Program structure and career-focused tracks
All fellows are required to achieve at least level 1 competency in all areas of cardiology during their 3 years of training as per the ACGME guidelines. The program will assign each of the new fellows a mentor from the faculty to help with career planning and guide their scholarly activities. Fellows in our program usually pursue one of the following tracks:
The traditional (clinical) track:
- 6 months of echocardiography (level 2 competency)
- 6 months of Cath Lab (level 2 competency)
- 2 months (for level 1 competency) of multimodality imaging (nuclear, cardiac CT, and cardiac MRI)
- 2-3 months of advanced heart failure service
- 2-3 months of electrophysiology service
- 2-3 of cardiology inpatient service
- 2-3 months of consultative service
- 1 month of adult congenital heart disease service and clinics
- 3 months of research
- 7 months of elective rotations (can be used to achieve level 2 competency in electrophysiology device implantation and management, cath lab, or additional clinical service rotations).
The imaging track:
Fellows have the opportunity to commit some or all of their elective months to obtain level 2 training in one or more of the cardiac imaging modalities (nuclear imaging, cardiac MRI, and cardiac CT) during their 3 years.
The research track:
Our fellows can dedicate up to 12 months of their training to do research. Fellows who choose to pursue the research track have the opportunity to obtain masters in clinical translational research at the University of Nebraska at no cost (if able to complete while in training). Fellows on research track are able to join clinical research studies, or one of the funded basic research projects based on their area of interest.
Number of fellows:
We are currently approved for 7 fellows each year.
We have a comprehensive lecture series covering all aspects of cardiology based on a 1-year curriculum that is delivered in our daily morning conference. These morning conferences involve hands-on training (for EP, interventional and heart failure devices), imaging case conference, journal club, as well as 3-D simulations. In addition, we have a weekly cath conference on Tuesday afternoons.
We have a night float system for calls.
The cardiology Division has paid moonlighting shifts available for fellows if interested. Fellows on J1 visa are not allowed to moonlight as per ECFMG and UNMC policy.
Visas: We accept J1 and H1B visas.
ACGME accredited programs in interventional cardiology, advanced heart failure and transplantation and electrophysiology are offered for a dedicated fourth year of training.