Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship
Fellows at UMKC/Saint Luke’s are mentored by national and international leaders in their field at leading-edge facilities. The primary teaching site of our program is Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute, consistently ranked among the top 1 percent of all hospitals in the nation for cardiology and heart surgery by U.S. News & World Report. Training is complemented by diverse clinical experiences at Truman Medical Center, the primary teaching hospital of the University of Missouri–Kansas City School of Medicine.
Opportunities for clinical research rival the most prestigious academic institutions in the country. Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute stands alongside only Harvard, Yale, and Duke as one of the few designated data analytic centers for the American College of Cardiology’s National Cardiovascular Data Registry.
With our top-notch clinical and research training, fellows are prepared to excel in any hospital setting or subspecialty after graduation.
Cardiovascular Disease Pathway is a three-year program aimed at preparing clinicians with a broad exposure to all aspects of clinical cardiology, leading to board eligibility.
Cardiovascular Outcomes Research
Cardiovascular Outcomes Research Pathway is a two-year T32 program aimed at training MD/DO clinician scientists interested in pursuing a career in academic cardiology. The program is two years of protected, mentored, and independent research experience to train the next generation of leaders in the fields of cardiovascular outcomes research.
Combined Clinical Cardiology and Outcomes Research
Combined Clinical Cardiology and Outcomes Research Pathway is for trainees interested in integrating outcomes research with clinical training (two years of T32 plus two to three years of clinical cardiology, depending on trainees’ goals).
Fellows in the general cardiology training program rotate at two different hospitals to ensure exposure to diverse care settings and patient populations.
Saint Luke's Mid America Heart Institute
Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute is the primary training site for cardiology fellows. It is a high-volume tertiary care center with a large, diverse referral base. There, fellows will be exposed to the full spectrum of cardiovascular diseases. The Institute offers a host of cardiac services, including high-volume cardiac imaging laboratories (echocardiography, nuclear cardiology including SPECT, PET, cardiac and vascular CT, and MRI), interventional procedures (coronary, peripheral vascular, and structural including the latest techniques such as transcutaneous aortic valve replacement), electrophysiology (device therapy, atrial and ventricular arrhythmia diagnostic and therapeutic procedures), advanced heart failure services (including ventricular assist devices and a high-volume transplant center that is the only cardiac transplant center in the region). The Institute also offers the full range of cardiovascular surgical services. Fellows are exposed to each subspecialty within cardiovascular medicine by working with the hospital’s 59 attending cardiologists.
Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute also boasts one of the most active clinical cardiovascular research programs in the country. Clinical researchers from a host of programs, including cardiovascular outcomes research, health economics and technology assessment, interventional, imaging, and heart failure publish more than 100 peer reviewed articles annually and are actively involved in the latest clinical trials and observational research. Originally founded in 1981, the Mid America Heart Institute is the home of pioneering work in the field of interventional cardiology, including the first acute infarct angioplasty performed by Dr. Geoffrey Hartzler. It has grown to be active in all cardiovascular disciplines, and its staff have held prominent national positions within several cardiovascular subspecialty organizations.
Truman Medical Center
Truman Medical Center, the main training hospital for University of Missouri–Kansas City School of Medicine, is a 194-bed hospital that provides a complementary educational experience for cardiology fellows through exposure to different cardiovascular pathologies commonly encountered in inner-city and urban settings. TMC boasts a growing and active cardiovascular diseases department. Fellows work closely with attending physicians on general consultative cardiology rotations, in the cardiac catheterization lab, on non-invasive imaging rotations, and in cardiology outpatient clinics.
Truman Medical Center offers the full range of cardiovascular services including echocardiography, nuclear stress testing, cardiac CT, coronary and peripheral interventions, and is a STEMI center. Fellows experience strong autonomy with excellent reinforcement from bedside and didactic teaching from cardiology faculty.
During their training, fellows experience a balanced schedule including:
- Core clinical rotations in cardiac intensive care, inpatient consultative cardiology, clinical electrophysiology, and advanced heart failure
- Laboratory-based rotations in imaging and noninvasive laboratories as well as the cardiac catheterization and electrophysiology laboratories
- Research rotations
- Twelve elective rotations, including 11 electives during the third year of training
- Breadth of training/volume allows for specialization in one or more modalities as defined by COCATS 4
The program's schedule offers great flexibility and can be tailored to meet the fellow’s interest and career goals.
Fellows’ education is at the forefront at the University of Missouri–Kansas City School of Medicine and Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute cardiology training program. High volume, hands-on clinical experience is coupled with a regular schedule of conferences designed to augment and extend principles taught at the bedside. The conference schedule includes a combination of didactic lectures, case-based conferences, journal club, and an M&M conference, in addition to rotation-specific conferences (cath, echo, cardiac CT, and nuclear conference). Fellows’ conference is held daily and boasts active participation from attending physicians with subspecialty expertise in each discipline. The conference schedule also includes a weekly multidisciplinary Cardiovascular Grand Rounds, frequently featuring lectures by national leaders within cardiovascular medicine and cardiac surgery.
Night call and weekend coverage
Fellows take night call from home for Truman Medical Center during the course of their training, averaging three to four nights per month of home call when not rounding on core clinical services during the first and second years and once a month during the third year. Night and weekend coverage of Saint Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute is provided by paid moonlighting general cardiology and advanced subspecialty cardiology fellows. This opportunity is voluntary, and most fellows choose to participate in this challenging and rewarding paid moonlighting opportunity.
First and second year fellows cover one weekend per month. Traditionally, first-year fellows cover Saint Luke’s Hospital on the weekend and second-year fellows cover the weekends at Truman Medical Center. Third-year fellows have no scheduled weekend coverage.
Applications are accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) from July 1 to Sept 10. Applying for multiple tracks is possible through ERAS, but please apply only to the track(s) you are interested in, and for which you think you have the qualifications and truly want to be considered.
If, during the application/interview process, it becomes clear that another track is more appropriate, requests to switch tracks will be considered.
We encourage applicants to contact the program coordinator if they have questions about which track is most appropriate for them.
A complete application will include the following documents:
- ERAS Common Application Form
- Personal Statement
- Curriculum Vitae
- Copy of USMLE or COMLEX transcript
- Copy of ECFMG Certificate (if applicable)
- MSPE (Dean’s letter)
- Medical School Transcript
- Three letters of recommendation, one of which must be from your current or prior Residency Program Director
Interviews are held in October. The fellowship program participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).
For more information, feel free to contact the program coordinator:
Jeanette Wheeler, C-TAGME
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