School of Medicine

Cardiovascular Medicine Fellowships

Letter from Dr. Jack Morshedzadeh, Program Director

Dear Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Applicant:Jack

Thank you for interest in our cardiology fellowship. The fellowship is a three year program,
with an option for a fourth year of training. The core fellowship consists of 24 months of required clinical training and 12 months of research or other specialized training. A fourth year can be devoted to additional research and/or additional clinical specialization. We accept five new fellows per year with our goal being to provide training for a career in academic cardiology.

Clinical training in the cardiology fellowship program at the University of Utah is intense and thorough. There is an emphasis on hands-on involvement for the fellows, with appropriate faculty supervision and instruction.

Both clinical and basic research-training opportunities are available. Our clinical research programs are in the areas of congestive heart failure, drug and device therapies for cardiac arrhythmias, coronary intervention, acute coronary syndromes, cardiac imaging and the effects of obesity on the heart. A broad range of basic research topics performed at the bench and in the large animal research lab are also available to our trainees.

The University of Utah is renowned for its basic research in the areas of genetics, vascular biology, and cardiac electrophysiology. These areas as well as others are open to our cardiology fellows. Interdepartmental collaboration has been successful for many of our past fellows participating in basic research projects.

Areas of clinical specialization which past fellows have most commonly pursued include cardiac electrophysiology (we have an ACGME accredited program), coronary intervention (we have an ACGME accredited program), and heart failure/transplant (we have an ACGME accredited program); however, we are flexible in this regard and opportunities exist for advanced training in adult congenital heart disease, echocardiography, cardiac CT, cardiac MR, nuclear, and vascular.
If you have a firm idea of an area of specialization, please indicate this clearly in your application and be sure to discuss this explicitly when you interview. If you do not yet have a firm idea of an area of specialization within cardiology, which
most applicants will not, this is perfectly acceptable.

In addition to completing the application available via ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service), please also include a personal statement explaining your motivation for pursuing a career in cardiology as well as your career goals. In this statement note any specific research or clinical specialization interests which you may have at this time. As mentioned above, don't be deterred from saying that you are "undifferentiated" within the field of cardiology if that is the case. Also, please solicit at least three letters of recommendation (one from your internal medicine residency program director) and USMLE scores via ERAS. Please ask those writing the letters to comment on their impressions of your commitment to an academic career, and, if possible, their assessment of your potential as an investigator and teacher.

An interview of competitive applicants by our faculty will be required, except under unusual circumstances. Interviews will be conducted on four separate days, in August and September. We are highly selective in those we invite for interviews, and I apologize in advance if you are not invited for an interview. The application deadline is August 15. We will participate in the National Resident Matching Program in 2015 to match for positions. In exceptional circumstances, we will consider accepting fellows outside the match.

We welcome applications from non-US citizens as well as US citizens. Non-US citizens must have a J-1 visa or be a permanent resident of the US.

If there are questions you would like to ask before making a decision to apply to our program, please feel free to contact our program coordinator, Missy Grow at (801) 585-1686.

Sincerely yours,

Jack Morshedzadeh, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Program Director, Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship
University of Utah