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General Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship

The General Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital provides a broad exposure to acute and chronic cardiovascular disease. Emphasis is placed on the accurate ambulatory and inpatient bedside clinical diagnosis, appropriate utilization and interpretation of diagnostic studies and therapeutic procedures, with integration of all data into the highest level of clinical care for the individual patient. Throughout the academic year, fellows also participate in a wide range of clinical and basic science research endeavors independently with attending mentorship and/or through the Jefferson Coordinating Center for Clinical Research.

This three-year accredited training program begins with a clinical core of 24 months divided into:

  • 12 months of non-laboratory clinical practice activities (cardiovascular consultation, inpatient cardiovascular care, cardiac medical and surgical intensive care, advanced heart failure and transplantation and preventive cardiology/ cardiac rehabilitation);
  • 4 months in the cardiac catheterization laboratory;
  • 6 months in the noninvasive imaging laboratories (echocardiography [minimum 4 months], nuclear cardiology [minimum 2 months]); and
  • 2 months in clinical electrophysiology consultation.

The last 12 months of fellowship are generally devoted to the fellow’s area of interest. Senior fellows may elect to obtain more experience on advanced rotations through the cardiac catheterization laboratory, electrophysiology laboratory, noninvasive imaging laboratories, advanced heart failure and transplant service, and/or mentored clinical and basic science research.

A continuing ambulatory cardiovascular care experience occurs throughout the 3-year training program consisting of one half day per week of patients directly assigned to the fellow, under the guidance of a different assigned attending each year.

The Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital emphasizes the six competencies recognized by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) expected of a new cardiovascular practitioner, and required for successful completion of the program:

  • Patient care
  • Medical knowledge
  • Practice-based learning and improvement
  • Interpersonal and communication skills
  • Professionalism
  • Systems-based practice


Howard Weitz, MD

Howard H. Weitz, MD
Divisional Director, Cardiology
Bernard L. Segal Professor
of Clinical Cardiology

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Matthew DeCaro, MD, FACC
Director, General Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program

Kim Berger
Fellowship Coordinator
925 Chestnut Street
Mezzanine
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 955-1976

We accept applications through the National Residency Match Program and utilize the Electronic Residency Fellowship Application Service.

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