The Cardiovascular Research Fellowship program provides fellows with a two-year research-only fellowship, or a four-year combined clinical and research training program with the Cardiovascular Medicine Fellowship program.

This program includes a master's degree in Clinical and Population Translational Science (CPTS).

The master's curriculum provides formal training in:

  • Epidemiology
  • Biostatistics
  • Molecular biology and genetics
  • A hands-on basic laboratory practicum
  • Joint mentorship with both clinical and basic science faculty
  • Participation in external NHLBI-sponsored short courses in cardiovascular epidemiology

This research program provides tuition for the CPTS program, along with a stipend.

Program Goals and Objectives

Dr. Shivani Aggarwal presents at AHA, 2015

Our educational goals and objectives include:

  • Provide training in conceptual/theoretical frameworks, research methodologies and statistical methods essential to the design and conduct of clinical and epidemiologic research
  • Provide training in the fundamentals of molecular biology, genetics/genomics and genetic epidemiology
  • Provide training in the basic skills of grant and manuscript preparation

Students will be required to design a thesis project of publishable quality that is closely aligned with their interests and career objectives. Students will work closely with a pair of program faculty mentors to design an individualized program of study.

Why Choose Wake Forest for Fellowship?

Several current fellows describe what they love about being at Wake Forest and living in Winston-Salem.

Program Benefits Highlights

As a fellow of Wake Forest you will receive:

  • Competitive salary
  • Health, dental, and vision insurance
  • Long-term disability
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • On-call resources (rooms, meals, etc.)
Learn more about the all standard benefits available to Wake Forest Fellows. Program-specific benefits, if available, can be found on the program application page.