University of Wisconsin
School of Medicine and Public Health

Program FAQs – Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Fellowship

How do I apply? When can I apply?

The AHFTx Program at UW–Madison accepts fellowship applications though the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and participates in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP). You must be registered for both in order to apply and be Matched into the program.

Interested applicants apply in June for matriculation into the program in July the following calendar year, or approximately 13 months after application submission.

Please see our How to Apply page for more information.

What does the curriculum look like?

The AHFTx curriculum is designed to be a well-rounded, comprehensive curriculum which prepares a fellow for ABIM AHFTx board certification and to be a leader in the field. It is also designed to be tailored to an individual’s personal and professional goals.

Please visit our Curriculum page for more detailed information on conferences, clinics, and other educational experiences.

What research opportunities are there for fellows?


The Cardiovascular Medicine Fellowship programs require that all fellows participate in some form of scholarly activity, whether that be manuscripts, book chapters, abstracts, bench research, clinical research, or participation in a QI project. We encourage fellows to tailor their scholarly activity to align with their interests and skills.

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.

How flexible are fellows’ schedules?

Fellows will know what their overall rotation, clinic, call, and conference schedule is upon starting the fellowship program. This will allow for fellows to plan vacation, board examination, and job interview days ahead of time. Fellows are responsible for notifying the fellowship coordinators, clinic mentor, and attending of their planned absence.

How does call work?

While on the HF Inpatient service, fellows will be expected to be available for admissions and consults from 7:00am to 7:00pm Monday through Friday, and 7:00am to 7:00pm one weekend day, with the other weekend day off.

When in-person duties are done before 7:00pm, with attending’s permission, the fellow may leave the hospital, but must remain available via pager and phone for a late admission or consult.

Can I start or expand a family during fellowship?

Yes! Our programs are proud to offer up to six weeks of paid Parental Leave for both parents when the family welcomes a new addition, whether by birth, adoption, fostering or legal guardianship. Adjustments will be made to your schedule to accommodate starting or expanding a family during your training. Your Program Coordinator will assist you in adapting your schedule based on your family’s needs.

What wellness resources are available to fellows?


The primary wellness resource available to fellows is the program Life Matters. They provide face-to-face or telephone counseling for:

  • Stress, depression, and personal problems
  • Balancing work and personal needs
  • Family and relationship concerns
  • Alcohol or drug dependency
  • Workplace conflicts
  • Any other issue of concern in your life

Additional local resources include trained Peer Counseling and the UW Health Wellness app with links to Life Matters and more.

What unique opportunities are available to fellows at UW?

Unique opportunities available to current fellows at UW include, but are not limited to:

  • The Cardiovascular Medicine Research Center T32 research grant opportunity for those fellows interested in research
  • The Department of Medicine Global Health Pathway with opportunities to engage in global health didactics, research, and a clinical elective
  • The Department of Medicine Fellow Medical Education Training Track for those who are interested in developing their skills as an educator through didactics, personalized mentoring, and direct observation and feedback of your teaching skills
  • Resources and mentorship specifically for Women in Medicine at UW

Is parking available to fellows? Where do they park?


Yes! Parking is available to fellows for purchase. Parking rates will vary each year, which is determined by UW Transportation Services, not the fellowship program. The local GME office will subsidize parking rates, which will make them slightly lower than advertised by Transportation Services. The remaining balance of parking costs are deducted from the fellows’ payroll each month.

Our fellows typically park in either Lot 60 (surface lot), or Lot 76 (parking ramp). These are both located northeast of the UW Hospital, and is at most a 10-minute walk.

Where do fellows choose to live?

Madison and the surrounding cities have options for every family size with all budgets. We typically see fellows choosing to live on the west-side of Madison, in Middleton, Verona, or Fitchburg.

Visit here for more on living in Madison.

What benefits are available to me as a fellow?

Benefits for fellows include, but are not limited to:

  • Competitive stipend rates that increase with each PGY
  • Three weeks of vacation days per academic year, and other leave balances (see leave time FAQ for further information)
  • Up to eight legal holidays off – when not scheduled on an inpatient service
  • Liability Insurance
  • Comprehensive health plans for individuals and families; most include basic dental
  • On-call rooms
  • After-hours safe-escort to your car by UW Hospital security if needed
  • Inclement weather car service, including free car jumpstarts from campus security
  • UW-affiliate photo ID (WisCard) which qualifies cardholders discounts at various local businesses, and access to library and recreational facilities on the UW Campus
  • Membership on UW Medical Staff committees
  • Wisconsin Medical Society Membership
  • Counseling and support services through Life Matters (see well-being FAQ)
  • Anonymous GME Hotline for complaint resolution
  • Fellow-in-training membership with the American College of Cardiology (ACC)

For additional information on benefits, please visit here.

How much leave time will I have available to me as a fellow?

Each academic year, fellows are allotted 15 vacation days, seven sick days, five away-conference days, and two board exam days. Fellows who become new parents while in their fellowship are also eligible for up to six weeks of parental leave!

Additional leave time is available, but is handled on a case-by-case basis (i.e. for job interviews, jury duty, bereavement, and military leave). Remaining leave balances do not carry over into a new academic year.

Will I be assigned a faculty mentor upon starting fellowship?

FellowsYes! Upon starting your fellowship, you will be assigned a faculty mentor. At minimum, you will have a scheduled mentor meeting with them twice each academic year, but the program encourages you to chat with them more often than that!

Your mentor will help you navigate your training program and be a point of contact for any questions or concerns you have along the way.

See our Faculty and Staff page for a list of current CVD faculty mentors.

What residency management platform does the program use?

We use MedHub! MedHub will house your schedules for rotations, clinics, call, and conferences. Additionally, fellows use MedHub to submit leave requests and access to fellowship and GME resources. These resources include, but are not limited to: Policies and Procedures, curriculum documents, rotation materials, recommended reading lists, and additional information on well-being, Diversity and Inclusion, COVID-19, and ACGME Milestones.

What do your fellows do upon graduation?

We help tailor our fellows’ experiences to suit their personal and professional goals, whether that be to find a job in academics or the private sector post-fellowship. We usually see an even split of fellows going into academics or private practice, all typically within the Heart Failure field.

Visit our Recent Graduates page to see where each of our graduates were hired at post-graduation!