Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship

Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Header The Spectrum Health/Michigan State University Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship program at Spectrum Health Frederik Meijer Heart & Vascular Institute is committed to providing the best academic and clinical training program for our fellows. Our cardiology continuum of care philosophy ensures our fellows are provided a tremendous clinical experience in a multi-disciplinary setting. As a fellow in our program, you will pursue your passion in clinical or academic cardiology. For interested fellows, we offer level two certification in echocardiography, nuclear cardiology, and diagnostic cardiac catheterization beyond the core cardiology curriculum.

Our  network of care that spans 13 counties in western Michigan and our experts perform more advanced lifesaving heart and vascular procedures than any other hospital in Michigan. Our high left ventricular assist device (LVAD) and electrophysiology volumes allow fellows the opportunity to participate in complex procedures led by expert cardiologists. We are also a state leader year after year, in percutaneous coronary intervention for STEMI volumes. We always strive to adopt the latest technologies, including WatchmanTM, transcatheter aortic valve replacement, Mitraclip, chronic total occlusion interventions, and the latest LVAD devices.

Hear From Our Program Director

Nagib Chalfoun, MD, program director for the cardiovascular disease fellowship, discusses highlights of training at Spectrum Health.


We are pleased to introduce the Spectrum Health/Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program at Spectrum Health Frederik Meijer Heart & Vascular Institute. We are committed to providing the best academic and clinical training program for our fellows.
 
Our passion is teaching, and our entire program is designed with the fellow in mind. Our fellows will train at the largest medical center in West Michigan, affiliated with Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. Our cardiology continuum of care philosophy ensures our fellows are provided a tremendous clinical experience in a multi-disciplinary setting. As a fellow in our program, you will pursue your passion in clinical or academic cardiology. For interested fellows, we offer level 2 certification in echocardiography, nuclear cardiology, and diagnostic cardiac catheterization beyond the core cardiology curriculum.
 
Our tremendous procedural volumes allow fellows to participate in transplant cardiology, cardiac CT/MRI, electrophysiology, interventional cardiology, vascular cardiology, adult congenital cardiology and preventive cardiology. We are dedicated to high quality outcomes and exceptional patient experience. Our dynamic educational conference series focuses on your educational needs. In addition, our cardiovascular research program allows fellows to support novel investigator-initiated research studies. Fellows have the opportunity to be part of a quality program initiative and research.
 
On behalf of the cardiology faculty, our goal is to make your fellowship training the best in the country. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.
 
Sincerely,
Nagib Chalfoun, MD FHRS
Spectrum Health Medical Group Chair, Education
Frederik Meijer Heart and Vascular Institute Program Director, Spectrum Health/Michigan State University Cardiology Fellowship
Assistant Professor of Medicine


Clinical Environment 
Fellows train in our integrated Frederik Meijer Heart and Vascular Institute, comprised of cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, vascular surgeons, cardiac anesthesiologists and cardiac radiologists. Our cardiovascular medicine division consists of advanced imaging, interventional cardiology, electrophysiology, transplant cardiology, adult congenital heart and structural heart.
 
Our state-of-the-art facilities at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital, Fred and Lena Meijer Heart Center, Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital and Lemmen-Holton Cancer Pavilion set the stage for our comprehensive program. Through our strong collaboration with Michigan State University and Van Andel Research Institute, fellows will discover an environment that prepares them for clinical challenges and rewards ahead. Our strong commitment to patient care, education and research has helped us become a leader in cardiovascular care throughout the region.
 
In addition to the many procedures listed above, Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital was one of the first hospitals to introduce the WatchmanTM left atrial appendage closure device. We are also one of 20 locations in the country performing varicose vein treatment with Venaseal technology, and the first Michigan health system to perform Topera 3D Mapping for atrial fibrillation.
 
As a nationally recognized health care system, Spectrum Health provides high quality clinical care to thousands of patients each year. Here are some of our clinical volumes from January 1, 2017 – December 31, 2017).
 Cath Lab Encounters 5,662 
   PCI 1,454
   Diagnostic Catheterizations 4,208
Total Ablations 1,394
AFIB Ablations  501
 Total Devices 1,205
   Pacemakers 658
   ICDs  547
Cardiothoracic Surgery 1,757
   Cardiac Surgery  1,385
   Thoracic Surgery  372
Left Ventricular Assist Device  48
Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement  254 
Heart Transplant  15 
Lung Transplant  26 
Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation 98 
 
Awards
Butterworth and Blodgett Hospitals earned the following Healthgrades awards: 
  • Healthgrades 2018 America's 50 Best Hospital Awards
  • Recipient of the Healthgrades America's 50 Best Hospitals Award for 4 Years in a Row (2015-2018)
  • One of Healthgrades America's 100 Best Hospitals for Cardiac Care for 5 Years in a Row (2014-2018)
  • One of Healthgrades America's 100 Best Hospitals for Coronary Intervention for 4 Years in a Row (2015-2018)
  • Recipient of the Healthgrades Cardiac Care Excellence Award for 5 Years in a Row (2014-2018)
  • Recipient of the Healthgrades Cardiac Surgery Excellence Award for 8 Years in a Row (2011-2018)
  • Recipient of the Healthgrades Coronary Intervention Excellence Award for 4 Years in a Row (2015-2018)
  • Named among the Top 5% in the Nation for Overall Cardiac Services 4 Years in a Row (2015-2018)
Curriculum
The curriculum of the cardiovascular fellowship training program is designed to meet the goals delineated by the American College of Cardiology Task Force for Training in Clinical Cardiology (COCATS) and the ACGME. The 36-month curriculum gives exposure to the essential rotations in general cardiology including:
  • Four months of cardiac catheterization
  • Six months noninvasive imaging: echocardiography, nuclear imaging, cardiac MRI/MRA, CTA and peripheral vascular imaging
  • Six months general clinical cardiology: inpatient cardiology consultation, CCU, exercise testing, rehabilitation, ECG interpretation
  • In the third year, fellows can devote more time to advanced training in invasive and noninvasive techniques as well as electives. The curriculum is designed in such a way to allow fellows enough clinical months, depending on which electives they choose, to become COCATS level 2 eligible in echocardiography, nuclear imaging, and cardiac diagnostic catheterization.
  • In addition, one block each year will be devoted to research. All fellows are required to complete at least one abstract per year and submit it to a national meeting. Ideally, each fellow should also submit one manuscript to a peer reviewed journal during their three years of training.
 
Didactics
Education has been a long-standing mission of Spectrum Health/Michigan State University and Spectrum Health Frederik Meijer Heart and Vascular Institute. Faculty have designed  a dedicated lecture series designed for fellows addressing basic management of all aspects of cardiology specifically geared towards fellows during their first few months of training. In addition, the faculty have a list of conferences throughout the year that both fellows, attendings and staff are expected to attend.  These include:
  • Meijer lecture series/cardiology grand rounds (monthly)
  • Multidisciplinary heart team (weekly)
  • Imaging conference (weekly)
  • Cardio cath conference (weekly)
  • Dr. Jovinge research academy (monthly)
  • Journal club (monthly)
  • Morbidity and mortality conferences (monthly)
  • ECG teaching conference (weekly)
  • Transplant multidisciplinary meeting (weekly)
  • LVAD surgical selection meeting (weekly)
  • Heart and lung transplant selection meeting
  • Interventional conference (monthly)
  • EP conference (monthly)
  • CCU teaching rounds (daily)
  • Inpatient rounds (daily)
 
Jacob and Lois Mol Cardiovascular Simulation Center  
The Jacob and Lois Mol Cardiovascular Simulation Center trains and educates future physician leaders and staff by utilizing innovative simulation, applied experiential learning and hands-on technology to improve patient safety and outcomes. 
  • 2,700-square-foot design for education, training and outreach activities 
  • 600-square-foot simulated operating room equipped to simulate complex procedures and allow fellows to practice multidisciplinary patient care transitions
  • High-tech communication to provide two-way connectivity between specific Meijer Heart Center ORs, simulated OR and learning labs
  • Dedicated study space for residents and fellows to use throughout their training 
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Research
At the Frederik Meijer Heart & Vascular Institute our cardiology faculty are actively involved in innovative clinical research. Clinical research is a part of our key strategic vision at Spectrum Health and cardiovascular has an active research portfolio that focuses on industry clinical trials, pre-clinical animal studies and investigator-initiated studies. We have a large cardiovascular research department which provides support to our physicians, and includes research nurses, coordinators, and assistants; statisticians; budget negotiations and financial analysis; and Q&A. The Heart and Vascular Institute works in collaboration with numerous institutions across the globe, including the Magdi Yacoub Institute, Van Andel Research Institute, Michigan State University, Grand Valley State University and the DeVos Cardiovascular Research Program. Click here for a list of research publications
At the Frederik Meijer Heart & Vascular Institute, our cardiology faculty is actively involved in innovative clinical research. We have a large cardiovascular research department, which provides dedicated support to our physicians and staff. The Heart & Vascular Institute works in collaboration with numerous institutions across the globe, including the Magdi Yacoub Institute, Van Andel Research Institute, Michigan State University, Grand Valley State University and the DeVos Cardiovascular Research Program. Our experts are involved in multicenter clinical trials and investigator-initiated studies, in addition to a translational research division. Our clinical volumes have enabled us to become top enrollers in multiple trials such as the global Surgical Replacement and Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation trial, where we were a top two enroller in the country. 
 

Read more on our 2017-18 selected publications. 

All positions for the program are filled through the National Residency Matching Program. Eligibility requirements for our fellowship program:
  • Applications are only accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service only, paper applications will not be considered
  • All applicants must possess U.S. work authorization or be eligible for J-1 status
  • Applicants must have completed three years of United States postgraduate residency training in an ACGME- or RCPSC-accredited internal medicine program before entry into the fellowship program
  • Applicants must be an MD or DO
  • Applicants must have good communication skills
Spectrum Health provides a comprehensive and very competitive benefits package for our residents, staff and their families. In addition, our program provides educational monies to support your ongoing education. Download our salary and benefits document to learn more.

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