Training in Cardiovascular Disease

Our Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program prepares individuals for leadership roles in academic medicine by combining clinical and research training in a three-year program. It is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.


The first two years are an intensive clinical training period that addresses all aspects of modern clinical cardiology.

In the final year of training, fellows are encouraged to take advantage of the wide spectrum of basic, clinical and translational research opportunities that are available at BIDMC.

The two-year clinical core rotation consists of the following experiences.

  • 8 months in non-laboratory clinical practice activities, including cardiac consultation, inpatient cardiac care, coronary care unit, advanced heart failure management, congenital heart disease and cardiothoracic surgical and intensive care unit management
  • 5 months in the cardiac catheterization laboratory
  • 4 months in non-invasive imaging, including echocardiography, nuclear cardiology techniques, cardiovascular magnetic resonance and cardiac computed tomography
  • 2 months in electrocardiography, stress testing and ambulatory electrocardiographic (ECG) monitoring
  • 2 months of arrhythmias, permanent pacemaker management and electrophysiology
  • 3 months of elective time
  • A continuity ambulatory cardiovascular clinic that includes a half day per week during the training program

Work-Life Balance

We encourage a strong sense of community as well as a healthy work life balance.

Parental Leave Policy: In alignment with our division’s commitment to equity, we designed a parental leave structure in which financial stipends are provided to fellows who cover clinical duties for colleagues on parental leave. By introducing paid coverage for parental leave, our hope is that both men and women will be encouraged to have meaningful time with their growing families while pursuing illustrious careers in cardiology. 

The Parent Connection: This free service is for first-time parents who deliver here at BIDMC.

Physician Health Services: Provided by the Massachusetts Medical Society, confidential consultations and support are available to physicians and trainees facing health concerns.