The Matthew Gerdisch Fellowship in Arrhythmia Surgery is awarded annually and will have a significant impact on the careers of future leaders in arrhythmia surgery. The selected fellow will spend time at some of the leading atrial fibrillation programs in the world, learning from the best multi-specialty teams and participating in focused arrhythmia research projects. In addition, the recipient will be given the opportunity to attend both the AATS Annual Meeting and Surgical Treatment of Arrhythmias & Rhythm Disorders meeting to further enhance their education experience. Dependent upon the approved training plan as described in their application, the successful candidate will be awarded up to $100,000 for one year of study, attendance at AATS meetings, and research.
The chosen candidate will participate in a rigorous, tailored curriculum with access to world class arrhythmia programs, including surgeons and physicians who excel in ablative arrhythmia procedures and left atrial appendage management. The curriculum includes training in stand-alone electrophysiology procedures and hybrid arrhythmia procedures, as well as both minimally invasive and traditional concomitant and stand- alone cardiac surgical procedures. In addition to intensive clinical training, the candidate will have the opportunity to witness first-hand the structure and function of integrated arrhythmia treatment centers, including their organization, operations, treatment protocols, and methods for capturing and analyzing outcomes. The awardee will also be expected to participate in research studies and scientific publications to contribute to the rapidly expanding peer-reviewed cardiac arrhythmia literature.
The program encompasses visiting major centers to achieve specific exposure and educational experiences with direct access to AATS mentors, this includes:
Time at these centers may be divided with visits to sites offering one or some of the following:
To be eligible for an award, applicants from around the world must meet the following minimum requirements for consideration:
In addition to a formal online application, candidates will also be required to upload the following materials:
Applications will be reviewed by the AATS Foundation’s North American Early-Career Scholarship Review Committee and graded on all aspects of the award criteria. At the conclusion of their training a final report describing their fellowship experience and its application to clinical practice will be required for submission to the AATS Foundation and the fellowship’s sponsor. The recipient will also be asked to report on how attending AATS meetings impacted their learning experience.