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Why it’s time to invest in the next evolution of medical education

December 02, 2019

The Yale Fellowship Training Program in Cardiovascular Disease equips future cardiologists for a lifetime of impact. The program provides nearly 50 current fellows with an academically and clinically rigorous environment to optimize opportunities for a career in academic cardiology. These skills include basic and clinical knowledge, procedural skills, clinical judgment, professionalism, interpersonal skills, critical evaluation of evidence, and research skills.

Interventional cardiologist Jeptha Curtis, MD, trained as a fellow from 2000-2004 and was appointed as a faculty member upon graduation. He currently oversees the development of measures to improve patient outcomes and cardiovascular surveillance. One area of focus is better aligning end of life care with the patient’s goals and preferences.

Joseph Brennan, MD, has been a member Yale Cardiovascular Medicine since the completion of his cardiology fellowship in 1989. A lifelong educator, Brennan has served as the fellowship director for Interventional Cardiology Fellowship for over two decades. “Daily interaction with our trainees is what we faculty members enjoy most. The fellows bring different life experiences, backgrounds, as well as interests in all aspects of cardiology be it cardiac imaging, preventive cardiology, invasive or interventional cardiology. Our most important mission is to train extremely clinically competent, patient-centric, academic cardiologists," says Brennan.

A pioneer in nuclear cardiology, Barry Zaret MD, the Robert W. Berliner Emeritus Professor of Medicine at the School of Medicine, has served as a mentor for countless trainees. On Giving Tuesday, we ask you to consider joining Zaret by supporting the Yale Cardiovascular Education Fund. The education fund provides trainees with pilot funding for research and helps to cover expenses for retreats, workshops, and professional development.

“Education and training is one of our most important missions. It is a distinct privilege to take part in the careers of so many talented members of future generations. We are educated by them as they allow us to take part in their professional and personal development,” Zaret says.

Thank you in advance for your support and donation.

Visit the Yale Office of Development website to make an online donation.

Checks should be made payable to Yale University and sent to the following address:


Yale School of Medicine

Office of Development

Attn: Erin Shreve

P.O. Box 7611

New Haven, CT 06519-0611

Submitted by Elisabeth Reitman on December 02, 2019