Interventional Cardiology Fellowship

One-Year Fellowship


Training in public and private hospital settings

Clinical research opportunities with two dedicated foundations

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About the Program

About Our Program

One-On-One Training in a High Volume, State-of-the-Art Tertiary Medical Center
Physicians choose the Interventional 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 case volume (~2100 interventional procedures, including ~1800 PCI cases) ensure individual attention and experience that far exceeds many interventional training programs. Working together, we train interventional cardiologists with superb clinical skills, a lifelong commitment to learning, and the ability to function as leaders in their medical communities.

Hennepin Heart Center Facts

Hennepin Heart Center Facts

The Hennepin Heart Center operates within the main HCMC campus, which spans five city blocks in downtown Minneapolis. We provide complete cardiovascular services to a diverse population that includes urban and underserved individuals as well as critical care patients from across Minnesota.

Minneapolis Heart Institute Facts

Minneapolis Heart Institute Facts

Formed in 1981, the Minneapolis Heart Institute® at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital is a private practice medical facility founded by several independent groups of heart specialists.

  • Internationally recognized leader in heart and vascular care
  • Serves more than 70,000 patients annually
  • Over 60 physicians and 650 staff
  • Primary referral center for more than 100 clinics and 11 hospitals in Minnesota
  • Features an advanced heart failure and transplant program
  • Selected as one of only seven "Centers of Excellence" by the Cardiovascular Cell Therapy Research Network
  • Operates a companion, nonprofit research foundation, the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation
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"HCMC is a fantastic place to train for fellows. As an advanced cardiology fellow, I had a great amount of autonomy in patient care and procedural planning. I felt involved in the entire cardiac care of the patient, which was highly satisfying. The residents that I worked with took control of their patients with confidence. The diversity of patients that you see here is incredible!"

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.

Potential for structural heart interventional fellowship.

The fellow will be given the opportunity to apply for the second year of training that specializes in structural heart disease interventions. Over 300 structural interventions are performed annually, consisting of the most complex procedures available commercially and under research study.

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 Interventional Cardiology Fellowship in 2015.

Applications Due October 12

Application Requirements

Your application must include:

  • Medical school transcripts
  • Dean's letter
  • USMLE Step 1
  • Personal statement
  • One standardized letter of evaluation (SLOE) from an EM rotation, preferably a departmental, group or clerkship director SLOE


  1. Submission: Submit your application through the Electronic Resident Application System(ERAS). Contact your medical school's student affairs or dean's office for instructions. We do not accept applications through the mail. HCMC participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).
  2. Interviews: Applicants selected to interview will be notified via email. Interviews are held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from mid-November through mid-January. Applicants are interviewed by faculty, residents and trusted friends of the Emergency Department.

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

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

Cardiology doc from Allina, program director for Interventional Cardiology Fellowship

Mario Goessl, MD, PhD

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