Cardiovascular Sciences


The USF Department of Cardiovascular Sciences’ Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant Fellowship in Cardiovascular Disease is a full spectrum training program based upon the foundation of a diverse patient population provided by Tampa General Hospital, a tertiary urban core safety net hospital with a top 10 USNWR cardiology rating. The program provides mentored clinical experience in all aspects of adult cardiovascular disease management, including cardiovascular diagnostics, cardiac health and performance, interventional cardiology, vascular disease, electrophysiology, advanced heart failure, cardio-oncology, and cardiothoracic surgery. Fellows will provide cardiovascular care in the inpatient wards of Tampa General Hospital and in USF-affiliated outpatient clinics. Learning occurs in a collegial environment with faculty engaged in team-based care, knowledge transference through case-based didactics, and side by side collaboration in development of technologic skills. Faculty teach diagnostic reasoning that drives appropriate value and patient-centered testing and treatment. Critical appraisal in an environment of inquiry employing a rich evidence base is emphasized with the aim of creating lifelong learners and clinician scientists. ARNP/PA fellows are expected to participate in cardiovascular research and to disseminate their scholarly work to their peers and at local or national conferences. Uniquely, fellows will have access to an emerging Heart Institute with 15 NIH funded researchers.

The program accepts 1 ARNP/PA fellow per academic year, beginning in 2019.

Mission: To provide Advanced Practice Fellows a specialty-focused transition-to-practice opportunity to provide exceptional, evidence-based, patient-centered cardiovascular care in the in- and outpatient settings.