Advanced Cardiac Imaging Fellowship

Our fellows experience a broad range of pathology with a diverse population base and a 5:1 faculty-to-student ratio.

Advanced Cardiac Imaging Fellowship is fully accredited by the Texas Medical Board and governed by Baylor University Medical Center, part of Baylor Scott & White Health. The program is fully accredited by Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

Fellows in this one-year program train at one of the first hospitals in the United States with the SOMOTOM® Force CT scanner, and our department has the capability of providing calcium scoring scans without a physician referral.

We accept one fellow per year.


Our program allocates 12 to 24 months of individualized training based on our fellows' prior training, experience and interests.

Typically, time is divided among echocardiography and MSCT training in three-month blocks each and can be tailored to each trainee's career objectives. Fellows also have the opportunity to train in cardiac MRI.

Documented completion of Level II training in any of these areas during prior training, such as an ACGME-accredited program in cardiovascular medicine, may be counted toward these requirements.

Training areas include:

  • Cardiac CT
  • Echocardiography
  • Transesophageal echocardiography
  • Stress echocardiography
  • Intraoperative TEE for guidance of structural heart interventions
  • Contrast echocardiography

Fellows interact with patients directly during valve clinics (TAVR clinic and mitral valve clinic) with appropriate supervision, including:

  • Eliciting clinical histories
  • Applying physical examination skills
  • Reviewing existing data relevant to each procedure throughout the period of training

In addition to gaining the relevant knowledge of physics and instrumentation for each modality, fellows learn to independently perform examinations and interpret the results.

Our faculty includes computed tomography (CT) specialists, radiology imaging specialists, cardiac nurses and administrative team members. Our department is staffed with nationally certified sonographers who work closely with board- certified cardiologists.

Weekly conferences for advanced cardiac imaging fellows are held with the general cardiovascular medicine fellows and consist of case presentations and didactic material.

Conferences include:

  • Echocardiography Conference
  • Cath/Nuclear Conference
  • Cardiology Grand Rounds
  • Journal Club
  • Heart Failure/Transplant Conference
  • ECG Conference

Over the course of one year, cases presented at this and other interdisciplinary conferences are selected to represent all forms of cardiovascular diseases, including:

  • Ischemic heart disease
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Valvular heart disease
  • Congenital heart disease
  • Arrhythmias
  • Cardiomyopathies
  • Pericardial disease

The fellows are required to present at Cardiology Grand Rounds and an Echocardiography Conference once annually.

All fellows participate in at least two clinical research projects during their fellowship. Fellows are required to complete the institutional requirements for training in human subject protection and IRB policies and procedures.

Additional coursework/seminars in research, including biostatistics and clinical trial design, are also available.

Fellows are expected to submit abstracts for presentation at national/international meetings and compose manuscripts for submission to refereed journals.

  • Train at one of U.S. News & World Report's "Best Hospitals"

    Baylor University Medical Center, part of Baylor Scott & White Health, is a 115-acre campus with 915 beds, a Level I trauma center and nationally ranked specialty services.

How to Apply

We use the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) universal application for residency.

Deadline for applications is May 1.

Application Requirements

The fellowship requires completion of three years of internal medicine residency, three years of cardiology fellowship and Level II competency in at least one area of cardiovascular imaging.

In order to be considered for the program, applicants must submit the following materials:

  • Three letters of recommendation
  • USMLE (or COMLEX) score report
  • Personal statement
  • CV
  • ECFMG certificate, if applicable


Interviews with the program director and at least two faculty members take place in February and March. During the interview, candidates receive a tour of the facility, speak with current fellows and receive a packet of information about the fellowship and the hospital

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

Contact Us

Natalie Gittus
Phone: 214.820.3610
Fax: 214.820.7272

Advanced Cardiac Imaging Fellowship
Baylor University Medical Center
Roberts Hospital, Suite 1013
3500 Gaston Ave.
Dallas, TX 75246

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Compensation and Benefits

In addition to competitive stipends, we offer our fellows 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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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.

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