Heart Failure/Transplant Cardiology Fellowship

One-Year Training Program in Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology

Young nurse filling a form with patien in the waiting room. Doctor talking to a patient in the background.
About the Program

About Our Program

Physicians choose the Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology Fellowship at The Minneapolis Heart Institute and HCMC for its outstanding focus on clinical training and research, and its dual-site program, which showcases the full range of cardiovascular services and patient pathology in both public and private hospital settings.

Our fellows rotate at HCMC, one of the leading Level I Trauma Centers and public training hospitals in the country, and at the Minneapolis Heart Institute® of Abbott-Northwestern Hospital, an internationally recognized private practice medical center. At both locations, our fellows work one-on-one with practicing faculty, utilizing the latest technology to treat patients of all backgrounds.

Our small size (one fellow per year) and large volumes ensure individual attention and experience that far exceeds many heart failure fellowship programs. The Minneapolis Heart Institute® Center for Advanced Heart Failure Treatment works with a large number of patients who have benefited from the placement of mechanical assist devices and extracorporeal mechanical oxygenation (ECMO). We also have a cardio-oncology clinic that offers services for cancer patients with heart conditions that include: a pre-existing heart condition; one that developed during cancer treatment, and a heart condition that needs immediate treatment before the patient can start or continue cancer treatment.

Working together, we train advanced heart failure and transplant cardiologists with superb clinical skills, a lifelong commitment to learning, and the ability to function as leaders in their medical communities.

What Sets Us Apart?

Clinical research opportunities.

Our fellows learn and conduct clinical research as a key component of their education. Both organizations host active research programs and maintain their own research foundations.

Individual attention and leadership.

Admitting one fellow per year offers unprecedented learning and leadership opportunities.

Cutting-edge equipment and procedures.

Our facilities and our curriculum integrate the latest technology.

Commitment to education.

Nearly 300 physicians study with us each year as residents, fellows, and medical students. After 40 years of educating cardiovascular specialists in partnership with the University of Minnesota Medical School, we launched our own Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology Fellowship in 2017.

Application Requirements


Prospective candidates must show completion of a three-year residency in internal medicine and a three-year ACGME accredited fellowship in cardiovascular disease at an ACGME-accredited institution.

Non-resident applicants must possess a J1 visa or green card; this program does not accept H1B visas. Non-resident candidates should submit an ECFMG certificate and results of Step I and II and Step III along with their application.


Applications will be accepted through ERAS for the 2019-2020 academic year.

  1. Submission: Submit your application materials to the program coordinator. Our program requires the following support documents:
    • Application (PDF)
    • Current Curriculum vitae
    • Personal Statement
    • Medical School Diploma
    • USMLE scores (Step I, II, III)
    • ECFMG certificate
    • Three letters of recommendation
    • Recent photo
  2. Scoring: Each applicant will be scored based on these criteria:
    • Demonstrated clinical excellence and professionalism
    • Honors and accomplishments
    • Publications
    • Letters of recommendation
    • Interviews
  3. Interviews: Selected applicants will be invited for interviews.
  4. Decision: The Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology Fellowship will contact selected candidates individually; we do not participate in the National Resident Matching Program.

About Our Facility

Fellows rotate primarily at the Minneapolis Heart Institute and at HCMC two leading hospitals in Minneapolis to experience firsthand the day-to-day operations of a major public hospital and a privately-owned cardiology practice.


cheryl christianson, cardiology fellowship coordinator

Cheryl Christenson

Fellowship Coordinator
Phone: 612-873-9990
Email[email protected]

Hennepin County Medical Center
Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, G5
701 Park Avenue, Minneapolis MN 55415

Graduate Resources

Training Tomorrow’s Healthcare Leaders

Residency Programs

Accredited Residency Programs

Fellowship Programs

Distinguished Fellowship Options

input search string and hit enter