Clinician Scholar Pathway
Trainees complete an integrated ACGME 3rd year of advanced clinical and scholarly work, including clinical quality improvement initiatives.
Fellows choose a faculty mentor during the first year and are provided clinical quality improvement/research blocks during the third year of fellowship training.
Scholarly work and clinical research are focused within the area of subspecialty interests. For trainees interested in medical education, there is additional focus on mentored teaching activities and development of curricular materials to strengthen educational skill sets and prepare the trainee for a career in academic cardiology, including development of a teaching portfolio. Trainees participate as small group co-leaders for the UW Medical School MedSci530 Circulatory Systems course.
Clinical rotations include specialized inpatient consultation and critical care rotations; advanced clinical subspecialty elective time is provided.
Research Scholar Pathway
After completion of core clinical curricular training, trainees who plan a significant research component in their careers spend a minimum of two years obtaining research experience designed to provide necessary tools in techniques of investigator-initiated clinical, translational and/or bench based basic research.
A commitment to research training is required, with development of a detailed research plan coordinated by the trainee, research mentor, program director, and Division Head.
A clinical research scholar track provides trainees with the appropriate statistical background and expertise in clinical research methodology to succeed as a clinical investigator, utilizing formal coursework through the UW School of Public Health.
With the assistance of a faculty led mentoring team, competitive candidates apply to internal training grants during year 2 of training, such as the NIH-sponsored research training grant (T-32) for eligible candidates (US citizens or permanent residents), offered by the Center for Cardiovascular Biology.
Since grant writing is an essential component of research career development for fellows aspiring to become independent investigators, we additionally encourage trainees to apply for extramural grant funding during their training.