Combined Clinical and Research Training

The Combined Clinical and Research Training Fellowship Program in Cardiology meets all requirements of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) for subspecialty certification in cardiovascular disease. Completion of the program requires demonstration of competence in general cardiology, including invasive and noninvasive procedural skills. The primary goal of our Training Program is to prepare fellows for careers in academic cardiology.

Candidates for the Combined Clinical and Research Training Program in Cardiology will hold M.D. or M.D./Ph.D. degrees and have completed an internal medicine residency at the time of enrollment.

Fellowship Tracks

Clinical Investigator (three to four years)

Fellows on the Clinical Investigator Track complete at least three years of training, including one or more years of research training. The first two years are devoted to the core curriculum in clinical cardiology. The third year is dedicated to research, with an optional fourth training year devoted to an additional year of research or a combination of research and subspecialty clinical training. At the end of the fellowship, the Clinical Investigator is well-prepared for the practice of general cardiology and will be competitive for a faculty position at a major academic medical center.

Learn more about training in clinical cardiology.

Physician Scientist (four to five years)

Fellows on the Physician Scientist Track complete four or five years of training, which includes two or three years of basic research following the two-year core curriculum in clinical cardiology. Upon successful completion of training, the Physician Scientist will be competitive for a career combining basic research with general clinical cardiology at a major academic medical center.

“Research First” Training

Fellows on either the Clinical Investigator or Physician Scientist pathway may elect to do the research component of the Combined Clinical and Research Training Fellowship first, followed by the two-year core curriculum in clinical cardiology. In this program, fellows complete either two or three years of research before beginning clinical training. The outpatient continuity clinic begins during the final research year, so that the fellow is board eligible following the two clinical years. Fellows interested in this pathway should have a clearly defined research program and mentor identified, and must make their wishes known prior to the fellowship match.

An NIH-sponsored T32 training grant is available to support fellows committing to two or more years of research on any of the pathways described above.

Learn more about research training.

Training Sites

Parkland Health & Hospital System

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The Dallas County Hospital District, a tax-supported entity of the city and county of Dallas, is responsible for Parkland, a facility nationally recognized as an exemplary county hospital. Our partnership with Parkland provides faculty and fellows with the privilege of providing care for the most vulnerable patients in Dallas County. Parkland Hospital has a capacity of 968 beds, with a 12-bed coronary care unit and adjacent 24-bed telemetry monitoring floor. Serving as one of our continuity clinic sites, the fellows have the valuable experience of serving as the primary cardiologist for many of these patients.

One of the unique features of the Parkland population is the high proportion of previously undiagnosed complex cardiovascular disease. For example, patients with complex valvular and adult congenital heart disease commonly present to Parkland for their initial diagnosis and management, providing cardiovascular fellows a unique opportunity to see a diverse spectrum of cardiovascular disease not commonly seen in contemporary training hospitals. Construction of a new Parkland Hospital has begun, and will be complete in 2015.

William P. Clements University Hosptial

Clements University Hospital, which opened December 2014, is largest single building project in the history of the University of Texas System. It is a 460-bed state-of-the-art facility that uses innovative design, advanced technology, and best practices to provide excellence in care. It includes 72 ICU beds, six cath/EP labs with cutting edge technology, and numerous attributes of a modern, academic teaching facility. Education attrributes include several conference rooms on each floor with whiteboard and videoconferencing technology, simulation room in the ICU for medical training, and “touch down” areas for informal case and data review.

Each patient room is also equipped with teleconferencing capabilities and each floor has space to support clinical research. Fellows have the opportunity to care for patients with a range of cardiovascular conditions, including tertiary and quaternary referrals, advanced heart failure/transplantation and mechanical support, adult congenital heart disease, and patients being managed for advanced coronary and structural procedures.

Dallas Veterans Affairs Medical Center

The Dallas Veterans Affairs Medical Center is located 20 minutes (13 miles) from UT Southwestern. It operates 720 beds, including a 16-bed coronary care unit. The VA Medical Center serves the populous North Texas area, including Dallas and Fort Worth, and a number of small VA hospitals and outlying community hospitals who refer patients to the VA Medical Center for advanced care of complex cardiac disease.

The Dallas VA has the busiest cardiac catheterization laboratory in the Veterans Hospital system and is a leader in VA-sponsored multicenter clinical trials. Moreover, it has one of the largest electrophysiology referral bases in the VA system, with high volumes of complex ablations as well as standard EP procedures. In addition, the VA Medical Center serves as another one of our key continuity clinic sites.