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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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Interventional Cardiology Fellowship

Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine’s Interventional Cardiology training program is a one-year, ACGME-accredited program within the division of cardiology beginning July 1 and ending June 30 of each year. There are a total of two ACGME-approved positions in our program. 

 Education

Our catheterization laboratory averages about 1200 interventional procedures each year. Fellows participate in pre-procedural planning, including the indications for the procedure and the selection of the appropriate procedure or instruments as well as perform the critical technical manipulations of the procedure.

 Clinical Experience

Twelve months are devoted entirely for inpatient and outpatient clinical experiences. Specifically, our fellows achieve exposure and competency in the following areas:

  • Percutaneous Coronary Intervention
  • Radial Artery Access Angiography and PCI
  • Adult Congenital Heart Disease including Percutaneous ASD, PFO, PDA and VSD closures
  • Pericardiocentesis
  • Intravascular Ultrasound (IVUS) and Fractional Flow Reserve (FFR)
  • Adjunctive PCI techniques, including rotational atherectomy and thrombectomy systems
  • Percutaneous Ventricular Assist Device implantation
  • Percutaneous Valvular Intervention, including Balloon Aortic, Mitral and Pulmonic Valvuloplasty
  • Peripheral Artery Intervention, including Renal Artery Intervention
  • Endomyocardial Biopsy
  • IVC filter placement and retrieval
  • Transcatheter Valve Implantation

The Division of Cardiology has a weekly clinical and research conference.  The interventional cardiology fellow is expected to present clinical cases and recent literature.

 Diversity and Inclusion

The Department of Medicine at Northwestern University seeks to attract inquisitive, motivated residents and fellows and is committed to providing them with every opportunity for success. The greatest challenges facing the medical field are complex, and addressing them will require a diverse body of physicians and researchers who can work collaboratively. Northwestern offers unparalleled training and research opportunities and encourages fellowship applications from those who seek to become future leaders in the subspecialties of medicine.  We are committed to and inspired by a diverse and inclusive work environment that allows each trainee to achieve their personal goals.

For more information on Northwestern’s commitment to diversity please see the following resources:

 Requirements and Eligibility

Applicants must be currently enrolled in or have completed an ACGME-accredited general Cardiology fellowship in order to apply. Further qualifications for the interventional cardiology fellowship are reflected in the Core Cardiology Training and Adult Cardiovascular Medicine Document (COCATS). Fellows will require level 2 certification during their general cardiology fellowship. Level 3 is designed for trainees who receive both diagnostic and interventional cardiac catheterization training. The fellows will have completed a minimum of eight months over a three year period in the cardiac catheterization laboratory including participation in performance of a minimum if 300 diagnostic cardiac catheterizations. Fellows should be board eligible for cardiovascular disease and secure full medical licensure in the state of Illinois prior to starting their interventional cardiology fellowship training. If applicable, applicants must possess a valid visa and ECFMG certification.

 Application Process

We appreciate your interest in our program, we are currently accepting applications for the 2020 fellowship year to fill one fellowship training position. To apply for next year's fellowship position, July 1, 2020 start date, please send the items below to Vanessa Salazar, vsalaza1@nm.org.

If you are applying for 2021 academic year, we accept applications via ERAS only. In order to be considered for the next Interventional Cardiology fellowship program, candidates must have the following documents available in ERAS by December 31st:

  • Photograph
  • ERAS Application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal Statement (1 Page Max.)
  • USMLE Steps I, II and III transcript copy
  • ABIM Board Certficate copy
  • ECFMG Certificate copy
  • One Letter of Recommendation from Cardiovascular Disease Program Director
  • Two Letters of Recommendations from Cardiologists familiar with candidate's work
  • ACLS/BLS Certification expiration dates

More Information

 Further program details, including our housestaff manual and a sample training contract, are available on our McGaw Medical Center Graduate Education site. Likewise, we recommend reading through our FREIDA listings (program number 52-16-21-011).

Contact Us

Vanessa Salazar

Fellowship Coordinator

Cardiology

vsalaza1( at )nm.org
312-695-0070

Daniel R Schimmel, Jr, MD, MS

Program Director - Interventional Cardiology Fellowship

Cardiology

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Graduate Research Resources

We offer a wide range of resources, mentorship opportunities and training to help our residents and fellows excel as physician-scientists. Explore all of the resources and hear from housestaff who are making research a major part of their career development plans.

Visit the Housestaff Research Portal
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