Cardiology

Application Deadline

July 30

Program Start Date

July 5

Length of Program

3 years

Number of Positions Available

5

Overview

The Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship at New York-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital combines outstanding teaching, exceptional mentoring, and personal guidance to allow fellows to become skilled pediatric cardiologists, scholarly thinkers, and critical investigators. Our comprehensive training program offers participation in state-of-the-art patient care and opportunities for high-quality research training in a variety of clinical and translational venues. Broadly-based, active faculty members provide training in all cardiology subspecialty areas:

  • Adolescent and adult congenital heart disease
  • Cardiac intensive care
  • Electrophysiology
  • Fetal cardiology
  • Heart failure/cardiac transplant
  • Interventional cardiology
  • Non-invasive imaging
  • Preventive cardiology
  • Pulmonary hypertension

Pediatric cardiology fellows are an integral part of all the services provided by the division. The goal of our fellowship program is to train pediatric cardiologists who are academically oriented. The three-year program fulfills the requirements for sub-board certification under the American Board of Pediatrics guidelines.

Curriculum

Fellows are exposed to a wide range of clinical and research experiences. The overall goal of the three-year fellowship is to prepare fellows for successful careers as clinicians, researchers, and leaders in the cardiology community. During the first year, the fellow will gain a solid foundation in clinical cardiology including rotations on the cardiology floor and in the cardiac neonatal and pediatric intensive care units. Through two-week rotations in echocardiography, cardiac catheterization, and electrophysiology, the primary focus is on the acquisition of clinical skills. The first year also includes an introduction to research with a two-week research boot camp. Fellows are expected to begin developing a scholarly project, obtain a research mentor, and publish a short, peer-reviewed article. Fellows are also expected to teach medical students and house staff. Lastly, fellows will help present patients at the cardiac catheterization conference and surgical conference.

By the second year fellows are expected to increase their clinical responsibilities with an emphasis on advanced patient management as well as more advanced imaging techniques. Research training is given additional emphasis, with a second two-week research boot camp and the expectation that the trainee completes his/her IRB and begins a research project.

During the third year of training, while the primary focus is on research, there is still continued participation in different clinical services, and trainees are expected to assume increasing responsibility for the clinical care given to patients. The division provides opportunities for fellows to tailor clinical activities to their individual training goals.

Fellows help deliver high quality patient care and attend many weekly conferences including those covering: pathology, hemodynamics and angiography, echocardiography, and electrophysiology, as well as weekly combined cardiology and cardiovascular surgery conferences where attendees discuss cardiac catheterizations, patient management, and preparation for upcoming surgeries. Monthly conferences include a morbidity and mortality conference, a pathology conference, and a pediatric cardiology journal club, where current articles from peer-reviewed journals are critically reviewed. Lastly, bimonthly fellowship program director meetings include a series on topics relevant to pediatric cardiology, with an emphasis on the professional and personal development of pediatric cardiology trainees.

Research

Our faculty members actively pursue research interests in all areas of clinical practice and are involved in a multitude of large, multi-center trials and registries, many of which allow for fellow involvement. There are many opportunities within the division for clinical, basic science, and translational research in the areas of ventricular function, hypercholesterolemia, heart failure, pharmacology, electrophysiology, non-invasive imaging modalities, pulmonary hypertension, cardiac genetics and development, and clinical outcomes. Fellows can pursue basic science and translational research opportunities with mentors from other specialty areas outside our division as well.

How to Apply

Applications for our fellowship program are accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service, then matched through the National Resident Matching Program. Please submit:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement
  • Three letters of recommendation

Please note: Do not send transcripts, medical diplomas, ECFMG certificates, or any other miscellaneous documents. Columbia University and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital do not sponsor H-1B visa trainees.

Fellowship Program Staff

  • Julie Glickstein, MD, fellowship program director
  • Warren Zuckerman, MD, fellowship associate director (Columbia Campus)
  • Jeffrey Dayton, MD, fellowship associate director (Cornell Campus)
  • Leonie Randall, program coordinator

Contact

Leonie Randall
Program Coordinator
212-305-6543
lr2574@columbia.edu