The Division of Cardiology maintains that experience in cardiovascular research is an essential component of fellowship training in cardiology. Fellows have 12 months of research over the course of their fellowship. Fellows are expected to get involved in a research project during their fellowship, under the guidance of one of the faculty. Such projects, either new or ongoing, will often be of the chart review type, and may form the basis for a future prospective study for those fellows interested in clinical research. Fellows need to identify a research mentor from among the faculty by the end of their first year. The faculty assists the fellows in identifying projects, resources, and mentors. A scholarship oversight committee (SOC) is assigned to each fellow to biannually monitor and review the fellow’s progress throughout fellowship training. During the first half of the second year, the fellow is expected, with appropriate guidance, to write and submit an IRB proposal for a research project which: (1) addresses an important question; (2) applies available state-of-the-art techniques to answering that question; and (3) is practical within the time and other constraints of the fellowship. By the end of the fellowship, each fellow should have been intimately involved with a research study such that has given the fellow an opportunity to produce a meaningful research product as determined by their individual SOC. Preferably each fellow produces a meaningful product like a manuscript that is either ready for submission or has been submitted and accepted for publication in a peer review journal.
In addition, the research fellow is responsible for reviewing and presenting a current or relevant journal article in the monthly fellow journal club.