The Region’s Largest Cardiovascular Training Program
The MedStar Georgetown University-Washington Hospital Center Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program is one of the nation’s most respected and competitive. Six general cardiology fellows are accepted each year into the three-year program, for a total of 18 fellows. The program is slated to soon begin growing to a total of 24.
“Cardiology is pretty competitive these days nationwide,” says Gaby Weissman, MD, program director. “We get hundreds of applicants each year, and we do very well in “The Match,” routinely getting many of our top picks.” About 10-20 percent of fellows come from the MedStar internal medicine residency programs.
Dr. Weissman explains that the unique advantages of the Fellowship Program—strong clinical programming, internationally renowned faculty, diversity of cases, subspecialty opportunities, and access to the most advanced technology—prepare new cardiologists to care for patients with complex heart conditions, today and in the future.
Elite Clinical Program and Faculty
“Fellows tell us that, first and foremost, we have a very strong clinical program,” says Dr. Weissman. “They get exposure to complicated patient cases as well as to cutting-edge cardiovascular medicine.”
Ranked among the 50 top cardiology hospitals in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, MedStar Washington Hospital Center has a reputation for treating high volumes of complex conditions, providing a rich and rigorous learning environment.
With rotations at four different hospitals, fellows gain experience with a diverse population, as well. “The Hospital Center is our center of gravity,” Dr. Weissman explains, “as that is where most cardiology procedures are performed.” About two-thirds of fellows’ time is spent at the Hospital Center, with the remainder split between MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, the Washington DC Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center and Children’s National Hospital.
In addition to general cardiology, the program offers subspecialty training. “We have subspecialty fellows in interventional cardiology, advanced heart failure and cardiac transplantation, electrophysiology, and cardiac imaging,” Dr. Weissman says. About 60 percent of the program’s cardiology fellows pursue subsubspecialty training, similar to the national norm.
Providing access to the latest diagnostic and treatment technology is paramount to the Fellowship Program objectives. Fellows are exposed to many progressive protocols and benefit from one of the most advanced settings in the region for cardiac imaging, structural heart intervention, coronary intervention, advanced heart failure, and electrophysiology.
Research and Innovation
Fellows are actively involved in research and clinical trials and are provided unique publication opportunities. Many take part in some of the 150 ongoing studies within MHVI, along with those at local institutions such as the Washington DC VA Medical Center and the NIH/NHLBI. The alliance with the Cleveland Clinic Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute offers further access to clinical innovation and research.
Location in the Nation’s Capital
The program’s Washington, D.C. location allows fellows to take advantage of the cultural and educational activities nearby, including the opportunity for proximate involvement in healthcare advocacy and policy. For example, fellows have joined the American College of Cardiology in discussions with lawmakers on Capitol Hill about issues related to cardiovascular health.
Commitment to the Community
Through its fellowship program, MHVI is committed to continuing to expand its network of MedStar-trained physicians who will go on to care for patients throughout the mid-Atlantic region and beyond.