Cardiovascular Medicine

Advanced Heart Failure

For Prospective Advance Heart Failure and Transplant Fellows
Khaled Chatila, MD

Welcome to the site of the Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology Fellowship Program at the University of Texas Medical Branch Hospitals. The primary objectives of the Advance Heart Failure Fellowship is to provide advanced knowledge and expertise in the area of Advance Heart Failure management, Assist Devices (both percutaneous and surgical), and all increasing role of the AICDs and Cardiac resynchronization therapy and remote monitoring are also priorities of the fellowship.

We are a Texas Medical Board (TMB) non-ACGME accredited fellowship. Currently, two (2) fellows are accepted each year for this one-year fellowship at the PGY4 level.

The goal of our training program is to train outstanding Advance Heart Failure fellows who excel in all areas of the 6 core competencies: (a) patient care, (b) medical knowledge, (c) practice-based learning and improvement, (d) interpersonal and communication skills, (e) professionalism, and (f) systems-based practice. The training program views professionalism to be one of the most important attributes of Advance Heart Failure cardiologists and encourages the fellows to strive for and attain the highest level of professionalism that lasts a lifetime.

Responsibilities of Advance Heart Failure fellows include the evaluation and care of all patients referred for Heart Failure management. The program will provide sufficient experience for the fellows to acquire skill and proficiency in the performance and interpretation of history and physical examinations, basic and advanced cardiac life support, right heart catheterization, endomyocardial biopsies, percutaneous assist devices such as IABP (Intra aortic balloon pump, Impella assist device or others such as percutaneous ECMO), surgical assist devices (HeartMate II, Heartware, and HeartMate III), heart transplant, cardiopulmonary exercise testing, evaluation and interpretation of ICDs and CRTs. Other areas also included are remote monitoring management, nuclear imaging (myocardial viability studies and perfusion images) and Echocardiography.

Fellows will be expected to actively participate in meaningful research and are highly encouraged to complete a project suitable for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

Eligibility and Requirements for the Program
  1. We are a non-ACGME program.  We will be accepting applications from those who have completed an ACGME-accredited Internal Medicine Residency program for 2024-2025 recruitment (only).
  2. Recommendation letters supporting the character, professionalism, and fitness of the candidate for the future Advance Heart Failure and Transplant cardiologist
  3. The Advanced Heart Failure & Transplant Cardiology non-accredited program accepts permanent residents and US Citizens.
Non-Accredited Positions – Applicants who have completed Internal Medicine Residency
October 6, 2023 - December 31, 2023Deadline to apply and to be considered for Advanced Heart Failure & Transplant Cardiology Fellowship starting July 1, 2024.
January 1, 2024 - January 15, 2024The program will review applicants.
Jan 16, 2024 - Jan 31, 2024The program will host interviews.
End of January┃ First of February 2024Final Decisions and Offer Letters Sent
How to Apply

Please download the application. Complete entirely and follow all instructions carefully regarding all document requirements. Reminder: The deadline is December 31, 2023.

Advanced Heart Failure Fellowship Application