Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program
Program Director's Welcome
Datasource: Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship overview
Thank you for your interest in the Memorial Healthcare System Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program. Our inaugural class will begin July 2021. Memorial is one of the largest public healthcare systems in the United States.
Our community based, academic cardiovascular division offers all aspects of Cardiovascular care, including: Adult and Pediatric Cardiac Transplantation, ECMO, LVAD/Mechanical Support Service, Advanced Heart Failure, Adult Congenital Heart Disease, Advanced Cardiac Imaging, Electrophysiology, Interventional, Structural, Clinical, Consultative and Clinical Research divisions.
The fellowship will be based at Memorial Hospital West, with rotations also occurring at Memorial Regional Hospital. Both hospitals have a combined inpatient bed census of over 1,000 and more than 200,000 ED visits annually. This incredibly rich clinical volume will allow you to experience all aspects of primary, tertiary and even quaternary cardiovascular care. Fellows graduating from our program will be seasoned clinicians, being able to expertly diagnose, treat, and properly refer out almost all problems seen in Cardiovascular Medicine today.
Our goal is to provide you the strongest knowledge base and clinical tools needed to deliver superb humanistic Cardiovascular care, allowing you to confidently pursue your goals, whether that be an outstanding community Clinical Cardiologist or further fellowship training in one of the subspecialties of cardiology.
Our ACGME accredited 3-year General Cardiology fellowship program will have 5 positions each year. Our program will focus on graduated clinical responsibilities and motivated self-learning. As you progress in the fellowship, your independent clinical decision making and responsibilities will increase.
Our excellent faculty are committed to training the cardiology leaders of tomorrow. Through their mentoring and our structured lecture series, you will grow professionally and personally, superbly well prepared for a rewarding career in cardiology.
I look forward to you learning more about our Cardiovascular Disease fellowship, and wish you the best of luck in your pursuit of a career in cardiology.
About Our Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program
- We are a community-based, academic, university affiliated program sponsored by Memorial Healthcare System. Memorial trains hundreds of residents, medical students, and nurses each year and is affiliated with Florida Atlantic University (FAU), Florida International University (FIU), and Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Memorial's GME department is committed to the highest quality, culturally diverse and transparent training programs, having established multiple successful ACGME accredited residency programs.
- Our large and complex volumes of cardiovascular patients and procedures at Memorial allow for intense and varied exposure and training. During 2019, there were over 25,000 echocardiograms, 342 cardiac MRIs, 1,095 coronary CT angiograms, 5,268 diagnostic cardiac catheterizations, 1,710 percutaneous coronary interventions, 1,558 EP device implants, 846 EP ablations/diagnostic procedures, 682 cardiac surgeries, 125 structural heart procedures, 38 ECMO cases, 52 mechanical cardiac support cases, 20 adult cardiac transplants, 144 myocardial biopsies, and 170,932 ECGs. This high volume and varied exposure will allow Memorial cardiology fellows to become expert at complex cardiovascular diagnosis and decision making.
- Memorial Healthcare System, one of the largest public healthcare systems in the United States, has 6 hospitals in South Broward County, with 2,020 total in-patient beds and over 400,000 ED and urgent care visits each year. The cardiology fellowship will be based at the two largest hospitals in the System, Memorial Hospital West and Memorial Regional Hospital. All complex cardiovascular problems are treated at these two hospitals.
- Great patient diversity and a broad range of pathology which rivals any large inner-city or university based hospital and reflects the demographic diversity of South Florida.
- All fellows will become ACC COCATS 2 level certified in echocardiography and nuclear cardiology.
- Up to 6 months of electives during the third year of fellowship, allowing each fellow to further focus on their area(s) of interest.
- 24/7 Hospitalist and Intensivist coverage. In-house attending physicians are available for assistance at all times and residents/fellows are not required to meet the service needs of the hospital, which allows for a better educational experience.
- Our medium-sized program allows us to get to know each of our fellows on a personal level and provides a learning environment rich with camaraderie and an ability to develop one-on-one relationships with colleagues, faculty and mentors.
- We have an Office of Human Research with our own IRB. The Chief Medical Research Officer and her team will assist fellows with the development of their research and submission to the IRB. Participation in some form of scholarly activity is expected for graduation from the program.
- Fellows will be trained in the basic concepts of QI and Patient Safety and will have the opportunity to participate in QI projects during their training.
- Overnight call is limited only to those rotations where there is a corresponding learning experience. Most overnight call will be taken from home.
- An $18 million, 66,000 sq. ft., three story Simulation Center at Broward College will help to train fellows in the most advanced simulation skills.
About Memorial Hospital West
Memorial Hospital West opened in May 1992 with 100 beds to serve the growing population of western Broward. Today, the hospital has 486 beds and provides high-quality, patient- and family-centered care.
Some of Our Statistics
- Cardiac caths: 1,977 in 2019
- Percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI): 655 in 2019
Datasource: MHW Admissions
Datasource: Emergency Department Visits
About Memorial Regional Hospital
Memorial Regional Hospital, the flagship facility of Memorial Healthcare System, is one of the largest hospitals in Florida, with a reputation for advanced medicine and technology. The 571-bed hospital is one of six Level I Trauma Centers in the state qualified to treat the most severe, life-threatening injuries.
Among its renowned programs are:
- Level 1 Trauma Center
- Memorial Cardiac and Vascular Institute
- Memorial Cancer Institute
- Memorial Neuroscience Institute
- Memorial Rehabilitation Institute
- Bariatric Surgery Center recognized by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP)
Some of Our Statistics
- Cardiac caths: 3,291 in 2019
- Percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI): 1,055 in 2019
- Cardiac surgeries: 682 in 2019
Datasource: MRH Admissions
Datasource: ER Visits
About Broward College Health Sciences Simulation Center
The Broward College Health Sciences Simulation Center (HSSC) is a three story, 66,000 sq. ft. learning facility designed to mirror an acute care hospital. HSSC provides realistic experiences, using the latest medical simulation technology, for future health care providers, entry level health science professionals and current community decision makers by allowing them to experience real life situations within a safe learning environment through team collaboration.
- Basic principles of surgery
- Real hospital equipment
- Simulation and robotic surgery
- Web based surgical training