The University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC) is pleased to offer a training program in Advanced Heart Failure, Mechanical Circulatory Support and Cardiac Transplantation.  All interested applicants will have successfully completed three years of ACGME-accredited Internal Medicine training and three years of ACGME-accredited general cardiology training.


The UWMC is a quarternary referral teaching hospital which serves the WWAMI states which include Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho. It has an active heart failure/cardiac transplant program with an average of 70 to 80 cardiac transplantation operations (75 transplants in 2017) 40 to 50 mechanical assist device implantations yearly. Having performed our first cardiac transplant in 1985, we have performed 900 such operations with survival statistics superior to the national average with a median graft survival of 15 years. We have ten full time cardiologists, six APPs, and six RNs dedicated to the care of these patients. The Division of Cardiology has more than 40 cardiologists on staff, providing comprehensive interventional cardiology, electrophysiology, congenital heart disease, and echocardiography services.

The UWMC HF/Tx in-patient service has approximately 500 admissions per year and is staffed by a dedicated HF/Tx attending, a HF/Tx fellow, and four in-patient ARNPs.  Night-time coverage is provided by a hospitalist service. The out-patient clinics are staffed by all HF/Tx attendings and three additional APPs, accounting for more than 1300 out-patient visits and more than 200 new referrals per year.

Responsibilities of the HF/Tx fellow will include a supervisory position on the in-patient services including the CCU, CTICU, and heart failure/transplant service, consultative services for patients with end-stage heart failure and those following cardiac transplantation, as well as collaborative care for patients following implantation of mechanical ventricular assist devices (VADs). Additionally, fellows will participate in heart failure, transplant, VAD, ACHD and pulmonary hypertension out-patient clinics where they will have the opportunity to evaluate patients being considered for a wide array of heart failure therapies. Fellows will actively participate in the performance of right heart catheterizations and cardiac biopsies in post-transplant patients and will participate in transplant donor procurement activities; becoming eligible for UNOS certification as a transplant physician.   The HF/Txp fellow will also have dedicated time for scholarly research. 

How to Apply

Two positions are available beginning every July 1st. Each year interested applicants should submit complete applications on ERAS beginning July 1st and no later than August 14th. Please note late applications may not be considered.  Interviews will be conducted between September and October, with the Match in November. 

*All applicants must have successfully completed an ACGME-accredited Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program prior to AHFTC training.

Submit the following documents:

1. Curriculum vitae
2. Research Experience
3. Personal Statement (300 words or less. Include why you are interested in training at the University of Washington)
4. USMLE Transcript (Steps 1-3)
5. Dean’s Letter
6. Medical School Transcripts
7. ECFMG Certificate and Visa Status if applicable*
8. Summative Evaluation from IM Residency and Cardiology Fellowship (if already graduated)

*Click here to see the UW Visa policies

Letters of Recommendation

Letters from the following must also be uploaded in ERAS:

  • Cardiology Fellowship Program Director

  • Two letters from research mentors and/or cardiology faculty 

​Letters should address your clinical skills, research experience, and potential for an academic career. 

Guidance for Programs Timeline - ERAS (July 2021 Cycle)

June 2020 AHFTC Programs post positions & Applicants can register
July 2020 AHFTC applicants apply to fellowship programs.
AHFTC programs start receiving applications
July – October 2020 Applicant screening and Interviews
November 2020 Match Day
July 2021 Fellowship Begins

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