Cardiovascular Medicine Fellowship

The Cardiovascular Medicine Fellowship Program is a multifaceted, multidisciplinary, and comprehensive program providing training in all areas of Cardiovascular Medicine. The program is an ACGME accredited 3-year program with exceptionally rich training in both clinical and didactic cardiovascular medicine and a wide array of clinical and basic science research opportunities.

 

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Southern California (USC) Cardiovascular Medicine Fellowship Program is to educate fellows in the comprehensive assessment and management of patients with Cardiovascular disease processes for subsequent careers in academic or community-based practice. The Cardiovascular Medicine Fellowship Program is a multifaceted, multidisciplinary, and comprehensive program providing training in all areas of Cardiovascular Medicine. The program is an ACGME accredited 3-year program with exceptionally rich training in both clinical and didactic cardiovascular medicine and a wide array of clinical and basic science research opportunities.

The unique strengths of this program include:

  • A rich, comprehensive clinical experience combining training at the LAC+USC Medical Center, one of the largest medical centers in the country and at Keck Hospital of USC, a tertiary-care academic university hospital. Both facilities are located on the same physical campus as the Keck School of Medicine of USC.
  • A curriculum with training and exposure to all aspects of Cardiovascular Medicine including Clinical Cardiology, Cardiovascular MR, Cardiovascular CT, Echocardiography, Nuclear Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology, Cardiac Intervention, Congenital Heart Disease, and Congestive Heart Failure.
  • Exposure to the full array of Cardiovascular surgical approaches including minimally invasive and robotic surgical approaches provided by the USC Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery.
  • Opportunities for clinical and basic science research through the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine.

The Division of Cardiovascular Medicine is heavily involved in the education of housestaff Residents and Medical Students. Medical Students are assigned to the CCU and the Cardiovascular Medicine Consultation Service, and participate in all rounds and educational activities. There are 8 Interns and 8 Residents assigned to Cardiovascular Medicine on a monthly basis who take care of cardiac patients under the supervision of the Fellows and Staff on the Medicine ward, CCU, and Consult Service. The Residents also participate in the outpatient clinic. In addition, Residents spend elective time on Cardiovascular Medicine in the inpatient areas.

The Division has a full conference schedule available to students and faculty on a weekly basis including Cardiology Grand Rounds, Visiting Professor Rounds alternating with the Griffith Professor Rounds, M & M Conference, Research Conference, EP Morning Conference, Cath Conference, EP Lecture alternating with Echo Lecture, and the Invasive Cardiology Conference. The Journal Club is held twice a month. Recent articles are selected by a Faculty member and presented and discussed by the Fellows. This conference provides Fellows with the ability to critically analyze the literature and helps to familiarize them with biostatistical methods. The Division also sponsors occasional special lectures featuring well-known visiting Cardiologists who offer our Medical Students, Residents, and Fellows their unique knowledge and experience.

At the beginning of each academic year, a series of twenty lectures, known as the Core Curriculum, are given by the Cardiovascular Medicine Faculty to the Fellows on basic and clinical topics in Cardiovascular Disease.

We are a comprehensive clinical- and research-oriented cardiology training program with the aim of providing a wide variety of exposure to the different subspecialties of cardiology: Interventional, Electrophysiology, Adult Congenital, Echocardiography, Nuclear and Advanced Cardiac Imaging, Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplantation. Our ultimate goal is to educate and train cardiology fellows to not only meet the basic requirements of evidence-based cardiovascular clinical practice, but to greatly exceed these requirements to meet their full potential as doctors. We want our fellows to thrive in both academic- and community-based medical institutions and to become leaders in cardiology. We want our cardiology fellows to be exemplary role models for professional medical practice at LAC+USC Medical Center and Keck Medical Center of USC.

  1. Thursday Morning Education Day
    The Core Curriculum for all subspecialties, focused topics on echocardiography and other imaging modalities, cardiology basics, in-training sessions for VADs, PPM/ICD interrogation, IABP, LifeVest
  2. Tuesday Morning Cardiac Catheterization Conference
  3. Cardiovascular Research Topics by Dr. Kloner
  4. Advanced Imaging Rounds with Dr. Shinbane on Monday and Thursday morning
  5. Monthly Journal Clubs moderated by Dr. Elkayam
  6. EKG Conference with Drs. Ostrzega and Konecny
  7. Monthly Interventional Cardiology Didactic Series: Thursday mornings
  8. Vascular Medicine Didactic Series
  9. Electrophysiology: Friday mornings
  10. Congenital Lecture Series with guests from Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
    Guest Lecture Series
  11. Cardiology Grand Rounds
  12. Combined Emergency Department/Cardiology Conference: each Quarter
  13. Visiting Professorships

L. Julian Haywood, MD Visiting Professorship

2018

Gary Gibbons, MD
Director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

“Advancing Discovery Science for Public Health Impact”

2017

Jackson T. Wright Jr., MD, PHD, FACP, FASH, FAHA
Emeritus Professor of Medicine,
Case Western Reserve University
Director of Clinical Hypertension Program,
University Hospitals Case Medical Center

“Hypertension Management – 2017: What We Know. What We Need To Learn.”

2016

Clyde W. Yancy, MD
Vice Dean, Diversity & Inclusion
Magerstadt Professor of Medicine
Professor of Medical Social Sciences
Chief, Division of Cardiology
Northwestern University
Feinberg School of Medicine &
Associate Director
Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute
Northwestern Memorial Hospital

“Heart Failure in African Americans: A Journey from Bench to Bedside to Community”

2015

Kim A. Williams, MD
Chief, Division of Cardiology
Rush University Medical Center
President, American College of Cardiology

Heart Disease and Diet

Shahbudin H. Rahimtoola,
MD Visiting Professorship

2016

Melvin Scheinman, MD
Walter H. Shorenstein Endowed Chair in Cardiology
Chief of Cardiology Genetics Arrhythmia Program
Cardiac Electrophysiology
University of California, San Francisco

“Treatment of Cardiac Arrhythmias Then & Now: The Role of Catheter Ablation”

Uri Elkayam,
MD Visiting Professorship

2017

James S. Forrester, MD
Emeritus Professor, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Professor of Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine at theUniversity of California, Los Angeles

“Current Perspectives and Future Directions in Cardiology”

LAC + USC Medical Center
Coronary Care Unit
Consult Service (Con A, Con B)
Echocardiography
Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory
Electrophysiology
Nuclear Medicine
Advanced Imaging
Elective
Keck Medical Center
Heart Failure Service
Consult Service
Electrophysiology
Advanced Imaging
Nuclear Medicine
Electives
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Class of 2018
Erika Jones, MD
Donna Kang, MD
Kenneth Kita, MD
Aaron Wolfson, MD
Class of 2019
Ashwat Dhillon, MD
Hartaj Girn, MD
Alan Chin Lee, MD
Annahita Sarcon, MD
Abhishek Shah, MD
Haroon Yousaf, MD
Meena Zareh, MD
Class of 2020
Lena Awar, MD
Merije Chukumerije, MD
Sumit Patel, MD
Leah Raj, MD

Recent Cases from Los Angeles County USC Medical Center and Keck Medical Center of USC

Dr. David Shavelle’s “AngioVAC Case RA Mass

Application

Applications for a General Cardiology Fellowship are available in early July via ERAS. The deadline to submit an application is September 1st. Please visit ERAS to apply.

Application Requirements: MD degree and at least 3 years of residency before fellowship begins.
Applications accepted only through ERAS. All parts of the ERAS application are required (Common Application Form, CV, Personal Statement, three letters of recommendation (1 must be from your Program Director), MSPE (Dean’s letter), medical school transcript, and USMLE).

Foreign Medical School Graduates

International Medical Graduates interested in a fellowship must be certified by ECFMG and enter the training program on a J-1 visa, unless they are a citizen of the United States.

Frequently Asked Questions

If I am a foreign medical graduate how do I go about obtaining a Letter of Evaluation from the Medical Board of California?
In order to complete a fellowship here you must be board certified or board eligible in medicine. If you are licensed in another state you do not need to obtain a letter of eligibility. If you are not licensed, obtaining the letter is very similar to applying for licensure. Please contact the Medical Board of California for more information and to receive the letter or license.

Does your training program accept visas?
We can only support J-1 visas for our clinical trainees.

When will interviews be held?
We typically hold interview dates in September and October. Interviews are by invitation only. Notification of which applicants will be offered interviews is provided in late August.

Sleep Alertness and Fatigue Education in Residency ACGME Required Presentation

David Shavelle, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine
Director, LAC+USC Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory
Director, General Cardiology Fellowship Program
Division of Cardiovascular Medicine
Keck School of Medicine
Email: shavelle@usc.edu

Vivian Mo, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
Associate Program Director of the Cardiovascular Medicine Fellowship
Director of the Women’s Cardiovascular Center at the Cardiovascular Thoracic Institute (CVTI)
Division of Cardiovascular Medicine
Keck School of Medicine
Email: vmo@usc.edu

Michael W. Fong, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine
Co-Director, Advanced Heart Failure and Cardiomyopathy
Associate Program Director
Division of Cardiovascular Medicine
Keck School of Medicine
Email: Michael.Fong@med.usc.edu

Sarah Luna
Fellowship Coordinator
Phone: (323) 442-7419
Email: sarahlun@usc.edu

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