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For more information about our program, please contact Jessica Biarnes at (727) 588-5704

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ACGME: 1521114151


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Mission Statement

The Largo Medical Center Interventional Cardiology Fellowship program’s mission is to develop the next generation of physicians and physician leaders. As a part of HCA Healthcare, we are driven by a single mission: Above all else, we are committed to the care and improvement of human life.

This program is designed to offer residents a rewarding, educational environment where residents are provided individualized learning opportunities by faculty and staff who support and sustain one another throughout quality care delivery. Our faculty are committed to ensuring the residents' clinical experience and educational needs are fulfilled while expanding residents’ perspectives to be inclusive of cultures, values, and ideals.

Program Overview

The Fellowship in Interventional Cardiology at Largo Medical Center is designed to provide the trainee with high-quality instruction and experience in interventional cardiology.

The volume is high in both cardiac and peripheral interventions. The program is 12 months in duration.

Residents may be accepted into the program only after successfully completing three years of general internal medicine training and three years of general cardiology training.

The base training institution is Largo Medical Center in Largo, Florida.

Get to Know the Team

Merrill Krolick, DO Program Director


Core Faculty

Merrill Krolick, DO

Program Director

  • Undergraduate: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Medical School: New York College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Residency: University of South Florida
  • Fellowship: University of South Florida

Jesse Klein, DO

Faculty Member

Curriculum & Rotation Schedule

The goals of the interventional cardiology Fellowship include:

Identification of cardiology disease states that are amenable to catheter-based intervention and development of the medical knowledge and technical skill to perform appropriate catheter-based interventions and to provide appropriate pre- and post-procedure care.

Clinical learning opportunities will be available on two campuses including Cardiovascular Services at Largo Medical Center which is certified as an Accredited Chest Pain Center by the Society of Chest Pain Centers and as a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center.

The core curriculum is based on the recommendations of the American College of Cardiology COCATS training document.

The program is designed to provide educational and experiential input from a broad range of specialty providers at Largo Medical Center as well as affiliate institutions. At the successful completion of the program, the Fellow will have received adequate instruction and experience to qualify for Level 3 skills in interventional cardiology.

Conference Schedule

The curriculum includes a core of didactics, which are molded after the core competencies in the COCATS document.

These didactics will be delivered through the cardiology lecture series presented by faculty and cardiology fellows which include

  • Weekly cardiac catheterization conferences
  • Cardiology conferences
  • Journal club
  • Braunwald/ACCSAP Study Group
  • Daily academic rounds on all rotations

Salary Information

AY 21-22 PGY1 PGY2 PGY3 PGY4 PGY5 PGY6 PGY7
Annual Salary $54,267 $55,869 $57,637 $59,738 $62,254 $64,563 $66,539
On-Call Meals $950 $950 $950 $950 $950 $950 $950
Total $55,217 $56,819 $58,587 $60,688 $63,204 $65,513 $67,489

Health Insurance

Available with a cost share; optional family plan can be purchased.

Dental Coverage

Provided with minimal charge.

Basic Life Insurance

Provided at no cost; additional amounts may be purchased for resident or family.

Professional Liability Insurance

Provided at no cost.

Disability Insurance

Special portable anticipated income disability insurance available at nominal cost.

Vacation/Educational Leave

15 days paid vacation. PTO is utilized for vacation and sick days. Additional educational days are available and must be preapproved by the Program Director and be in accordance with GME policies and procedures.

Frequently Asked Questions about our Interventional Cardiology Fellowship Program

We prefer M.D/D.O/M.B.B.S from an approved school of medicine within two years of applying to the program. In addition, we prefer you to have passed USMLE Step I, Step II Clinical Knowledge, please reach out to the coordinator about score minimums. As well as to have passed Step II Clinical Skills Exam in first attempt by the time the rank order list is submitted at the end of interview season. We prefer COMLEX levels 1, 2 CE & PE scores of 500 or better. USMLE helpful but not required for osteopathic candidates.

We accept all candidates through the NRMP match from accredited US Allopathic and Osteopathic Medical Schools, and LCME accredited International Medical Schools. Candidates should be within 2 years of graduation from an LCME approved medical school or osteopathic school. Up to 5 years with advanced clinical experience, such as a prior internship or residency.

We will request a dean’s letter, your medical school transcript, a personal statement, USMLE or COMLEX scores, a headshot photograph, two letters of recommendation and your curriculum vitae.

We utilize the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) for our Matching process. All first-year positions are accepted through the ERAS and there are no pre-match positions. ERAS applications are accepted September 16th through December 15th each year.

For information on ERAS, you may visit the AAMC website

Research is an important part of our mission at the HCA/USF Morsani College of Medicine Largo Medical Center. There are numerous opportunities for residents to participate in ongoing projects through Largo Medical Center or a project of their own.

Residents are strongly encouraged to participate in research. Opportunities include the ability to present at Grand Rounds, publish manuscripts and present posters at local, regional or national conferences. For residents with a specific research interest, faculty mentorship is required to assist residents in completing the research process.

Information about other HCA GME programs can be found at www.HCAHealthcare.com.