Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellowship

Message from the Program Director

Soraya Samii, MD, PhD

The Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology Training Program (CCEP) at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine is a well-established advanced fellowship program, providing fellows with state of the art training in all aspects of heart rhythm management. The program is approved by the Accredited Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) as a one-year program. 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 Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship, as well as a three- year ACGME accredited Internal Medicine Residency. It is expected that the candidate be board certified in Internal Medicine and be board-eligible for Cardiovascular Disease Medicine by the start of the training program.

CCEP fellows have the option of extending their training an additional year for more advanced procedures, such as atrial fibrillation ablation as well as complex device management including additional exposure to lead extraction.

The ACGME-accredited program is designed to meet all of the requirements for board eligibility in Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology and provides level 3 COCATS training in clinical electrophysiology, ablation, and device implantation and follow-up. The additional training is encouraged for proficiency in complex ablation, intracardiac echocardiography, 3-D mapping and transeptal catheter techniques. A continuity outpatient experience in the arrhythmia clinic, along with arrhythmia consultation of a diverse arrhythmia population, including postoperative arrhythmias, arrhythmias from patients on a busy congestive heart failure / cardiac transplant service, and an adult congenital heart disease program is emphasized. Trainees are exposed and can participate in clinical and basic research. Research emphasis is on clinical trials involving investigational antiarrhythmic drugs and implantable devices.

Penn State Heart and Vascular Institute has five attending adult electrophysiologists, including Drs. Deborah Wolbrette, Gerald Naccarelli, Mario Gonzalez, Soraya Samii, and Sarah Hussain, and two pediatric electrophysiologists, Drs. Mark Cohen and Jason Imundo. Fellows will work in tandem with an attending electrophysiologist in the EP laboratory, arrhythmia and device clinic, and on the arrhythmia consult service.

All applications must be submitted via email to the Program Coordinator, Mandi Smith, with a subject line of "CCEP Fellowship Application."

Qualified applicants will be a US citizen, permanent resident, or hold a J1 visa (no other visa types sponsored).

A single PDF file should be submitted with documents in this order - please do not send any additional documents (i.e. medical school transcript, etc.) other than those listed:

  1. Penn State HersheyCardiology Fellowships Standard Application, completed in its entirety, inclusive of photograph
  2. Personal Statement
  3. Curriculum Vitae
  4. Copy of USMLE or COMLEX transcript
  5. Copy of current medical license
  6. Copy of ABIM Certification
  7. Proof of Internal Medicine Residency Completion
  8. Copy of ECFMG Certificate (if applicable)

Three letters of recommendation (including one from Department Chair or Residency Director) should be addressed to the Program Director and sent as PDF documents directly from the referent to the Program Coordinator, Mandi Smith.

Soraya Samii, MD
Program Director

Mandi Smith
Program Coordinator

Penn State Heart and Vascular Institute
Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellowship Program
500 University Drive
PO Box 850, MC H047
Hershey, PA 17033
717-531-6746