Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship

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Our Program

The cardiovascular disease fellowship is a rigorous three-year program designed to provide a balanced experience in all aspects of cardiovascular medicine.  A strong foundation is built in virtually every discipline in cardiology through 36 months of clinical, lab, elective and research months.

Rush University Medical Center is one of the largest hospitals in Chicago and one of the busiest tertiary and quaternary referral centers in the Midwest.  Cardiovascular fellows gain experience in the entire spectrum of acute and chronic cardiovascular disease, through three unique sites:  Rush University Medical Center, Rush Oak Park Hospital, and John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County.  Our program structure recognizes individual interests and needs, especially in the second and third years of training, when specific career planning is started.  Advanced rotations are available to trainees wishing to emphasize specific clinical skills.


In addition to clinical training, the fellows have the opportunity to participate in either ongoing or self-initiated research protocols.  Three to six months are dedicated to research activities.  It is expected that each fellow presents at least at one national scientific meeting and completes at least one manuscript for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.  Each fellow also develops and presents lectures at Cardiology Grand Rounds to an audience of their peers and faculty.

Clinical Experiences

Within a 36-month period, Cardiology fellows rotate through the following clinical specialties: cardiac intensive care unit (CICU), cardiology inpatient consultative service, cardiac catheterization, and noninvasive imaging and testing (Stress laboratory, echocardiography, cardiac MRI, cardiac computed tomography, and cardiac nuclear imaging). Other specialized areas of training include electrophysiology, preventive cardiology, vascular medicine, heart failure, and consultation on the cardiac surgery service. Each fellow also provides continuous care for cardiovascular patients through an ongoing weekly outpatient clinic. During the second and third years of training, fellows rotate through specialty clinics including Adult Congenital and Structural Heart Disease, Vascular Medicine, Advanced Heart Failure, and Pacemaker Clinic.

Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity, equity and inclusion are critical to our mission at Rush. Our goal is to help develop health care professionals who are reflective of the communities, patients and region we serve, and who have gained an understanding of the many forms diversity takes.

Application Process

We offer six fellowship positions annually. Candidates must be board-certified or board-eligible in internal medicine when the cardiology fellowship begins. Eligibility requires a minimum of three years of U.S. medical training, including at least two years of residency in internal medicine. We sponsor both J-1 and H1-B visas.

Please submit applications by August 31 through the Electronic Residency Application Service. Our program is listed as Rush University Medical Center-IL.

The fellowship program director and associate directors will review completed applications and extend interview invitations to qualified applicants by email. Group interview sessions are conducted in September and October. If you have further questions, please email Elizabeth Ruiz or call (312) 563-7473.