Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellowship

The University of Michigan Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellowship is designed for individuals who wish to specialize in clinical cardiac electrophysiology (CCEP). Prepare and nurture innovators in CCEP who are committed to high quality patient care and advancing the field of electrophysiology. The fellowship aims to (or is focused towards, committed to etc) prepare and nurture innovators in CCEP who are committed to high quality patient care and advancing the field of electrophysiology. The fellows are an essential component of the division, and our faculty is firmly committed to training the academic leaders of tomorrow.

Fellows train in state of the art facilities and develop their clinical acumen by managing the high volume, high acuity patient population at the University of Michigan Health System. During this time, with close staff mentoring, fellows will gain expertise in the indications, limitations, complications and techniques of diagnostic and therapeutic tools available to electrophysiologists; use of pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic therapeutic options for treating cardiac arrhythmias; advanced training in the appropriate indications, insertion and surveillance of implantable defibrillators.

Fellows participate in didactic sessions, many of which are designed for them as a core curriculum. Other conferences are division-wide and are designed for clinical care review or as a forum for invited external experts.

Research is a large component of the fellow’s experience at University of Michigan. To develop skill in clinical or basic research through independent literature review, preparation of a grant-in-aid for peer-review, developing and implementing one or more studies, analyzing data, preparing data for abstract submission for peer-review, and preparing full manuscripts for peer-review. This will all be done under the supervision of a mentor from the electrophysiology laboratory.

APPLY

Thank you for your interest in the Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology (CCEP) Fellowship at the University of Michigan. 

Application for our CCEP Fellowship Program should be submitted through the Electronic Residency Application System (ERAS). Our program utilizes the ERAS web-based system for processing fellowship applications. We do not accept paper applications for these positions.

Noteworthy Dates

Please note, only complete applications through ERAS will be considered for interviews.

A Message from the Director

Thank you for visiting our website and your interest in the University of Michigan Frankel Cardiovascular Center's Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellowship Program. For the past 30 years, Dr. Fred Morady and our team offer one of the best training environments for cardiac electrophysiology in the country.

As a fellow, we have one goal for you: to maximize your potential to become a world-class electrophysiologists that will be equally successful in an academic medical center or a community hospital. The University of Michigan is often the last hope for many patients burdened with life threatening arrhythmias, so you will care for patients with both routine and complex arrhythmias from other medical centers from across the country. By the end of your training, you can be proficient at ablation for atrial fibrillation, ventricular tachycardia including epicardial ablation, implantable device implantation and extraction and left atrial appendage occlusion techniques. We do this work at our new fully-integrated Frankel Cardiovascular Center and a tertiary Veterans Administration Hospital staffed by UMHS electrophysiologists.

Our research opportunities are equally robust. Our fellows present their work at national and international meetings and have published their work as first author in prestigious publications including Heart Rhythm Journal, Circulation and the New England Journal of Medicine. You can do your research with our clinical faculty or work with one of the most prolific basic research groups in the country at Center for Arrhythmia Research under the leadership of Dr. Jose Jaliffe. You will also have access to the resources of the University of Michigan, including statistical support, early funding for research and interaction with other departments such as Biomedical Engineering to develop technologies for the future.

Our fellows are an integral part of our team and this philosophy drives us to ensure that you are actively engaged in patient care and research. Because of this, our fellows transition smoothly into their new careers. Many of whom have become directors in EP labs across the country and thought leaders throughout the world.

Your success is our success and we want to give you all the resources you need to find it. Our program wants both you and your family to be supported through your 2 years on our program. Additionally, Ann Arbor, Michigan is a wonderful place to live and raise a family, with all that you need around the corner or access to transportation across the country or the world.

We hope that you like what you see.

Frank Pelosi Jr., MD

Curriculum

Below you will find sample schedules for the first and second year of the CCEP Fellowship.

Clinical Rotation

Consult Rotation

VA Hospital Rotation

Clinical Facilities

University of Michigan Health System

UMHS CampusThe University of Michigan Health System includes the U-M Medical School, with its Faculty Group Practice and many research laboratories; North Campus Research Complex, the U-M Hospitals and Health Centers, which includes University HospitalFrankel Cardiovascular CenterC.S. Mott Children's HospitalVon Voigtlander Women's Hospital, 120 outpatient clinics and approximately 40 health centers

Its hospitals have 925 licensed beds. As a tertiary care center, UMHS has 179 intensive care unit (ICU) beds, giving it one of the highest numbers of ICU beds in the country. UMHS is also a high-volume surgical center with a total of 66 operating rooms.

VA Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor VA Health Care CenterThe Ann Arbor VA is a major referral institution within the Veterans Health Agency. It is responsible for providing primary, secondary and tertiary care to veterans residing in the lower peninsula of Michigan and also Northwestern Ohio. It operates 105 acute care beds and 40 Community Living Center (extended care) beds. More than 550,000 outpatient visits are made to its facilities yearly.

Salary and Benefits

Electrophysiology Fellows are members of the University of Michigan House Officer Association. The House Officer’s annual stipend is competitive with other training programs in the area. In addition, the University provides health, dental, and disability benefits, as well as group life and professional liability.

Salary

PGY-6 $71,755
PGY-7 $75,325
PGY-8 $78,938

Salary increases occur when PGY levels are advanced (July).

Lump Sum Bonus

Each November, House Officers receive a lump sum payment of 9.2% of their base salary.

Vacation

House Officers receive four weeks of paid vacation per year.

Holiday Pay

House Officers receive an additional 1/364 of their annual salary when they work one of the following holidays: Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, or their Birthday.

Research

The clinical and translational research programs outlined below are at the disposal of all cardiology fellows at the University of Michigan. Research opportunities are uniformly strong across disciplines, and fellows are encouraged to create new collaborations across the schools and institutes at the University. Over the course of training, fellows have been known to publish in high impact journals such as the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Circulation, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and the New England Journal of Medicine.

Formal Clinical Research Programs

Ongoing Clinical Trials

Clinical Registries

Basic Science Research Opportunities

  • Signaling pathways in ischemia-reperfusion injury
  • CD39 ectonucleotidase in coagulation and inflammation
  • PAI-1 in atherosclerosis and thrombosis
  • Leptin in thrombosis and atherosclerosis
  • Genetic modifiers of obesity
  • Glycophingolipids in vascular disease
  • Molecular mechanisms of cardiomyocyte differentiation from embryonic precursors
  • Role of troponin I in the adult cardiac myocyte contractile response to PKC
  • Molecular mechanisms regulating smooth muscle proliferation
  • Role of cardiac renin-angiotensin system in myocyte hypertrophy
  • Novel genetic modifiers of thrombosis
  • Structure and function of voltage-gated sodium channels
  • Mechanisms involved in obesity-induced hypertension
  • Regulation of protein folding
  • Protein-protein interaction domains in cell signaling
  • Basic mechanisms of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
  • G-protein mediated pathways in cardiovascular disease
  • Sympathetic nervous system and adrenergic responsiveness in aging
  • Inflammation in venous thrombosis
  • Genetic modifiers of hypertension
  • Matrix metalloproteinases in vascular disease
  • Tools for measuring cardiovascular complications of diabetes
  • Basic mechanisms of arrhythmia 

Fellows

Alumni

Class of 2017

Kyle Hornsby, MD
Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine
Residency: Duke University Medical Center
Cardiology Fellowship: University of Michigan Health System
Electrophysiology Fellowship: University of Michigan Health System

Kavita Krishnasamy, MD
Medical School: Northeastern Ohio University College of Medicine
Residency: Case Western Reserve University
Cardiology Fellowship: University of Illinois at Chicago

Electrophysiology Fellowship: University of Michigan Health System

Watchara Lohawijarn, MD
Medical School: Chulalongkorn University (TH)
Residency: Chulalongkorn University (TH)
Cardiology Fellowship: Chulalongkorn University (TH)
Electrophysiology Fellowship: University of Michigan Health System

Mohammed Saeed, MD
Medical School: Harvard Medical School
Residency: University of Michigan Health System
Cardiology Fellowship: University of Michigan Health System
Electrophysiology Fellowship: University of Michigan Health System
Electrophysiology Faculty Appt: University of Michigan Health System

Class of 2016

Colby Halsey, MD
Medical School: University of Vermont College of Medicine
Residency: Barnes Jewish Hospital-Washington University
Cardiology Fellowship: University of Michigan Health System
Electrophysiology Fellowship: University of Michigan Health System
Electrophysiology Faculty Appt:

Mario Njeim, MD
Medical School: Saint Hoseph University, Beirut Lebanon
Residency: Henry Ford Health System
Cardiology Fellowship: Henry Ford Health System
Electrophysiology Fellowship: University of Michigan Health System

Seth Sheldon, MD
Medical School: University of Kansas
Residency: Mayo Clinic Rochester
Cardiology Fellowship: Mayo Clinic Rochester
Electrophysiology Fellowship: University of Michigan Health System

Faisal Syed, MD
Medical School: University of Manchester, UK
Residency: Mayo Clinic Rochester
Cardiology Fellowship: Mayo Clinic Rochester
Electrophysiology Fellowship: University of Michigan Health System

Contact Us

Dawn Marie Schaffer, Program Coordinator
Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellowship
University of Michigan Hospital and Health Systems
2396A CVC SPC 5853
1500 E Medical Center Dr
Ann Arbor MI 48109-5853
Phone: (734) 232-0112
Fax: (734) 936-7026

ep-fellowship@med.umich.edu (all questions regarding the fellowship should be sent here, including application process, verification, and elective rotations)