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General Cardiovascular Medicine Fellowship


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Parul Gandhi, MD and Edward J. Miller, MD, PhD

The Yale University Fellowship Training Program in Cardiovascular Disease is an ACGME-accredited program that provides the trainee with training to develop outstanding skills in clinical cardiology and cardiovascular research. Fellows will develop their basic and clinical knowledge, procedural skills, clinical judgment, professionalism, and interpersonal skills required as a specialist in cardiovascular diseases. The program emphasizes training of academic cardiologists who will become leaders in clinical cardiology and cardiovascular research. For more information, please download our Complete Program Curriculum.

The general cardiovascular medicine training program consists of a minimum of a three-year period of training. Core clinical training can be completed in a minimum 24-month period of rotations through the many aspects of clinical cardiology including consultative care, cardiac intensive care unit, congestive heart failure, cardiac imaging (echo, nuclear, CT/MRI), interventional cardiology, and electrophysiology. The third year is designed by the fellow and his or her mentor(s) as an individualized program for advanced training in one or more clinical areas and academic research training to prepare the trainee for his or her specific career.

All fellows must complete an academic project during the course of their fellowship. Select fellows may continue training beyond the core fellowship in many clinical and investigative areas, including the ACGME-accredited fellowships of interventional cardiology, advanced heart failure and transplantation, and electrophysiology and in non-ACGME-accredited fellowships. Throughout three years of clinical training, fellows maintain continuity clinics at Yale New Haven Hospital and the VACT. Depending on the area of interest and individual fellow’s performance, a fourth or fifth year of training may be offered.

The program follows the Guidelines for Training in Adult Cardiovascular Medicine Core Cardiology Training Symposium (COCATS 4) published by the AHA and ACC. These guidelines are available online, and copies are available in the Cardiovascular Medicine Fellowship Office.

The primary goal of the Fellowship Training Program in Cardiovascular Disease is to provide an academically and clinically rigorous environment for the fellows to obtain the necessary skills to become an outstanding specialist in cardiovascular diseases and to optimize each fellow’s opportunities for a career in academic cardiology. These skills include a deep fund of basic and clinical knowledge, procedural skills, clinical judgment, professionalism, interpersonal skills, critical evaluation of evidence, and research skills.

Clinical Fellowship Training Program Application Process

The clinical fellowship training program accepts nine trainees per year for a minimum of three years. All applications for the clinical fellowship will be electronically processed through the ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service) system. We do accept applications from individuals holding visas.

In addition, applicants may apply for combined research and clinical fellowship programs, which may begin with two to three years of research training, usually supported by T32 training grant mechanisms. Alternatively, research fellowships can occur after clinical training. It is recommended that if applicants are interested in these pathways submit their application to the fellowship program through ERAS but specify their interest combined clinical/research training in their personal statement.

The Section of Cardiovascular Medicine actively supports the Yale University policies and programs for diversity and inclusion. The Fellowship Program believes that diversity is essential in academic institutions and is fully committed to recruitment and development of underrepresented minorities in medicine for careers in cardiology.

Fellowship Program Curriculum

The Fellowship Program consists of the following curricula elements:

Clinical Experience

The program is designed to provide a high level of clinical training. Each rotation provides opportunity for the fellow in management of acutely and chronically ill patients, observation of and participation in therapeutic interventions, and teaching of medical students, residents, and colleagues.

Clinical training occurs at both Yale New Haven Hospital (YNHH) and the West Haven VA (VACT). Both hospitals function as primary and tertiary care institutions. YNHH serves as a primary care hospital for the greater New Haven area and as a tertiary/quaternary care center for southern New England. VACT is a primary care hospital for veterans in the state of Connecticut and serves as a tertiary care center for the southern New England, Rhode Island and eastern New York areas.

The patients from these institutions represent a wide variety of both common and rare cardiovascular disorders and provide excellent exposure to all areas of cardiovascular medicine in a demographically diverse population.

To facilitate transition into fellowship, all first-year core fellows begin their clinical training by rotating through key clinical areas in order to gain exposure to all aspects of clinical cardiology at both sites.

In order to provide a supportive environment for didactic education, the fellowship educational conferences are scheduled during a 3-hour ‘education block’ every Wednesday morning. During this period, fellows are relieved from their clinical duties to allow for dedicated time for education and learning.

Duty Hours

The fellowship program is dedicated to complying with ACGME guidelines for duty hours. Each fellow will not spend more than 80 hours per week, on average, caring for patients during a four-week rotation. Each fellow will average at least one weekend day (24 hours) per week free from clinical duties. Moonlighting activities at the institution are allowed but will be monitored by the Program Directors for inclusion in the duty hour calculation. The Duty Hours Policy can be found at the back of the curriculum Appendix A, which includes the Moonlighting Policy.

Inpatient Care

Within the months of core clinical training, nine months are dedicated to clinical consultative (non-laboratory) responsibilities. These experiences include the YNHH and VACT Consult and inpatient cardiology services (five to six months), the YNHH CICU service (two to three months), and the YNHH Heart Failure and Transplantation service (one to two months).

These rotations comply with the ACGME requirements and ACC guidelines for the clinical core experience. Each rotation is structured in a similar fashion, with the fellow working under the direct supervision of a cardiology faculty member. In each rotation, the fellow is responsible for initially evaluating patients and formulating recommendations for treatment. This initial evaluation is then discussed with the attending, who makes the final evaluation and treatment recommendations. Medical residents and/or medical students may be present on any of these rotations as well.

The trainee is expected to provide comprehensive evaluation of the patient’s cardiovascular illness in a prompt and concise manner, formulate a prioritized differential diagnosis, and outline the evaluation. The trainee should be able to enter a clear and legible document in the patient’s record. The trainee should be able to communicate their evaluation in a clear and concise manner to the attending physician as well as to other members of the health care team. Interactions with colleagues and allied personnel should be conscientious, respectful, responsible, punctual and appropriate. The trainee must exhibit humanistic qualities when interacting with patients and their families and demonstrate integrity, respect and compassion.

Consultative Cardiology

Fellows rotate on inpatient consultative cardiology services at the York Street Campus (2 services; White Team and Blue Team), the Saint Raphael Campus (1 service) and the VACT (1 service). Each of these services is staffed by an individual attending physician who supervises and teaches the fellow. Each of the services has unique patient responsibilities and focus, including emergency room, floor, CT surgical, surgical, and medical patients. These services are also staffed by rotating residents and students. All of the York Street Campus cardiology services participate in a daily multi-disciplinary meeting for patient review, triage, handoff, and team assignments. The fellow is responsible for evaluating patients, determining and implementing therapeutic plans, and following patients through the course of their illnesses. In addition to the consultative services, fellows rotate on the York Street Campus inpatient cardiology teaching services (the Goodyer Service) as well as inpatient cardiology service at the Saint Raphael Campus. These services are also staffed by rotating residents and students. The fellow is responsible for evaluating patients, determining and implementing therapeutic plans, and following patients through the course of their illnesses, as well as teaching residents and students.

YNHH Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU)

This rotation provides exposure to critically ill cardiac patients. The goals of this rotation are to develop skills related to the care of acutely and critically ill patients, including hemodynamic monitoring, hemodynamic support, and ventilator management. The fellow is responsible for supervising the house staff team in the management of all CICU patients. The fellow is primarily responsible for those patients admitted to the CICU who are under the care of the CICU attending. The fellow assists with the management of patients under the care of full-time Yale faculty in the CICU. The fellow is also responsible for coordinating care of patients who undergo primary coronary interventions for acute myocardial infarction, from the point of the emergency department to post-procedure care (with the interventional team). A dedicated CICU attending will oversee all aspects of the fellow’s duties, will make daily rounds with the fellow and house staff team, and will be available for any questions. Teaching rounds are held daily with all members of the CICU team.

Advanced Heart Failure

The Yale Center for Advanced Heart Failure and Heart Transplantation has received ACGME certification as an approved center to offer Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology Certification, as developed by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM). This certification encompasses the special knowledge and skills required of cardiologists for evaluating and optimally managing patients with heart failure, particularly those with advanced heart failure; those with devices, including ventricular assist devices; and those who have undergone or are awaiting transplantation. Fellows rotate on in inpatient Advanced Heart Failure services at the York Street Campus (2 services), with one service dedicated to ICU-based patients and the other to floor consults. Training includes management of patients with advanced heart failure, including evaluating prognosis, performance and interpretation of cardiopulmonary stress testing, management of patients requiring invasive hemodynamic monitoring and intravenous inotropic/pressor agents and the assessment of candidacy for heart transplant. It also includes evaluation of the need for mechanical circulatory support using both short-term and long-term platforms and the management of patients on LVAD’s as bridge to transplant as well as the management of immediately post-transplant and long-term post-transplant patients including the use and monitoring of immunosuppression drugs, performance of endomyocardial biopsies, interpretation of cardiac pathology, management of rejection and common problems encountered in the post-transplant population.

See the complete brochure for more on these rotations.

Laboratory-Based Experiences

The program provides clinical training in the following areas: cardiac catheterization (four months), electrophysiology (three to four months), and imaging (seven to ten months). Imaging includes echocardiography, nuclear cardiology, positron-emission tomography, magnetic resonance, and computerized tomography. Other skills acquired during these rotations include exercise stress testing, ECG interpretation, cardio-pulmonary testing, tilt-table testing and ambulatory electrocardiography interpretation.

Cardiac Catheterization

YNHH Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories and the VACT Catheterization Laboratory. The YNHH laboratory performs over 4,000 diagnostic procedures and more than 1,300 interventional procedures annually. The VACT lab performs more than 800 catheterizations annually and more than 200 interventional procedures. The fellow will acquire the cognitive and motor skills to perform left and right heart catheterizations. All procedures are performed under the direct supervision of an attending.


The primary experience for echocardiography includes the YNHH Echocardiography Service (which performs more than 9000 transthoracic and more than 450 transesophageal examinations per year) and the VACT echocardiography lab. The populations include a wide spectrum of acquired and congenital heart disease in patients of varying age and gender. Stress echocardiography is performed at multiple sites, and fellows are encouraged to become familiar with this technique. A searchable repository of digital echocardiography cases is available on the computer in the YNHH Echocardiography reading area.

Echo training during general cardiology fellowship provides a strong knowledge base and practical skills in echocardiography. Fellows have didactic teaching and case conferences and hands-on training to perform two-dimensional and Doppler transthoracic imaging, exercise and dobutamine stress echocardiographic testing, and contrast imaging using the most current ultrasound equipment is emphasized. Fellows also receive training in three-dimensional echo imaging as it is integrated into our routine transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiographic studies.

Advanced echo training to achieve level III emphasizes higher level of skills in 2D transesophageal echocardiography, the use of 3D transesophageal echo acquisition and analysis of 3D data in echo lab, interventional procedures and intraoperative echocardiography. Clinical echocardiographic research is highly encouraged with opportunities provided in the echo lab or core lab.

Nuclear Cardiology and Stress Testing

The primary experience for this rotation includes the YNHH Nuclear Cardiology and Exercise Laboratory and the VACT Nuclear Cardiology Laboratory. YNHH laboratory is one of the largest clinical nuclear cardiology laboratories in the world, performing more than 8,000 clinically requested tests each year; including SPECT, SPECT/CT, CZT SPECT/CT and PET/CT. The VACT nuclear lab includes SPECT/CT and PET/CT. Both laboratories engage clinical evaluation and diagnosis and research.

All general cardiology fellows have the opportunity to obtain 4 months of dedicated training in nuclear cardiology, with hands-on training in radiotracer preparation and camera quality control, leading to level II certification. For those fellows pursuing advanced training in cardiac imaging, a physics course is provided that meets NRC requirements for COACTS level II certification. The clinical training in nuclear cardiology involves high volume clinical exposure with state-of-the-art solid-state detector systems, hybrid SPECT/12-slice CT scanner, and new digital cardiac PET/128-slice CT imaging with integrated exposure to non-contrast and contrast cardiac CT imaging. Participation in clinical research during these elective months is available and strongly encouraged.

Cardiac MRI/CT

The primary experience for this rotation includes the YNHH cardiac CT/MRI laboratory and the VACT cardiac CT/MRI Laboratory. Both sites are joint programs with the Department of Radiology & Biomedical Imaging. Its purpose is to introduce the fellow to the background, basics and applications of advanced cardiovascular imaging techniques including cardiovascular computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance (CMR). All general fellows rotate for at least one month in the cardiac MRI/CT rotation.

Electrophysiology and Pacemaker/ICD follow-up

The primary Electrophysiology experience occurs at YNHH during a minimum of two dedicated months. The YNHH EP Laboratory provides comprehensive clinical services including arrhythmia consultation, cardiac pacing, defibrillator and resynchronization therapy. During this rotation, the fellow will work under the supervision of electrophysiology attendings and advanced fellows.

The primary goals of the Yale Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology Fellowship Program (CCEP) are to train superb academic clinical cardiac electrophysiologists who understand and appreciate the basic mechanisms of normal and abnormal cardiac rhythms provide technically excellent and humane care to their patients and who advance the field through clinical practice, research and training. In addition to obtaining outpatient and inpatient consultative experience, CCEP fellows spend the majority of their time performing procedures in three state-of-the-art hybrid OR-EP laboratories. More than 1,200 procedures are performed annually including device implants, complex ablations (atrial fibrillation, ventricular tachycardia, epicardial ablations), and laser lead extractions. Yale CCEP fellows are fluent in the use cutting-edge technology including intracardiac echo, three-dimensional mapping and robotics. A didactic EP curriculum is held weekly which focuses on complex intracardiac electrogram interpretation, presentation of novel science, and CCEP board review. Yale CCEP fellows are highly encouraged and expected to participate in ongoing research projects and scholarly activities.

Ambulatory Experience

The goals of the ambulatory experience are to provide exposure to out-patient cardiology practice, including both consultative and continuity experiences, to provide a means for clinical follow-up of patients recently discharged from the hospital. The out-patient experience is focused at the newly renovated Sherman Avenue ambulatory care center as well as the VACT Cardiology Clinic, the YNHH Yale Physicians Building, and the Saint Raphael campus outpatient clinic.

These longitudinal clinics provide the fellow the opportunity to follow and manage patients in continuity for three years in an out-patient setting. The Sherman Avenue Fellows and Faculty Cardiology Ambulatory Practice is designed for groups of 3-4 fellows to have a longitudinal continuity relationship with their patients as well as their faculty mentors. Fellows participate in dedicated continuity clinics and alternate clinic weeks between sites one-half day every week during their core clinical training. Fellows see on average one new patient and 6-8 return patients on their clinic day and are directly responsible for care of the patients to which they have been assigned. Fellows then see these patients in follow-up throughout their core years. On each day, attendings are available solely to supervise the fellows in this capacity.

The patient populations in these clinics provide a diverse experience in terms of gender, socioeconomic status and reason for referral. Routine management of common cardiology problems, pre-operative evaluations prior to noncardiac surgery, evaluations for potential revascularization procedures (surgical and interventional), post-revascularization follow-up, follow-up of recently discharged patients, and referrals for complex cardiology problems are similar in all venues.

Technical and Other Skills

Technical and Procedural Skill Requirements

The program provides sufficient experience for the fellows to acquire skill and proficiency in the performance and interpretation of:

  1. History and physical examination. This is supervised by faculty members while on the clinical services. The fellows have the opportunity to correlate their physical findings with results of cardiac diagnostic procedures.
  2. Basic and advanced cardiac life support. Fellows entering their training have documented certification in ACLS. Their ability to supervise complex resuscitative procedures and treat complex acute life-threatening arrhythmias takes place in the CCU rotation.
  3. Elective cardioversion. Both in-patient and out-patient cardioversions of atrial arrhythmias are performed by the fellows and supervised by the faculty members.
  4. Bedside right heart catheterization pacemakers (transvenous and transcutaneous). In the CCU, cardiology fellows will perform bedside right heart catheterization under the supervision of faculty members for the first several months. The insertion and management of temporary pacemakers is performed routinely in the electrophysiology and catheterization laboratories, as well as in emergencies in the CCU.
  5. Right and left heart catheterization including coronary arteriography. Fellows perform and participate in at least 100 diagnostic catheterizations in the Yale and VA cath labs.
  6. Exercise stress testing. Fellows perform a minimum of 50 tests.
  7. Echocardiography. Fellows perform at least 75 studies, including transthoracic and transesophageal, and interpret 150 studies.
  8. Pericardiocentesis. Performed during the cardiac catheterization rotations at YNHH and the VA.
  9. Programming and follow-up surveillance of permanent pacemakers. Performed on an out-patient basis during the electrophysiology rotation.
  10. Nuclear cardiology studies. Fellows will learn the basic aspects of image acquisition and interpretation in at least 100 cases.

Procedural Logs

Fellows are expected to keep complete and accurate logs of their procedures during their core training.

The following procedures should be included in procedure logs at minimum. Fellows seeking advanced training in subspecialty areas (e.g. echocardiography) should consult the ACC website (guidelines for training) as well as professional societies (e.g. American Society of Echocardiography, American Society of Nuclear Cardiology, etc) for specific requirements, and add to this list as appropriate to meet professional goals.

  1. Catheterization (min. 100)
  2. Echo (min. 75)
  3. Pericardiocentesis
  4. Temporary pacers
  5. ACLS training documentation

Additional Procedural Opportunities

The program provides opportunities for fellows to acquire experience with the performance and interpretation of:

  1. Intracardiac electrophysiologic studies. As part of the electrophysiology rotation, fellows assist in performing and interpreting at least 15 such studies in two years.
  2. Intra-aortic balloon counterpulsation. As part of the catheterization laboratory rotation and in the CCU.
  3. Percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty and other interventional procedures. Fellows assist in these procedures on a limited basis during their core training for exposure to the technique. All fellows are versed in the indications for, management of and complications of patients with regard to interventional procedures.

Additional Interpretive Opportunities

The program provides sufficient experience for fellows to acquire skill in the interpretation of:

  1. Chest x-rays. On an individual basis with the attending radiologist as well as didactic training.
  2. Electrocardiograms. As part of the weekly conference schedule, ECGs are reviewed. All clinical services require ECG review. ECGs are read at the VA by the fellow with the attending cardiologist. A minimum of 3500 ECGs must be interpreted over the course of the two-year core fellowship.
  3. Ambulatory ECG recording. Supervised at the VACT and the YNHH EP lab, a minimum of 150 recordings will be interpreted by each fellow.
  4. Radionuclide studies of myocardial function and perfusion. Intensive rotation with didactic and practical interpretation during the Nuclear Cardiology rotations.
  5. Cardiovascular literature. A monthly Journal Club is held to review a recent manuscript, and formal training in clinical epidemiology is provided during the core didactic sessions each month. Attendance is mandatory and is recorded at each session.

Formal Instruction

The educational goals are achieved through the Cardiology Core Curriculum which includes an introductory summer series of didactic lectures during the first two months of each year and subsequent didactic lecture series throughout the year covering a variety of topics in Cardiovascular Disease. The educational curriculum occurs for a 3-hour block every Wednesday AM during which Fellows shall have no clinical responsibilities.

The training program provides didactic instruction in the following ACGME specified topics:

Basic science

  1. Cardiovascular anatomy
  2. Cardiovascular physiology
  3. Cardiovascular metabolism
  4. Molecular biology of the cardiovascular system
  5. Cardiovascular pharmacology
  6. Cardiovascular pathology

Prevention of cardiovascular disease

  1. Epidemiology and biostatistics
  2. Risk factors
  3. Lipid disorders

Evaluation and management of patients (with the following):

  1. Coronary artery disease and its manifestations and complications
  2. Arrhythmias
  3. Hypertension
  4. Cardiomyopathy
  5. Valvular heart disease
  6. Pericardial disease
  7. Pulmonary heart disease
  8. Peripheral vascular disease
  9. Cerebrovascular disease
  10. Heart disease in pregnancy
  11. Congenital heart disease in adults
  12. Cardiovascular trauma

Management of:

  1. Acute and chronic congestive heart failure
  2. Acute myocardial infarction and other acute ischemic syndromes
  3. Acute and chronic arrhythmias
  4. Preoperative and postoperative patients
  5. Cardiac transplant patients
  6. Geriatric patients with cardiovascular disease

Diagnostic techniques, including:

  1. Magnetic resonance imaging (at YNHH)
  2. CT angiography
  3. Positron emission tomography

Clinical Case Conferences and Specialty Lectures

The monthly conference schedules are maintained and distributed by the Fellowship Office, posted and sent electronically to all fellows and faculty. Attendance is tracked via sign-in sheets.

Event Frequency
Advanced Hemodynamics/Angiography Review Monthly
Basic Science Series Monthly
Congenital Heart Disease 4 Lectures per Year
Cardiac Pathology - Hearts with Henry Quarterly
Cardiology Grand Rounds Weekly
Cardiology Case Conference YNHH Biweekly
Multidisciplinary Cardiac Conference - VACT Twice per Week
Clinical Epidemiology Series Monthly
ECG Conference Weekly (July-January)
Electrophysiology Conference Weekly (January-July)
Echocardiography Cardiac Imaging Conference Weekly
Clinical Reasoning Monthly
Journal Club Monthly
Interventional Cardiology Conference Weekly
Morbidity and Mortality Quarterly
Variable Topics Conferences Daily (Beginning 7:30am or Noon)
Nuclear Cardiology Conference Weekly
Cardiac Imaging Conference Weekly
Humanities in Cardiology Conference Monthly
Board Review Monthly

Research Experience Requirement

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 sub-specialization, 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, and 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 Cardiovascular Research 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.

Beginning in 2023, Yale Cardiovascular Medicine has received a grant from the American Heart Association to fund trainees travel to the AHA Annual Scientific Sessions.

In addition, the trainees are involved in several scholarly activities including teaching the medical house staff 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.


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 the Program Director. 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 conducts an original research project with the guidance of appropriate faculty members.

Evaluation Process

The Cardiology trainee's clinical and technical competence is observed on a daily basis by the cardiology faculty, assessed in detail and documented in the trainee's record. Specifically, the trainee's knowledge base in cardiovascular diseases, skills in history taking and physical examination, clinical judgment, clinical management and consultation are assessed. In addition, the technical proficiency with respect to specialized cardiac procedures is documented. Finally, communication skills, humanistic qualities, professional attitudes and behavior, and commitment to scholarship are evaluated. A standardized trainee evaluation form issued by the American Board of Internal Medicine is completed by the supervising faculty member at the end of the rotation (Appendix B) through the MedHub system.


The trainees receive feedback at the end of each rotation. In addition, twice a year, the Program Director or Associate Program Director meet with each trainee to provide feedback on their performance with counseling and, when necessary, remedial assignments. Fellows document their cardiovascular procedures in log books or electronic procedure documentation in the EMR which are submitted to the Program Director for evaluation and future credentialing. Yearly advancement in the fellowship program is dependent upon successful completion of each year of training. The Program Director is responsible for assessing each fellow’s performance, and ultimately deciding whether advancement is appropriate. Decisions are based on evaluations, direct observation, and feedback from faculty, peers, students, and other staff.

Training Summary

The Program Director provides a detailed written evaluation of the clinical performance and academic accomplishments of each subspecialty trainee at the completion of the program. Evaluations document the degree to which the fellow has acquired clinical competence and technical skills. This can be used to substantiate recommendations and judgments provided to hospital credentialing committees, certifying boards, licensing agencies, and other appropriate bodies. Fellows receive certification on the basis of satisfactory completion of their 3 years. In the event of adverse evaluation, trainees are offered the opportunity to address the judgment on their academic deficiencies or misconduct before an independent clinical competence committee outside the Section of Cardiovascular Medicine within the Department of Medicine.

Faculty Participation

The Faculty of the Section of Cardiovascular Medicine is involved in every aspect of the fellowship training. The full-time faculty includes over 150 members with expertise covering all of the subspecialty areas of cardiology. Clinical evaluation, procedural skills, research and academic work is overseen by full time faculty members. The faculty provides not only didactic teaching and clinical supervision but also professional mentoring for trainees aspiring to careers in cardiovascular disease.

Procedure for Faculty Evaluations

The trainees complete written evaluations of each faculty member supervising his/her activity during each rotation through the MedHub system. Trainees also complete evaluations twice yearly for all faculty members to whom they have been exposed. In addition, the Program Directors meet bimonthly with the fellows to discuss their clinical experiences and to acquire feedback on their faculty supervision. The ABIM approved form for Faculty Evaluations is used (Appendix C).

Fellowship Training Program Brochure

Download the complete Fellowship Program curriculum.

Section Policies

Supervision of Fellows

In all rotations, fellows are supervised by attending physician faculty. Lines of responsibility are delineated in the curriculum. Faculty schedules assign responsibility for supervision to specific faculty members, as well as on-call responsibilities, so as to provide fellows with appropriate supervision and consultation. Issues related to monitor resident fatigue and workload are addressed routinely at monthly faculty meetings and in more depth during periodic faculty educational retreats.

Duty Hours

Duty hours for fellows in cardiovascular medicine include all clinical and academic activities, including time spent in-hospital during on-call periods. The program adheres to the limitations of an average 80-hour work week and 1 day in 7 free of educational and clinical responsibilities (averaged over a 4-week period).Fellows will document actual hours spent in-hospital during on-call periods, and submit a monthly report to the fellowship administration. Hours spent in-hospital apply towards the 80-hour work week standard, but not to the 24-hour continuous duty limit.

On-call Activities

Call is taken from home for fellows in cardiovascular medicine during the second/third year. All fellows share primary call responsibilities over a 2-year period. One fellow is on-call per night, resulting in an average on-call frequency of 1 day in 18.

The program directors monitor frequency of call, actual time spent in hospital, and overall service demands of the on-call schedule. Program directors review this with each fellow every 6 months and adjust schedules when warranted.

Moonlighting Policy

Cardiovascular fellows will not be permitted to moonlight within the institution (i.e. Yale-New Haven Hospital or VACT) unless approved by the Program Director. If program directors believe that external moonlighting is interfering with the ability of a resident to perform his/her duties, or affects the overall performance in a negative fashion, the resident will be advised to stop moonlighting, and that failure to take corrective action will jeopardize their ability to successfully complete the program. Fellows on J-1 visas are NOT permitted to do any moonlighting. Moonlighting must not conflict with duty hours.


Oversight of the duty hours for cardiovascular fellows is provided by the program directors, in accordance with institutional policies.
Attending faculty are responsible for providing back-up support for all fellows during normal duty and on-call hours.

University Policies

The section adheres to all applicable university-wide policies that pertain to fellows. These include but are not restricted to policies on grievance procedures, maternity/family leave, behavior in the workplace, and professional credentialing.
University policies are available through the Office of Graduate Medical Education (688-1449; Room TMP 236).