Cardiology Fellowship

Please Note: Applications for July 1, 2015 must be submitted through ERAS.
ERAS will begin accepting applications on July 1, 2014. The application deadline is July 31, 2014.

 

The Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Training Program in Cardiovascular Diseases is an ACGME-accredited program that is designed to prepare fellows for a career of distinction in academic cardiology. Our philosophy is that the most successful physician-investigators must not only be exceptional scientists, but also outstanding clinicians and teachers who are proud of their clinical skills. To accomplish this goal, the Training Program starts with exceptional clinical training.

 

Clinical Training

 

Our master clinician-teachers aim to a) teach the knowledge, procedural skills, clinical judgment, attitudes, and values that are essential to cardiovascular medicine; b) foster humanistic and ethical attributes in our trainees; c) encourage an appropriate balance between academic and research endeavors and clinical service; and d) develop teaching skills by actively engaging our trainees in teaching activities with medical students, residents, and allied health professionals.


Fellows receive a broad experience in all facets of cardiovascular diseases and more specialized training using the latest therapeutic modalities under the guidance and supervision of a world-class team of faculty and mentors who have an outstanding track record in training fellows. One of the major strengths of the program is the high volume of clinical cases and procedures (one of the largest in the nation) available to the fellows for training. The program offers an excellent, comprehensive training in a wide range of cultural and socioeconomic groups with a diversity of medical problems. It is currently designed as a three-year program with two years devoted to clinical training in general and critical care cardiology, heart failure and transplantation, mechanical circulatory devices, cardiac catheterization, noninvasive cardiac imaging including echocardiography, nuclear cardiology, cardiac CT, PET and MRI, electrophysiology,  preventive cardiology, and one year of investigative training in basic and translational cardiology research (see below). Rotations comply with ACGME requirements and the COCATS guidelines for the clinical core experience of the American College of Cardiology. A core curriculum of over 75 lectures covers the basic and clinical fundamentals related to cardiovascular medicine. Advanced ACGME-accredited training programs in Heart Failure & Cardiac Transplantation, Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology (CCEP) and Interventional Cardiology, as well as non-ACGME-certified advanced training in Cardiac Imaging or Women’s/Preventive Health are also available.


The level of psychological and backup support given to fellows is a major strength of the program. Frequent feedback between the fellow and faculty provides for opportunities to improve the performance of the fellows and the training program.


We are excited to report that beginning with the class entering July 1, 2014, most fellowship-related activities will be consolidated at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center campus at the intersection of Los Angeles, West Hollywood, and Beverly Hills. Cedars-Sinai is a tertiary care hospital ranked as one of the largest nonprofit academic medical centers in the Western United States with 896 beds. Cedars-Sinai is consistently ranked as one of the country's best hospitals in Cardiology and Heart Surgery (#1 Cardiology and Heart Surgery program in the West, 9th overall) in the 2013 guide to the "America's Best Hospitals" edition of U.S. News & World Report. The Saperstein Towers offers state of the art intensive care facilities including 12 Cardiac Intensive Care Unit beds and 24 Cardiothoracic Surgery Intensive Care Unit beds. The cardiac transplant program is the world’s largest adult program with a dedicated 32 bed heart failure/transplant inpatient unit featuring invasive hemodynamic monitoring capabilities. With the opening this year of the Advanced Health Sciences Pavilion, we now have nine cardiac catheterization suites that service the surrounding community as Los Angeles’s largest hospital STEMI receiving center. In addition, a comprehensive state of the art program in percutaneous valvular interventions and advanced structural heart disease treatments, as well as advanced peripheral interventions is offered. There are two labs dedicated to providing cutting-edge electrophysiology interventions including atrial fibrillation ablation, suprvaventricular and ventricular tachycardia therapy, and ICD/CRT/pacemaker device implantation. The noninvasive echocardiography lab provides comprehensive training in transthoracic echocardiography, stress echocardiography, transesophageal echocardiography, and 3D echocardiography. The world-class cardiac imaging department offers comprehensive training in Nuclear, PET, MRI, and CT modalities.  Outpatient experience includes a diversity of patient populations including the Cedars-Sinai Cardiology Ambulatory Care Clinic (where fellows function as the primary outpatient cardiologist for patients across the three years of training), and at local free clinics for the underinsured.

 

Research Training

 

Research training is an integral part of the program and fellows can look forward to dedicated research time in their 3rd year with world-class research mentors. Additional training years are also available through the Heart Institute’s NIH T32 program (see below). With Cedars-Sinai's state of the art facilities, high patient volume, and excellence in patient care, education and research, it has become the key site for many clinical trials, including recently the CADUCEUS, COURAGE, PARTNER, ISCHEMIA and EVEREST trials. In 2012, over 100 clinical trials were offered through the Heart Institute. Our fellows typically participate in research projects associated with these trials, but can also participate in studies sponsored by other departments. The Cedars campus also has over 400,000 square feet of state-of-the-art wet lab and vivarium space located in the Davis Research Building, and the recently completed Advanced Health Sciences Pavilion. The fellowship program encourages trainees to participate in NIH, AHA and CIRM-supported basic and translational research in the following areas:

  • Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine in Failing Myocardium: Eduardo Marbán, Timothy Henry, Raj Makkar, Clive Svendsen, Linda Marbán, Hee-Cheol Cho, Eugenio Cingulani
  • Cardiac Excitation-Contraction Coupling and Cellular Electrophysiology in Ischemia/Reperfusion and Heart Failure: Joshua Goldhaber, Robin Shaw, Michela Ottolia, TingTing Hong
  • Heart Disease in Special Populations, Women’s Health, Hypertension in African-Americans: Noel Bairey-Merz, Ron Victor, Chrissandra Shufelt, Florian Rader, Lidia Szczepaniak, Puja Mehta
  • Gap Junction Trafficking, and Cardiac Biomarkers in Heart Failure: Robin Shaw, TingTing Hong
  • Atherosclerosis, Inflammation, and Vascular Biology: P.K. Shah, Ron Victor, Behrooz Sharifi, Moshe Arditi
  • Genetics of Arrhythmias: Sumeet Chugh, Adriana Huertas-Vasquez
  • Advanced Imaging in Heart DIsease: Debiao Li, Rohan Dharmakumar, Daniel Berman
  • Heart Transplantation Biology and Outcomes: Jon Kobashigawa, Michelle Kittleson, Jignesh Patel
  • Advanced Proteomics and Biomarkers in Heart Disease: Jenny VanEyk
  • Mechanisms of Cardioprotection, Autophagy and Mitophagy, Anthracycline-induced Heart Failure Mechanisms: Roberta Gottlieb


Fellows are encouraged to participate in one of our research training pathways: the Clinical Scholars Program is designed to provide fellows with the appropriate statistical background and expertise in clinical research methodology to succeed as a clinical investigator. Alternatively, some fellows may choose the Cedars-Sinai PhD Program in Biomedical Sciences to gain in-depth knowledge of a particular area in basic and translational cardiovascular science.  
A 4th year devoted to research is encouraged for those trainees who are engaged in promising research with a mentor in the Heart Institute; trainees pursuing the PhD in Biomedical Sciences will also have additional years dedicated to completion of the doctoral program. In some cases these additional years will be made available to qualified NIH T32 eligible candidates (US citizens or permanent residents).

 

Teaching

 

Cedars-Sinai is the largest non-profit academic medical center in the western United States and the largest teaching hospital affiliated with the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. More UCLA students rotate through Cedars-Sinai than any other hospital affiliated with that institution. There are more than 350 residents and fellows at Cedars in 60 GME programs.  Internal Medicine residents and medical students rotating through the CICU, Heart Failure/Transplant, and Cardiology Consult services are eager to learn from our fellows, as are trainees in other Departments and Divisions. Fellows are often invited to lecture to housestaff and graduate students, and regularly present teaching cases in Division conferences.  Fellows also present their research in the Heart Institute Research Seminar series.


In summary, the Fellowship Training Program in Cardiovascular Diseases offers an unrivaled opportunity for clinical and research training as well as teaching experience in a world-class institution with personalized mentoring in a compact environment. The overriding goal is to train future leaders in the field of Cardiovascular Diseases.

 

APPLICATION PROCESS FOR CARDIOLOGY FELLOWSHIP

 

If you are interested in applying to our fellowship, please visit the website of the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS).


Applications for a start date of July 1, 2015 will be accepted only through ERAS. 


Please note that your file is considered complete when we have all of the following: 1) Completed application; 2) Curriculum vitae;  3) Personal statement; 4) Official Medical School Transcript ; 5) Letters of recommendation from: a) The Dean of your Medical School; b) Chief of Medicine or Cardiology or Program Director at each institution in which you have held a training position; c) Two additional sponsoring physicians; 6) Your photograph (passport style); 7) Verification of training from medical school and residency program; 8) USMLE Transcripts-STEPS 1,2,3.


Foreign medical graduates will need to have completed an ACGME-approved residency program in Internal Medicine in the United States prior to beginning our program. ECFMG issued J-1 Visas will be accepted upon HR/Visa office review for applicants who are accepted into the program.

We participate in the Medical Subspecialties Match of the NRMP and applicants need to register with the NRMP.  We value diversity in our program and its participating institutions.  We encourage applications from women and under-represented minorities.


INTERVIEWS FOR 2015 APPLICANTS WILL BE HELD IN SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER.

 

 For more information, about the cardiology fellowship, please contact:

Carol Nati
Division of Cardiology
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
8700 Beverly Blvd., Room 5536B
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Phone: (310) 423-4876
Fax: (310) 423-0245
Send Us a Message
To learn more about cardiology at Cedars-Sinai, including Cardiology Policies and Procedures, clinical guidelines and grand rounds schedules, visit the Heart Institute.