IM Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Training Program
The National Capital Consortium offers subspecialty, fellowship training in Cardiovascular Diseases at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. This long-standing, widely renowned fellowship has been continually accredited by the ACGME and is a three-year program open to Army and Navy Medical Corps officers who have completed a residency in Internal Medicine. The program is approved for up to 6 fellows each year, with final class size determined according to the needs of the Army and Navy.
The program is organized to provide a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary approach to a wide variety of cardiovascular disorders. Fellows are exposed to all aspects of cardiovascular diseases across a wide range of patient demographics. Upon completion of the training program, fellows are board eligible to practice Adult Cardiology and eligible to apply for further training within the areas of interventional cardiology, electrophysiology, advanced cardiovascular imaging, heart failure, among others.
Through their different rotations and experiences, fellows receive training in ambulatory cardiology, inpatient consultative cardiology, echocardiography (to include transesophageal and advanced, 3-dimensional echocardiography), electrophysiology, outpatient electrocardiographic monitoring, nuclear cardiology, cardiac computed tomography, invasive coronary angiography and advanced coronary interventional techniques (percutaneous coronary angiography, intra-aortic balloon pumps, fractional flow reserve, intravascular ultrasound, etc…), cardiac intensive care, advanced heart failure (to include LVAD and cardiac transplantation) and cardiovascular research.
The majority of the training occurs at WRNMMC. However, fellows have external rotations at INOVA Fairfax (Advanced Heart Failure and Transplantation), Washington Hospital Center (Coronary Care Unit), Washington Adventist Hospital (Advanced Coronary Catheterization Rotations) and the Fort Belvoir Community Hospital (Cardiac Imaging and Ambulatory Cardiology rotations). All fellows are funded to attend national scientific sessions (e.g., American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association) throughout the training period to broaden their educational opportunities, as well as a one-week comprehensive board review course (e.g., Mayo Clinic Cardiology Board Review Course) during their final year of training.
Fostering an outstanding educational experience is the primary focus of the training program and fellows receive and give didactic lectures and one-on-one teaching daily. The program's faculty is comprised of highly qualified, board certified Cardiologists with a wide background of subspecialty training to include Advanced Cardiac Imaging, Interventional Cardiology, Electrophysiology and/or Advanced Heart Failure/Transplantation. In addition, the program operates within an integrated Cardiovascular Service, providing daily interaction and integrated patient care alongside vascular and cardiothoracic surgeons.
Clinical research is expected and promoted and all prior graduates have published at least one manuscript and/or given at least one presentation at a National level meeting since the initiation of the program. Our graduates have won numerous national and local research awards.
The Cardiology Service at Walter Reed-Bethesda offers numerous rotation opportunities for 4th year medical students and residents in Internal Medicine.