Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship

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

The Baylor Scott and White –Texas A&M Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship is accredited by the ACGME and is a standard 3 year program.  We accept 5 fellows each academic year in the general cardiology program.  The interventional Cardiology program accepts 2 fellows each year and the Electrophysiology program accepts one fellow every other year as part of a 2 year program.

Our goal is to train outstanding general cardiologists who are prepared for careers in private practice, academic practice or for additional subspecialty training.  Our fellows are typically level 2 trained for independent practice in echocardiography, invasive cardiology and nuclear imaging.  Some of our fellows have done additional elective time in order to perform vascular imaging or implant pacemakers as part of a general practice.

We have a board pass rate of 100% over the last 20 years.  We provide an excellent balance of service and education in order to accomplish this.  We have an extensive didactic program that covers core topics, nuclear imaging, invasive cardiology, electrophysiology, congenital heart disease and echocardiography.  Clinical experiences with supervised autonomy in the CVICU, advanced heart failure, echo, imaging, cath lab, consult service and the clinic are core rotations that provide the foundation for patient care and education.  Our fellows typically take the echo boards after the second year of fellowship and we have a >90% pass rate since 2017.

We won the state ACC Cardiology Jeopardy competition 2 of the last 3 years, competing against the other fellowship programs in Texas (2017 and 2019).

We are able to accomplish this in an atmosphere that is collegial, supportive and provides excellent work-life balance.


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 determined by the minimal requirements of 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: eight months
  • Clinical (includes CCU): eight months
  • VA Hospital: six to nine months
  • Electrophysiology: two months
  • Nuclear: six months
  • Research: three months
  • Elective time: three months (individual tracks for EP, invasive or non-invasive cardiology may be tailored to the trainee's career goals)

Invasive Cardiology (Cath Lab)

The cath lab performs more than 2,500 catheterizations per year. In addition to extensive experience in cardiac catheterization and coronary angiography, our fellows perform approximately 800 coronary angioplasty procedures per year.

Most fellows spend eight rotations during their training in the cath lab, gaining experience with more than 300 cases.

Non-Invasive Section

This rotation includes color Doppler echocardiology exercise testing, Thallium SPECT scan 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 (CCU)

The CCU has more than 14,000 clinic visits per year and 2,000 hospital admissions per year. A program has been developed for fellowship involvement in the outpatient clinic practice, where fellows become familiar with the longitudinal care of ambulatory cardiac patients as well as performing consultations for other internists. This patient load is optimal for educational purposes.

The CCU 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 CCU patients and are expected to function as junior staff overseeing the medical residents and students. They are responsible for procedures necessary on CCU 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 peculiar to pacemaker patients.

Fellows are responsible for consults to the electrical 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 Thallium stress test monitoring. Individual rotations are arranged with nuclear radiology regarding specific jobs and responsibilities.

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

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

  • Train at one of U.S. News & World Report's top hospitals in Texas

    Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Temple is a 640-bed teaching and research hospital with a Level I trauma center.

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 deadline is August 31.

Application Requirements

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

Applicants should also submit:

  • Transcript from medical school
  • Dean's letter
  • 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

Mylessa Wheeler
Phone: 254.724.0108
Fax: 254.724.8067

Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship
Baylor Scott & White Health
2401 S. 31st St.
Temple, TX 76508

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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.

Life in Temple

Temple uniquely offers a combination of access to big-city conveniences while maintaining a small-town atmosphere. Temple has also been ranked among the Top 20 Fastest Growing Cities in Texas and one of America's most affordable places of 2015.

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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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