ACGME Fellowship Program

The Pritzker School of Medicine of The University of Chicago is an academic medical institution of national and international renown with a mission of excellence in research, education, clinical care. The purpose of the Cardiology Training Program, under the direction of Dr. Parker Ward, is to educate medical scientists, teachers and clinicians of distinction in the context of this mission, while at the same time providing indispensable clinical service of the highest quality. This program, since its inception 1986 has been highly successful in its mission.

The Cardiology Fellowship program is specifically designed to provide excellence in Cardiology education, including advanced training in clinical cardiology, clinical research, and basic research. The program is founded upon the principle that training should be tailored to the needs of each fellow. The program currently encompasses three years, with an optional additional year(s) of training in clinical cardiology or cardiovascular research. A minimum of two years is devoted to clinical training during which fellows participate in a formal rotation schedule designed to instruct them in all areas of general and invasive Cardiology. The third year of the program is tailored to the career goals of the individual fellows. Fellows committed to basic research can be provided with a full year of protected research time. Those fellows interested in academic careers in clinical Cardiology can obtain significant clinical research experience during this year. Fellows committed to full-time practice of Cardiology structure a program focusing on advanced training in clinical Cardiology. In order to obtain additional specialized clinical training some Fellows complete a fourth/fifth year in a variety of cardiac subspecialties or basic research. Many of the Cardiology Fellows trained at The University of Chicago enter academic medicine. A significant number of Fellows also enter successful Cardiology practices.

The training program in Cardiology is fully accredited by the ACGME. The minimum requirements for admission to our fellowship program are:

  • M.D. or equivalent degree
  • Successful completion of an ACGME-certified internal medicine residency program sponsored by a major university
  • U.S. citizen, Canadian citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. Also, J1 and H1 visas may be considered
  • For graduates of medical schools outside the U.S. and Canada, appropriate certification by the USMLE/FLEX