About PVD Training

Pulmonary vascular disease (PVD), including pulmonary hypertension (PH), is a complex set of diseases which requires detailed knowledge about diagnosis, classification, and management. We at the Vera Moulton Wall Center (VMWC) have always prioritized the provision of formalized training to future PVD specialists in an effort to ultimately enhance the care of PVD patients. We have offered a comprehensive 12-month clinical training fellowship to qualified pulmonologists and cardiologists for over two decades now. Since 2000, we have trained 30 PVD fellows, 18 of whom are currently at academic PVD subspecialty centers, 11 of whom are PVD Center Directors, and 2 of whom are leaders in the management of chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension. 

Please see our American College of Cardiology article detailing the VMWC commitment to PVD training.  

About the Consortium

In 2018, under the leadership of Dr. Kristina Kudelko, the VMWC Director of Education, the National Consortium on PVD Fellowship Training was founded in order to 1) develop a standardized PVD training program across prominent PVD centers in the United States and 2) use this work as a foundation for the creation of an American College of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)-approved PVD subspecialty.

Today, this consortium consists of 20 PVD thought leaders, clinicians, and educators representing the following institutions:

  • Stanford University
  • Brigham and Women’s Hospital 
  • Brown University
  • Cleveland Clinic
  • Duke University
  • Kaiser-San Francisco
  • Mayo Clinic
  • National Jewish Health
  • University of Colorado
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Pittsburgh

Common Curriculum

Together, we have developed a common curriculum consisting of the following components:

  • Goals and objectives
  • Clinical requirements
  • Procedural requirements
  • Didactic topics
  • Milestone-based evaluations
  • Board questions

Subspecialty Accreditation

We are also engaging with experts in education at the American Board of Internal Medicine who have helped guide our efforts in moving toward subspecialty accreditation.