Cardiovascular Fellows’ Boot Camp

Boot Camp is designed for first- and second-year fellows and offers four tracks: cardiac surgery, vascular surgery, cardiology and cardiac anesthesiology. This intense training follows the guiding principles of “Teach broadly. Teach early. Teach basics.” It will provide one day of hands-on cadaver and specimen lab training and two days of expert-led lectures on the fundamentals of cardiovascular disease and management. Each track is intended to provide an understanding of topics such as the following:




  • Preventive cardiology
  • Antiplatelet therapy
  • Adjunctive pharmacology for PCI
  • Heart failure
  • Rhythm disorders
  • Ischemic heart disease
  • Cardiac imaging
  • Structural heart disease




  • Ultrasound-guided access, dissection and exposures
  • Vascular and endovascular surgery
  • Lower extremity arterial disease
  • Neurovascular disease
  • Venous disease
  • Renal and visceral artery diseases
  • Thoracic outlet and upper extremity




  • Off-pump coronary bypass
  • Aortic and mitral valve replacement
  • Maze procedures
  • Left atrial appendage closure
  • Aortic root procedures
  • Transcatheter aortic valve replacement
  • Ventricular device insertion




  • Cardiac anatomy
  • Echocardiography
  • Surgical techniques
  • Hemodynamic monitoring and support
  • Cardiopulmonary bypass
  • Lung isolation strategies
  • Ventricular device simulators



This course is intended for first-year vascular surgery, cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery, and cardiovascular anesthesia fellows and third-year integrated vascular surgery residents.




Curious about what you might expect? Please visit our collection of video lectures and photos from the 2019 program: cardiac surgery, vascular surgery, cardiology, cardiac anesthesiology.




2024 Boot Camp for Cardiology and Vascular Surgery

The 2024 Cardiovascular Fellows’ Boot Camp for Cardiology and Vascular Surgery Fellows will take place August 9-11, 2024, at Houston Methodist Research Institute’s state-of-the-art Houston Methodist Institute for Technology, Innovation & Education (MITIESM).

2024 Cardiovascular Fellow's Boot Camp Application Track
Prospective participants for any of the four tracks must submit an application to be considered. Apply Now >

Houston Methodist Institute for Technology, Innovation & Education (MITIESM)
6670 Bertner Ave., 5th Floor
Houston, TX 77030