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Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship

The three-year Cardiovascular Diseases Fellowship at the University of Missouri–Kansas City/Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute is an Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)-accredited program, offering comprehensive training in all aspects of cardiovascular medicine. Fellows work with leaders in the field to become proficient in every facet of the contemporary cardiovascular medicine, from cardiovascular imaging, to cutting edge invasive and interventional techniques, the full range of electrophysiology services, and through exposure to a high-volume advanced heart failure and cardiac transplant program. Moreover, fellows gain hands on experience conducting novel research projects with nationally recognized cardiovascular research mentors. The program trains physicians to be well-equipped to pursue positions in a variety of care settings after completion, from academic to traditional private practice settings.

In addition, the program provides the opportunities to continue their training in several advanced subspecialty programs in Advanced Heart Failure and TransplantCardiovascular Outcomes Research, Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology, or Interventional Cardiology. Graduates of the fellowship program are well-trained to provide care to patients across the full spectrum of cardiovascular diseases, including coronary artery disease, heart failure, complex arrhythmias, adult congenital heart disease, and vascular disease.

Rotations

During their training, fellows experience a balanced schedule including:

  • Core clinical rotations in cardiac intensive care, inpatient consultative cardiology, clinical electrophysiology, and advanced heart failure
  • Laboratory-based rotations in imaging and noninvasive laboratories as well as the cardiac catheterization and electrophysiology laboratories
  • Research rotations
  • 12 Elective rotations, including 11 electives in the 3rd year of training
  • Breadth of training/volume allows for specialization in one or more modalities as defined by COCATS 4

The program's schedule offers great flexibility and can be tailored to meet the fellows’ interest and future career goals.

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Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Pathways

  • Cardiovascular Disease Pathway is a three-year program aimed at preparing clinicians with a broad exposure to all aspects of clinical cardiology leading to board eligibility.
  • Cardiovascular Outcomes Research Pathway is a two-year T32 program aimed at training MD/DO clinician scientists interested in pursuing a career in academic cardiology. The program is two years of protected, mentored and independent research experience to train the next generation of leaders in the fields of cardiovascular outcomes research. Learn more about the program.
  • Combined Clinical Cardiology & Outcomes Research Pathway is for trainees interested in integrating outcomes research with clinical training (two years of T32 plus two to three years of clinical cardiology, depending on trainees’ goals). 

Two Hospitals

Fellows in the general cardiology training program rotate at two different hospitals ensuring exposure to diverse care settings and patient populations.

  • Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute (MAHI) is the primary training site for cardiology fellows. It is a high-volume tertiary care center with a large and diverse referral base where fellows will be exposed to the full spectrum of cardiovascular diseases. MAHI offers a host of cardiac services including high-volume cardiac imaging laboratories (echocardiography, nuclear cardiology including SPECT, PET, cardiac and vascular CT, and MRI), interventional procedures (coronary, peripheral vascular and structural including the latest techniques such as transcutaneous aortic valve replacement), electrophysiology (device therapy, atrial and ventricular arrhythmia diagnostic and therapeutic procedures), advanced heart failure services (including  ventricular assist devices and a high volume transplant center that is only cardiac transplant center in the region). MAHI also offers the full range of cardiovascular surgical services. Fellows are exposed to each subspecialty within cardiovascular medicine working with the hospital’s 59 attending cardiologists.  Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute also boasts one of the most active clinical cardiovascular research programs in the country. Clinical researchers from a host of programs, including cardiovascular outcomes research, health economics & technology assessment, interventional, imaging and heart failure publish over 100 peer reviewed articles annually and are actively involved in the latest clinical trials and observational research. Originally founded in 1981, the Mid America Heart Institute was the home of pioneering work in the field of interventional cardiology, including the first acute infarct angioplasty performed by Dr. Geoffrey Hartzler. It has grown to be active in all cardiovascular disciplines, and its staff have held prominent national positions within several cardiovascular subspecialty organizations.
  • Truman Medical Center, the main training hospital for University of Missouri-Kansas City, is a 194 bed hospital that provides a complementary educational experience for cardiology fellows through exposure to different cardiovascular pathologies commonly encountered in inner city urban settings. TMC boasts a growing and active cardiovascular diseases department. Fellows work closely with attending physicians on general consultative cardiology rotations, in the cardiac catheterization lab, on non-invasive imaging rotations, and in cardiology outpatient clinics.  Truman Medical Center offers the full range of cardiovascular services including echocardiography, nuclear stress testing, cardiac CT, coronary and peripheral interventions and is a STEMI center. Fellows experience strong autonomy with excellent reinforcement from bedside and didactic teaching from cardiology faculty.

Conferences

Fellows’ education is at the forefront at the University of Missouri–Kansas City/Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute cardiology training program. High volume, hands-on clinical experience is coupled with a regular schedule of conferences designed to augment and extend principles taught at the bedside. The conference schedule includes a combination of didactic lectures, case-based conferences, journal club, a M&M conference, in addition to rotation-specific conferences (cath, echo, cardiac CT, and nuclear conference). Fellows’ conference is held daily and boasts active participation from attending physicians with subspecialty expertise in each disciple.  The conference schedule also includes a weekly multidisciplinary Cardiovascular Grand Rounds, frequently featuring lectures by national leaders within cardiovascular medicine and cardiac surgery. 

Night Call and Weekend Coverage

Nights
Fellows take night call from home for Truman Medical Center during the course of their training, averaging 3 to 4 nights/month of home call when not rounding on core clinical services during the first and second years and once a month during third year.  Night and weekend coverage of Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute is provided by paid moonlighting general cardiology and advanced subspecialty cardiology fellows.  This opportunity is voluntary, and most fellows choose to participate in this challenging and rewarding paid moonlighting opportunity. 

Weekends
First and second year fellows cover 1 weekend per month.  Traditionally, first year fellows cover Saint Luke’s Hospital on the weekend and second year fellows cover  the weekends at Truman Medical Center. Third year fellows have no scheduled weekend coverage. 

Applications/Interviews

Applications are accepted only through Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) from July 1 – Sept 10. Applying for multiple tracks is possible through ERAS but please apply only to the track(s) you are interested in, and for which you think you have the qualifications and truly want to be considered. 

If, during the application/interview process, it becomes clear that another track is most appropriate, requests to switch tracks will be considered.

We encourage applicants to contact the program if they have questions about which track is most appropriate for them.

A complete application will include the following documents:

  • ERAS Common Application Form
  • Photograph
  • Personal Statement
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Copy of USMLE or COMLEX transcript
  • Copy of ECFMG Certificate (if applicable)
  • MSPE (Dean’s letter)
  • Medical School Transcript
  • Three letters of recommendation, one of which must be from your current or prior Residency Program Director

Interviews are held in October.  The program participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).