Fellowship Program Overview

The duration of the cardiovascular disease fellowship program is three years with twelve positions in the general program emphasizing preparation in academic cardiology. Comprehensive training in all major aspects of clinical cardiology is combined with training in basic and clinical cardiovascular research. Opportunities exist in a variety of research disciplines

The mission of the fellowship program in cardiovascular disease is to provide an academically and clinically rigorous training program in general cardiology, as well as advanced training in clinical cardiology subspecialties and cardiovascular research. The aims of the program are to provide the trainee with the basic and clinical knowledge, procedural skills, clinical judgment, professionalism and interpersonal skills, and abilities necessary to continue to hone these skills through the course of a long career, as required of a leader in cardiovascular medicine. The curriculum is designed to provide a broad clinical exposure in acute and chronic cardiovascular care occurring in the inpatient and outpatient settings, as well as extensive experience in noninvasive and invasive cardiac procedures. Fellowship training will prepare fellows to function not only as outstanding cardiologists, but also as either subspecialists in a clinical area or investigators in the field of cardiovascular research.

Two hospitals participate in this program: Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) and the VA New Jersey Health Care System in East Orange, NJ (VANJHCS). The training program offers advanced training in clinical subspecialties of cardiology (nuclear cardiology, echocardiography, cardiac catheterization/interventional cardiology, electrophysiology, and heart failure), as well as academic research training. All fellows must be intimately involved in a research project during the course of their fellowship.

The core clinical training for the program is based on the ACC Revised Recommendations for Training in Adult Cardiovascular Medicine Core Cardiology Training III (COCATS 3) published in 1995 and updated in 2011. Training is conducted in compliance with the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) program requirements for general fellowship education in the subspecialties of internal medicine and the specific requirements for fellowship education in cardiovascular disease.

The curriculum of the cardiovascular disease fellowship consists of a variety of clinical experiences and didactic conferences that take place at RWJUH and VANJHCS. Fellows rotate on several inpatient services and outpatient services and provide both direct and consultative care. Procedural skills are gained as fellows rotate through the invasive and non-invasive laboratories at all three hospitals.

A final aspect of the curriculum involves fellow involvement in teaching. This occurs in several settings, including direct clinical teaching of internal medicine residents on the inpatient cardiology services, as well as assisting in the early training of new cardiology fellows. Fellows are expected to give didactic lectures at cath conferences and the cardiology clinical conference lecture series.