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Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program

About the Program

Program Director: Indu G. Poornima, MD
Associate Program Director: Craig Alpert, MD
Associate Program Director: Anita Radhakrishnan, MD
Accreditation: ACGME
Program length: 3 years (PGY4-PGY6)
Fellows per year: 6


The Cardiovascular Institute at the Allegheny Health Network (AHN) Medical Education Consortium offers six positions for a three-year ACGME Accredited Fellowship Training Program in Cardiovascular Disease at its flagship hospital, Allegheny General Hospital (AGH).  We provide a strong set of core clinical experiences and educational programs for trainees with varied long-term objectives.  Fellows have large blocks of elective time to devote to research and in-depth training in one or more subspecialty areas.

Our fellowship program offers an outstanding experience that thoroughly prepares trainees for leadership careers in clinical or academic cardiology.  AHN also offers the following fourth-year (PGY-7) fellowship programs:

We draw on the expertise and strong teaching commitment of faculty, as well as extensive research opportunities and superb resources for tertiary-care cardiology.  At AHN, we treat a large number of patients from western Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Ohio.

Allegheny Health Network’s (AHN) Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program provides academic, clinical, and technical expertise for the training and education of cardiology fellows.

Fellowship Goals

Goals of the Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program include:

  • Maintain educational criteria consistent with the goals of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Committee on Cardiology
  • Maintain educational criteria that satisfy the American College of Cardiology Core Cardiovascular Training Statement Four (COCATS 4)
  • Integrate principles of basic science with in-depth clinical experiences
  • Promote a broader understanding of the role of cardiology with other disciplines, such as internal medicine, cardiothoracic surgery, OB-GYN, neurology, and family medicine
  • Facilitate self-directed study through recommended readings and learning activities
  • Guide skillful use of research techniques during investigations
  • Develop professional leadership, management, and educator skills
  • Promote an understanding of the economic, legal, and social challenges of current and future cardiology practices

Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Criteria

Our program meets the following criteria specified by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME):

  • Patient care that is compassionate, appropriate, and effective for the promotion of health, illness prevention, disease treatment, and end-of-life care
  • Medical knowledge of established and evolving biomedical, clinical, and cognate (epidemiological and social-behavioral) sciences, and demonstration of this knowledge to patients and medical professionals
  • Practice-based learning and improvement that involves investigation and evaluation of patient care, appraisal, and assimilation of scientific evidence, and improvements in patient care practices
  • Interpersonal and communication skills that result in effective information exchange and teaming with patients, their families, and other health professionals
  • Professionalism, as manifested through a commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities, adherence to ethical principles, and sensitivity to a diverse patient population
  • Systems-based practice, as demonstrated by actions that show an awareness of — and responsiveness to — the larger context and system of healthcare, as well as the ability to effectively call on system resources to provide optimal patient care