Cardiology Fellowship Program

The University of Kentucky College of Medicine (Bowling Green) Cardiology Fellowship Program located at The Medical Center at Bowling Green is a three-year program designed to give the fellow a broad exposure to general, Clinical Cardiology. Our Graduate Medical Education staff along with the medical staff from The Medical Center and Western Kentucky Heart and Lung are focused on developing skilled, competent and compassionate Cardiologists. The principle objective of the Cardiology Fellowship Program is to provide excellence in an environment conducive to independent, self-motivated learning and scholarly activity.

The Cardiology Fellowship Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME ID: 1412014216) and is approved for six fellows. The program participates in the Electronic Residency Application Service and the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP Program Code: 1848141F1).


program overview

The fellowship training program in cardiology is thirty-six (36) months in duration and is designed to provide excellence in cardiovascular disease training. A minimum of twenty-four (24) months will include supervised management of patients (clinical rotations).

This program will train two (2) cardiology fellows enrolled in the program during each training year for a total of six (6) fellows. This program is structured to meet and exceed the requirements of the basic standards for training in cardiology.

The principal objective of the cardiology fellowship program at The Medical Center at Bowling Green and affiliated sites is to provide excellence in training in cardiovascular disease management in an environment conducive to independent, self-motivated learning and scholarly activity, with the aim of developing clinician-scientists or clinician-educators experienced in clinical research and capable of assuming academic positions.

The program structure offers fellows extensive learning experiences in the management of patients with cardiovascular disease including management of patients in the cardiac care unit, critical care unit, telemetry floors, and to provide consult services for all departments of medicine, surgery, and obstetrics and gynecology. Fellows are involved once a week with Cardiology continuity clinic. They get experience in pre- and post-operative management of patients undergoing cardiac surgery and patients with cardiac transplantation. There is also extensive training in the procedural and technical disciplines of cardiology, and a supervised research experience. There is a wide array of didactic learning experiences including: Clinical Competency Conference, Research Conference, Cardiac Catheterization Conference, Morbidity and Mortality Conference, Case Conference, Journal Club, EKG reading sessions, Echocardiography Conference, Nuclear Conference, Electrophysiology Conference, CT/MR Conference, and The Medical Center Cardiovascular Grand Rounds. The curriculum is designed to be in accordance with the Guidelines of the Core Cardiology Training Statement, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (1) and with the Special Requirements for Fellowship Training in Cardiology of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (2).

Third Year Cardiology Fellows

Vivak Patel, DO

Vivak Patel, D.O.

  • Palmetto General Hospital

  • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine – Georgia Campus

Richard Pham, DO

Richard Pham, D.O.

  • Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center

  • Oklahoma State University for Health Sciences

Second Year Cardiology Fellows

Kris Pfirman, DO

Kris Pfirman, D.O.

  • Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine

Megan Smith, DO

Megan Smith, D.O.

  • Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

First Year Cardiology Fellows

Bashar Hemyari, MD

Bashar Al Hemyari, M.D.

  • University of Baghdad College of Medicine

  • UC Riverside/Riverside Community Hospital

Sameer Saleem, MD, Cardiology Fellow

Sameer Saleem, M.D.

  • Khyber Medical College

  • Presence Saint Joseph Hospital


program CURRICULUM

Post-Graduate Year 4

  • 3 months of Cardiology Inpatient Service
  • 1 month Cardiology Consult Service
  • 2 months Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory
  • ½ month Heart Failure
  • 2 months Echocardiography
  • ½ month research
  • 3 months Nuclear Cardiology

POST-GRADUATE YEAR 5

  • 2 months Cardiology Inpatient Service
  • 1 month Cardiology Consult Service
  • 3 months Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory
  • 1 month Heart Failure
  • 1 month Echocardiography
  • 1 month Electrophysiology Service
  • 1 month Nuclear Cardiology
  • ½ month Research
  • ½ month Cardiac CT and MRI
  • 1 month Elective
  • Congenital Heart Disease*

* Congenital Heart Disease will be implemented during clinic hours through visiting physicians from the University of Louisville.

POST-GRADUATE YEAR 6

  • 2 months Cardiac Care Unit (CCU)
  • 1 month Nuclear Cardiology
  • 2 months Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory
  • 3 months Echocardiography
  • 1 month Electrophysiology Service
  • ½ month Cardiac CT and MRI (UK Medical Center)
  • ½ month Advanced Heart Failure (UK Medical Center)
  • ½ month Vascular Surgery
  • ½ month Research
  • 1 month Elective

requirements

Medical School

Fellowship candidates must have a certificate of completion from one of the following:

  • Medical school in the United States or Canada accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), or
  • Medical school in the United States accredited by the American Osteopathic Association Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA)

Medical Licensure

Applicants must be eligible to obtain a Kentucky medical training license. 

Residency Training

Applicants must have successfully completed three years of postgraduate training in an ACGME or Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC)-accredited program in Internal Medicine and be board eligible or board certified. 

USMLE/COMLEX Examinations

Applicants must have passed all Steps of the USMLE or the COMLEX equivalent. 


Non-Discrimination

The University of Kentucky College of Medicine (Bowling Green) Cardiology Fellowship Program will not discriminate against any individual based upon race, color, race, color, national origin, ethnic origin, religion, creed, age, physical or mental disability, veteran status, uniformed service, political belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, marital status, genetic information, social or economic status, or whether the person is a smoker or nonsmoker, as long as the person complies with University and affiliated hospital policy concerning smoking.


preferred qualifications

This program selects from eligible applicants on the basis of their preparedness, ability, aptitude, academic credentials, communication skills, and personal qualities such as motivation and integrity.

The program’s preferred qualifications include:

  • USMLE scores of 250 and above on each step or COMLEX scores of 550 and above on each step
  • No failures on any step of the USMLE or COMLEX
  • Completion of an accredited Internal Medicine Residency program no more than five years prior to anticipated fellowship program start date

Application and Matching Services

The Cardiology Fellowship Program participates in the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS®). All applications are processed through ERAS®. All other applications will not be accepted.

Applications Must Include the Following:

  • The common ERAS® application form;
  • USMLE scores or COMLEX equivalent;
  • ECFMG report and certificate for international medical graduates including US applicants attending medical schools outside the US;
  • Official medical school transcript;
  • Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE);
  • Two letters of professional reference;
  • One letter of professional reference from the residency program director in internal medicine; and
  • Personal statement.

Appointments are made through the Cardiovascular Subspecialty Match Program sponsored by the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) Specialty Matching Services (SMS). All candidates must register through the SMS. 


international medical graduates

Eligible international medical graduates must have a current, valid certificate from the Educational Commission on Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) at the time of application. Note that completion of an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accredited Internal Medicine Residency Training Program and American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) board-eligibility in Internal Medicine are required for ABIM board-eligibility and certification in Cardiovascular Disease.

The University of Kentucky College of Medicine (Bowling Green) Cardiovascular Disease Program accepts applications from internal medical graduates who are holders of a Green Card (permanent resident) and individuals who are prepared to have a J-1 visa sponsored by the ECFMG. This program does not support H-1 visas.

Applications from candidates who do not meet these requirements will not be considered. 


interview process

Applicants selected for an interview will be contacted via email. Interviews will be scheduled between September 1 and October 31. If you are extended an invitation for an interview, we encourage you to contact our offices as soon as possible. Interviews are scheduled on a first come, first served basis. Please note there is a limited number of applicant positions that can be accommodated on any given interview day.

On the day of your interview, you will meet with the program director, program staff, core faculty, and tour our facilities.