Eligibility & Application

Please note — As of Nov 2018, the Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology specialty is transitioning from a December to a July recruitment cycle. For the ERAS 2019 recruitment season (beginning Dec 1, 2018), all AHF programs will be listed as “Not participating” in ERAS. Instead the programs will join the ERAS 2020 recruitment season beginning on July 15, 2019.


Thank you for your interest in the Houston Methodist Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology Fellowship program. Our program participates in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) and is registered with Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS); ACGME Program ID: 1594814042 – July Application Cycle.


Eligibility and Application Process

To be considered for The Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology Fellowship Program, certain requirements must be met:

  • Must apply via the Electronic Residency Applicant Service (ERAS) and must enroll in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP)
  • Be of good professional character with at least three letters of recommendation attesting to your academic and personal qualifications
  • Graduate of a U.S. or Canadian Medical School accredited by the Liaison Committee for Medical Education (LCME), or a medical school outside the United States and Canada with a current valid certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG)
  • Graduate of an ACGME-accredited or RCPSC-accredited (Canadian) three-year cardiovascular disease training program
  • All applicants must have taken and passed all three steps of USMLE exams (first attempt preferred). DO graduates must have taken and passed all three steps of COMLEX USA.
  • American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM)-board certified in internal medicine and board-eligible in cardiology by completion of cardiology fellowship
  • Applicants must be eligible for licensure (Physician in Training or Full License) by the Texas Medical Board
  • Valid Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) certificate for all foreign medical graduates
  • Our program sponsors J1 visas only. If you are an J1 visa holder, you must be eligible for one year of training at the beginning of the fellowship. We do NOT sponsor H1B visas.
  • Training is from July 1 through June 30 (no exceptions)
  • No applications from the government T-5 list: Crimea, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria

 


Selection Process

Three (3) fellows are selected from a highly competitive field of applicants for the training program. Fellows are selected from among eligible applicants on the basis of their ability, academic credentials, aptitude, communication skills, intellectual and humanistic qualities, personal attributes (such as motivation and integrity), preparedness, and their ability to benefit from the program. These qualities may be accessed through the review of academic records, letters of recommendation, standardized test scores and other means, including interviews. The department does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, age, religion, color, national origin, sexual orientation or veteran status. Interviewing is conducted each Fall.

Important Notice About Employment at Houston Methodist


Houston Methodist is committed to improving the health of our patients, employees and communities around us. As a health care provider, it’s our responsibility to promote a healthier environment for those employed in our facilities. Job seekers will be tested for tobacco/nicotine products usage, including nicotine gum and patches, during the post-offer physical.

Effective Jan. 1, 2013, Houston Methodist Hospital will no longer enroll/hire residents and fellows who use products containing nicotine. A positive nicotine test at the pre-employment health screen is a failure to meet the conditions of employment, is considered a violation of the employment contract by the applicant and will result in inability to start the program. The matched applicant's inability to start the training program will be reported to the NRMP.

If a potential resident/fellow tests positive for tobacco use, the offer will be rescinded and individuals will be given the opportunity to participate in a free tobacco cessation program provided by Houston Methodist. Residents wishing to reapply after testing positive for tobacco may do so 90 days after the date the initial offer was rescinded.

Although applicants who are not allowed to start may be re-tested in 90 days, programs will not be obligated to hold the position for the applicant since a positive test result is considered a violation of the match agreement between the applicant and Houston Methodist Hospital.

Program CoNTACT

Cardiology Education Office
6550 Fannin St, Smith Tower 18-209
Houston, Texas 77030
Tel. 346.238.5039
CardioFellowship@houstonmethodist.org

Program Director

Barry Trachtenberg, MD
Department of Cardiology
6550 Fannin St, Smith Tower 1901
Houston, Texas 77030

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