The Division is actively involved in all levels of pre-doctoral and post-doctoral education within the Stanford School of Medicine.
Crystal Botham, PhD assists postdoctoral fellows and faculty in the Stanford Division of Cardiovascular Medicine with identifying and applying to funding opportunities as well as research administration. She teaches a course for postdocs and instructors who are submitting NIH Career Development Awards (K series) called Tackling Your K: A Step-by-Step Course to Strengthen Your NIH Career Development Award. She offers the following specific types of support:
- Identifying a diverse portfolio of funding opportunities
- Editing and critically evaluating grant applications
- Ensuring timely, compliant and accurate proposal submissions
- Interpreting sponsor requirements
- Providing strategic advice
- Drafting specific sections of the application
- Coordinating completion of subcontracts and large collaborative projects
- Providing educational resources, workshops and one-on-one consultations
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A 3-year ACGME accredited training program in Cardiovascular Diseases is administered via the Division under the leadership of Dr. John Giacomini, Fellowship Program Director and Chief of Cardiology at the Palo Alto VA Medical Center. The goal of the Stanford Cardiovascular training program is to foster development of careers in academic cardiovascular medicine. Training is focused on providing a solid base of clinical cardiologic training, including the development of expertise in both non-invasive and invasive cardiologic diagnosis and vascular medicine.
The program also provides training in investigative skills that are necessary for an academic career. Substantial laboratory or clinical research is a required component of the program.
Other advanced fellowships administered through the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine include fellowships in Interventional Cardiology, Electrophysiology, Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplantation, Cardiac MRI and Vascular Medicine.
Faculty within the division participates in the pre-clinical education of Stanford medical students via didactic lectures in cardiovascular physiology, pathophysiology, and physical diagnosis. In addition, the Cardiovascular Division administers several clinical clerkships in which third and fourth year medical students are exposed to more advanced topics in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of cardiovascular diseases.
The Division has an active role in the training of Internal Medicine Residents at Stanford University Medical Center. Medicine house staff rotates through the cardiology consult service at the VA Hospital and through the cardiology consult service, the cardiology inpatient service, and the coronary care unit at Stanford University. In addition, faculty members within the Division routinely participate in resident morning report, noon-time resident educational conferences, and Medical Grand Rounds.