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Research - Cardiovascular Disease at MedStar Georgetown / MedStar Washington

Research is an integral component of the training program. Fellows can select from a range of research activities to complement their clinical training and match their personal interests. The section's faculty and researchers from the MedStar Cardiovascular Research Network (MCRN) offer invaluable guidance and support as fellows work to conduct and publish at least one investigation during the course of training. The curriculum allocates six months (usually during the second year) to research, but fellows can extend this time through electives.

Fellows are responsible for finding a mentor to guide their research efforts. In many instances, fellows become heavily involved in the research pursuits of their mentor and will remain actively engaged in those activities for the remainder of their fellowship. All the clinical cardiology departments, including interventional cardiology, echocardiography, intravascular ultrasound, angiogenesis, coronary brachytherapy, cardiac magnetic resonance and electrophysiology, have investigators available to serve as mentors.

Educational Objectives

  • Obtain a critical understanding of how to conduct cardiovascular research
  • Hypothesis generation
  • Critical literature review
  • Protocol development
  • Institutional review board submission and purpose
  • Data collection
  • Data analysis
  • Abstract preparation
  • Presentation in scientific forum
  • Preparation of paper for peer review journal submission
  • Develop expertise in a specific area of cardiovascular medicine
  • Acquire new skills which may have application to the future practice of cardiology
  • Learn to work as part of a research team, which often includes several non-physicians with research expertise
  • Acquire the skills and experience necessary to critically review others' research