Research Training (Combined Fellowship Program)

A wide range of clinical and basic research opportunities are available for trainees. The specific research interests of our faculty encompass a wide variety of subjects, ranging from fundamental studies of gene regulation using model systems in lower eukaryotic organisms, to clinical trials of new pharmacologic agents or interventional devices, to large epidemiologic database studies.

The Division of Cardiology encourages early exposure to these opportunities by having an annual Cardiology Research Forum where faculty members showcase their research interests and projects for fellows. In addition, fellows and faculty members present and receive feedback on their ongoing or evolving research projects at a weekly Cardiology Research Conference led by James de Lemos, M.D.

Formal Training Opportunities

Formal training in clinical research methods is available through the Department of Clinical Sciences as part of a degree program or as individual courses. These courses complement the numerous diverse clinical research opportunities provided by the Dallas Heart Study. Additionally, short courses in biostatistics, experimental design, medical and scientific writing, grant strategies, and experimental methodology are offered on a periodic basis. Practice sessions for fellows presenting at national meetings are scheduled to provide the opportunity to hone skills of scientific communication in a collegial, constructive atmosphere.

Close Relationships

The Division of Cardiology enjoys extensive and close relationships with other research units within UT Southwestern. See a partial list of the departments and centers we work with on our research page.

A Note about Research

All fellows in either the combined clinical/research or the dedicated research training programs will identify a mentor from within the Division of Cardiology or other university faculty, subject to the approval of the Fellowship Program Director. While all fellows on the Clinical Investigator and Physician Scientist tracks will devote at least one year to investigation, a serious commitment to a research career in almost any discipline will require additional training. Such additional training will be planned in concert by the trainee, research mentor, and Division Chief, and may extend past the fellowship to a junior faculty appointment.