Core Curriculum

The fellowship program offers a two-year comprehensive educational curriculum. The information outlined below may not be 100% accurate. We are working on updating the information for our upcoming fellowship program. If you have any questions about the curriculum, please contact our office by or call Clinical Fellowship Coordinator Laura Dodera at (650) 725-4177, or fax at (650) 725-1599.

Basic Science

  • Principles of Molecular Biology
  • Molecular Biology of Cardiovascular Disease
  • Cardiovascular Genetics
  • Vascular Endothelium

Epidemiology and Biostatistics

  • Introduction to Epidemiology: Study Design, Bias, Confounding
  • Introduction to Biostastistics
  • Biostatistical Computer Analysis
  • Prospective studies: design and interpretation
  • Retrospective studies: design and interpretation
  • Evaluation of a diagnostic test
  • Economic analysis
  • Issues in Clinical Trial design and interpretation
  • Survival analysis

Cardiac Rehabilitation

  • Principles of Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Practical Aspects of Cardiac Rehabilitation

Preventive Cardiology

  • Hyperlipidemia and lipid lowering agents
  • Treatment of hypertension
  • Cardiac risk stratification

Acute Coronary Syndromes

  • Diagnosis and management of AMI
  • Thrombolytic trials in AMI
  • Medical versus surgical revascularization for CAD
  • Complications of AMI

Cardiac Catherization and Percutaneous Interventions

  • Introduction to cardiac catherization
  • Invasive hemodynamic monitoring: basic principles
  • Invasive hemodynamic monitoring: waveforms
  • Angiography: Basics and anomalies
  • Angiography: Basics and anomalies
  • Beyond angiography: IVUS, CFR, and FFR
  • Device development

Arrhythmias and Clinical Electrophysiology

  • EP emergencies and urgent problems
  • AICD Indications
  • Pacemaker indications, implant and function, troubleshooting
  • BiV indications, implant and function, troubleshooting
  • Antiarrhythmic drugs, SVT/VT/ACLS refresher
  • Management of Atrial fibrillation and SVT
  • Syncope
  • AV block and EP tracings


  • Ischemia and infarction
  • Ventricular hypertrophy
  • ECG Boardsmanship
  • Atrial abnormalities
  • Bundle branch blocks
  • AV block and bradycardia
  • Supraventricular tachycardias
  • Electrolytes, SAECG, TWA, and miscellaneous topics
  • Congenital variants and abnormalities
  • Ventricular arrhythmias
  • ECG Unknowns
  • Pacemaker rhythms

Valvular Heart Disease

  • Diseases of the aortic valve and aorta
  • Diseases of the mitral valve
  • Mitral Valve Repair and Replacement

Cardiac Imaging and Non-invasive Stress Testing

  • Principles of Exercise Treadmill Testing
  • Nuclear Cardiology: Principles
  • Nuclear Cardiology: Practical applications
  • Introduction to echocardiography
  • Evaluation of Pericardial Diseases / Stress Echocardiography
  • Echocardiography for the boards
  • Trans-esophageal echocardiography
  • Basic MR Principles I
  • Basic MR Principles II
  • Myocardial Viability

Pulmonary Vascular Disease

  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Pulmonary thromboembolic disease

Myocardial and Pericardial Diseases

  • Myocarditis and Pericarditis
  • Cardiac Amyloidosis

Congestive Heart Failure

  • Chronic heart failure: diagnosis, etiologies, and treatment
  • Treatment of decompensated heart failure
  • Pre-transplant evaluation
  • Intra-aortic balloon pumps

Periperal Vascular Disease

  • Peripheral Arterial Disease
  • Lymphedema

Congenital Heart Disease

  • Overview
  • Issues in Congenital Heart Disease for the Adult Cardiologist
  • Surgical Therapies for Congenital Heart Disease

Cardiac Surgery

  • Valvular sugery (see Valvular Heart Disease)
  • LVAD therapy
  • Surgical options for heart failure

Cardiac Transplantation

  • Introduction to Cardiac Transplantation
  • Pre-transplant Evaluation
  • Post Transplant Care
  • Immunosuppresive Management

Consultative Cardiology

  • Introduction to consultative cardiology
  • Care of the post-cardiac surgery patient
  • Pre-operative cardiac evaluation

Special Topics

  • The cardiovascular physical examination
  • Cardiac Auscultory Skills Workshop
  • Cardiovascular Paliative and End-of-Life Care
  • Cardiovascular Pharmacology
  • Cardiovascular Disease in Pregnancy
  • Cardiovascular Trauma
  • Cerebrovascular Disease