The USF Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology Fellowship Training Program only accepts applications through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) Fellowship Application Site.
Registration with ERAS is required.
The deadline to submit applications for the upcoming academic year is the first week of August.
Our program is also committed to the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP), also referred to as The Match. Applicants will be "matched" to our program using the certified rank order list of the applicants and program director.
Registration with NRMP is required.
The Mission of the Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology Fellowship Training Program is to: • Train ABIM board-eligible or board-certified physicians to become clinician-scientists and leaders in the field of heart failure, • Provide extensive training in all aspects of heart failure, including medical and device therapy, heart transplantation, and mechanical circulatory support. • Ensure program graduates are capable of competent and independent clinical practice as outlined by the ACGME Program Requirements for Residency Education in Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology, the American Board of Internal Medicine, and the American College of Cardiology.
Our Program Aims
The USF Advanced Heart Failure & Transplant Cardiology Fellowship Training Program is a 12-month, longitudinal, clinical track that consists of four clinical experiences:
This training combines the pre-procedure, procedural and post-procedural periods of patient care in a manner that reflects the actual practice of Advanced Heart Failure/Transplant Cardiology and provides realistic training for this cardiac subspecialty. The Advanced Heart Failure/Transplant (AHFT) trainee will spend 6 months in the Advanced Heart Failure/Transplant Inpatient and Consult Experience. and another 2 months rotating through the cardiac catheterization lab satisfying the Biopsy Lab Experience. Two-half days per week of Ambulatory Care Experience will continue on a weekly basis throughout the year providing longitudinal care experience of the heart failure. The Pulmonary HTN experience is covered with a one month dedicated Pulmonary Hypertension rotation in addition to attending the Pulmonary HTN clinic on a bi-weekly basis throughout the year.
We recognize that there are other aspects of AHFT that are essential in the care of these patients and require the collaboration with other services. As such, we have established five mandatory rotations to enrich the AHFT fellow’s education. The fellow will dedicate 1 month of rotation in each, the Electrophysiological (EP) and the Cardio-Oncology services. In addition, there will be 2-week rotations assigned with the Infectious Disease, Palliative Care and the Immunology Lab.
Mix of Disease
Approximately 80% of patients seen by the Advanced Heart Failure/Transplant service are referred for evaluation for transplant or mechanical circulatory support. Approximately half of the patients with systolic heart failure will undergo evaluation for advanced heart failure therapy (cardiac transplantation or mechanical circulatory support). Patients with heart failure with preserved ejection fraction constitute approximately 20% of our referral pattern.
Environment of Teaching
The clinical training and teaching environment for the advanced heart failure/transplant fellowship includes both inpatient and ambulatory clinical settings. The inpatient environment includes cardiac step-down and intensive care units as well as provision of inpatient consultative services on medical/surgical inpatient units and non-cardiac intensive care units. The core ambulatory clinical setting includes the:
Fellows are expected to attend conference. Attendance will be monitored by the Program Director.
Electronic evaluation forms are used by the faculty as one of the ways to assess the fellows. These evaluations have been devised to assess the aspects of the ACGME’s Six Core Competencies: Patient Care, Medical Knowledge, Interpersonal and Communication Skills, Professionalism, Systems-Based Practice and Practice-Based Learning and Improvement. Fellows receive written and verbal feedback at the end of each rotation from the faculty preceptor and fellows are given the opportunity to review and ask questions.