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Cardiovascular Fellowship Program

Cardiovascular Fellowship Program

The purpose of this program is to prepare physicians who already possess a background in internal medicine for a career in cardiovascular medicine.

It is our intention to provide an environment that is suitable for acquiring the following, which are essential to cardiovascular medicine:

  • knowledge
  • skills
  • clinical judgment
  • attitudes
  • values

We feel that a medical cardiologist is a physician who is extremely knowledgeable regarding the differential diagnosis and management of complicated cardiology diseases, and is skilled in laboratory procedures, invasive and noninvasive, employed in cardiovascular diagnosis and research.

Our mission is to produce cardiologists who embody the Ignatian value of “Cura Personalis” in both the learning and clinical practice environment and provide the highest quality cardiovascular care to patients across the region with a focus on clinical excellence, patient safety, and delivering evidence-based medicine in a cost-effective manner.

Our specific goals

  1. Create a workforce of local/regional Cardiologists and Cardiac Subspecialists that will serve in Nebraska / western Iowa and other underserved areas in the Midwest. To serve this, we aim to recruit and retain at least 50% of our trainees to practice in the Midwest and at least 25% of them in Nebraska / Western Iowa. This serves the Institutional goal of creating a workforce that serves local underserved and disadvantaged areas.
  2. Train Cardiologists who deliver highest quality cardiac care by focusing on continuous practice improvement, and advocating for patient safety and quality improvement. To serve this aim, 100% of our graduates will participate in a mentored QI project and at least half of them will present their QI project at the local (GME), regional (Nebraska ACC) or national (ACC) level. This aim aligns with the Institutional goal of creating a culture of continuous quality improvement
  3. Train Cardiologists who demonstrate scholastic excellence through practice of evidence- based medicine, life-long learning, inquiry, and dissemination of new scientific knowledge. Our goal is for >75% of our graduates to have at least one scholarly publication in a peer reviewed journal (excludes case reports) prior to graduation.
  4. To produce physicians who have an understanding of disparities in health care and endeavor to identify and address these disparities so as to improve outcomes in their patients and in their communities. At least 50% of our graduates will graduate with either a scholarly or QI project that addresses disparities in health care, serving in clinic that cares for such patients, or participating in sessions (ACC meeting) that focus health care disparities.

How to Apply

You must apply through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

Step 1

To apply to the program, visit the ERAS website.

The application requires the following information:

  • Official medical school transcripts
  • Official test transcripts for all applicable examinations (USMLE, LMCC, COMLEX, NBOME, FMGEMS, FLEX or NBME)
  • Program director’s letter and at least two other letters of recommendation
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement
  • Valid ECFMG certificate (if you graduated from medical school outside of the U.S.)
  • Photograph

Step 2

Appointments are made through the Cardiovascular Subspecialty Match Program, sponsored by the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) Specialty Matching Services (SMS). All candidates must register through the SMS.  

Step 3

If you are considered for an interview at Creighton University you will meet with the program director and selected faculty. Interviews are conducted between September and October. 

The Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program accepts only J1 Visas. 

For information regarding benefits and compensation, please visit our Graduate Medical Education Department.

About Our Fellowship


The training program fulfills the requirements for training as stated by the American Board of Internal Medicine. The program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and was recently given the highest accreditation of five years.  


You will be eligible to take the American Board of Internal Medicine’s subspecialty examination in cardiovascular disease upon completion of the fellowship.


Five positions are available in the Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship at Creighton University annually on a competitive basis.

Cardiology Fellow practicing


The duration of the Cardiovascular Diseases Program is three years with 15 accredited positions in the general program emphasizing preparation in academic cardiology. Comprehensive training in all major aspects of clinical cardiology is combined with training in basic and clinical cardiovascular research. Opportunities exist in a variety of research disciplines. Creighton University has a tradition of medical excellence.


To apply to the Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program, applicants must have successfully completed three years of postgraduate training in an accredited program in internal medicine in the U.S or Canada and be board eligible or board certified.

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Elle Cooper

Elle Cooper
Phone: 402.280.4235
Fax: 402.280.4850


Ahmed Aboeata
Program Director

Creighton University Division of Cardiology

CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center–Bergan Mercy
7710 Mercy Road, Suite 401
Omaha, NE 68124

Cardiology Clinic Locations

Primary Location
CHI Health Clinic Cardiology (CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center–Bergan Mercy)
7500 Mercy Rd
Omaha, NE 68124

Phone: 402.398.5880
Fax: 402.398.6716