2017, the Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellowship is a two year ACGME-accredited fellowship program.
  • The Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellowship accepts two to four fellows per year. There are additional one to two non-accredited positions for fellows seeking further advanced training in Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology.
  • Application deadline is March 1st. Applications and acceptances are on a rolling basis, beginning the previous November.

Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellowship Topics

Program Goals

It is our goal to impart to each fellow a portfolio of vital clinical skills, tools for thoughtful decision-making, and progress ultimately toward a career as an independent interventional electrophysiologist.

For more information about the specific program goals, please visit Heart Rhythm Disorders Program.

Clinical Training

The Cardiovascular Medicine Division at Brigham and Women’s Hospital has a legacy of pioneering clinical and basic research. Early in the training program, fellows identify (at minimum) one or more research projects that are of interest to them. A faculty preceptor supervises and assists in the completion of these projects and coordinates additional research training throughout the year. Fellows are encouraged to give oral presentations of their projects at the annual New England Electrophysiology Society Fellows’ Competition, as well as at the annual international Heart Rhythm Society meeting. Fellows are also strongly encouraged to submit completed projects for publication.There are four clinical components to our fellowship training, each of which serves to provide detailed instruction in, and experience with, specific aspects of arrhythmia management. These four components include: 

  • Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology Laboratories
  • Inpatient Cardiac Arrhythmia Services
  • Implantable Cardioverter-Defibrillator (ICD)/Pacemaker Service
  • Outpatient Cardiac Arrhythmia Clinics

Throughout the fellowship training program, regularly scheduled didactic sessions are held for trainees, providing focused instruction in a broad range of topics in basic and clinical cardiac electrophysiology, clinical pharmacology and fundamentals of clinical research.

Research Opportunities

The Cardiovascular Medicine Division at Brigham and Women’s Hospital has a legacy of pioneering clinical and basic research. Early in the training program, fellows identify (at minimum) one or more research projects that are of interest to them. A faculty preceptor supervises and assists in the completion of these projects and coordinates additional research training throughout the year. Fellows are encouraged to give oral presentations of their projects at the annual New England Electrophysiology Society Fellows’ Competition, as well as at the annual international Heart Rhythm Society meeting. Fellows are also strongly encouraged to submit completed projects for publication.

Faculty

Brigham and Women’s Hospital is a scientific, clinical and academic stronghold with a long history of firsts. Our culture promotes excellence in patient care, teaching and research and affords an exceptional environment for clinical training and participation in exciting advances in research. Brigham and Women’s Hospital heart rhythm faculty are board certified electrophysiologists with full-time academic appointments at Harvard Medical School. Every member of our faculty is uniquely skilled and focused, with dedication to providing the best in individualized care for each patient. While most of the learning is one-on-one, each faculty member will also provide state-of-the-art updates in their special areas. Heart Rhythm Disorders Program Team.

Teaching Facilities

Fellows receive training at BWH and the West Roxbury Veteran’s Administration Medical Center (WRVA). The state-of-the-art Shapiro Cardiovascular Center at BWH has 136 beds providing the full range of cardiovascular services.

The WRVA is the tertiary cardiovascular referral center for all Veteran’s Administration medical centers in Northern New England. The WRVA is the only VA provider of tertiary cardiovascular care for a broad area of Northern New England which includes all of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts and significant portions of Connecticut and Rhode Island.

Applications

Applications for the fellowship are accepted from the opening of ERAS through March from physicians who will have completed a three-year ACGME-accredited cardiovascular disease fellowship by the time the clinical cardiac electrophysiology program begins in July. All applicants must register and complete an application through the ERAS electronic residency application system. We will not accept applications by mail.

Applications for the fellowship are accepted from the opening of ERAS through March from physicians who will have completed a three-year ACGME-accredited cardiovascular disease fellowship by the time the clinical cardiac electrophysiology program begins in July. All applicants must register and complete an application through the ERAS electronic residency application system. We will not accept applications by mail.

Requirements and Deadline

We require the following documents for a complete application to be reviewed:

  • Curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Personal statement
  • Three letters of recommendation, including one from your current program director
  • ACGME-accredited Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship or equivalent – no exceptions.

Our deadline for receipt of your application and all supporting documents will be March 1st.

Please note that admissions are rolling and positions are often filled prior to the application deadline.

Selection of Interview Candidates

Each application is reviewed in its entirety with an eye toward a combination of overall academic excellence, leadership ability, career development potential and personal character. The program accepts two to four fellows per year. 

We interview approximately 8-10 candidates for the clinical cardiac electrophysiology program each year. Although we receive applications from many well-qualified candidates, it is not possible to interview all who apply. Every effort is made to notify applicants of their interview status in a timely manner in order to allow sufficient time for travel arrangements.

Interview Format

The typical interview day begins with the daily electrophysiology morning conference and observation in the electrophysiology lab. Each candidate will meet individually with key faculty members at BWH. Our current CCEP fellows will visit informally with the candidates, provide a tour of the facility and have lunch.

Travel and Hotel Accommodations

For the purposes of making travel arrangements, applicants may anticipate being finished with all interview and tour activities by 4 pm. Applicants are expected to fund all travel costs.

Program Contact

For any questions regarding our fellowship program please contact:
Tennille Leslie
Education Programs Manager
tleslie22@partners.org
617-732-7144

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