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Senior Program Coordinator, Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program
Kristie Pino
Phone: 305-243-7067
Email: kxp656@med.miami.edu

Application Information

Eligibility:
We participate in the National Residency Matching Program. All of our categorical and advanced training class positions are filled through the NRMP.

How to Apply:
Applications are accepted via the Electronic Residency Application System.

Deadline:
Applications are accepted beginning in July. While there is no deadline for applications, well-qualified applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Interviews are conducted from September to October.

Call Schedule

We have three call pools for general cardiology, one for each of the hospitals we cover. Call at both Jackson Memorial Hospitaland the VA Medical Center is “home call.” Fellows work with respective house staff in the CCU for overnight admissions. Call at UHealth Tower includes three nights per week, during which the CCU is staffed with a general cardiology fellow. For any given night or weekend, there will be three cardiology fellows on call (one for each hospital).

Fellows cover admissions overnight, cardiac catheterization inquiries or consults. ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction and other emergent catheterization procedures are handled by the STEMI interventional call team. Each on-call fellow has assigned attending backup.

The majority of calls will occur during the first two years (see call schedule examples below):

First-year fellows cover 13 weekend calls per year (averaging one weekend call per rotation), including all holiday weekends, and one to two weekday calls per week (including weekday holidays).

Second-year fellows cover eight to 10 weekend calls per year and variable weekday call depending on the assigned rotation (no holidays).

Third-year fellows cover one to two weekend calls per year and variable weekday call depending on the assigned rotation (no holidays).

STEMI call is covered by the interventional fellows and attendings. General fellows are not required to take STEMI call unless there is individual interest.

Locations

Jackson Memorial Hospital

1611 N.W. 12th Avenue

Miami, FL 33136

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Bruce W. Carter Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center

1201 N.W. 16th Street

Miami, FL 33125

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UHealth Tower

1400 N.W. 12th Avenue

Miami, FL 33136

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Program Requirements

Medical Licensing Examination:
All residency applicants must successfully pass the United States Medical Licensing Examination or Comprehensive Medical Licensing Examination Steps 1, 2 and 3 before the start of the residency program (for foreign applicants, an ECFMG certificate is also required).

Postgraduate Training:
Required in the form of a successfully completed ACGME-accredited program in internal medicine (from a Liaison Committee on Medical Education-accredited medical school, if completed in the United States or Canada, or an American Osteopathic Association-accredited medical school).

Visas

The J1-Visa: Alien Physician Program, sponsored by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates, is the standard visa for residents/fellows who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

For specific program eligibility/qualifications or additional information, please contact:

Lourdes Boet
Hospital Services Supervisor
Physician Services Department

Jackson Health System
1611 N.W. 12th Ave. Suite ET-1004
Miami, FL 33136-1096
Phone: 305-355-1122
Fax: 305-355-1123
Email: LBoet@jhsmiami.org

Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship

Mission & Vision

Our mission, at the University of Miami/Jackson Health System Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program is to serve our patient population while training the next generation of cardiovascular leaders and specialists.

We support the academic, research and educational missions of the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine while providing exemplary clinical care within the University of Miami and Jackson health systems, as well as the Bruce W. Carter Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

We abide by the highest professional standards and strive to deliver appropriate, compassionate and state-of-the-art care, while embracing the cultural values of our diverse society. We are staunch advocates for our patients and hope to eliminate disparities in care by providing the highest level of care to all of our patients. Additionally, we strive to be leaders in the field of cardiovascular medicine by engaging in ongoing education, research and overall innovation.

Through excellence in academics, we look to educate our cardiovascular community, colleagues and community at-large. Through research we promote the development of best clinical practices, the investigation of new ideas and innovation of new and novel approaches to cardiovascular care.

Mission & Vision

Our mission, at the University of Miami/Jackson Health System Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program is to serve our patient population while training the next generation of cardiovascular leaders and specialists.

We support the academic, research and educational missions of the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine while providing exemplary clinical care within the University of Miami and Jackson health systems, as well as the Bruce W. Carter Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

We abide by the highest professional standards and strive to deliver appropriate, compassionate and state-of-the-art care, while embracing the cultural values of our diverse society. We are staunch advocates for our patients and hope to eliminate disparities in care by providing the highest level of care to all of our patients. Additionally, we strive to be leaders in the field of cardiovascular medicine by engaging in ongoing education, research and overall innovation.

Through excellence in academics, we look to educate our cardiovascular community, colleagues and community at-large. Through research we promote the development of best clinical practices, the investigation of new ideas and innovation of new and novel approaches to cardiovascular care.

Program Director’s Welcome

We appreciate your interest in the University of Miami/Jackson Health System Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship, which offers a world-class, three-year training program in cardiology and various additional advanced training fellowships. Our program includes rotations at three distinctive and renowned institutions including Jackson Memorial Hospital (a public hospital for the residents of Miami-Dade County), UHealth Tower (a private, university-based facility) and the Bruce W. Carter Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Each institution offers a complementary experience affording trainees the opportunity to be exposed to a wide array of cardiovascular pathology and treatment modalities, while developing a well-rounded and thorough clinical training. Additionally, fellows benefit from an exceptional faculty and mentor group, consisting of regional, national and international leaders who are involved with the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association, various “guideline writing” committees, and National Institutes of Health and National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute-funded research.

Program Director’s Welcome

We appreciate your interest in the University of Miami/Jackson Health System Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship, which offers a world-class, three-year training program in cardiology and various additional advanced training fellowships. Our program includes rotations at three distinctive and renowned institutions including Jackson Memorial Hospital (a public hospital for the residents of Miami-Dade County), UHealth Tower (a private, university-based facility) and the Bruce W. Carter Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Each institution offers a complementary experience affording trainees the opportunity to be exposed to a wide array of cardiovascular pathology and treatment modalities, while developing a well-rounded and thorough clinical training. Additionally, fellows benefit from an exceptional faculty and mentor group, consisting of regional, national and international leaders who are involved with the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association, various “guideline writing” committees, and National Institutes of Health and National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute-funded research.

During the cardiology core training program, fellows participate in both inpatient and outpatient cardiovascular consultation, management of critically ill cardiovascular patients in the intensive care unit setting and outpatient cardiology continuity clinics. Trainees will have ample exposure to the cardiovascular subspecialties, including cardiovascular imaging (computed tomography angiography, echocardiography and myocardial perfusion imaging); clinical electrophysiology; heart failure/cardiac transplantation and interventional cardiology. Fellows receive proficient training in advanced cardiovascular imaging; diagnostic cardiac catheterization; echocardiography; electrocardiography (including ambulatory monitoring); nuclear cardiology and stress testing. Additionally, there is allotted elective time for further experience in areas of special interest or for participation in cardiovascular research. Fellows are strongly encouraged to participate in scholarly activities and research.

For fellows interested in more advanced and specialized training, opportunities exist for additional training in ACGME-accredited training programs in congestive heart failure and heart transplantation; electrophysiology and interventional cardiology. For fellows targeting an academic or research career, an additional year of research experience can be arranged in conjunction with any of the numerous scientific mentors within the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine.

-Carlos Enrique Alfonso, MD, FACC, FSCAI

Description

For fellows interested in more advanced and specialized training, opportunities exist for additional training in ACGME-accredited training programs in congestive heart failure and heart transplantation; electrophysiology and interventional cardiology. For fellows targeting an academic or research career, an additional year of research experience can be arranged in conjunction with any of the numerous scientific mentors within the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine.

-Carlos Enrique Alfonso, MD, FACC, FSCAI

Fast Facts

Accreditation

Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education

Number of Fellows per Year?

7

Duration of Fellowship?

3 years

Program Highlights

95% board pass rate over 5 years

100% pass rate (2018) for echo & nuclear cardiology boards

Cutting-edge research, including first-in-man trials, stem cell therapies & potential physician-scientist track

Clinical Experience

Overview

There are 13 rotations per year divided into four-week blocks. Over the course of the three-year clinical fellowship, fellows rotate through 24 months of clinical training. This includes nine to 12 months of clinical cardiology rotations, including cardiac consultation, coronary care unit, electrophysiology and heart failure/cardiac transplantation services. Additional time is spent in the various other subspecialties, including four months of cardiac catheterization laboratory; echocardiography and stress testing/ nuclear cardiology. Fellows spend an additional six to 12 months of elective time which is concentrated in the third year. The third-year is tailored for various pathways and tracts based on the fellow’s career choice. We currently offer advanced cardiac imaging; advanced heart failure and transplantation; electrophysiology; interventional training, research or any combination thereof.

Fellows will participate in cardiology grand rounds; cardiovascular journal club, educational and research conferences, “Angioclub” and the “Week in Review.” The cardiovascular division also supports a varied lecture program including a weekly combined cardiology/CT surgery multidisciplinary meeting, debates in cardiology and the “Pioneers in Cardiology” lecture series with prominent internationally renowned speakers featured throughout the year.

Continuity Clinics

Our fellows have, on average, one half-day clinic weekly. Throughout fellowship training, fellows will maintain a weekly clinic in the Ambulatory Care Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Each fellow will see patients in this clinic every other week. During the first year, fellows will have alternate week clinics along with a subspecialty attending (i.e., electrophysiology, heart failure, interventional) either at Jackson Memorial Hospital or UHealth Tower. Starting in the second year and continuing into the third year, fellows will have a continuity clinic at the VA Medical Center. Additionally, fellows may attend specific subspecialty clinics during certain rotations (i.e., advanced heart failure/cardiac transplant clinic, electrophysiology clinic, pre-cardiac catheterization clinic).

Year 1 (CC-1)

Jackson Memorial Hospital (4 to 5 months covering):

  • Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Service – 1 month
  • Cardiovascular Consultation Service – 1 to 2 months
  • Coronary Care Unit – 1 month
  • Electrophysiology and EKG – 1 month (to include 2 weeks of vacation)

VA Medical Center (3 to 4 months covering):

  • Cardiac Catheterization – 1 month
  • Coronary Care Unit/Cardiovascular Consultation Service – 1 month
  • Echocardiography – 1 month
  • Stress Testing and Nuclear Cardiology – 1 month (to include 2 weeks of vacation)

UHealth Tower (4 to 5 months covering):

  • Cardiac Catheterization – 1 month
  • Cardiovascular Consultation Service – 1 to 2 months
  • Coronary Care Unit (including Post-Cardiac Surgery Consultation) – 1 month
  • Echocardiography and Nuclear Cardiology – 1 month

Year 2 (CC-2)

Jackson Memorial Hospital (7 months covering):

  • Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Service – 1 month
  • Cardiac Catheterization – 1 month
  • Coronary Care Unit – 1 month
  • Echocardiography – 2 months
  • Electrophysiology and EKG – 2 months (to include 2 weeks of vacation)

VA Medical Center (4 months covering):

  • Cardiac Catheterization – 1 month
  • Coronary Care Unit/Cardiovascular Consultation Service – 1 month
  • Stress Testing and Nuclear Cardiology – 2 months (to include 2 weeks of vacation)

UHealth Tower (2 months covering):

  • Cardiac Catheterization –1 month
  • Coronary Care Unit – 1 month

Year 3 (CC-3)

Jackson Memorial Hospital (varies):

  • Cardiac Catheterization – 1 month (required)
  • Cardiac CT/MRI Imaging – 1 month (required)
  • Electrophysiology – 1 month (required)

VA Medical Center (varies):

  • Echocardiography – 2 months (required)
  • Electives

UHealth Tower (varies):

  • Echocardiography and Nuclear Cardiology
  • Electives (to include 2 weeks of vacation)

Pathways

Our cardiology training program has additional training opportunities for interested fellows in:

  • Advanced Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplantation
  • Cardiac Electrophysiology
  • Interventional Cardiology
  • Interventional Cardiology (Structural Heart Disease) – (non-ACGME accredited)

Your Faculty

Professors

Simon C. Chakko, MD
Chief of Cardiology, Bruce W. Carter Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Mauricio G. Cohen, MD
Director, UHealth Tower Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory

Eduardo J. DeMarchena, MD
Director, Interventional Cardiology Fellowship Program

Chunming Dong, MD, FACC

Jeffrey Goldberger, MD, FACC
Chief, Cardiovascular Division

Joshua M. Hare, MD
Director, Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute
Louis Lemberg Professor of Medicine

Maureen H. Lowery, MD , FACC
Clerkship Director, Internal Medicine, University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine
Course Director, Cardiovascular Module, University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine
Medical Director, Non-invasive Diagnostic Laboratory, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

Raul Mitrani, MD
Director, Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellowship Program

Robert J. Myerburg, MD
Assistant Director, Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program

Rafael F. Sequeira, MD
Director, Coronary Care Unit

Associate Professors

Carlos E. Alfonso, MD, FACC, FSCAI
Director, Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program

Eugene J. Bauerlein, MD , FACC
Medical Director, Cardiac Transplant Program
Site Supervisor, Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology Fellowship Program

Martin S. Bilsker, MD
Director, Jackson Memorial Hospital Echo/Doppler Laboratory

Sandra Chaparro, MD
Program Director, Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology Fellowship Program

Claudia A. Martinez Bermudez, MD

Carl E. Orringer, MD
Director, Preventive Cardiology and Advanced Lipid Management

Alan H. Schob, MD
Site Supervisor, Interventional Program, Bruce W. Carter Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center

David M. Seo, MD
Director, Genomic Medicine Registry
Medical Director, Clinical Informatics

Lina Shehadeh, PhD

Assistant Professors

Sharon N. Andrade-Bucknor, MD
Director, UHealth Tower Cardiac Prevention and Rehabilitation Program

Medical Director, Exercise Lab

Michael D. Dyal, MD
Voluntary Faculty

Litsa K. Lambrakos, MD

George R. Marzouka, MD
Director, Echocardiography

Nina Thakkar-Rivera, DO

Alex H. Velasquez, MD

Roberto A. Miki, MD, FACC, FACP

Robert B. Stang, MD, FACC
Chief, Coronary Care Unit, Bruce W. Carter Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Affiliated Jackson Medical Group Faculty Members

Joao F. Braghiroli, MD
Interventional Cardiologist/Structural Heart Disease

Ivan A. Buitrago, MD
Associate Medical Director

Rosario Colombo, MD
Associate Medical Director, Cardiovascular Disease, Non-invasive Cardiology

Hany Elmahdy, MD
Associate Medical Director, Jackson Medical Group

Alexandre Ferreira, MD
Program Director, Interventional Cardiology Fellowship Program
Voluntary Faculty, Associate Professor, Medicine, University of Miami

Cesar Mendoza, MD
Medical Director, Interventional Cardiology, Jackson Medical Group

Ivan Mendoza, MD
Associate Medical Director, Cardiac Electrophysiology, Jackson Medical Group

Cesar Mendoza, MD
Medical Director, Interventional Cardiology

Khalid Minhas, MD
Associate Medical Director, Jackson Medical Group

Bashar Obeidou
Associate Medical Director, Jackson Medical Group

Rhea Sancassani, MD
Medical Director, Cardiology Ambulatory Clinic, Jackson Health System

Assaf Tzur, MD
Medical Director, Cardiac Electrophysiology, Jackson Health System

Anila Veerani, MD
Medical Director, Cardiac Rehab, Jackson Health System
Medical Director, Heart Station, Jackson Health System

Juan Zambrano, MD
Medical Director, Interventional Cardiology, Jackson Health System

Alumni Placements Include

Academic Practice

University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine

Subspecialty Training

Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology Fellowship
Jackson Memorial Hospital/University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine
University of Florida
University of Utah

Advanced Imaging Fellowship
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Interventional Cardiology Fellowship
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Jackson Memorial Hospital/University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine
The Mount Sinai Hospital NY

Electrophysiology Fellowship
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Jackson Memorial Hospital/University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine
Stanford University