Welcome to the Heart Failure Fellowship Training Program at McMaster University.
The heart failure fellowship is offered at the Hamilton Health Sciences and includes clinical and research work in the Heart Function Clinic (HFC) and inpatient Cardiology services.
The Heart Failure fellow will evaluate patients in the Heart Failure Clinic and will provide consultations on hospitalized heart failure patients. All clinical work will be under the supervision of Attending Cardiologists in the Heart Failure Program. The Heart Failure fellow is expected to achieve a high level of competency in diagnosis of heart failure, including the type of heart failure, etiology and comorbidities. The Heart Failure fellow is expected to achieve competency in requesting the appropriate diagnostic tests and in the interpretation of such tests, as well as, in the management of all aspects of heart failure (including heart failure management in outpatient and inpatient settings).
Fellows will also have the opportunity to collaborate with other Cardiologists and Specialists in areas related to the diagnosis and management of heart failure, such as valve disease, pulmonary hypertension, electrophysiology/device therapies, cardio-oncology etc. Interested fellows will have also the opportunities to spend elective time in a Heart Transplant center for exposure to advanced heart failure therapies.
The Heart Failure fellow will also conduct meaningful clinical research in heart failure, will participate in educational activities and contribute to education of trainees, nurses and PAs.
The successful completion of the fellowship will grant a Fellowship McMaster Certification.
Qualifications for the program include:
Recent graduates are required to submit an application form and comply with McMaster University Postgraduate Medical Education requirements for residents and fellows.
Deadline for applications is by first week of January (6 months before the start date). Under special circumstances, guidelines for the Heart Failure Fellowship application can be modified.
The Heart Failure fellow will work with an outstanding faculty with stellar clinical and academic experience and expertise including:
Overall Goals and Objectives include:
Generally, a one-year fellowship will be provided. Interested fellows can apply for a second-year extension.
Trainees are generally funded by their home university.
Successful applicants are provided with letters of support for grant applications upon request.
When such funding by the home university is not available, internal funding through the McMaster Heart Failure program may be available.
The fellow will spend 60% of his/her time in the HFC, 10% of his/her time consulting on inpatients with heart failure and 25% of the time in clinical research and education and will be provided with for time for self-learning and self-improvement. These are general guidelines and flexibility exists based on individual fellows’ preferences and demonstrated expertise in the diagnosis and management of heart failure.
Monthly formal review of interim objectives with the Fellowship Director.