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Cardiovascular Diseases Fellowship (Minnesota)

Curriculum

Fellowship training consist of 13 four-week blocks per year divided as follows:

Year 1: Clinical training

RotationLength
Cardiac catheterization lab 4 blocks
Cardiology consults 0.5 block
Echocardiography lab 3 blocks
ECG lab 0.5 block
EP lab 0.5 block
EP consults 1 block
Nuclear cardiology 2 blocks
Stress testing 0.5 block
Vascular medicine 0.5 block
Vacation  1 block 

Year 2: Clinical training

RotationLength
Adult congenital clinic 1 block
Cardiac rehab 0.5 block
Cardiac intensive care unit 2 blocks
Cardiology consults 1 block
Clinical electives 3 blocks
Echocardiography laboratory 3 blocks
EP consults 1 block
Heart failure clinic/VAD service 1 block
Inpatient hospital service 0.5 block
Vacation 1 block 

Year 3: Research training

RotationLength
Research 12 blocks
Vacation 1 block

Learning environment and educational conferences

A large faculty composed of expert educators who participate in clinical conferences, seminars, small discussion groups, journal clubs, and one-on-one instruction significantly enhance the learning environment.

Core educational conferences include:

  • Monday: Cardiovascular grand rounds
  • Tuesday: Core curriculum lecture series
  • Wednesday: Cardiac imaging grand rounds
  • Thursday: Cardiac cath lab conference and research seminar
  • Friday: Echo conference and EP grand rounds

Research training

Our mission is to prepare our trainees for a career in academic medicine. All Mayo Clinic cardiovascular fellows have a year of protected research time. This dedicated time has consistently allowed our fellows to conduct and publish high-impact research. 

In addition, fellows may enroll in a curriculum that leads to a Postdoctoral Master's in Clinical Investigation offered by the Center for Clinical and Translational Science. Candidates interested in more extensive research training can be part of our NIH track, which offers two years of dedicated research training prior to the two years of required clinical training.

We work to match all fellows with a research mentor. Our program’s commitment to mentorship has resulted in our fellows receiving a number of prestigious awards, including:

  • American Heart Association Young Investigators Award
  • American College of Cardiology Young Investigators Award
  • Heart Failure Society Research Award
  • American College of Cardiology Travel Award
  • North American Society of Pacing and Electrophysiology Young Investigators Award
  • American Society of Echocardiography Young Investigator Award

For candidates interested in more extensive basic, translational, or clinical research training, we offer a two-year research pathway. Fellows in this program begin their fellowship with two years of dedicated, protected mentored research training.

During the fellowship interview process, fellows identify mentors with a research focus that matches their interests. This pathway prepares fellows to submit a career development award at the completion of their fellowship training.

Cardiovascular diseases fellow being interviewed.
Vidhu Anand, M.B.B.S., conducting an interview for the American College of Cardiology Fellow in Training FITSontheGO video blog.