Cardiology Fellowship Program
The Fellowship Program of the Department of Cardiology at Boston Children's Hospital trains academically oriented leaders in the clinical care and laboratory and clinical investigation of pediatric cardiovascular disease.
One of the department's main goals is to teach state-of-the-art approaches and techniques to prepare trainees to work at the forefront of their field.
To build on the recent dramatic advances in pediatric cardiology, it is important for trainees to gain a better understanding of cardiovascular structure and function at the molecular, cellular and organ system levels with respect to development, morphogenesis, physiology, pathology and pharmacology. These approaches are expected to have a significant impact on the most pressing issues in pediatric cardiology including:
- the "natural history" of surgically corrected complex cardiac malformations
- antenatal diagnosis and therapy of congenital defects
- the cellular basis of cardiac development and the cellular response to abnormal physiology
- the effective prevention of both congenital and degenerative cardiovascular disease
With these expectations, the Children's Cardiology Department maintains that thorough training in basic research is essential for all future leaders in pediatric cardiology.
The program at Children's graduates exceptionally trained, clinically oriented fellows with expertise in areas that match their interests and aptitude.
The training program combines the resources of Children's Cardiovascular Program with the clinical and research opportunities of Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School and Boston's Longwood Medical Area community to offer an unparalleled opportunity for fellows to explore virtually any area of clinical or basic research.
With well-developed divisions of interventional cardiology, cardiac imaging, electrophysiology, preventive cardiology, prospective clinical research, intensive care cardiology, transplant cardiology and adult congenital heart disease, along with the unparalleled resource of the Cardiac Registry, the program at Children's offers a range of approaches within each clinical subspecialty to introduce trainees to the core problems and frontiers of clinical pediatric cardiology.
Fellowship Training Program in Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiovascular Research (.pdf)
Physicians seeking subspecialty training in pediatric cardiology are eligible to enter the program following a minimum of three (two in some circumstances) years of internship and residency in pediatrics. Fellowship applicants are evaluated on the basis of:
- performance during medical school, residency and other postgraduate training
- letters of recommendation
- clinical or basic science research experience, where applicable
Candidates are asked to visit the Cardiology Department for a series of interviews. Applications should be submitted at least 18 months prior to the anticipated start date, although some positions may be available on shorter notice.
Interested individuals are invited to contact:
David W. Brown, MD
Department of Cardiology
Boston Children's Hospital
300 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Please contact CardiologyFellowshipProgram@childrens.harvard.edu to inquire about the status of your submitted application.
The core fellowship involves three years in training comprising:
- 20 months of clinical rotations
- 16 months of elective and research experience
Fellows may reverse the usual sequence and start their training in the laboratory, deferring clinical training for one or more years.
There is a reasonable amount of flexibility in scheduling, and individualized programs may be possible, particularly for those with prior training in pediatric cardiology.
New fellows are assigned a faculty advisor who helps with initial orientation and provides ongoing guidance with performance reviews, selection of clinical electives and identification of a research mentor.
National Resident Matching Program
The Fellowship Training Program in pediatric cardiology and cardiovascular research at Children's participates in the Specialties Matching Services of the National Resident Matching Program. A schedule of dates and other information can be obtained from:
Specialties Matching Services
National Resident Matching Program
2501 M Street, NW, Suite 1
Washington, DC 20037-1307