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Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship

The Fellowship Program in the Maurice R. and Corinne P. Greenberg Division of Cardiology at Weill Cornell Medical College/NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital is a three or four-year program that prepares highly qualified candidates for careers in investigative and clinical cardiology. Our program is one of approximately 170 programs accredited by the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and participates in the Match conducted by the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP). The Internal Medicine Subspecialty Match for each academic year is now held in December of the year prior to the July start of fellowship. 

After three years of training, candidates are eligible for board certification in cardiovascular disease, but would require at least one more year of training to subspecialize in Interventional Cardiology, Electrophysiology, Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology, or advanced imaging. Our fellows receive comprehensive experience in all major clinical and laboratory aspects of contemporary cardiology under the close supervision of full-time staff. In addition, all fellows are expected to participate in one or more areas of ongoing research during their training.

The Cardiology Fellowship is based at the Weill Cornell Campus of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and includes clinical and research resources at our neighboring sister institution, Hospital for Special Surgery. Clinical and research opportunities at both of these institutions are an integral part of the program, which is designed to train physicians interested in developing academic and clinical careers in cardiology. The 4.5 acres surrounding the hospital contains one of the largest concentrations of biomedical research and care anywhere in the world, including the Rockefeller Institute and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, both of which provide additional research opportunities. The program integrates a broad-based, in-depth clinical and research experience in order to deliver the highest-quality academic training to cardiology professionals. Clinical care is the focus of the first two years, while the third and fourth years involve a more intensive, mentored experience in a particular clinical subspecialty or in basic research. Every fellow is expected to be productive in research, and an additional year (or more) of training/research in a subspecialty area can be arranged, as indicated.

The clinical experience at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell is unsurpassed and includes rotations in the cardiac intensive care unit and cardiac step-down units, the inpatient consultation service at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and the Hospital for Special Surgery, the cardiac catheterization lab, electrophysiology lab, cardiac graphics, heart failure, echocardiography, and nuclear cardiology. Fellows spend one half-day per week in the outpatient clinic in adult cardiology. The fellows are trained and supervised clinically with one-on-one teaching by senior faculty. Didactic sessions include a full introductory curriculum, weekly curriculum throughout the year, Prevention and Management Conference, Imaging Conference (specific to echo, cardiac CT and MRI), Clinical Case Conferences, a monthly Journal Club, Cardiovascular Grand Rounds, and subspecialty conferences in catheterization, electrophysiology, adult congenital heart disease, vascular disease, and heart failure. Fellowship research projects generally tie in with ongoing research activities within the program. Each fellow’s research experience is coordinated by a faculty mentor of his/her choosing. For fellows pursuing basic science or translational research, a Master’s degree in science is offered over a two-year period (these courses are scheduled into years two, three, or four). Fellows pursuing a project in clinical research are encouraged to pursue a certificate in clinical investigation. All fellows are expected to present the results of their research at regional and national meetings.

The clinical experience at the NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell is extraordinary in its breadth and attending physician availability. The Department of Medicine has approximately 17,000 admissions per year of which more than 3,000 are admitted to the cardiology inpatient service. Approximately 2,500 cardiology patients are seen in an ambulatory setting each year. A broad range of cardiologic problems is assessed at NewYork-Presbyterian, including complex congenital heart disease, advanced heart failure, and pulmonary hypertension. The invasive cardiac laboratories perform all diagnostic catheterizations, percutaneous interventions (including ASD and PFO closures) and electrophysiological studies (including ablations of atrial and ventricular arrhythmias and device implantation). We are also actively enrolling patients in large clinical trials, including those evaluating new stents, percutaneous aortic valve replacement, mitral valve repair, implantation of closure devices for paravalvular regurgitation, and renal artery denervation for resistant hypertension.

The Weill Cornell Cardiology Fellowship Program is dedicated to advancing knowledge in both basic and clinical research. The research program is strongly supported by multiple federal and non-federal grants. The research is performed on-site in recently renovated, state-of-the art laboratory facilities. The researchers cover most traditional and emerging areas of cardiovascular research, including atherosclerosis, vascular physiology, electrophysiology and arrhythmia, stem cells and cell therapy, cardiac development, stroke and thrombosis, heart failure, interventional devices, and health policy.  Seventy percent of Weill Cornell cardiology faculty members participate in world-class basic science, translational or clinical research, and 30 percent are full-time clinical cardiologists involved in clinical investigation and/or teaching.

Structure

Rotations

The first two years are focused on clinical care. All fellows rotate through the cardiac catheterization laboratory, echocardiography, electrophysiology, graphics (ECG, stress testing, ambulatory monitoring, pacemaker analysis), and nuclear cardiology laboratories. Clinical rotations include the coronary care unit, telemetry unit, consultation service, and CHF service. Years 1 and 2 each: Cardiac catheterization (2 months); Echocardiography (1.5); Nuclear (1); Graphics (1); EP (1); CCU (1); Telemetry (1); Consultations (1); CHF (1); Research (0.5-2); Vacation (1).

Research

The third year provides mentored and more intensive experience in a selected area of clinical or basic research, or a laboratory skill. The year consists of 11 months of intensive mentored experience in one area. The 12th month is vacation. Appointments for intensive third year experience in specific laboratories are subject to individual approval by laboratory directors and the Division Chief, usually early in fellowship year 2.

  • Catheterization Lab (includes some PTCA but full training in invasive    techniques requires a fourth year)
  • Echocardiography (includes TEE)
  • EP (includes RFA, pacemaker and ICD insertion - full training requires a fourth year)
  • CCU
  • Nuclear Cardiology
  • Basic Science Laboratories

For those training in invasive cardiology, both the third year of the clinical fellowship and the fourth, separately accredited year in Interventional Cardiology are required to become fully proficient in angioplasty and other interventional techniques. For those training in electrophysiology, the third year of the clinical fellowship and a fourth year encompass a separate ACGME-accredited fellowship in Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology. Appointments for intensive third year experience in specific laboratories are subject to individual approval by laboratory directors and the Division Chief, usually early in fellowship year 2.

Conferences

Cardiology Grand Rounds

EP Journal Club/Core Courses

Fellows' Case Discussions

Clinical Conference: case presentations with clinical management discussed by divisional staff

Clinical Roundtable

Catheterization Conference, with review of cath films by cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery staff; Fellows' Journal Club

Prevention & Management Conference

Imaging Conference

MRI/CT

ECHO

EP Case Review

Echo, Graphics, Nuclear, and EP and Curriculum Conferences in rotation

Unit Leaders

Bruce B. Lerman, M.D., Chief of Cardiology and Director, Electrophysiology Laboratory

Richard B. Devereux, M.D., Echocardiography Laboratory

Paul Kligfield, M.D., Cardiac Graphics Laboratory, Cardiac Health Center

David Miller, M.D., Coronary Care Unit

Jonathan Weinsaft, M.D.,  Nuclear Cardiology Laboratory

S. Chiu Wong, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory

Erica C. Jones, M.D.,  Inpatient Telemetry Unit, Fellowship Director

Evelyn Horn, M.D.,  Heart Failure Service

David Christini, Ph.D., Computational Electrophysiology

Fellowship Program Executive Committee

Bruce Lerman, M.D., Division Chief

Erica Jones, M.D., Fellowship Program Director

Robert Kim, M.D., Associate Program Director

Peter Okin, M.D., Director, Clinical Affairs

Jim Cheung, M.D., Fellowship Program Director, Electrophysiology

Instructions to Applicants

Applications for July 2018 Weill Cornell Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship will be accepted after July 15, 2017 with a deadline of  September 1, 2017.

We are part of the Medical Specialties Matching Program at the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP), which means that on July 15, 2017, registration begins with NRMP at www.nrmp.org . Click on specialty match (Cardiovascular Diseases) or call (202) 400-2233 or (866) 653-NRMP (6767) for more information.

Fellowship Time Line 

  • Approximately on August 2017 notification will be sent to out to schedule interviews.
  • Interview will be held at Weill Cornell Medical College throughout September and Ocotober 2017. We schedle 5 interview days. Individuals may choose to return for further exposure to our program or to meet specific faculty.
  • October 1, 2017 is the earliest date to file a rank order list on the NRMP web site.
  • Mid November 2017 is the deadline to file rank order list on the NRMP web site by 9 pm EST (exact date determined by ACGME).
  • The first week in December 2017  the match results are announced at 12 noon EST (exact date determined by ACGME). 
  • Use the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) through your Dean's Office and join the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).

ERAS Program Code is: 1413521202

The NRMP Program Code is: 1492141F0

Please comply with the following guidelines when completing your application: (Only applications with all requested materials will be reviewed)

  1. Completed ERAS application: (If you have been elected to AOA, include this in the application under "Medical Educ.", field "Did you receive the Alpha Omega Alpha award?")
  2. Letters of recommendation from three faculty members who have personal knowledge of your professional and personal qualifications. One of these letters should come from your program director or from the service chief under whom you have last served; (more than 3 letters is ok!). We do not require a Dean's letter
  3. A photo is appreciated, but not required.
  4. Providing USMLE scores is voluntary.

International Applicants

Applicants should have substantial research experiences outstanding letters of recommendation from their clinical and/or research supervisors in the United States and valid ECFMG certification. Though there is no specific board score requirement, a higher score holds greater weight. NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital sponsors J-1 visas only. H1-B visas are not eligible. You will be responsible for retaining an immigration lawyer and for all associated administrative costs. Use the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) through the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG); and join the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) for subspecialty in Cardiovascular Disease. Applicants will be considered for interview on the basis of their overall record.

Contacts

Erica C. Jones, MD
Program Director
Tel: (212) 746-2218
Email: ecjones@med.cornell.edu

Laurice LuSane
Program Coordinator
Tel: (212) 746-2218
Email: lal9063@med.cornell.edu

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