TheCardiovascular Fellows Bootcamp. Academic Article uri icon


MeSH Major

  • Cardiology
  • Curriculum
  • Fellowships and Scholarships
  • General Surgery
  • Internship and Residency
  • Vascular Surgical Procedures


  • General surgery residents graduate with an inconsistent knowledge of cardiovascular disease and an inadequate skill set for the practice of vascular surgery. Vascular educators have proposed to overcome these challenges by incorporating standardized milestones and simulation curricula into vascular education, but at present, nonclinical vascular education remains nonstandardized. The first step in this direction is to lay a foundation of knowledge and skill for trainees nationwide, and regionalized courses have begun to be offered to address this need. Through the Methodist DeBakey Institute for Cardiovascular Education, we have developed our own course, The Cardiovascular Fellows Bootcamp. The principles behind The Cardiovascular Fellows Bootcamp are teach early, teach the basics, teach broadly, and teach multiple cardiovascular disciplines, and over a 3-day weekend of didactic lectures and skill training, we aim to lay a foundation for cardiovascular training that prepares the trainees for their fellowship. In this article, we describe the way in which our course is run and the thought process behind our approach. We also address some of the practical concerns that make hosting a course of this magnitude feasible and our plans for improving and expanding in the future.

publication date

  • October 2012



  • Academic Article



  • eng

PubMed ID

  • 23026427

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 1155

end page

  • 61.e1


  • 56


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