About the Program

Quick Facts

2024 Recruitment Timeline

We have adapted our usual application and interview procedures to meet the challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic.



The University of Iowa Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Training Program was established in 1966. Over 250 fellows have graduated from the program and have become leading clinicians, educators, scientists, and administrators throughout the United States and the world. The program is certified by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). The Abboud Cardiovascular Research Center has the longest funded cardiovascular NIH T32 training grant, which supports research training for clinical and postdoctoral fellows.

Mission Statement and Aims

As a premier academic medical center in the Midwest, we help our trainees to develop the skills that they will need to shape the future of cardiovascular medicine though leadership in clinical care, scientific investigation, education, administration, and public health at the regional, national, and international levels.

To achieve this mission, we aim to provide academically and clinically rigorous training in general cardiology as well as advanced training in clinical cardiology subspecialties. Our fellows will continue to develop the basic and clinical knowledge, procedural skills, clinical judgment, professionalism and interpersonal skills, and abilities necessary to be outstanding cardiovascular clinicians, investigators, educators, and administrators. They will also learn how to continue to develop these skills through the course of a long career, as required of leaders in cardiovascular medicine. The curriculum is designed to provide broad clinical exposure in acute and chronic cardiovascular care in the inpatient and outpatient settings, as well as extensive experience in non-invasive and invasive cardiac procedures. Clinical training is provided at an integrated clinical cardiovascular center, the Heart and Vascular Center and the University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital, within the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, and at the Iowa City Veterans Affairs Health System.

Because of the role of our fellows as future leaders in diverse fields, we also aim to facilitate scholarly activity at the world-renowned Abboud Cardiovascular Research Center or in other divisions, departments, colleges, or research centers at the University of Iowa. We also closely collaborate with other colleges at the University of Iowa, including the College of Public Health and the Tippie College of Business, allowing our fellows to obtain graduate degrees, including Master of Clinical Investigation, Master of Medical Education, Master of Public Health, Master of Health Administration, and Master of Business Administration. In addition, the Fellows as Clinician Educators (FACE) Program is designed to introduce future clinician-educators to a set of skills that will be useful in their careers. The program presents concepts of educational design and research, lecture development, evaluation, observation and feedback.

Our philosophy is to provide flexibility so that each fellow can individualize her or his training to meet future career goals.


We offer a three-year traditional track which includes two years of clinical training and one year of scholarly activity (research training or graduate degree education), and a four-year scholarly track which includes two years of clinical training and two years of scholarly activity. We strongly encourage applications from candidates interested in the four-year scholarly track geared towards training as physician-scientists to become future leaders in academic cardiovascular medicine. We welcome six to seven new fellows each year.

Further subspecialty training is available in Interventional Cardiology, Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology, Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology, and Advanced Cardiac Imaging . In addition, extended research training may be available for exceptionally promising physician-scientists.