The training program provides didactic instruction in the following specified topics, with which each fellow is expected to demonstrate a good understanding.

  1. Basic science
    1. Cardiovascular anatomy
    2. Cardiovascular physiology
    3. Cardiovascular metabolism
    4. Molecular biology of the cardiovascular system
    5. Cardiovascular pharmacology
    6. Cardiovascular pathology
  2. Prevention of cardiovascular disease
    1. Epidemiology and biostatistics
    2. Risk factors
    3. Lipid disorders
  3. Evaluation and management of patients with:
    1. Coronary artery disease and its complications
    2. Arrhythmias
    3. Hypertension
    4. Cardiomyopathy
    5. Valvular heart disease
    6. Pericardial disease
    7. Pulmonary heart disease
    8. Peripheral vascular disease
    9. Cerebrovascular disease
    10. Heart disease in pregnancy
    11. Adult congenital heart disease
    12. Complications of therapy
  4. Management of:
    1. Acute and chronic congestive heart failure
    2. Acute myocardial infarction and other acute ischemic syndromes
    3. Acute and chronic arrhythmias
    4. Preoperative and postoperative patients
    5. Cardiac transplant patients
  5. Diagnostic techniques, including:
    1. Magnetic resonance imaging
    2. Fast computed tomography
    3. Positron emission tomography

Fellows are expected to attend as many conferences as possible. As there is a conference offered every day, Monday-Friday, fellows are often unable to attend all conferences (although an effort has been made to schedule most conferences at the beginning of the day). Fellows are required to attend: the Work In Progress Research Conference, Core Curriculum Conference, and the Cardiology Grand Rounds Clinical Conference weekly.