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Physician Assistant Fellowship, Advanced Heart Failure and Heart Transplant (Arizona)


Mayo Clinic heart transplant surgeons in operating room

Program description

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences offers a one-year Advanced Heart Failure and Heart Transplant Physician Assistant Fellowship at Mayo Clinic's campus in Phoenix, Arizona. Trainees start the fellowship year with their national certification and state licensure in place.

The fellowship training allows for inpatient and outpatient expertise. As a physician assistant (PA) fellow in this program, you experience high-quality clinical training in heart failure, transplant, and ventricular assist device (VAD) cardiology.

You learn from world-class faculty to gain experience in the four major components of heart failure evaluation, including:

  • Etiology and contributing factors
  • Hemodynamic status
  • Appropriateness of therapy to relieve symptoms, prevent disease progression, and prevent unexpected mortality
  • Thoughtful triage for surgical intervention or end-of-life care

Additionally, you are exposed to ongoing clinical investigation in heart failure and transplant and VAD medicine and are expected to participate in new clinical projects with anticipated authorship.

Program goals

The goal of the program is to provide specialized training to motivated physician assistants who are interested in pursuing careers in advanced heart failure and heart transplant.

Our mission is to:

  • Expand the physician assistant fellowship opportunities in the United States that focus on advanced heart failure and heart transplant cardiology
  • Develop a potential pool of physician assistants with advanced training who would be eligible for employment within our own system, if there is an opening, or at any transplant center within the United States
  • Allow the highly trained physician assistant to be employed in the community with expertise in the management of advanced heart failure in a general cardiology setting


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Mayo Clinic has two campuses in Arizona. The Phoenix campus of Mayo Clinic includes the state-of-the-art Mayo Clinic Hospital, the first hospital entirely designed and built by Mayo Clinic. It has been recognized several times by Phoenix magazine as the Best Hospital in Phoenix.

Mayo Clinic's campus in Scottsdale, Arizona, is centered around a beautiful, five-story outpatient clinic. This modern facility contains extensive exam rooms, an outpatient surgery center equipped for general anesthesia, a full-service laboratory, a pharmacy, a patient education library, an endoscopy suite, and a 188-seat auditorium for patient, staff and student education programs. Services in numerous medical and surgical disciplines are provided, including outstanding programs in cancer treatment and organ transplantation.

During the fellowship, a majority of your time is spent at the Phoenix campus.

Graduation and certification

After successfully completing this fellowship, you receive a certificate of completion from Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences.


For the majority of the fellowship, your learning schedule includes 10- or 12-hour days, four to six days a week. These times will vary to include nights and weekends. The average workweek is 40 to 50 hours.

Class size

Each year, Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences admits up to one student to the Advanced Heart Failure and Heart Transplant Physician Assistant Fellowship. This ensures that you receive tailored instruction and a comprehensive educational experience.