Core Curriculum

The fellowship program offers a two-year comprehensive educational curriculum. The information outlined below may not be 100% accurate. We are working on updating the information for our upcoming fellowship program. If you have any questions about the curriculum, please contact our office by e-mailldodera@stanford.edu or call Clinical Fellowship Coordinator Laura Dodera at (650) 725-4177, or fax at (650) 725-1599.

Basic Science

  • Principles of Molecular Biology
  • Molecular Biology of Cardiovascular Disease
  • Cardiovascular Genetics
  • Vascular Endothelium

Epidemiology and Biostatistics

  • Introduction to Epidemiology: Study Design, Bias, Confounding
  • Introduction to Biostastistics
  • Biostatistical Computer Analysis
  • Prospective studies: design and interpretation
  • Retrospective studies: design and interpretation
  • Evaluation of a diagnostic test
  • Economic analysis
  • Issues in Clinical Trial design and interpretation
  • Survival analysis


Cardiac Rehabilitation

  • Principles of Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Practical Aspects of Cardiac Rehabilitation

Preventive Cardiology

  • Hyperlipidemia and lipid lowering agents
  • Treatment of hypertension
  • Cardiac risk stratification
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Acute Coronary Syndromes

  • Diagnosis and management of AMI
  • Thrombolytic trials in AMI
  • Medical versus surgical revascularization for CAD
  • Complications of AMI

Cardiac Catherization and Percutaneous Interventions

  • Introduction to cardiac catherization
  • Invasive hemodynamic monitoring: basic principles
  • Invasive hemodynamic monitoring: waveforms
  • Angiography: Basics and anomalies
  • Angiography: Basics and anomalies
  • Beyond angiography: IVUS, CFR, and FFR
  • Device development

Arrhythmias and Clinical Electrophysiology

  • EP emergencies and urgent problems
  • AICD Indications
  • Pacemaker indications, implant and function, troubleshooting
  • BiV indications, implant and function, troubleshooting
  • Antiarrhythmic drugs, SVT/VT/ACLS refresher
  • Management of Atrial fibrillation and SVT
  • Syncope
  • AV block and EP tracings

Electrocardiography

  • Ischemia and infarction
  • Ventricular hypertrophy
  • ECG Boardsmanship
  • Atrial abnormalities
  • Bundle branch blocks
  • AV block and bradycardia
  • Supraventricular tachycardias
  • Electrolytes, SAECG, TWA, and miscellaneous topics
  • Congenital variants and abnormalities
  • Ventricular arrhythmias
  • ECG Unknowns
  • Pacemaker rhythms

Valvular Heart Disease

  • Diseases of the aortic valve and aorta
  • Diseases of the mitral valve
  • Mitral Valve Repair and Replacement

Cardiac Imaging and Non-invasive Stress Testing

  • Principles of Exercise Treadmill Testing
  • Nuclear Cardiology: Principles
  • Nuclear Cardiology: Practical applications
  • Introduction to echocardiography
  • Evaluation of Pericardial Diseases / Stress Echocardiography
  • Echocardiography for the boards
  • Trans-esophageal echocardiography
  • Basic MR Principles I
  • Basic MR Principles II
  • Myocardial Viability

Pulmonary Vascular Disease

  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Pulmonary thromboembolic disease

Myocardial and Pericardial Diseases

  • Myocarditis and Pericarditis
  • Cardiac Amyloidosis

Congestive Heart Failure

  • Chronic heart failure: diagnosis, etiologies, and treatment
  • Treatment of decompensated heart failure
  • Pre-transplant evaluation
  • Intra-aortic balloon pumps

Periperal Vascular Disease

  • Peripheral Arterial Disease
  • Lymphedema

Congenital Heart Disease

  • Overview
  • Issues in Congenital Heart Disease for the Adult Cardiologist
  • Surgical Therapies for Congenital Heart Disease

Cardiac Surgery

  • Valvular sugery (see Valvular Heart Disease)
  • LVAD therapy
  • Surgical options for heart failure

Cardiac Transplantation

  • Introduction to Cardiac Transplantation
  • Pre-transplant Evaluation
  • Post Transplant Care
  • Immunosuppresive Management

Consultative Cardiology

  • Introduction to consultative cardiology
  • Care of the post-cardiac surgery patient
  • Pre-operative cardiac evaluation

Special Topics

  • The cardiovascular physical examination
  • Cardiac Auscultory Skills Workshop
  • Cardiovascular Paliative and End-of-Life Care
  • Cardiovascular Pharmacology
  • Cardiovascular Disease in Pregnancy
  • Cardiovascular Trauma
  • Cerebrovascular Disease