The Cardiovascular Diseases Fellowship Program at Lankenau Medical Center is offered to qualified applicants for a minimum three-year period. The supervision of the training program is conducted by board-certified faculty of the interventional cardiology, clinical cardiac electrophysiology and Cardiovascular Division who are also faculty members of the Jefferson Medical College. The program offers systematic training to meet the necessary background requirements for certification by the American Board of Cardiovascular Diseases. In addition, the program has sufficient flexibility to meet the individual interests of the fellows in developing expertise in one or more specific areas of cardiology. Months listed are approximates—may vary slightly from year to year.

I. The First Year Fellow's schedule is as follows:

  • Catheterization Laboratory: 2 months
  • Echocardiography Laboratory: 2 months
  • Nuclear Cardiology Laboratory: 2 months
  • Consult Service—ICU: 1 month
  • Congestive Heart Failure/Transplant Service: 1 month
  • Electrophysiology Service: 2 months
  • Bryn Mawr Hospital Service: 1 month
  • Cardiovascular Consult Service: 1 month

II. The Second Year Fellow's schedule is as follows:

  • Catheterization Laboratory: 2-4 months
  • Echocardiography Laboratory: 2-4 months
  • Nuclear Cardiology Laboratory: 2 months
  • Consult Service—ICU: 1 month
  • Elective: 1 month
  • Bryn Mawr Hospital Service: 1 month
  • Electrophysiology Service: 1 month
  • Cardiothoracic Surgical Service: 1 month

III. The Third Year Fellow's schedule is assigned based on the subspecialty he/she plans to pursue:

  • Noninvasive
    • Echocardiography Laboratory: 6 months
    • Nuclear Cardiology Laboratory: 0-2 months
    • Consult Service—ICU: 2 months
    • Research Elective: 1-3 months
    • Bryn Mawr Hospital Service: 1 month
  • Invasive - Interventional Cardiology
    • Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory: 8 months
    • Echocardiography Laboratory: 1 month
    • Bryn Mawr Hospital: 1 month
    • Consult Service—ICU: 1 month
    • Research or Elective: 3 months
  • Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology
    • Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory: 12 months including research

Outpatient training

  • All fellows spend one-half day per week with supervised continuity clinic. Clinical decision making and autonomy are emphasized.
  • Fellows have the opportunity to participate in a variety of specialty clinics including:
    • Congenital heart disease in the adult
    • Pacemaker and device clinic
    • CHF/transplant clinic
    • Peripheral vascular disease clinic


Although the Cardiology Fellowship Program is structured for clinical training, basic or clinical research projects are required to enhance training in cardiovascular disease. Fellows are required to demonstrate research productivity—participate in at least one of a variety of ongoing research projects including, clinical or bench research (latter at Lankenau Institute of Medical Research).


Elective opportunities include:

  • Congenital Heart Disease: Pediatric and Adult – Alex Davidson, MD at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Sports Medicine—Antonio Pelliccia, MD at Institute of Sports Medicine in Rome, Italy
  • Additional training months in non-invasive cardiology including CT angiography, peripheral vascular ultrasound interpretation, nuclear cardiology, and echocardiography (intra-operative experience)
  • Additional training months in CHF/transplant and ventricular assist device therapy
  • Additional research months—clinical or bench (Lankenau Institute of Medical Research)