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Fellowships

Cardiology

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The mission of the Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship program is to provide a varied and comprehensive training environment to allow for opportunities for our fellows to focus on an area of interest and aptitude. Upon successful completion of the program, the fellow is prepared to independently supervise the diagnosis and care of infants, children and teenagers/young adults with all forms of congenital and acquired cardiac disease.

Research

The Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship program ensures a meaningful supervised research experience for our fellows. During the first year, the director discusses the fellow’s scientific interests; and based upon these conversations, the director will begin a series of meetings with potential mentors. The Scholarship Oversight Committee is created for the fellow. Once the mentor is identified, the fellow begins writing a research proposal, usually with an associated IRB submission. The purpose of this research proposal is to provide the fellow with: 1) the potential for funding and 2) an opportunity to learn the skills of grant writing, scientific method, critical review of scientific literature, hypothesis testing and to focus on the research project. The director assists the fellow by providing mentorship in association with the research mentor in developing the research proposal, methodology and data analyses. In addition, the director arranges for biostatistics consultations for the fellow in planning the design of the specific project. The specific questions and methods portion of the grant application are written in consultation with the mentor. Weekly meetings occur with the mentor and/or the program director during the grant-writing period, which extends from the eighth month of the first year through the first two months of the second year. Fellows are required to present their work-in-progress at the Department of Pediatrics research seminars, which occur throughout the year. The fellows are encouraged to attend all research seminars within the Department of Pediatrics and those held in the mentor’s laboratory department. Past fellows have performed research in fetal echocardiography, anthacycline cardiomopathy, myocardial performance in children infected with RSV and intimal medial thickness associated with obesity.

Clinical experiences

The first year of clinical training involves inpatient service and consultation to different areas of the hospital. The fellows are actively involved in weekly clinic experiences with a large spectrum of cardiac diseases and ages. The clinic experience also involves management of adult congenital patients, a growing segment of patients seen. The third year entails more focused study of the fellow’s area of interest and taking on more clinical responsibilities.

Other categories of clinical exposure include:

  • Echocardiography/noninvasive imaging
  • Fetal echocardiography
  • Cardiac catheterization
  • Electrophysiology
  • Cardiac intensive care
  • Cardiothoracic surgery
  • Exercise stress testing

Unique and novel experiences for fellows

A novel experience for our fellows is that offered by accompanying Dr. Gullquist and Dr. Gangemi on World Pediatric Project surgical missions to Honduras. One fellow travels on each trip, approximately twice a year, where pre-operative clinical and echocardiographic evaluations are performed by the fellows. Intra-operative TEE evaluations pre- and post-pump are also performed by the fellows under faculty guidance. The fellow is actively involved with post-op care under the supervision of Gullquist and Gangemi. Finally, as part of the IHC program, the fellows evaluate many children and young adults with unrepaired congenital heart disease and rheumatic heart disease. This clinical population provides a unique and enriching educational experience. The fellow gains clinical diagnostic skills and echocardiographic skills from a population no longer available or rarely seen in this country. 

Conferences

Fellows are involved in weekly didactic sessions with the attendings. Other conferences include a monthly MRI conference of congenital cases, a joint adult congenital echocardiography conference with the adult cardiologists, journal club and electrophysiology.

How to apply

The Pediatric Cardiology fellowship program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). This fellowship program participates in the National Residency Match Program (NRMP) and the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Please submit your fellowship application by Dec. 31, 2013 for positions starting July 1, 2015.

Application to the fellowship program is highly competitive. Persons who wish to apply should be board eligible or board-certified in pediatrics. Applications from women and minorities are encouraged.

Important dates

  • July 1, 2013 – Candidates begin applying through ERAS
  • Dec. 31, 2013 – Program deadline for completed applications
  • Dec. 1-Jan. 15, 2014 – Applications are reviewed
  • Jan. 15-April 2014 – Invitations for interviews are sent
  • February-April 2014 – Interview cycle
  • April 2, 2014 – NRMP rank order list opens
  • May 14, 2014 – NRMP rank order list closes (9 p.m. EST)
  • May 28, 2014 – Match Day
  • Please visit the ERAS website to submit applications.

Once we have received all application materials in good order, on-site interviews are scheduled. During the interview, candidates will have the opportunity to meet faculty and fellows and participate in rounds or conferences. We interview on Fridays only.

Application Materials Checklist:
(All submitted through ERAS)

  1. Current curriculum vitae
  2. Three (3) letters of recommendation
  3. Personal statement
  4. Certified USMLE board scores
  5. Medical school transcript with registrar’s seal (and Dean’s letter – Medical Student Performance Evaluation)
  6. Copy of medical diploma
  7. Notarized copy of the ECFMG certificate (for international medical graduates)

Click here for the university policy on the selection and recruitment of residents and fellows. Interested applicants should contact Sam Lee if there are any further questions.

Contact us

Fellowship director

Sam Lee, M.D.
Assistant professor
Division of Pediatric Cardiology
Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU
West Hospital, Suite 5-101H
1200 East Broad Street
P.O. Box 980342
Richmond, Virginia 23298-0342
Phone: (804) 628-4787
Email: slee3@mcvh-vcu.edu

Division fellowship coordinator

Charlene Spencer
Administrative assistant
Division of Pediatric Cardiology
Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU
West Hospital, Suite 5-112
1200 East Broad Street
P.O. Box 980543
Richmond, Virginia 23298-0543
Phone: (804) 828-9143
Fax: (804) 828-8517
Email: cspencer@mcvh-vcu.edu

View fellowship program information such as contract and benefits, policies, housing opportunities, salary scale and required information on the VCU Graduate Medical Education website.          

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