Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship

We welcome your interest a cardiology training program at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and College of Medicine. The Cardiovascular Disease Training Program at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine is a well-established fellowship program, providing fellows with state of the art training in all aspects of Cardiology. The program is approved by the Accredited Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) as a three-year program, with five fellows in each year. To be a candidate for this ACGME-approved training position, the qualified candidate will be completing (or already has completed) a three- year ACGME-accredited Internal Medicine Residency. It is expected that the candidate be board-eligible for Internal Medicine by the start of the training program.

Our program is designed to meet all of the requirements for board eligibility in Cardiovascular Disease upon completion of the fellowship. For more information regarding individual rotations, please see the Curriculum tab below.

As an applicant for a position in a training program, you have many possible programs to consider. What is unique about our program?

  • The program is well rounded clinically with an excellent balance of invasive and noninvasive Cardiology; all the subspecialty areas in cardiology are represented and strong.
  • Opportunities are available for subspecialty training in Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology and Interventional Cardiology.
  • The training program includes a well-established adult congenital heart disease program and an active heart transplantation program.
  • There is close interaction with vascular surgery, thoracic surgery, and interventional radiology.
  • The Cardiology division is part of the Heart and Vascular Institute. Integration of some conferences and rotations provide important education in areas of cardiovascular pathophysiology not always covered in traditional cardiology training programs.
  • Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center has a Heart and Vascular Institute Intensive Care Unit. Fellows gain experience with the use of LVADs and ECMO and caring for patients after cardiothoracic surgery.
  • The Medical Center, although located in a small community, is a quaternary care institute that cares for patients with a broad spectrum of pathology similar to that seen at any large city hospital.
  • The population within an hour drive of Hershey is nearly 1,000,000.
  • The program offers research training in a variety of areas.
  • The community is family-friendly with excellent schools. Travel from home to the Medical Center campus generally takes 10 to 15 minutes. It is an easy commute to Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington and New York City. Harrisburg International Airport is within 15 minutes of the campus.

All applications must be submitted through ERAS.

  • 2016 Interview Dates are:
    • August 22, 2016
    • September 1, 2016
    • September 12, 2016
    • September 21, 2016
    • September 30, 2016
    • October 7, 2016
  • All Interviews will be scheduled through Thalamus.
  • Qualified applicants will be a US citizen, permanent resident, or hold a J1 visa (no other visa types sponsored).
  • Application deadline is September 1, 2016

Mandi Smith
Program Coordinator

Penn State Heart and Vascular Institute
Categorical Cardiovascular Fellowship Program
500 University Drive
PO Box 850, MC H047
Hershey, PA 17033

Deborah Wolbrette, M.D.

Deborah Wolbrette, M.D.
Program Director


Michael Pfeiffer, M.D.

Michael Pfeiffer, M.D.
Associate Program Director


Eric Popjes, M.D.

Eric Popjes, M.D.
Associate Program Director


Mandi Smith

Mandi Smith
Program Coordinator