Cardiovascular Diseases Fellowship
Our program offers outstanding educational opportunities in general and subspecialty cardiology designed to develop careers in clinical practice, academic medicine, and industry. The program's core goal is to produce the next generation of physician-scientists and innovators.
Our program is a four-year ACGME approved training program. The first two years of training concentrate on core clinical rotations during which the fellow will obtain the basic knowledge and technical skills needed to proceed to more advanced training in a subspecialty area. The third year is elective and can be comprised of clinical or basic research, or participation in the Masters in Clinical Trials program via the School of Public Health. The fourth year provides flexibility for clinical electives in a focused subspecialty area; interventional cardiology, electrophysiology, heart failure and cardiac transplantation, advanced cardiovascular imaging and prevention. For more information about applying to our program, please see the application process page.
In addition to providing many clinical opportunities, the University of Minnesota's cardiology fellowship program is tied to an NIH research training grant under the directorship of Robert Bache, M.D. This allows fellows the opportunity to pursue research under the tutelage of faculty members who are experts in their fields. We also offer our fellows valuable opportunities for inter-departmental research collaboration with the University of Minnesota's School of Public Health, Stem Cell Institute, and Vascular Biology Program.
Clinical subspecialty areas available within our fellowship program include:
- Cardiac disease prevention
- Advanced cardiovascular imaging with dedicated Dual Source Flash CT, wide bore MRI, PET CT and 3D echo programs.
- Electrophysiology with advanced imaging support
- Direct angioplasty for acute myocardial infarction
- Mechanical circulatory support
- Pulmonary hypertension
- Heart transplantation
- Stem cell and growth factor treatments for ischemic and non-ischemic cardiomyopathy
- Peripheral vascular disease and intervention, including stem cell treatment and wound healing
The University of Minnesota Cardiology Fellowship Program incorporates numerous resources offered by companies in the Twin Cities biotechnology corridor ("LifeScience Alley"), which develop innovative cardiac products, including Boston Scientific, Guidant, Medtronic, and St. Jude Medical.