PA Fellowship

The Heart and Vascular Institute (HVI) offers a Physician Assistant (PA) fellowship program for new graduate PAs that are seeking advanced training in cardiovascular medicine. PA fellows are licensed PAs who have completed their formal medical education, obtained a Master’s degree in PA medicine, and have passed a national certifying exam. These individuals work as part of the healthcare team at HVI to provide high value, high quality, patient centered care.

Centra Fellows

PA Fellowship Overview

The Heart and Vascular Institute general cardiology PA fellowship is a 9-month program. This program includes both didactic instruction and hands on clinical training. Time is spent in the inpatient and outpatient setting under the direction of HVI fellowship faculty which includes physicians, NPs, and PAs; many of whom are graduates of the HVI General Cardiology fellowship. PA fellows will develop a strong foundation in general cardiology but will also rotate through subspecialty areas to include electrophysiology, heart failure, structural cardiology, vascular, vein, procedural cardiology, and imaging. PA fellows will also participate in professional development as well as practice improvement projects.

Program Goals

  • Prepare PAs for careers in cardiovascular medicine through didactic instruction and hands-on clinical experience.
  • Provide PAs with an educational experience that is tailored to meet their unique learning needs.
  • Prepare PAs to provide high value, high quality, patient-centric care.
  • Facilitate professional development and life-long learning.
  • Develop PAs with advanced training in cardiovascular medicine who will be more competitive in the job market as well as eligible for employment within HVI as positions are available.
  • Support the transition of new graduate PAs into clinical practice to improve employee satisfaction, engagement, and retention.

Information for Applicants

  • Be a graduate or be on track to graduate successfully from an accredited PA program.
  • Passed the NCCPA certifying exam or be exam eligible and have passed the exam prior to the program start date.
  • Must be Virginia state licensure eligible at the time of interview and have obtained Virginia state licensure prior to the program start. 
  • DEA at the time of program start.
  • Meet all criteria for privileging as set forth by Centra Medical Group, Lynchburg General Hospital, and all payors at the time of program start.
  • CV
  • One-page personal statement demonstrating desire to work in cardiovascular medicine.
  • Letter of recommendation from cardiology preceptor and PA faculty member, if applicant did not complete a cardiology rotation at the Heart and Vascular Institute (HVI). This requirement is waved for those completing a cardiology rotation at HVI.
  • Recent professional photograph.
  • PA Graduate Transcripts
Application Process
  • Program applications are accepted starting February 15th and are due by April 15th. Applications must be submitted to the Program Director by email. All applications must be complete at the time of submission; partial applications are not accepted. 
  • Selected candidates will be contacted by the Program Director by email to schedule an initial virtual interview.
  • Interviews will occur in May of each year.  
  • Top ranking candidates will be offered an in-person interview.
  • Candidates will be notified of decisions by the Program Director no later than June 1.