Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology Fellowship

Message from the Director

Allene S. Burdette, M.D., F.S.I.R.

The Division of Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology (CVIR) offers two one-year fellowships with the primary purpose of preparing its graduates for careers in the multi-faceted subspecialty of CVIR. Fellows receive training in all aspects of the modern CVIR practice. Vascular and non-vascular interventions will include, but are not limited to:

  • Diagnostic and interventional arteriography and venography
  • Oncologic and transplant interventions
  • Embolotherapy
  • Vascular access and dialysis access management
  • IVC filter placement and complex IVC filter retrieval
  • Percutaneous biliary interventions (including choledochoscopy)
  • Genitourinary interventions
  • Gastrointestinal interventions
  • Vascular malformation interventions
  • Venous insufficiency interventions
  • Transjugular Intrahepatic Porto-systemic Shunt Creation and Management
  • Complex drainage procedures
  • Non-invasive vascular imaging (Vascular Ultrasound, CT Angiography, MR Angiography)
  • Percutaneous biopsies (optional)
  • Neurointerventions (optional)

Fellows have dedicated time in CVIR subspecialty clinics where patients are seen for pre-procedure evaluation and post-procedure follow-up. Participation in multi-specialty treatment planning conferences contributes to the development of a fellow's clinical skills as well as the understanding of CVIR's role in the patient's global clinical care. Dedicated time for research is an integral part of the fellowship, providing the opportunity to take an in-depth look at specific aspects of CVIR practices and procedures. Participation in the Quality Assurance (QA) process, including a QA project, is an important component of fellowship training, intended to maintain and improve overall patient care. Graduates from the program have entered private, military, and academic practices.


Click here to view the Curriculum.

Conferences and Journal Clubs

Morning Rounds:
Each morning at 7:30 AM, morning rounds are held in the Interventional Radiology reading room. Rounds are attended by the attendings on service, the fellows, the residents on CVIR, as well as any medical student or other learner on the service. Rounds are run by one of the attendings assigned to do procedures that day. The fellows are responsible for organizing the day's cases and ensuring that all patients are prepared to be presented. During rounds, each patient is discussed to include a plan for their care while in the IR suite. Recent imaging studies, labs and other results are discussed in the context of the planned procedure. Rounds represent a valuable time for patient-specific education, as well as discussion regarding the anatomy and techniques relevant to the actual procedure being performed.

Interventional Radiology Conferences Series:
Held on Tuesdays from 8:00-9:00 AM in the Radiology Conference Room, this conference is mandatory for the fellows and residents who are on service. Lectures that are prepared by the fellows include Interesting Case Conference (ICC), Morbidity and Mortality Conference (M&M), and Journal Club (JC). ICC and M&M each occur once a month. JC alternates with a Technology and Nursing Education lecture, which is prepared by the Technologists and Nurses who work in CVIR. Attending physicians present IR - focused didactic lectures on a monthly basis. 

Formal Journal Club:
Formal Journal Club is held quarterly in addition to the Journal Club noted above. The choice of articles is made a the discretion of the fellows, with attending input. The choice of articles may be driven by questions regarding new techniques or current literature. An interesting clinical question that arises during a case may also be the motivation for selecting a specific topic for discussion.

Heart and Vascular Institute (HVI) Conference Series:
The HVI Conference Series consists of lectures that may be attended by all house-staff in the HVI. Of particular interest to the CVIR fellow may be HVI Grand Rounds, which are lectures given by subject-matter experts within the HVI as well as outside speakers.

ACGME Core Competency Lectures
This lecture series is held the first Thursday of each month. Attendance is mandatory for the house-staff, but attendance by attending physicians is also encouraged. The ACGME Core Competency Lectures provide education regarding the Core Competencies of Patient Care, Medical Knowledge, Practice-based Learning and Improvement, Interpersonal and Communication Skills, Professionalism, and Systems-based Practice. Please click here to see the most recent and upcoming lecture titles.

Central Pennsylvania Angio Club:
This quarterly meeting encourages the exchange of ideas between the Hershey Medical Center CVIR group and Interventional Radiologists who practice in the community. This is a meeting that all attendees look forward to, where interesting cases are presented and spirited discussions about management ensue. It gives all participants the opportunity to share new ideas, different techniques and good food.

Application Required Documents

Applications to the Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology Fellowship Program will be processed through ERAS. The following will need to be uploaded to ERAS in order for the application to be considered complete and ready for review:

  • ERAS application (completed in its entirety)
  • Current and detailed curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation written by the faculty indicated below. Individuals who are providing a letter of recommendation must be able to attest to your current level of clinical competence, technical skills and medical knowledge
    • ¿Current Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program Director
    • Chief of Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology
    • A faculty member familiar with your professional skills
  • ¿One page personal statement
  • Official Medical School Performance Evaluation (MSPE)
  •  Official Medical School transcript
  • USMLE (Steps 1-3) and/or COMLEX (Levels 1-3) Score Reports
  • Copy of ECFMG certificate (if applicable)

The opening day for accepting applications is December 1, 2015. The last day for accepting completed applications is January 15, 2016.  We look forward to reviewing your application materials.  Completed applications will be reviewed by attending physicians and interviews will be offered to qualified candidates on a rolling basis.  The time frame for the upcoming interview season has yet to be established.  Once that information is available we will begin to offer interviews accordingly.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have regarding our program or the application process.

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Penn State Heart and Vascular Institute
Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology Fellowship Program
P.O. Box 850, M.C. H066
Hershey, PA 17033-0850
PH: 717-531-5418 FAX: 717-531-4445

Allene S. Burdette, M.D.
Program Director

Marguerite (Beth) Gattens
Fellowship Program Support