Wayne State University

Aim Higher

School of Medicine

Fellowship Program

Program Experience
The first two years of the clinical program are designed to provide comprehensive training that will serve as the foundation to build.

First year fellows rotate through the clinical service at Harper University Hospital, which includes the Cardiac Care Unit, cardiology floor, and consultative service. Diagnostic cardiac catheterization skills are also acquired in the Harper University Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory.

Noninvasive training during the first year takes place both at Harper Hospital and the Veterans Administration Medical Center. This includes echocardiography, Doppler echocardiography, exercise testing, nuclear cardiology and special techniques.

During the first year, supervision and teaching are designed to build the framework for continued growth during the second and third year.

The second year of the fellowship program is focused on providing residents with greater independence and responsibility. The second year fellow will rotate through the clinical Service at Detroit Receiving Hospital and function as the primary team leader. Diagnostic cardiac catheterization skills are further advanced at the VA Medical Center. During the second year, the fellows rotate through the electrophysiology service and are actively involved in the electrophysiology laboratory as well as clinical arrhythmia management and consultation.

Trainees will also rotate through pediatric services at Children’s Hospital of Michigan for comprehensive exposure to congenital heart disease and pediatric cardiology, and further emphasis on nuclear techniques.

The third year is designed to prepare a resident for a productive career in cardiology, and most of it is elective. There is the opportunity for continued training in the cardiac catheterization laboratory, noninvasive laboratory including nuclear cardiology, and clinical service at the level of a junior faculty member. A resident may focus on developing skills as a clinical investigator or developing further in-depth skills in a particular aspect of clinical cardiology.

Extensive opportunities are available in the cardiovascular laboratories for pursuing research in the clinical realm.

Specific clinical and/or research areas for concentration include the following:

  • Congestive heart failure
  • Echocardiography/Diagnostic techniques
  • Diastology
  • Preventive cardiology
  • CAD and risk factors
  • 3D and strain echocardiography
  • Echocardiography/LV remodeling
  • Women’s cardiovascular health
  • Management of acute ischemic syndromes
  • Interventional cardiology/Restenosis
  • Interventional cardiology/Peripheral angioplasty
  • Clinical cardiology/Adult congential heart disease
  • Electrophysiology/Atrial and ventricular rhythm management
  • CT angiography
  • Electrophysiology/Devices
  • Nuclear cardiology/PET imaging
  • Clinical cardiology
  • Endocarditis

Each fellow will inherit the cardiology practice from a graduating fellow. The resident will have office hours at the University Health Center one half-day per week and will see both new patients as well as return visits. A Cardiology faculty member provides staff supervision for the fellow’s clinic.

The fellowship is based at the Detroit Medical Center (DMC) Central Campus and offers a large number of training sites including:

  • Harper University Hospital
  • Detroit Receiving Hospital
  • The Detroit Veterans Administration Medical Center
  • Children's Hospital of Michigan

Recognition and Awards
The Fellow of the Year Award recognizes academic excellence, leadership and role-model qualities in the resident.

Application Information
Applicants must have three letters of recommendation written, one from the current program director, and two other letters. ECFMG and USMLE scores, a National Board examinations for D.O. Medical School diploma, transcripts, CV, publications and research, must also be included, along with a personal statement and current photo.

Applications are accepted through ERAS.