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Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology Fellowship

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

About Our Program

The Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology Fellowship program offers outstanding clinical training and research at its dual-site program, showcasing a full range of cardiovascular services and patient pathology.

Our fellows rotate at Hennepin Healthcare, 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. Our fellows work one-on-one with practicing faculty, using the latest technology to treat patients.

Training far exceeds many heart failure fellowship programs

Since we offer one fellow position, individual attention and experience far exceed 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 mechanical assist devices and extracorporeal mechanical oxygenation (ECMO).

We also have a cardio-oncology clinic that offers services for cancer patients with heart conditions. Conditions include a pre-existing heart condition, one that developed during cancer treatment, and a heart condition in need of immediate treatment prior to resuming cancer treatments.

Working together, fellows gain advanced 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.

  1. Submission: Submit your application through the Electronic Resident Application System. Contact your medical school’s student affairs or dean’s office for instructions. We do not accept applications through the mail. The Cardiac Disease Fellowship will contact selected candidates individually; we do participate in the National Resident Matching Program.
  2. Scoring: Each applicant will be scored based on these criteria:
    • Medical school transcripts
    • Demonstrated clinical excellence and professionalism
    • Honors and accomplishments
    • Publications
    • Letters of recommendation
    • Interviews
  3. Interviews: Selected applicants will be invited for interviews. We conduct interviews in September and October.
  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 at Hennepin Healthcare and the Minneapolis Heart Institute to experience firsthand the day-to-day operations of a major public hospital and a privately-owned cardiology practice.


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Cheryl Christenson

Fellowship Coordinator
[email protected]

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

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