University of Wisconsin
School of Medicine and Public Health

Adult Congenital Heart Disease Fellowship


Welcome to the UW ACHD Fellowship Program website! Please take the time to explore our pages and learn about our program. If you have questions, do not hesitate to contact us!

Interested APPLICANTS are encouraged to contact program coordinators as primary contact.

Program Contact Information

Heather Bartlett, MD
Program Director

Theresa Teske
Program Coordinator

Mission Statement

The UW ACHD Fellowship Program aims are:

  • Train fellows towards mastery of the requisite skills and attitudes to evolve into competent, compassionate, and cost-effective specialists
  • Provide a robust, comprehensive didactic and clinical experience to develop a fellow’s clinical, cognitive, and technical skills
  • Maintain a collegial, team-oriented learning environment
  • Provide fellows the opportunity to find meaning and purpose, develop professional attitudes, empathy and emotional intelligence, and to find professional and personal satisfaction, and to mold their own educational experience
  • Continually enhance the learning experience by actively seeking and responding to fellow feedback.

The Adult Congenital Heart Disease (ACHD) Fellowship Program at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics (UWHC) is a comprehensive ACHD program offering state-of-the-art training. The ACHD Fellowship program is a fully funded, two-year training program for candidates who have completed an accredited fellowship in cardiovascular disease or pediatric cardiology. Our program is fully accredited by the ACGME.

The UW Health ACHD program in which the fellowship program is based is accredited by the Adult Congenital Heart Association (ACHA), one of only 19 in the nation to meet the ACHA’s standards and to complete the rigorous accreditation process. The program encompasses full-time, clinical ACHD faculty members and a multidisciplinary team, in addition to our diverse clinical and basic science programs in cardiovascular medicine and pediatric cardiology. ACHD fellows are fully integrated into the team and rotate through UW Hospitals and Clinics, the American Family Children’s Hospital, and Meriter Hospital, an affiliated community hospital and birthing center.

Program Showcase

  • Seamless integration of our Cardiology and Pediatric Cardiology services
  • Comprehensive, learner-centered education
  • Program support to attend local and national conferences
  • Dedicated quarterly fellows meeting with program leadership
  • Weekly and monthly educational conferences
  • Department of Medicine Global Health Pathway with opportunities to engage in global health didactics, research, and a clinical elective
  • Support for fellows and faculty in addressing wellness and achieving life-balance
  • Full range of conditions/pathologies treated and managed
  • Top 5% nationally for outcomes!



The Division of Cardiovascular Medicine is proud to have a long-standing, well-funded, robust research enterprise encompassing all forms of research from bench and clinical to translational. The major themes of CVM research topics include heart failure and ventricular function, electrophysiology and arrhythmias, and vascular biology including prevention and imaging.

Trainees with a strong research interest may also inquire about the possibility of further advancing their research interests and experience through the addition of a dedicated year of post-grad training on our T32 Research Grant.

Please visit our CVM Division Research page and our Fellowship Research Opportunities page for more information.

Program History

Our Adult Congenital Heart Disease Fellowship Program is brand new! Our program received initial accreditation in September 2019. We hope to recruit future fellows who go on to become leaders in the field.

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