Fellowship program

Program Experience

Doctors and residents sitting at a table

The first two years of the clinical program are designed to provide comprehensive training that will serve as the foundation to build further advanced cardiovascular principles.

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. The Wayne State University/Detroit Medical Center Cardiology fellowship offers unparalleled training.

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. In addition on alternate weeks the fellow will have the opportunity to maintain a clinic at the Detroit VA for half-day per week, providing a well-rounded outpatient training experience.

The fellowship is based at the Detroit Medical Center (DMC) Central Campus and thus fellows benefit from the location and presence of multiple hospitals including Karmanos Cancer Institute, Children's Hospital of Michigan and the John Dingell Veterans medical center. More information on training sites is available here.

Recognition and Awards

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

Application Information

Applications are accepted through ERAS.

Applications require:

  • Three Letters of Recommendation, One must be from the Program Director of your Internal Medicine program
  • ECFMG Certificate if applicable
  • USMLE Scores
  • National Board Examinations for D.O. applications
  • Medical School Diploma, Transcripts
  • An updated Curriculum Vitae with relevant publications and research.
  • Personal Statement
  • Current Photo

Please note that DMC does not sponsor H1B visas.

We look forward to hearing from you!