How to Apply
The Application Process
Applicants for fellowships sponsored by divisions of the Department of Internal Medicine use the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS), which provides tremendous benefit to both applicants and programs by standardizing the application forms and process.
Subspecialty divisions can also participate in endorsed match programs as a way to provide applicants with an opportunity to interview with as many programs as they wish without experiencing undue pressure to make early decisions. For example, the Division of Endocrinology participates with the Endocrinology and Metabolism Match run by the National Resident Matching Program (NMRP), which has been overwhelmingly endorsed by the Association of Program Directors in Endocrinology and Metabolism.
The deadline for applications is December 31 for enrollment the following July. Interviews may be offered to preferred applicants as early as March. In addition to an application submitted via ERAS, most divisions also require at least two letters of recommendation (one from a program director), a curriculum vitae, and a personal statement.
Criteria for the awarding of fellowship positions can vary slightly from division to division, but are generally based on the following:
- A consistent record of academic achievement and/or future academic potential.
- A commitment to understanding of the process for career development in academic medicine.
- Personal integrity and a commitment to humanistic values expected of compassionate physicians.
Specific fellowships might adhere to additional selection criteria based on other necessary technical or clinical experience. These criteria, where required, are outlined on the individual program fellowship pages.
A fellow’s experience at UT Southwestern Medical Center will provide comprehensive and rigorous clinical training leading to American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) subspecialty certification.
Clinical training is pursued intensely in the first year, while the process of selection of research mentors also begins in the first year of training, as fellows gain exposure to areas of active inquiry and begin to refine their own particular interests.
A fellow’s research experience is intended to provide solid preparation for a career in academic medicine, including attendance at and presentation of work at national meetings, and publication in high-quality, peer-reviewed journals.
Fellows can expect open access to all faculty members, in a training environment where everyone is a learner. Fellows should also come to expect honest and constructive evaluations of work and solid career guidance.
Fellows should expect to work hard—and to have fun!
Core Competencies and “360” Review
UT Southwestern is actively adopting the new Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) competency-based evaluation. One of the central tenets of this evaluation philosophy is the "360-degree" evaluation, incorporating input from not only the faculty, but also non-faculty personnel who interact with the fellows, as well as patients for whom they care.
At the end of their fellowship, trainees will be expected to have achieved the six ACGME core competencies:
- Patient care that is compassionate, appropriate, and effective for the treatment of health programs and the promotion of health.
- Medical knowledge about established and evolving biomedical, clinical, and cognate sciences, as well as the application of this knowledge to patient care.
- Practice-based learning and improvement that involves the investigation and evaluation of care for their patients, the appraisal and assimilation of scientific evidence, and improvements in patient care.
- Interpersonal and communication skills that result in the effective exchange of information and collaboration with patients, their families, and other health professionals.
- Professionalism, as manifested through a commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities, adherence to ethical principles, and sensitivity to patients of diverse backgrounds.
- Systems-based practice, as manifested by actions that demonstrate an awareness of and responsiveness to the larger context and system of health care, as well as the ability to call effectively on other resources in the system to provide optimal health care.
Just One of Many Examples: Cardiology Basic Science
The Department of Internal Medicine’s various subspecialties offer a wide variety of research options, focuses and methodologies, such as the basic science research in the Division of Cardiology. Use the links in the box on the top right of this page to explore and find others featured by individual subspecialties.
The major thrust of basic science research underway in the Division of Cardiology focuses on cardiomyocyte biology. Three broad areas of emphasis exist:
- Cardiomyocyte remodeling—both pathological and physiological—under conditions of stress
- Stem cell biology and regenerative medicine
- Electrophysiological remodeling
Interested applicants will discover a broad range of training opportunities in several laboratories focused on these and other areas of research.
Basic research in the Division of Cardiology is highly integrated with a number of established research programs across campus at UT Southwestern, including Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Molecular Genetics, Physiology, Pharmacology, Cardiothoracic Surgery, the Advanced Imaging Research Center, and more.
An especially close relationship exists between the Division of Cardiology and the Dallas Heart Study (DHS), which is a multiethnic population-based study of 6,101 adults from Dallas County that was designed by Drs. Ronald Victor and Helen Hobbs.