Today’s fledgling cardiologists must master tools and technologies that were virtually unknown to their predecessors entering the field just 10 years ago--from drug eluting stents to using magnetic resonance imaging to study the heart. Cardiovascular medicine is evolving so rapidly that Columbia’s cardiovascular fellowship program, a leader in training heart specialists of tomorrow for more than twenty years, has reshaped its curriculum extensively to meet the evolving needs of its fellows.

We have a highly competitive program that attracts more than 600 applicants for six slots annually. We interview approximately 50 of the most outstanding applicants. Fellows can choose either a three-year or four-year program: a three-year clinical track that includes a standard two-year core curriculum and a third year divided between clinical rotations and subspecialty research, or a four year research track that adds two years of intensive research training under an NIH-sponsored grant to the initial two-year curriculum.  Entrance into the program requires successful completion of an accredited residency program in internal medicine.

In addition to standard rotations in cardiac catheterization, echocardiography, nuclear cardiology, CCU, electrophysiology, and the cardiology consult service, Columbia’s fellowship program has added new and well received rotations in advanced cardiac imaging, peripheral vascular disease, preventive cardiology, and rehabilitation medicine.

We also offer a unique, autonomous clinic experience with the chance to care for an underserved population that lives mostly in Manhattan and the Bronx. In addition, we offer heart failure and transplant rotations that are among the most extensive in the country. Columbia is one of only a handful of cardiovascular fellowships in the nation offering rotations in adult congenital heart disease, including pediatric electrophysiology and pediatric cardiac catheterization. Other opportunities are available depending on a particular fellow’s interests.

Dedicated research opportunities will extend for six months or two years, depending on whether a fellow chooses the three or four year fellowship track. An outstanding depth and breadth of opportunities are available to the fellows in basic, clinical, and translational research. Fellows are encouraged to select a mentor who is affiliated with the cardiology division, but have the freedom to explore research opportunities throughout Columbia University Medical Center, Columbia University’s main campus, and beyond.

The Cardiology Fellowship Goals and Objectives are:

  • To provide training and experience in the diagnosis and management of patients with cardiovascular conditions including acute myocardial infarction, ischemic heart disease, congestive heart failure, cardiac transplantation, arrhythmias, valvular heart disease, pulmonary hypertension, preventive cardiology, lipid disorders, peripheral vascular disease, infectious and inflammatory heart disease, and adult congenital heart disease. A key component of this training involves the teaching of the pathophysiology and molecular basis of cardiac disease.
  • To provide the intellectual environment in the form of didactic lectures, journal clubs, and interactive sessions for acquiring the knowledge, skills, clinical acumen, and professionalism that are essential for the practice of cardiology.
  • To provide training in an atmosphere that emphasizes outstanding clinical care delivery, humanism, and compassion for patients and their families.
  • To provide this training in a pure academic environment that promotes and emphasizes basic, clinical, and translational research.
  • Most importantly, to provide the foundation for training the future academic leaders, physician scientists, and clinical educators in cardiovascular disease.

The fellows are an essential part of the division and our faculty is categorically committed to training the academic leaders of tomorrow. These Columbia-trained thought leaders in cardiology will play an essential role in bringing new ideas, energy, and perspective to a specialty whose importance will only increase as the population ages.


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