The Stanford training program provides a clinically rich educational environment. Fellows have protected time to attend both weekly dedicated didactic teaching from our faculty and our weekly Cardiovascular Medicine Grand Rounds series, which features expert clinicians and researchers from across the world. We also offer weekly clinical conferences on electrophysiology, cardiac transplantation, vascular medicine, and pediatric cardiology. A major forum of interaction is provided by joint clinical conferences with cardiovascular surgery for both coronary cases and cardiomyopathy.
Clinical Training and Education
With a foundational three-year training duration, our program offers both a structured training environment and opportunities for individualization of training based on fellows’ clinical and research interests.
Each fellow will complete at least 24 months of intensive clinical rotations designed to exceed ACGME requirements for cardiovascular medicine. Clinical rotations at Stanford Health Care and the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System are 2-4 weeks in duration.
Typically, fellows complete:
- 5 months of Cardiac Catheterization
- 4 months of Echocardiography
- 3-4 months of Cardiac Consultation
- 2 months of Critical Care Cardiology (CICU)
- 2 months of Nuclear Cardiology
- 2 months of Electrophysiology
- 2 months of Advanced Imaging (including transesophageal echo)
- 1 month of Elective
- 2-4 weeks of Multimodality Imaging
- 2-4 weeks of Specialized VAD/Transplant
- 2-4 weeks of Adult Congenital Heart Disease
- 1 year of dedicated research following two intensive clinical years
Clinical rotations typically occur consecutively during the first two years of the program, with opportunities for a broad number of established elective rotations (including multimodality imaging, heart transplant and mechanical circulatory support, preventive cardiology, pulmonary hypertension, adult congenital heart disease, interventional cardiology, and electrophysiology). Additionally, we offer trainees the opportunity to design elective rotations, with the support of a faculty mentor, tailored to their clinical interests. Each fellow gets 1 month of vacation per year.
Clinical Rotations at Stanford
Stanford Health Care is a quaternary care center and is consistently ranked as one of the leading hospitals in the US. In 2019, we opened a new 824,000-square-foot facility (referred to as 500P), featuring amenities and services focused on the health and well-being of patients, as well as the most advanced diagnostic, therapeutic and surgical technologies. The opening of 500P brought online an additional 368 beds, bringing the total to 600 on site, and has greatly expanded the footprint for Cardiovascular Medicine including additional capacity in the cath/angio and echo labs. The building is connected to the current hospital (called 300P) by a bridge and tunnel.
All fellows are assigned one cardiology clinic per week throughout their 3 years of training. Fellows examine and discuss patients referred to Stanford Cardiovascular Medicine. Continuity of care is emphasized. In addition to general cardiology, the Stanford Program offers subspecialty clinic experience in electrophysiology, interventional cardiology, end-stage heart failure, post-cardiac transplantation or ventricular assist device, inherited cardiovascular disease, preventive cardiology, adult congenital heart disease and vascular medicine.
Clinical and research conferences are an integral part of the fellowship educational experience. All core fellows (both clinical and research) are required to attend the following conferences:
||Cardiovascular Imaging Conference
||Core Fellows Curriculum
||Cardiology Grand Rounds
General Cardiology Fellowship