Education & Training

Fellows generally pursue one of two tracks, Clinician-Scientist or Physician-Investigator. Fellows in the Clinician-Scientist track usually focus on a cardiovascular subspecialty and receive additional fellowship (e.g., interventional, electrophysiology, advanced heart failure) training; these fellows receive six months of dedicated research time in their third year.

The educational goals and objectives of the program are achieved through a combination of the following:

Goals and Objectives Based on ACGME Competencies

The goals and objectives of the fellowship are based on the six Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) competencies for each year of training:

  1. Interpersonal and communication skills
  2. Medical knowledge
  3. Patient care
  4. Practice-based learning and improvement
  5. Professionalism
  6. Systems-based practice

Cardiovascular Medicine Educational Goals

The fellowship is a continuous process of professional and academic growth, with each individual progressing at a somewhat different pace and along a unique path. Nevertheless, the general expectation is that senior fellows will not only master the subject content necessary to care for patients with cardiovascular disease but will also develop a sophistication and maturity of clinical judgment. Appropriate knowledge of leading-edge and experimental treatments that may be utilized for a patient's care is another quality desired of senior fellows. As they obtain this sophistication, judgment and knowledge, fellows play an increasingly prominent leadership role in guiding education and patient care with the house staff and medical students.

Dedicated Research in Cardiovascular Medicine

Fellows in the Physician-Investigator track receive nine months of dedicated research time in their third year and an additional year or more in the research lab. Fellows pursuing the Physician-Investigator track may opt to enroll in the Clinical Research Scholars Program (CRSP), a flexible two- to four-year Master's program designed to prepare clinical investigators for leadership roles in academia, government and industry through rigorous didactics coupled with in-depth mentoring experience.

Harrington Physician-Scientist Residency Pathway

In preparation for the Physician-Investigator track, residents may enroll in the Harrington Physician-Scientist Residency pathway that focuses on exceptional clinical and research training early on in a resident career. As part of the training, the Harrington Physician-Scientist pathway includes:

  • 24 months of internal medicine residency training
  • 24 month of general cardiovascular medicine fellowship training
  • 24 months of research (80 percent protected)

The majority of the general cardiovascular training program fellows pursued advanced fellowships (including additional research training). After completing the education in the fellowship program, approximately half of the graduates started practice in academic medical centers and the remainder joined a private practice.

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