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How to Apply

Congenital Cardiac Surgery Fellowship

The Congenital Cardiac Surgery Fellowship Program is sponsored by The University of Kansas Medical Center with all clinical duties completed at Children's Mercy Kansas City. Every other year we appoint one fellow through the San Francisco Matching Program. The SF Match process is sponsored by the Thoracic Surgery Directors Association.   All candidates must have passed Step 3 prior to being ranked.


Application Requirements and Details

Each fellow must successfully complete an ACGME-accredited residency and meet other criteria as specified by the ACGME Review Committee. 

Applicants must register through SF Match. Completion of the TSDA Congenital Cardiac Surgery Fellowship Universal Application and signed Rules and Regulations agreement is required to be sent directly to the program coordinator, please include three letters of recommendation, one from your current program director and two from other faculty.

Interviews will take place between August and September.


International Candidates

Children's Mercy primarily accepts applicants with J-1 Visa status. To be eligible for appointment, all international citizens must be sponsored by the ECFMG for the J-1 non-immigrant Visa classification and have and maintain valid ECFMG certification throughout the length of their training program. Applicants must also have participated in a Canadian or US ACGME accredited residency program.  In some cases, Children's Mercy will sponsor an H-1B Visa.

Our Congenital Cardiac Surgery Fellowship team

James O'Brien, MD, FACS
Program Director

Danelle Vogt, MBA
Fellowship Coordinator