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 three-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 two to three 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.