The program makes scholarship a high priority and requires completion of either original research (published in a peer reviewed journal) or substantial scholarly work related to cardiology, as a requirement for completing the training program. Guidance in planning research directions with the trainee is provided by Dr. R. Russell. Research is supervised directly by the individual faculty mentor.
While it is not expected that every fellow’s project will result in publishable work, it is expected that every fellow conduct an original research project with the guidance of appropriate faculty members.
Cardiology trainees take an active role in both the clinical and basic science research within the Section of Cardiovascular Medicine. All fellows are assigned a research mentor during matriculation into the program. Research mentorship is continued throughout the first two years of clinical training to help guide the trainee towards a clinical research experience related to a field of clinical subspecialization, or to a basic science laboratory in anticipation of an investigative career in cardiovascular diseases.
Research activity is initiated during the first two years but usually does not come to completion until the third or subsequent years of training. Fellows present papers at national meetings including those of the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology. Fellows receive instruction in research at a number of levels. First, through Journal Club they are exposed to critical assessment of the medical and scientific literature. Second, they are lectured on basic methods in clinical research within the Department of Medicine summer lecture series. Third, there is a Core Curriculum and series of lectures in Basic Science Cardiovascular Research directed by Dr. Bender during the year. Finally, the individual instruction and mentorship which the faculty member provides to the trainee is ongoing during the fellowship and the essential part of the trainee's research experience.
In addition, the trainees are involved in several scholarly activities including teaching the medical housestaff and students, presenting lectures at Cardiology Grand Rounds, presenting articles at Journal Club (both general cardiology and within the individual laboratories), presenting their research at the annual Cardiology Trainee Research Symposium and national meetings.