Graduate Medical Education (GME): Cardiac/Cardiovascular Imaging

Fellowship Program Director: Andrew Arai, MD

Program Overview
The NHLBI Fellowship Program in Cardiac/Cardiovascular Imaging, functioning within the Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Branch of the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, provides training for physicians interested in research-oriented academic careers in the field of non-invasive cardiovascular imaging.

The Program consists of one to three years of clinical and research training in cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging, cardiovascular computed tomography, echocardiography, and nuclear cardiology. The goal of the Program is to develop experts in clinical cardiovascular MRI and cardiovascular CT, who are able to conduct clinical or translational research in advanced cardiovascular imaging.

Eligible candidates must have completed either a residency or fellowship in cardiovascular medicine, nuclear medicine, or radiology. Physicians with equivalent training or background may also apply. Preference is generally given to fellows with interests in academia or research. Additionally, successful candidates must have an unrestricted state medical license at the beginning of training. 

Program Structure
During the fellowship, trainees are expected to take primary responsibility for a cardiovascular research project. These projects are fully funded by intramural research laboratories, typically within the NHLBI. There is potential for collaborative research both within the broader NIH community and at Suburban Hospital, Bethesda, MD and Children's National Medical Center, Washington, DC. Initial training focuses on establishing clinical competence in cardiovascular MRI and cardiovascular CT. To achieve this objective, the Program provides fellows with broad exposure to the subspecialty. Typically, fellows participate in the acquisition and interpretation of over 400 cardiovascular MRI and over 400 cardiovascular CT examinations during a standard 2 year fellowship. State of the art scanners are available to support the clinical research and training program. The NHLBI runs 4 cardiovascular MRI scanners and there is potential access to additional MRI equipment, including high field small animal imaging systems (4.7T to 14T) and human high field systems (3T, 7T and soon 11.7T). Currently, there is access to cardiac capable CT scanners from all 4 major vendors, including a 320-detector row CT scanner.

The Program provides sufficient resources to support the fellow's subsequent transition to an independent investigator capable of building a research program at a major academic center, including research support while at the NIH, funds to present results at major scientific meetings, and close clinical and research mentoring. In addition, Fellows are provided opportunities for formal instruction in imaging science and MRI physics, and are also encouraged to take graduate courses, relevant to their research projects, at the NIH FAES graduate school, for which tuition will be provided. The trainee may have an opportunity for structured supplemental remunerative activity, serving as on-call consultative cardiologist at NIH, within the context of this fellowship.

Application Information
Apply to this program through the NIH Graduate Medical Education Application System. Most fellowships start in July so applications should be received between April and November of the preceding year.



Program Contact

Cardiac/Cardiovascular Imaging Fellowship Program
Andrew E. Arai, MD
Chief, Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Branch
Division of Intramural Research
National Heart Lung and Blood Institute
National Institutes of Health
Building 10, Room B1D416, MSC 1061
Bethesda, MD 20892-1061
Phone: 301-496-3658
Fax: 301-402-2389
Email: araia@nih.gov

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