Cardiology

For Prospective Cardiovascular Disease Fellows
Wissam Khalife, MD, FACC, MAAC

Welcome to the University of Texas Medical Branch Cardiovascular Disease Program. The program is a three year program that is designed to offer highly qualified applicants, with a strong clinical and investigative background, the opportunity to experience comprehensive training in clinical and academic cardiology. In accordance with all ACGME and COCATS (Core Cardiology Training Symposium) guidelines and requirements, the cardiology program actively strives to train fellows to establish the highest standards of aptitude and proficiency in the diagnosis and management of all aspects of cardiac care. Currently, five fellows are accepted each year to the general Cardiology Fellowship Program at UTMB.

Training Overview

All cardiology fellows will develop their competence in basic and clinical knowledge through core clinical rotations in all arenas of cardiology including cardiac consultation, coronary care unit, invasive cardiac procedures, imaging procedures, electrophysiology, heart failure/transplant, and ambulatory cardiology. A remarkable array of patient populations with diverse pathologies will allow the fellows to attain an expertise in the care of acute and chronic cardiovascular diseases with arrhythmias, coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathy, infectious and inflammatory heart disease, pulmonary vascular disease, valvular heart disease, and peripheral vascular disease. Electives to further refine extensive skills in subspecialty disciplines such as interventional cardiology and electrophysiology are available, but certification in these fields will require further training beyond the general fellowship. In addition, fellows are encouraged to engage in clinical or basic investigative research during their general training, for which ample opportunities are available. A variety of didactic education is also integrated into the clinical program in order for the fellows to enhance and develop essential skills for the practice of cardiology and academic careers in the future.

These didactic seminars include weekly Cath conferences, weekly Core Lecture Series, weekly State of the Art Research conferences, weekly Journal Club, monthly Echo and Multimodality conferences, monthly EKG conferences, monthly Fellows Board Review conferences, and monthly Cardiology Morbidity and Mortality conferences. At the completion of the training program, fellows will achieve the level of clinical knowledge and proficiency to meet the requirements for board certification in Cardiovascular Diseases, as determined by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston General Cardiovascular Disease fellowship program participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) and has 5 first-year positions available. All interested applicants must submit their application through the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS).

The application deadline is July 31st. Training begins July 1st. However, our Institutional Orientation begins as early as the last two weeks of June.

Application Requirements

Your ERAS application is considered complete when we have received all of the following:

  • ERAS Application
  • CV
  • Personal Statement
  • Medical School transcript
  • All three USMLE Steps 1, 2CK, 2CS & 3 transcripts and if applicable, ECFMG status report
  • Current list of publications, presentations and research submitted via ERAS
  • Three to four letters of recommendation (at least one letter must be from the IM Program Director
  • Successful completion of ACGME accredited Internal Medicine Residency Program

International Medical Graduates (IMG) should note that completion of an ACGME-accredited Internal Medicine Residency Training Program and ABIM board-eligibility in Internal Medicine is required for ABIM board-eligibility and certification in Cardiovascular Disease. Our program accepts applicants sponsored on J1 clinical visas from the ECFMG.

If you have additional questions please contact Victoria Garcia, Program Coordinator, at vrgarcia@utmb.edu.