Clinical training

Cardiovascular and thoracic anesthesia fellows are typically assigned to a specific operating room for the first portion of their training. After that, fellows play an increasingly supervisory role, gain far greater clinical experience, and can begin to pursue a range of interests directed toward their career goals.

Rotation schedule

You will meet with the program director and your adviser to devise a training schedule that matches your level of training, as well as mutually agreed upon goals and objectives.

Research training

A portion of this fellowship can be allotted to research in diverse areas within the Division of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Anesthesia. Some areas of active investigation related to the CVT practice include:

  • Coagulation
  • Cardiac muscle physiology and pharmacology
  • Physiology of endothelium and platelets
  • Cardiopulmonary bypass and cerebral physiology
  • Resuscitation and monitoring
  • Echocardiography
  • Thoracic analgesia
  • Outcomes research
  • Information management

For fellows with research interest, there are also a variety of opportunities outside the division that can be integrated with clinical CVT training.

Call frequency

Fellows take call from home one week at a time. Call frequency averages no more than one in every three weeks.

Additional training

While this fellowship is a single-year training program, a number of fellows have also completed a critical care fellowship at Mayo Clinic, either before or after CVT training.


To ensure you gain proficiency and develop the corresponding technical skills, your performance will be monitored throughout this fellowship. You will be formally evaluated by your supervising faculty member following completion of each clinical rotation, and you will meet with the program director to review these evaluations. In addition, you will regularly evaluate the program and faculty to ensure your educational goals are being met.

March 01, 2012