The University of Washington Interventional Cardiology Fellowship is one of the leading programs for training physicians to perform high risk, complex coronary and structural interventions. Our wide patient referral base, access to cutting edge technologies and techniques, and dedicated world-renowned operators allow us to offer an outstanding interventional training.
The experience at the University of Washington is unsurpassed, as it is one of the world’s premiere centers for treating patients with complex coronary artery disease, chronic total occlusions and structural heart disease.
Fellows work closely with well-established mentors and leaders in the field, and develop a high level of autonomy for complex coronary and structural heart cases. The University of Washington Medical Center is a quarternary hub for the WWAMI region (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, Idaho), and is the main campus for a five hospital regional medical system, and as such the case complexity is high and the referral volume is large.
At the conclusion of their first-year of training, fellows have an expertise in evaluating and managing complex patients, and are highly proficient in performing percutaneous coronary interventions for complex coronary disease, including expertise with advanced debulking techniques (e.g. rotational, orbital, and excimer laser atherectomy), brachytherapy, fractional flow reserve, optical coherence tomography, intravascular ultrasound, percutaneous ventricular assist devices, and management of complex vascular access. In their first year, fellows routinely perform over 400 PCIs as first-operator.
Fellows may have the option of continuing on for a second year to gain further experience in structural heart interventions, or advanced PCI and chronic total occlusion interventions. Structural heart fellows are able to perform multiple procedures as primary-operators, including percutaneous valvuloplasty and replacement, paravalvular leak closure, MitraClip, alcohol septal ablation, left atrial appendage closure, and congenital heart disease interventions. Fellows who choose to spend an extra year to focus on advanced coronary artery procedures will have the opportunity to gain in-depth experience with chronic total occlusion interventions, percutaneous hemodynamic support and the management of cardiogenic shock.
Our fellows actively participate in conferences both within the division and nationally, are directly involved clinical research, and are expected to complete scholarly projects during their fellowship, all of which prepare fellows to become leaders in academic medicine and clinical practice.
Aside from Academia
Outside of the academic program, Seattle offers a unique cultural experience surrounded by natural beauty that is available in few other parts of the world. Seattle is home to several championship sports teams, highly acclaimed culinary offerings, and an eclectic performing arts scene. The mild climate and proximity to lakes and mountains make outdoor activities an essential part of the Pacific Northwest lifestyle. Our fellows routinely enjoy time with faculty and staff outside the hospital. We truly view our group as a family and we would love to meet you!
How to Apply
Two positions are available beginning every July 1st. Each year interested applicants should submit complete applications on ERAS beginning December 1st. Our internal deadline is December 8th. Interviews will be conducted between January and February.
*All applicants must have successfully completed an ACGME-accredited Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program prior to interventional Cardiology 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 to 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.
Interventional Cardiology Diversity Statement
At the University of Washington, diversity is integral to excellence. We value and honor diverse experiences and perspectives, strive to create welcoming and respectful learning environments, and promote access, opportunity, and justice for all. We welcome and encourage applicants from underrepresented and diverse backgrounds, as this broadens and enriches the educational experience for our faculty and trainees, and the clinical care of our diverse patient population.
The University of Washington reaffirms its policy of equal opportunity regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, or status as a disabled veteran or Vietnam era veteran in accordance with University policy and applicable federal and state statutes and regulations. The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process contact the department at 206-685-1397 or the Disability Services Office at least ten days in advance at: 206.543.6450/V, 206.543.6452/TTY, 206.685.7264/FAX, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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