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Application Process

General Cardiology Fellowship

The general cardiology fellowship at BIDMC participates in the ERAS application service. Please submit your materials through this service at https://www.aamc.org/students/medstudents/eras/fellowship_applicants/. Our program ACGME ID is 1412421006.

The minimum requirements for application are:

  1. The Common Application Form
  2. Personal Statement
  3. Resume
  4. Three letters of recommendation. One letter must be from the program director of your internal medicine training.

It is not mandatory but it is helpful for you to submit a photograph and your USMLE scores. The application deadline is January 15th. Any materials or applications received after this deadline will not be considered.

Interventional Cardiology Fellowship

The interventional cardiology fellowship at BIDMC participates in the ERAS application service. Please submit your materials through this service at https://www.aamc.org/students/medstudents/eras/fellowship_applicants/

Our program ACGME ID is 1522421024.

The minimum requirements for application are:

  1. The Common Application Form
  2. Personal Statement
  3. Resume
  4. Three letters of recommendation. One letter must be from the program director of your general cardiology fellowship.

It is not mandatory but helpful for you to submit a photograph and your USMLE scores. The application deadline is May 31st. Any materials or applications received after this deadline will not be considered.

Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellowship

The minimum requirements for application are:

  1. The Common Application Form
  2. Personal Statement
  3. Resume
  4. Three letters of recommendation. One letter must be from the program director of your internal medicine training and one from the program director of your general cardiology fellowship.

It is not mandatory but helpful for you to submit a photograph and your USMLE scores.
Materials should be mailed to:

Alfred Buxton, MD
C/O Cindy Cabral
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
1 Deaconess Road
Boston, MA 02215

Advanced Imaging Fellowship

The minimum requirements for application are:

  1. The Common Application Form
  2. Personal Statement
  3. Resume and
  4. Three letters of recommendation. One letter must be from the program director of your internal medicine training and one from the program director of your general cardiology fellowship.

It is not mandatory but helpful for you to submit a photograph and your USMLE scores.

Materials should be mailed to:

Warren Manning, MD
C/O Cindy Cabral
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
1 Deaconess Road
Boston, MA 02215

Research Fellowships

Selected residents and fellows may be accepted to research fellowships in the division of cardiology.

Please mail an introductory letter which should include:

  1. Description of desired position
  2. Prior work and qualifications
  3. Laboratory mentor at BIDMC with whom you would like to work
  4. Funding status and
  5. Visa status if you are a foreign national

The address for correspondence is:

Tony Rosenzweig, MD
C/O Cindy Cabral
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
1 Deaconess Road
Boston, MA 02215

Visiting Rotations

Medical Students: Medical students wishing to do a visiting clerkship at BIDMC must make arrangements through the Harvard Medical School Registrar. Further information can be obtained at http://www.hms.harvard.edu/registrar/fServices/cdexc.html.

Residents/Fellows: Residents and Fellows may come for rotations in the division of cardiology. In general, these rotations are as part of the cardiology inpatient consult service. On occasion, outpatient clinic rotations and ICU rotations can be arranged. Please contact Cindy Cabral to obtain a Resident/Fellow application and data sheet. You must also submit:

  1. A copy of a full or limited license to practice medicine in Massachusetts. For individuals coming from outside of Massachusetts, the process to obtain licensure can take 6-8 weeks and up to 12 weeks if coming from outside of the United States.
  2. Copy of ECFMG Form (if applicable)
  3. Copy of current Curriculum Vitae
  4. Copy of Malpractice Face Sheet or other proof of malpractice coverage showing coverage for all activities while at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, provided by their sponsoring institution
  5. Proof of Health Insurance Coverage as provided by their sponsoring institution
  6. If the individual is from outside of the United States s/he must obtain and have the appropriate visa prior to beginning his/her rotation or observation.
  7. Letter from the Director of the Program in which they are currently enrolled.
  8. Letter from the program director at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center who will be accepting the individual into a rotation or observer status.
  9. Employee Health Screening Results. Either submit the results of recent testing (e.g., tuberculin skin testing) from the sponsoring institution, or obtain the required screening and testing from the BIDMC Employee Health Clinic

Once all documents have been received, the trainee will then being provided with a Medical Center Identification Badge and pager. At the end of the rotation, or observation period, the individual must turn in both the Identification Badge and pager.

Observerships: Medical students, residents and fellows can come as observers to BIDMC.

As part of this designation, an individual who comes to the medical center in an "observer" status must abide by the institution's policies for visitors and agrees not to render patient care; he/she must not counsel patients. The observer, under the direction of a BIDMC physician, may demonstrate non-invasive physical findings (to exclude rectal and pelvic examinations). The observer may not perform nor participate in the performance of any procedures. The patient's physician must request permission from the patient to allow the observer to be present when care is being administered. The observer will wear an identification badge that indicates the individual's name, title (e.g., student, MD, RN), and observer status and will sign a document that indicates he/she understands the nature of the observer designation.

For further questions, please contact Cindy Cabral, Fellowships Coordinator

Licenses: The USMLE Steps I and II are required by the Board of Registration in Medicine to hold a Massachusetts Limited License. For those hoping to begin training July 1st , a limited license is necessary to begin training. As such, all materials necessary for limited license application must be sent by the Graduate Medical Education Office no later than February 15th. Please see http://www.massmedboard.org/physician/limited.shtm for further information on limited licenses. One may also apply for a full Massachusetts License, however, USMLE Steps I, II and III are required and the process can take up to four months. See further information at http://www.massmedboard.org/physician/full.shtm.

Foreign Medical Graduates: Foreign medical graduates must hold an ECFMG certificate. We do not accept applicants into the general cardiology fellowship who have not completed a residency in Internal Medicine within a United States ACGME accredited institution. Completion of USMLE Step I and Step II is a minimum requirement. In extremely rare instances, physicians who have completed cardiology training may be accepted into an advanced fellowship such as noninvasive imaging, interventional cardiology or cardiac electrophysiology if funding has been secured. It should be emphasized that if Internal Medicine Training has not been completed in an ACGME accredited cardiology fellowship, such advanced training does not satisfy the certification requirements set forth by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Visas: A visa is required for foreign nationals to practice at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. While no visa (H-1B, J-1, etc. ) is uniformly rejected, it is recognized individual circumstances and visa status may make completion of training difficult or impossible. Because cardiology fellowship requires a minimum of 3 years after training in internal medicine, many visa holders find it difficult to complete training which may require living more than 7 years in the United States. It should be noted that a limited license is often a requirement to apply for visa in many instances, so the application process for license must be started early if the applicant hopes to start training on time. For further information, see:
http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/category/10591.html
and
http://www.lexisnexis.com/practiceareas/immigration/pdfs/web577.pdf.

Contact Information

Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
185 Pilgrim Road
Boston, MA 02215
617-632-7828
617-632-7536
ecabral1@bidmc.harvard.edu