The Division of Cardiology at Tufts Medical Center in Boston offers advanced fellowship training in Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplantation for board-eligible/certified cardiovascular specialists. The fellowship year consists of inpatient and outpatient care for patients with advanced heart failure, as well as clinical research. Fellows will be exposed to pre- and post-transplant issues, mechanical ventricular assist devices, endomyocardial biopsies, novel drug therapies and innovative patient care. This fellowship program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).
The Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplantation Service at Tufts Medical Center consists of five staff cardiologists and several nurses dedicated to the care of these medically complex patients in a tertiary, referral-based setting. In recent years, Tufts Medical Center has become one of the highest volume transplant centers in New England, accompanied by a substantial growth in the number of mechanical assist devices. Our Cardiomyopathy Center, a 14-bed intermediate care unit, is dedicated to highly specialized nursing care for advanced heart failure, heart transplant and ventricular assist device patients. A regional referral network also allows for collaboration among local heart failure specialists.
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Upon completion of the Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology Fellowship, each of our fellows will be proficient in the evaluation and management of patients with heart failure in both an inpatient and outpatient setting.
Throughout their time in our program, the fellows are given increasing responsibility for patient care and procedures. The program provides supervised procedural experience so that our fellows can gain the expertise required of a heart failure and cardiac transplantation specialist.
During the inpatient experience, each fellow will:
Fellows attend weekly heart failure clinics where they participate in the care of patients who are both established in the clinic as well as those newly referred. These clinics are aimed at caring for patients with chronic heart failure, those being considered for cardiac transplantation, those following cardiac transplantation and those following left ventricular assist devices. During their outpatient experience, fellows will:
Fellows are encouraged to become involved in clinical research during their advanced heart failure training. They will be exposed to a wide range of research opportunities, including basic science, translational and clinical research. Most fellows also become involved in ongoing heart failure clinical trials.
The Molecular Cardiology Research Institute and the Division of Cardiology offer a variety of research areas related to heart failure and ventricular function. Fellows will work closely with mentors from these groups to design a curriculum and research program that is both educational and productive.
A full range of inpatient, outpatient, clinical and research laboratory facilities are available to the cardiology fellows at the Medical Center. Fellows work with the highest quality, latest technology equipment. In addition, a complete medical library is available at Tufts University School of Medicine.
Fellows have a centrally-located, dedicated, quiet workspace (Shapur Naimi Fellowship Room) equipped with desks, computers and a lounge area. Fellows also have access to cardiology conference space, including the Modestino Criscitiello Library and the Herbert J. Levine Conference Room. These fellow spaces are named for three superb cardiologists who helped establish cardiology at Tufts MC.
Our outstanding faculty members are among the nation’s leaders in bringing the latest advances in heart failure into clinical practice. All are on the academic staff of Tufts University School of Medicine.
David DeNofrio, MD
Michael S. Kiernan, MD
Marvin A. Konstam, MD
Ayan R. Patel, MD
James E. Udelson, MD
Prospective fellows are encouraged to apply provided they have completed the necessary training to become ABIM board-eligible in cardiovascular medicine.
Interested applicants can apply using the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) for the Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology fellowship offered under the December application cycle.
This cycle runs from December 2017 to May 2018. For more information regarding this process, please refer to the HFSA ERAS Resource page at http://www.hfsa.org/eras/.
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