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So You Want to be a Heart Doctor? Explore the Path to Cardiology Fellowship

A recording of this presentation is available here. The passcode is: =z03=1+V

Learn how to apply for cardiology fellowship and the do’s and don’ts of the process from current FITS as well as Cardiology Program Directors from across the state of Pennsylvania.  Registration is free, but you do need to register in order to receive the Zoom link.


Ricardo Andrés Nieves, MD

Cardiovascular Fellow, PGY-VI

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center


Panelists - Program Directors

Craig Alpert, MD, FACC

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Drexel University

Program Director, General Cardiology Fellowship Training Program

Section of Advanced Heart Failure, Transplant, MCS, and Pulmonary Hypertension

Cardiovascular Institute

Allegheny General Hospital~Allegheny Health Network

Pittsburgh, PA

Kathryn Berlacher, MD, MS, FACC

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Associate Chief of Cardiology for Education

Program Director, Cardiology Fellowship Program

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Pittsburgh, PA

Pravin V. Patel, MD, FACC

Associate Professor, Clinical Medicine

Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University

Director, Cardiovascular Disease Training Program

Temple University Hospital

Philadelphia, PA


Michael Pfeiffer, MD, FACC, FSCAI

Associate Professor of Medicine

Associate Program Director, Cardiology Fellowship

Director, Structural Heart Disease Imaging

Penn State Health - Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

Penn State College of Medicine

Hershey, PA

Panelists - Residents

Oby Ibe, MD


Joseph Ibrahim, MD

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center 

Tim Kim, MD

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Naima Maqsoo, MD

Temple University

Nikos Pappan, MD

Allegheny Health Network

Audrey Thorp, MD

Penn State University

Topics to be addressed: 

  • Input from residents recently accepted to cardiology fellowship 
  • Q&A with Pennsylvania Cardiology Fellowship Program Directors 
  • General outline of the timeline for the application process 
  • Components needed in the process 
  • Who to ask for letters of Recommendation? 
  • Dos and Don’ts for virtual interview 
  • Common questions and concerns encountered in the application process 
  • General Q&A

Please join us for a very informative and enjoyable meeting!! All levels of training are invited!!

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West Chester, PA 19380

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