About the Program
During this one-year fellowship, fellows will become adept in managing patients with acute and chronic congestive heart failure, evaluating for advanced therapies, such as short and long term mechanical support and managing pre- and post-cardiac transplant care. Fellows will participate in endomyocardial biopsies, placement of Swan-Ganz catheters and other procedures.
Candidates will have completed, or be in the process of completing a formal three-year cardiovascular fellowship and must have a valid Ohio medical license and ACLS certification. The primary training hospital will be The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. After satisfactory completion of the fellowship, candidates will be issued a certificate.
- Participate in the inpatient care of patients on the CHF and cardiac transplant service
- Participate in the outpatient CHF and cardiac transplant clinics
- Evaluate patients referred for cardiac transplantation and determine candidacy
- Participate in CHF satellite clinics
- Determine candidacy for cardiac resynchronization and defibrillator therapies including interpreting device interrogation
- Participate in procedures, including endomyocardial biopsies, Swan-Ganz catheter placement and device-based therapies for CHF
- Participate in and coordinate perioperative care for cardiac transplant patients including pre-operative orders, line placement, etc.
- Participate in post-operative and outpatient management of patients with mechanical circulatory support
- Evaluate inpatient referrals for cardiac transplantation and mechanical circulatory support
- Take calls for the heart failure service
- Participate in research protocols in CHF and transplant
- Work closely with the nurse coordinators and the physician’s assistant
- Attend and participate in Cardiac Transplant/Ventricular Assist Device Patient Selection Conference
- Attend all mandatory fellowship conferences as outlined in the cardiology fellowship curriculum
- Participate in clinical trial enrollment and evaluation to become adept in clinical trial design, determining appropriate outcomes to assess and interpreting statistics to obtain results
- Become proficient in the diagnosis and management of patients with advanced heart failure and patients who have undergone cardiac transplantation or ventricular assist device
- Learn the nuances of outpatient and inpatient care of these patients in terms of medications and their side effects
- Learn when and how to work up a patient for cardiac transplantation, short vs. long term mechanical circulatory support
- Learn about post-transplant immunosuppression and management of these medications and their side effects and comorbidities associated with cardiac transplant
- Learn when and how to enroll patients in CHF clinical trials and the benefits of clinical trial research
- Develop skills in device-based therapies for CHF
Evaluation will be carried out by the CHF program faculty. Evidence of progress will be discussed with the fellow on a continuing basis.
- MD or DO
- U.S. citizenship, permanent resident or J1 Visa status
- Completion of a three-year ACGME-accredited cardiology fellowship program by the time of entry
- Start date: July 1, 2021
- Application opens: July 1, 2020
- Application deadline: July 31, 2020
Application must include:
- A complete CV
- Personal statement
- Three letters of reference
- USMLE board score reports
- Recent color photograph
Application to our ACGME-accredited Advanced Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplant Fellowship Program is done via ERAS. Interviews will be held by the end of August.
Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplant Fellows
Peter Unkovic, DO