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Education for Medical Professionals

Educational Opportunities

The Cardiovascular Institute's commitment to exceptional care of the heart extends to the education of future physicians and specialists. The depth and scope of our educational programs mirrors that of our patient-care services.

CME Conferences

We host an annual CME Symposium each fall, entitled “Innovations in Heart Failure and Pulmonary Hypertension.”

Fellowships and Residencies

In addition to our outstanding cardiology fellowship program, the Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program offers a one-year Heart Failure Fellowship Program. This program provides intensive inpatient and outpatient experiences with the advanced heart failure patient, participation with the cardiac transplantation and ventricular assist device teams, and research opportunities.

Allegheny General Hospital's Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery has an outstanding and highly sought-after residency program in cardiac and general thoracic surgery. This two-year program develops exceptional skills, knowledge and judgement in the surgical treatment of all forms of adult heart disease, including coronary bypass, valve repair and replacement, thoracic aneurysm repair, heart transplantation and ventricular assist devices. Residents also become proficient in surgical treatment of diseases of the lungs, esophagus and chest wall.

The new Allegheny Integrated Sequential Program in Vascular and Cardiothoracic Surgery is designed to provide a focused clinical and didactic curriculum for the medical school graduate, leading to board certification in both Thoracic and Vascular Surgery. The program begins with five years of integrated vascular surgery training, preparing the resident to sit for the board examination in vascular surgery. The resident then completes two years in the Allegheny thoracic surgery program, leading to certification by the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.


Specialized Heart Failure Preceptorships are available for medical professionals. Allegheny General Hospital offers the only N-HeFT site (National Heart Failure Training) in Western Pennsylvania. These one or two-day workshops include interactive discussions on optimal approaches to HF management in a didactic setting, as well as clinical experience and practical application workshops, tailored to meet the needs of visiting professionals.

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