Cardiovascular Fellowship Program
The Fellowship in Cardiovascular Medicine at UMass Medical School/UMass Memorial Medical Center is a three year program. Six fellows are chosen each year through the National Residency Match Program (NRMP). Cardiology fellowship applications are submitted to the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).
Training at an outstanding institution
UMass Memorial Medical Center has an extraordinary track record of cardiac care:
- For the past several years, the institution has been ranked #1 in New England for survival after myocardial infarction, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS).
- Our Cardiac Catheterization Lab was ranked #1 in Massachusetts in the treatment of shock/STEMI patients, according to a report from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
- The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) awarded its highest destination - three stars - to our Cardiac Surgery Program six years in a row for coronary artery bypass surgery. Only 14 percent of hospitals receive this three-star rating.
Goals and highlights of the program
Simply stated, our goal is to find the nation’s strongest medical residents and transform them into tomorrow’s leaders in academic and clinical cardiology. We believe that our program provides superb training in a supportive, collegial, and stimulating environment. Some of the highlights of the program include:
- Experience in both tertiary care and community cardiology
- State-of-the-art facilities
- High volume of procedures
- Diverse research opportunities
- Ambulatory experience in general cardiology and subspecialties, including adult congenital cardiology
- Echocardiography and nuclear cardiology training that satisfies the requirements for licensing by the National Board of Echocardiography and Certification Board in Nuclear Cardiology
- Exposure to cardiac surgery and vascular medicine
- In-depth training in all aspects of preventive cardiology
- Experience in advanced imaging (MRI/CT)
- Ample opportunities for teaching residents and medical students
- All cardiology fellows have research blocks in their second and third year.
- Fellows are expected to produce at least one manuscript or one abstract, with most fellows exceeding this requirement.
- As many as eight months may be devoted to research within the fellowship's three year period.
- Fellows who are committed to a career as an independent investigator may be able to spend two additional years performing research with support from UMass, which has a T32 training grant from the NIH.
- In the past, fellows have completed research projects in the following areas:
- Epidemiology (Worcester Heart Attack Study, Global Registry of Acute Coronary Events and other large databases)
- Noninvasive Imaging
- Interventional Cardiology
- Clinical Trials
- Basic/translational research
- Dr. David McManus, one of our Associate Program Directors, guides fellows through the process of finding a mentor and executing one or more projects.
- All fellows attend a research methodology lecture series. In addition, UMass offers an optional research methods “bootcamp”.
- Fellows who are interested, may be able to earn a Master of Science in Clinical Investigation degree. Learn more at http://www.umassmed.edu/GME/mastersinscience.aspx
The Cardiology Fellowship Program participates in the Match program. All applications must be sent to ERAS. The deadline for receiving application materials is August 15th.