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Combined Clinical and Scholarly Training

The Combined Clinical and Scholarly Training Fellowship Program in Cardiology is designed to prepare fellows for careers in academic cardiology as well as clinical excellence. Our program meets all requirements of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) for subspecialty certification in cardiovascular disease. Completion requires demonstrated competence in general cardiology, including invasive and noninvasive procedures.

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

Fellowship Tracks

Clinical Scholar/Educator (3-4 years)

The first two years on the Clinical Scholar Track are devoted to the core curriculum in clinical cardiology. The third year is mostly dedicated to scholarly activities with time for individualized clinical training. Fellows may take an optional fourth year of research or subspecialty training.

At the end of the fellowship, the Clinical Scholar is both well-prepared to practice general cardiology and competitive for a faculty position at a major academic medical center.

Learn more about training in clinical cardiology.

Physician Scientist (4-5 years)

Fellows on the Physician Scientist Track complete the 2-year core curriculum in clinical cardiology followed by 2-3 years of basic research. 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

In this program, fellows complete 2-3 years of research before embarking on the 2-year core curriculum in clinical cardiology. The outpatient continuity clinic begins during the final research year, so that the fellow is board-eligible at the end of the two clinical years. This program is available in both the Clinical Scholar or Physician Scientist tracks. Fellows interested in this pathway should have a clearly defined research program and mentor identified, and should communicate in advance about their interest in this pathway.

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.

Program Contacts

Dr. Gail Peterson

Gail Peterson, M.D.

Program Director, Fellowship Training Program

  • Division of Cardiology

Anish Bhatt, M.D.

Associate Program Director

  • Division of Cardiology
Dr. Nikhil Munshi

Nikhil Munshi, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Director, Physician Scientist Program

  • Division of Cardiology
Dr. Anand Rohatgi

Anand Rohatgi, M.D.

Assistant Director, Academic Development

  • Division of Cardiology

Erica Santos

GME Program Coordinator III