Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship


We are pleased that you are considering the Cardiovascular Fellowship program at Orlando Health. Our program received initial accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) effective 7/1/2016,  and our first two fellows will begin training in July 2017.

Our fellowships’ mission is to produce the finest Cardiologists that will excel in a wide range of post fellowship careers that include clinical, academic and/or research positions. We provide comprehensive clinical training with specialized rotations in Coronary Intensive Care Unit (CICU), Catheterization Laboratory, Non Invasive, Electrophysiology, Congestive Heart Failure, Structural Heart Disease, Advanced Imaging (Nuclear, MRI, CTA), Ambulatory and 3 months dedicated time for research and electives.

Throughout this site, you’ll find descriptions of the program, participating hospitals, application materials, and program requirements.

If you have questions, please contact Michelle Griffin, Senior Residency Coordinator at or call 321.841.8537.

We look forward to receiving your application to join us.


Joel A. Garcia-Fernandez, MD, RPVI, FACP, FACC, FSCAI, FCCP

Founding Program Director

Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship

Core Curriculum

The mission of the Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program is to provide a balanced program of clinical, academic and investigative experience. Our goal is to train and develop physicians in the management of acute care conditions. Graduating cardiologists will be able to excel in either private practice, public and/or academic teaching hospitals. Our full-time attending physicians are dedicated to directly supervise each fellow’s training experience. The program is structured so fellows have extensive one-on-one contact with faculty. Significant emphasis is placed on ongoing educational opportunities where faculty and fellows work together to explore and resolve clinical problems.

The Clinical Training Program

Orlando Health’s Cardiovascular Fellowship training program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) for subspecialty training in the management of acute care illnesses. This three year program will lead to eligibility in American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) based cardiovascular certifying examination.

Clinical training for cardiovascular fellows focuses on an in-depth clinical experience that utilizes a multidisciplinary approach to the care of critically ill patients. Faculty members share in caring and managing each patient and provide direct supervision to fellows.


Coronary Intensive Care Unit (CICU) - 4 months

Catheterization Laboratory – 3 months

Non Invasive – 3 months

Electrophysiology – 2 months


Catheterization Laboratory – 3 months

Non Invasive – 3 months

Consult Service – 2 months

Electrophysiology – 1 month

Ambulatory – 1 month

Advanced Imaging – 1 month

Research – 1 month


Coronary Intensive Care Unit (CICU) - 2 months

Electrophysiology – 2 months

Advanced Imaging – 2 months

Research – 2 months

Catheterization Laboratory – 1 month

Consult Service – 1 month

Ambulatory – 1 month

Congestive Heart Failure – 1 month

Outpatient Responsibilities

All fellows will participate in an ongoing continuity clinic which will provide them with the opportunity to develop an understanding of and appreciation, for the longitudinal nature of disease.

On-call Coverage

CICU’s within Orlando Health main campus are covered on-site 24/7 by board certified attending physicians. The on-call faculty member is readily available to provide backup as needed. Fellows take calls from home. When fellows are not on-call at night or over the weekend, they have no responsibilities for patient coverage.

Conferences/Educational Activities

The fellowship program features daily noon conferences, some of which are combined with other academic programs such as Medical Critical Care, Surgical Critical Care, EKG and Emergency Medicine. Catheterization laboratory conference is every Tuesday morning.

A weekly journal club with presentations on recent key articles regarding aspects of acute care illnesses and complications are reviewed. Focused literature reviews are presented by staff and fellows.

Internal Medicine grand rounds occur monthly and fellows are strongly encouraged to attend.

1. Medical Noon Report – occurs every day 11:00 AM (for cardiology cases)

2. Journal Clubs – Monday 6:00 PM when not on Core Curriculum

3. Catheterization conference- Tuesday 7:00 AM (weekly)

4. Core Curriculum (first 2 months) 6:00 PM

5. EKG Conference- Wednesday 7:00 AM (alternated weeks)

Courses and Meetings

Fellows will be registered to take the American College of Cardiology In-Training exam to provide an opportunity for self-assessment, to identify knowledge gaps and to prepare fellows for board certification examination. Orlando Health supports travel to one national meeting during the year and fellows will be given protected time to present cases and abstracts.


Orlando Regional Medical Center (ORMC) is where our fellows receive the majority of their training.

  • 808-bed hospital in downtown Orlando
  • One of the state's six major teaching hospitals
  • Home to Central Florida's only Level One Trauma Center 

Orlando Regional Medical Center (ORMC) - North Tower
Our new addition, The North Tower, is a ten-story 345,000 sq. ft facility with 192 inpatient beds. The North Tower will continue to enhance the training experience at Orlando Health, offering the very latest technology and diagnostic imaging capabilities.

Orlando Health UF Health Cancer Center
Is a fully integrated statewide cancer treatment and research facility that is affiliated with the University of Florida.. Our fellows have the opportunity to participate in the medical care of patients with hematological and oncological diseases.

Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies is an Orlando Health Facility which is dedicated to the unique needs of women and babies. The Internal Medicine Consultation service offers the upper-level fellow a unique opportunity to participate in the care of patients during the peri-partum.

Vacation and Sick Leave

Each fellow is  entitled to three weeks paid vacation. All vacations must be scheduled in advance with the Program Director to provide appropriate coverage. No two fellows in the same year may take vacations at the same time unless approved by the Program Director. In the event of illness, it is the fellow’s responsibility to inform the Program Director of the problem. Coverage arrangements will be made for unexpected absences.

Team Approach/Extenders

Orlando Health is a comprehensive multidisciplinary medical center which has extensive ancillary services available. CICU patients are divided and distributed into several medical teams. Each team is lead and guided by an attending physician who is primarily responsible for the overall management decisions. However, the fellow assumes increased responsibility for many of the day-to-day care issues as they advance in their training and education. Other team members include advance registered nurse practitioners and physician assistants who have advanced training in the management of critically ill patients. Extenders serve as liaisons for the medical teams.

Application Information

What you need to know to apply

If you are interested in a cardiovascular disease fellowship, we invite you to apply through ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service). For information about the process or to register for ERAS online, visit
The Cardiovascular Diseases program participates in the National Residency Match Program’s Medical Specialties Matching Program (MSMP). This is a computerized venue for matching applicant’s preferences for fellowship programs with program directors’ preferences for applicants. For information about NRMP or to register online participate in NRMP, go to