Cardiology trainees are expected to take an active role in clinical and basic science research during the period of fellowship training. Research mentorship is initiated during the first year of clinical training to help guide the trainee towards a clinical research experience related to his field of clinical sub specialty, or to a basic science laboratory and specific mentor in anticipation of an investigative career in cardiovascular diseases. The program makes scholarship a high priority and strongly encourages presentation of original research at a national meeting, completion of original research which is published in a peer reviewed journal or substantial scholarly work related to cardiology and presented at the Work In Progress research meeting, as a requirement for completing the training program. Guidance in planning research directions with the trainee is provided by the Fellowship Advisory Committee (Drs. Kerber, Grumbach, Benson and Lindower). Research is supervised directly by the individual faculty mentor.
During the first year of training, fellows are exposed to the spectrum of research opportunities available within the Division of Cardiovascular Disease and outside the division. After discussion with the Fellowship Advisory Committee, fellows identify a research mentor by late fall of the first year. Most fellows, especially those embarking on basic science research project are expected to submit a grant to support their research efforts during the research year (usually the second year of training). This is an important learning exercise in terms of formulating a hypothesis, learning the tools necessary to answer a significant question, and analyzing the pertinent literature. Under appropriate circumstances, the fellow will apply for research funding from the American Heart Association – Heartland Affiliate or the Interdisciplinary Research Fund available through the Cardiovascular Research Center other organizations (e.g. HRS) during the fall of the first year. Support and critique will be provided by members of the Fellowship Research Committee and the faculty mentor. Fellows are encouraged to present their research at national meetings including those of the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology, and other major regional or national societies.