Cardiovascular Disease

Curriculum

Fellows will gain clinical experience in non-invasive cardiovascular procedures, including:

  • Echocardiography
  • Doppler studies
  • Stress testing
  • Radionuclide cardiac scans
  • Electrocardiography
  • Bedside hemodynamic monitoring in intensive care

Fellows will develop great expertise in cath lab procedures due to our high volume and wide variety of cases. Our program builds proficiency in:

  • Techniques in cardiac catheterization
  • All aspects of arrhythmias
  • Management of congestive heart failure
  • Valvular heart disease
  • Temporary pacemaker insertion
  • Preventive cardiology

An equally important goal of our program is to provide the type of mentorship and research opportunities that will enable our fellows to pursue careers in academic cardiovascular medicine. We aim to provide them with the necessary experience to be qualified for the very best positions in our field. Mentored research is required in our Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program.

Clinical Rotations (Sample Schedule)

Rotation Months in 1st Year Months in 2nd Year Months in 3rd Year
Catheterization Lab 2–3 1 0–3
Nuclear Stress 2 1 2–3
Echocardiography 2 1–2 2–3
CCU 2 0–1 0
Electrophysiology 1 1 1–2
Cardiology Consults 2–3 1–2 1–2
Research 0 6 0
Cardiothoracic Surgery 0 0 1
Peripheral Vascular 0 0 1-2
Imaging 0 0 1
Ambulatory Year-Round Year-Round Year-Round
Preventative Cardiology 1 0–1 0–1
Transplant / Congestive Heart Failure 0 0 1
Vacation 1 1 1

Conference and Lectures (Sample Schedule)

Each week, fellows participate in a series of conferences and lectures with attendings to provide a more focused approach to specialized subjects. Morning Report occurs every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday to allow fellows to present recent cardiac cases and to receive feedback from attendings.

We have weekly EKG and Cardiac Cath conferences as well as a rotating schedule of lectures. We also hold monthly Nuclear Cardiology and Echocardiography conferences as well as a Fellows Journal Club.

Monday Morning Report
Tuesday Morning Report, Echo Conference
Wednesday EKG Conference, Cardiac Catheterization
Thursday Morning Report, Journal Club
Friday Nuclear Cardiology Conference, Lecture Series

Research

Research is an important part of the Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program. Fellows are given six months of dedicated research time during their second year. This time can be used for either clinical or basic science research.

Overview

Training and experience in the diagnosis and management of patients with acute and chronic cardiovascular conditions, including:

  • Myocardial infarction and other acute ischemic syndromes
  • Chronic coronary heart disease
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Arrhythmias
  • Valvular heart disease
  • Hypertension
  • Lipid disorders
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Peripheral vascular disease
  • Infectious and inflammatory heart disease
  • Adult congenital heart disease

Program Goals

An intellectual environment for acquiring the knowledge, skills, clinical judgment, attitudes, and values that are essential for the practice of cardiology

  • Training in an atmosphere that emphasizes excellent clinical care delivered with respect and compassion for patients and their families
  • A significant experience in investigative medicine (basic or clinical research)
  • Ensuring the development of future cardiologists who will be the teachers, researchers, and care providers of the future

How to Apply

Eligibility

To be considered, applicants must have completed three years of Internal Medicine training in an ACGME accredited residency by the time the fellowship begins.

The Cardiology Division of the Department of Medicine participates in the Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Match administered through the National Residency Match Program.

  • All applications for the Training Program in Cardiovascular Medicine will be electronically processed through the ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service) web site
  • The program accepts two trainees per year for a minimum of three years
  • Fellowship positions are offered approximately 8 months before the fellowship is to begin through the matching program.  Applicants are notified regarding interviews after the ERAS application and all required ERAS documentation has been received

All applicants interested in training at Danbury Hospital will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.

How to Apply

We participate in the National Residency Match program. Applications must be submitted through Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

The following is a list of required materials from all applicants:

  • Common application form
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Medical school transcripts
  • USMLE scores
  • Dean’s letter (Medical School Program Evaluation)
  • ECFMG scores (if applicable)
  • Three Letters of recommendation
  • Personal Statement
  • Photograph

How many candidates do you accept each year?

We accept two candidates per year.

How many internal candidates vs. external candidates do you accept?

We have no policy regarding internal vs. external candidates. We make every effort to select the best candidates available regardless of their current position.

Will you consider my application if materials are missing by the deadline?

Due to the volume of applications, incomplete applications will not be considered.

Will you let me know when you receive my application?

Unfortunately, given the volume of applicants, individual communications are difficult. If you have submitted your completed application to ERAS, we will review the application and contact you only if you have been selected for an interview.

I was selected for an interview but cannot make the interview date. May I reschedule the interview?

Interviews are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. If you cannot make your interview date, please contact the fellowship administrator to see if other days are available. If all interview slots are full, we will not be able to make individual accommodations.