At Washington University, we support and encourage the differentiation of fellows towards distinct pathways. To meet these needs, we offer our fellows two different training pathways:
- The Clinical Pathway involves a 3-year training experience, with an optional fourth year, which includes a focused experience in fields such as imaging or valve disease combined with a commitment to scholarly activity.
- The Investigator Pathway is designed for individuals interested in a career in investigator-initiated research. These individuals complete 24 months of in-depth clinical training and an additional 2 to 3 years are devoted exclusively to research. The research experience is designed to give the trainee the necessary tools in the techniques of investigator-initiated clinical, translational and/or basic research.
All cardiovascular fellows have a similar experience during their first two clinical years, regardless of the pathway chosen.