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Educational Goals - Cardiovascular Disease at MedStar Georgetown / MedStar Washington

Our program provides specific training in each of these areas:

Patient and Care Management

In addition to the core clinical skills of internal medicine, all cardiology trainees develop skills in obtaining a history and performing a complete cardiovascular physical examination. See more about Patient Care and Management.

Understanding, Diagnosis, Prevention and Treatment of Cardiovascular Disease

Trainees become well educated in pathogenesis, pathology, risk factors, natural history, diagnosis by history, physical examination and laboratory methods, medical and surgical management, complications and prevention of cardiovascular conditions. See more about Understanding, Diagnosis, Prevention and Treatment of Cardiovascular Disease.

Intensive Care

Training includes full-time experience with patients undergoing intensive care for acute cardiovascular disorders and coronary care. See more about Intensive Care.

Ambulatory, Outpatient and Follow-Up Care

Trainees learn the importance of continued responsibility for principal care, co-management with primary care physicians, and consultation. See more about Ambulatory, Outpatient and Follow-Up Care.


All cardiovascular trainees become skilled in the interpretation of ECGs. See more about Electrocardiography.

Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory

The trainees have direct, supervised experience in a general adult cardiac catheterization laboratory that performs catheterizations of both the right and left sides of the heart. See more about Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory.

Nuclear Cardiology

All trainees should know the general principles, indications, risks and benefits of nuclear cardiovascular procedures. See more about Nuclear Cardiology.

Cardiac Arrhythmia and Device Management

All trainees understand the diagnosis and management of cardiac arrhythmias. All trainees must be skilled in the selection of patients for specialized electrophysiologic studies. See more about Cardiac Arrhythmia and Device Management.

Heart Failure and Heart Transplantation

All trainees understand the diagnosis and management of patients with heart failure and that of cardiac transplant recipients. See more about Heart Failure and Heart Transplantation.

Congenital Heart Disease in the Adult

All trainees understand the diagnosis and management of adult patients with and without surgical repair of congenital heart disease. See more about Congenital Heart Disease in the Adult.

Preventive Cardiovascular Medicine

All trainees know the principles of preventive cardiovascular medicine, including vascular biology, genetics, epidemiology, biostatistics, clinical trials, outcomes research, clinical pharmacology, behavior change and multidisciplinary care. See more about Preventive Cardiovascular Medicine.

Vascular Medicine

The trainees develop sound knowledge of the clinical features and treatment of vascular disease. See more about Vascular Medicine.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Familiarity with the cardiovascular applications and interpretations of magnetic resonance images is essential to the training of a cardiovascular fellow. This imaging modality has many existing uses and considerable potential in noninvasive diagnosis. See more about Magnetic Resonance Imaging.

Computed Tomography

Computed tomography (CT) is a rapidly evolving technique to evaluate cardiovascular anatomy and function and trainees participate in well over 50 mentored interpretations to achieve Level 1 competency. See more about Computed Tomography.

Cardiovascular Research

All trainees participate actively in research activities. Trainees who anticipate a career in academic cardiology have additional specialized training. See more about Cardiovascular Research.

Related Sciences

The training program provides an opportunity for continuing education in basic sciences, including those aspects of anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, pathology, genetics, biophysics and biochemistry that are pertinent to cardiology, particularly vascular biology, thrombosis and molecular biology. See more about Related Sciences.

Related Fields of Medicine

The trainees gain knowledge and experience in a number of related areas of medicine, and our program offers training in 9 specific areas. See more about Related Fields of Medicine.

Special Procedural Areas

In specific procedural areas of cardiology, minimal training is appropriate for physicians who do not plan to achieve additional qualifications in a given field. See more about Special Procedural Areas.


Fellows attend conferences and participate in clinical research throughout their training. Many conferences include guest lecturers and give fellows the opportunity for in-depth discussions with leaders in the cardiology field. Learn more about conferences.