Curriculum Overview

We provide our fellows with the time and resources to meet COCATS 4 requirements for training in Cardiovascular Research and Scholarly activity which include a didactic program, interpretation of cardiovascular research, hands-on research experience, and teaching.

Clinical Training and Mentorship

Learn first-hand about the Clinical Training and Mentorship of the Cardiovascular Medicine Fellowship program.

Rotational Structure

Each fellow in the Cardiovascular Medicine Fellowship program completes 13 four-week rotation blocks per year over three years. We aim to provide robust clinical training to enable all graduates to excel in their chosen field. Below is the approximate breakdown of rotations by year of fellowship.

Individuals' rotations may vary based on interests and desired COCATS levels of training.

Spotlight on Heart Failure

Learn more about the scope of advanced heart failure and transplant at Wake Forest, see what you might experience as a fellow here at Wake Forest, and meet our advanced heart failure faculty and their varied clinical interests.

Spotlight on Multimodality Imaging

Hear from our cardiovascular imaging faculty about the strength and breadth of multimodality imaging program at Wake Forest.

Research Curriculum

Trainees develop skills in the critical assessment and interpretation of the scientific literature during didactic sessions with faculty including our journal clubs, research conference, and clinical cardiology conference. Approximately 6 months of the general cardiology fellowship consists of protected research time where the fellow is not assigned to another clinical rotation. Each fellow will present their research at Cardiology Grand Rounds. On the inpatient cardiology services, the fellow will develop skills teaching students and residents under the supervision of faculty. Please see faculty profiles for further details on faculty clinical and academic interests.

Fellows planning a career as physician-scientists are encouraged to apply to our 4-year combined clinical and research program which includes a Masters Degree in Clinical and Population Translational Science.  This program is funded by a NIH/NHLBI T32 research training grant. Please see the Cardiovascular Research Fellowship program for further details on the application process.

Research Mentorship

Learn more about how research mentorship plays a large roll in the Cardiovascular Fellowship program here at Wake Forest

Spotlight on Prevention

Dr. Michael Shapiro and other faculty discuss the new Center for Preventive Cardiology and unique clinical and academic opportunities for our section and our cardiology fellows.

Attendance at Cardiovascular Meetings

Fellows will receive departmental funding to attend one out-of-town meeting per year and the program arranges coverage for the AHA or ACC scientific sessions. Many fellows also present their work and participate in other meetings, such as:

  • Regional ACC meeting (alternately held in Asheville, NC and Kiawah, SC)
  • ACC CV Summit
  • Edwards TAVR
  • Epidemiology and Prevention of Cardiovascular Diseases and Stroke Tahoe (T-32 fellows only)
  • HRS
  • SCAI
  • Southeast EP

In addition to a travel stipend, section funding also extends to the following supplementary educational resources:

  • American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC) Board Review
  • Mayo Clinic General Cardiology Board Review Course (3rd-year)
  • EKG Board Review Resources
  • Others

Learn more about highlighted current projects and research publications on our fellows’ profiles.