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The Cardiovascular Diseases Fellowship on Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, is a three-year program designed to prepare you for a career in academic medicine. The first 24 months of fellowship training will satisfy the American College of Cardiology’s Core Cardiovascular Training Statement (COCATS) requirements for cardiovascular diseases.

During these core rotations, fellows obtain the basic knowledge and technical skills required to pass the ABIM’s Cardiovascular Disease Certification Exam. The first year includes rotations in the various clinical laboratories. During the second year, fellows synthesize the knowledge from the clinical laboratories to care for patients on both inpatient and outpatient services. The third year is a protected research year.

Unique training opportunities include:

  • Comprehensive preparation for a scholarly career
  • Progressive autonomy in patient care management and procedures without private patients or private attendings
  • Extensive hands-on experience with all cardiovascular procedures
  • Diverse patient population composed of local, regional, national, and international patients
  • Comprehensive didactic curriculum and physical examination teaching series
  • Numerous research opportunities with guaranteed research time
  • Separate tracks for those interested in a more comprehensive research career, including clinician-investigator and National Institutes of Health (NIH) pathways
  • Extensive allied health professional collaboration and support
Cardiovascular diseases fellow being interviewed.

Your training experience

As a fellow at Mayo Clinic, you'll have access to robust clinical, educational, and research resources. You'll find support both inside and outside of the campus to promote physical and mental wellness and ensure your work/life balance.

Nandan Anavekar, M.B., B.Ch.

Director's welcome

Mayo cardiology is a large department with well over 100 cardiologists. However, it doesn't really feel that way. In fact, our familiarity and sense of belonging within such a broad and deep department is rooted in the emphasis we place on community.

Exam room in the Gonda building at Mayo Clinic

Outpatient cardiology, nuclear cardiology; Gonda 5

Echo lab, Gonda building

Outpatient echocardiography lab; Gonda 6

Cath Lab, Mary Brigh building

Cardiac catheterization and electrophysiology labs, prep and recovery area, cardioversion suite; Mary Brigh 4

Mayo Clinic's academic environment, favorable faculty-to-fellow ratio, large patient population, and state-of-the-art diagnostic, therapeutic, and research facilities combine to create a truly integrated and comprehensive educational experience. The "Mayo Clinic way" of graduate medical education ensures the finest teaching and the broadest patient care experience possible during a busy, hands-on fellowship program.

In addition, Rochester has been designated by the State of Minnesota as a Destination Medical Center, and the state has invested in Rochester to support Mayo Clinic as a global medical destination center. This has resulted in making Rochester a great place to live, work, and play.


This program fulfills the requirements for training as stated by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) and is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

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