Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship: Didactics

Didactic Opportunities with Dedicated Research Time

About Our Educational Experience

The Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship requires all fellows to participate in scholarly activities. Scheduling allows fellows to perform research concurrently with clinical activities, as well as one month of dedicated research time. Following are details on our general required conferences, our research curriculum, and other didactic activities.

Didactic Opportunities

Minneapolis Heart Institute Grand Rounds:

  • Mondays, 7-8 a.m.
  • Meets at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital, Education Building, Watson Room.
  • This clinically based conference features invited speakers who are experts in their fields.
  • Fellows are required to attend all conferences in person or through video conference.

Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory Conference:

  • Tuesdays, 7:30-8:30 a.m.
  • Meets at HCMC, Room R5.252.
  • This case-based clinical conference highlights evidence-based medicine and implementation of new guidelines for treatment, outcomes, and quality.
  • Features clinical cases and recent advancements noted in literature.
  • Topical experts will speak and/or moderate discussion.

Core Curriculum Conference:

  • Thursdays, 3-5 p.m.
  • Rotates between HCMC and Abbott-Northwestern Hospital.
  • Hour one will cover all necessary topics for cardiovascular disease program requirements.
  • Hour two will include journal club, cardiac auscultation, ECG review, and research.

Rotation-Specific Conferences:

Access to the Jesse R. Edwards Registry of Cardiovascular Disease:

  • Meets weekly during Cardiovascular Prevention and Vascular Disease rotation
  • Fellows gain access to more than 21,000 cardiac specimens of congenital and acquired heart disease, including many sudden cardiac death cases and rare conditions
  • Specimens are available for hands-on research and study

Research Curriculum:
Research is a key component of our curriculum; skills taught include:

  • Critical review of literature
  • Clinical trial design
  • Hypothesis testing
  • Ethical concerns in human subjects research

We pair each fellow with a research advisor during the first year (PGY-4). The Program Director’s office will track the nature of scholarly activities and academic productivity in terms of projects, clinical trials, grants, abstracts, presentations, papers, and book chapters.

Research Conference:

  • Meets monthly.

Journal Club:

  • Meets twice per month.