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Postdoctoral Fellowship Training Program in Cardiovascular Disease

Goals of the Program

The fellowship program in Cardiovascular Disease is based at two hospitals - Yale-New Haven Hospital (YNHH) and the West Haven Campus of the VA Connecticut Healthcare System (VACT). The Section of Cardiovascular Medicine at Yale consists of over 40 faculty members with a strong commitment to fellowship education. The fellowship has nearly 40 fellows, including 9 core fellows, 3 interventional fellows, 4 electrophysiology fellows as well as advanced fellowship training in imaging, structural heart disease, peripheral vascular interventions, congestive heart failure, and research.

The program consists of a minimum of a three year period of training. Core clinical training is completed in a 24 month period of monthly rotations through the many aspects of cardiology including consults, cardiac care unit, congestive heart failure, imaging, interventional, 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 (cardiac imaging, interventional, electrophysiology, heart failure/transplantation) and academic research training to prepare the trainee for his or her specific career. All fellows must complete a research 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-sponsored fellowships of interventional cardiology, advanced heart failure, and electrophysiology. Throughout three years of clinical training, fellows maintain continuity clinics within the Yale Medical Group 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 at, and copies are available in the Cardiovascular Medicine Fellowship Office.

Fellowship Training Program in Cardiovascular Disease Objective

The primary objective 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.

The Fellowship Program consists of the following curricula elements:

Clinical ExperienceFormal Instruction 
Inpatient Care Clinical Case Conferences and Specialty Lectures 
Laboratory Based Experiences Research Experience 
Ambulatory Experience Advanced Fellowship Training
Technical and Other Skills 
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.

Fellowship Training Program Curriculum