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Our three-year fellowship training program is designed to provide an extensive experience in a broad range of cardiovascular diseases and procedures. We offer a comprehensive array of advanced technologies, but place special emphasis on the practical skills of physical diagnosis and cognitive decision making through evidence-based strategies. The fellow is an integral component of our active invasive cardiac catheterization service as well as the non-invasive heart station rotations. Experiences caring for post-operative open heart patients, in addition to a busy consult service are key to the training process. Cardiovascular teaching attendings interact at all levels, and on a daily basis, with the fellow during rounds, seminars, presentations and inpatient/outpatient diagnosis and management. Dedicated time is also provided for research and basic science interests.

Areas of training include:

  • Coronary Intensive Care Unit
  • Interventional Cardiology Care Unit
  • Telemetry and Intermediate Care Unit
  • Surgical Intensive Care Unit
  • Three Cardiac Catheterization Labs with a 9-bed holding area and two dedicated Electrophysiology Suites
  • Heart Station Non-lnvasive Cardiovascular Unit
  • Nuclear Imaging Laboratory
  • Outpatient Cardiology Offices

Graduates will satisfy all requirements to be eligible to sit for the cardiology board examination upon completion of the fellowship. Our board pass rate is 99%.

Recently selected by Thompson Reuters as one of the 100 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals, and more specifically, one of the top 30 teaching hospitals with a cardiovascular fellowship, Advocate Lutheran General serves as the primary location for our training program. This national recognition spotlights ALGH's outstanding cardiovascular services and clinical expertise. The honor also acknowledges our teaching hospital's capabilities and the pioneering work being done on the latest technologies to treat heart disease and pursue cardiac research.

Our cardiology fellowship program offers three (3) positions each year.

Application Process

Applications for the 2012-2015 fellowship training program will be accepted exclusively via ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service) beginning December 1, 2010 through January 31, 2011. Complete applications with all relevant documentation must be posted to ERAS by the deadline date. Incomplete applicant files will not be reviewed for candidacy.

Required elements of the ERAS file should include:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal statement
  • Medical school transcripts
  • USMLE, COMLEX or equivalent examination results with dates
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation (including your Residency Program Director) and a minimum of two (2) additional letters from faculty members directly familiar with your experience.
  • Recent photo

**Please note that our program is unable to support H1/H1b visas**

Application Review

The Program Director and fellowship faculty members will review and identify potential interview candidates utilizing the guidelines of the ACGME, Residency Review Committee and the ALGH Department of Internal Medicine. Applications will be reviewed during the month of February, 2011.Invitations for interviews will be sent via e-mail shortly thereafter.

Interviews

Candidates will be invited to interview based upon the quality of application materials and academic credentials. Applicants will be interviewed by the Program Director and no less than two additional faculty members. The opportunity to interact with current fellows, tour the hospital and attend noon conference will be offered.  Interviews will be scheduled for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings during the months of March, 2011 and April, 2011.

Decision

At the conclusion of the interview process, all participating faculty are invited to submit their recommendations to the Program Director.  These recommendations, along with commentary from interviewing faculty are compiled in the applicant's file and reviewed in detail by the Program Director and the selection committee.  The final rank order list will be filed with the National Residency Match Program on or before June 1, 2011.

Contact Information

Parag V. Patel, D.O., F.A.C.C.
Director, Cardiology Fellowship Training Program
Director, Coronary Intensive Care Unit

Karen Mulcahy 

Sr. Program Specialist IM/Fellows
Cardiology Fellowship Coordinator
Advocate Lutheran General Hospital
1775 Dempster Street, Suite B-01
Park Ridge, Illinois 60068

Karen.Mulcahy@advocatehealth.com
Phone: 847.723.7997
Fax: 847.723.2131


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