The Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship program at the University of North Carolina emphasizes clinical excellence and considers it important for the trainee to have a wide variety of patient contacts in order to develop diagnostic skills and judgment. This is achieved through a series of inpatient and outpatient consultative rotations, including diagnostic testing, nuclear cardiology, and clinical procedures that span the entire three years of fellowship. All fellows are also expected to master clinical laboratory techniques essential to the modern practice of cardiology.
Each fellow is expected to identify an area of research early in their fellowship so academic goals can be pursued during the final two years of training. A broad spectrum of basic research opportunities are available through the McAllister Heart Institute. Active clinical research programs are ongoing in a variety of areas, including sudden unexpected death, echocardiography, atrial fibrillation, mechanical circulatory support, and coronary artery disease.