Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship

Our faculty-to-fellow ratio provides extensive one-on-one teaching relationships.

The Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine - Scott & White Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

Our three-year program emphasizes clinical experience in preparation for examination by the American Board of Cardiology.

We accept three positions per year.


Our fellowship is aimed at developing cardiologists for clinical practice. During the three years, the fellows rotate through the various areas of cardiology, with the amount of time spent in each area governed by guidelines set forth in COCATS-4 recommendations from the American College of Cardiology, as well as the interest of each fellow.

The rotations during the fellowship are composed of the following:

  • Invasive cardiology (cath lab)*: eight months
  • Non-invasive section*: up to eight months
  • Clinical (includes CCU)*: eight months
  • Electrophysiology: two months
  • Nuclear: six months
  • Elective time: three months (individual tracks for EP, invasive or non-invasive cardiology may be tailored to the trainee's career goals)

*Rotation duration is subject to change based on COCATS requirements for various levels of training.

Invasive Cardiology (Cath Lab)

The cath lab performs more than 1000 catheterizations per year and approximately 400 coronary angioplasties each year. In addition, fellows will get adequate exposure to vascular medicine, peripheral vascular diagnostic studies and angioplasties. The structural heart program offers procedures such as TAVR, ASD/PFO closure and associated echocardiographic imaging.

Non-Invasive Section

This rotation includes color Doppler echocardiography, exercise stress echocardiography, and transesophageal echo. A large volume of EKGs and Holter monitors are read with staff supervision.

Echocardiography training provides the basic knowledge and experience necessary to be fully capable of performing and interpreting examination in a clinical setting.

Clinical Cardiology and Intensive Care (ICU)

The ICU includes a coronary care unit complete with hemodynamic monitoring and capability for insertion of intra-aortic balloon pumps, Swan-Ganz catheters, temporary pacemakers, etc. Intensive Care Cardiology is an excellent opportunity to gain primary service experience in the care of acute myocardial infarctions, unstable angina, cardiogenic shock and post-operative open heart patients.

During this experience, fellows progress to direct the care of ICU patients and are expected to function as junior staff overseeing the medical residents and students. They are responsible for procedures necessary on ICU patients.


This rotation includes exposure to diagnostic and therapeutic EP studies, ICD implants and permanent pacemaker implants.

Fellows spend a minimum of two months attending the pacemaker follow-up clinic or equivalent for a concentrated exposure to interpretation of pacing electrocardiograms and the various problems pertinent to pacemaker patients.

Fellows are responsible for consults to the EP service and will assist on electrophysiology studies, pacer and ICD implants.


Two months general training for all fellows is designated to make fellows conversant in the field of nuclear cardiology, with the primary responsibility being Technetium-99 isotope based stress test monitoring, review and interpretation of results.

Fellows have the opportunity to spend six months in training, if desired, in order to meet requirements for credentialing to interpret nuclear cardiology studies. 

Active participation in the preparation of lectures, seminars and conferences is expected of each fellow.

Regularly scheduled cardiology teaching and conference activities include:

  • Textbook review
  • Surgical morbidity and mortality conference
  • EKG review
  • Journal club
  • Invasive cardiology lecture series
  • Cath conference
  • Cardiology morbidity and mortality conference
  • Echo conference
  • Nuclear-Cath Correlation

There is also a monthly meeting for research-related topics.

  • Train at one of the Truven Health 100 Top Hospitals®

    Baylor Scott & White Medical Center - Round Rock, is a 101-bed hospital with an adjacent multispecialty clinic and freestanding cancer center that provide a full range of care in more than 40 specialties.

How to Apply

Applications are accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Our program participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) and adheres to their policies and guidelines.

Application Requirements

Eligible candidates must have completed an ACGME-accredited, three-year internal medicine residency.

Applicants should also submit:

  • Transcript from medical school
  • Three letters of reference from medical school faculty or residency/fellowship experience (if applicable)
  • Curriculum vitae/resume
  • Record of other graduate medical experience, if applicable
  • ECFMG certificate, if foreign medical graduate
  • USMLE III must be taken and passed
  • Recent photograph (optional)
  • Personal statement
    • The personal statement describes your professional interests, achievements, reasons for choosing specialty of training and plans for the future
    • Reference should be made to research experience and training, special projects or scientific work you have engaged in and any notable professional accomplishments you have achieved
    • You may also wish to describe your personal interests, activities and circumstances

Learn more about Baylor Scott & White's housestaff appointment eligibility, including guidelines for international medical graduates.

Contact Us

Melanie Roussel, MPH

Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship
Baylor Scott & White Health
302 University Blvd.
Round Rock, TX 78665

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Why Baylor Scott & White

As the largest not-for-profit health care system in Texas and one of the largest in the United States, Baylor Scott & White Health includes 48 hospitals, more than 900 patient care sites, more than 6,000 active physicians and more than 40,000 employees.

Life in Austin

As one of America’s fastest growing cities, Austin-Round Rock offers an array of cultural, culinary and outdoor experiences. The metropolitan also ranked second on the Forbes list of "America’s 25 Best Cities for Young Professionals in 2017."

Compensation and Benefits

In addition to competitive stipends, we offer our residents a full menu of employee benefits. We help offset the cost of many of these benefits; others are options you can choose to pay for yourself.

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