The Interventional Cardiology Fellowship Program is a one-year ACGME-accredited training program designed to prepare the fellow for the practice of high quality interventional cardiovascular medicine, and for the specialty boards. Qualified candidates who have completed three years of cardiology fellowship will be considered for the program.
UMass boasts one of the highest volume interventional cardiology programs in New England, encompassing high acuity PCI along with structural and peripheral vascular interventions. Six full-time faculty interventional cardiologists offer a wide range of clinical and research interests. An active transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) program performs procedures regularly in a hybrid operating room environment. Because the interventional fellowship is deliberately kept small (2 interventional fellows per year), each fellow should expect to complete a high volume of procedures as primary operator and receive personalized mentoring that is helpful for both clinical and academic goals.
All interventional fellows participate in Interventional Cardiology and Heart and Vascular Center conferences, teaching of junior cardiology fellows, outpatient continuity clinic, and ongoing clinical research trials in the UMass Memorial Catheterization Laboratory.
The goal of the Interventional Cardiology Service is to develop the ability to diagnose, manage and treat patients with various cardiovascular diseases that are referred for cardiac catheterization; fellows should expect to graduate the program fully competent to handle high-acuity and complex coronary cases, as well as have a thorough understanding of structural heart and endovascular interventions.
Diagnostic technique experience includes advanced hemodynamic evaluation, intravascular ultrasound, coronary pressure wire evaluation, and optical coherence tomography, in addition to learning how to teach general cardiology fellows diagnostic cardiac catheterization. Approximately 90% of coronary angiography procedures are performed via the radial approach. The program also offers a core experience in a variety of coronary interventional techniques including percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty, stent implantation, cutting balloon angioplasty, venous and arterial coronary graft intervention, distal embolic protection devices, rheolytic thrombectomy, and rotational atherectomy. Interventional fellows are also trained in the use of mechanical circulatory support devices including intra-aortic balloon counterpulsation and percutaneous left ventricular assist devices as well as cardiac valvuloplasty, transcatheter closure of intracardiac communications, and pericardiocentesis.
The fellow will gain experience in the technical aspects of all interventional procedures, pre-procedure evaluations, procedural consultations and post-procedural care. The fellow will also consult on acutely ill patients with cardiac conditions in an emergency setting.
There are two interventional fellowship positions offered annually.
We do not process printed applications to this program. Application must be made through ERAS at www.aamc.org. The ERAS post office opens on December 1st, approximately 18 months before the program starts in July.
Application materials that we require through ERAS are:
- completed application
- curriculum vitae
- personal statement
- Dean's Letter
- USMLE scores
- three letters of recommendation
Applications are reviewed in December/January, and prospective fellows will be notified in January/February regarding their status for an interview.
Candidates are chosen based on residency and fellowship programs, research projects, and careful review of each application.