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


vascular track


  • 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


Cardiac surgery


  • 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

cardiothoracic anesthesiology



  • 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, vascular medicine, cardiothoracic anesthesia fellows and third-year primary certificate cardiovascular 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.




DeBakey CV Education offers a stipend towards travel and accommodation on a first-come, first-served basis for domestic applicants. To qualify, attendees must stay for the entire duration of the course. Boot Camp costs $1000 for international attendees.





The next Cardiovascular Fellows’ Boot Camp will take place on August 7-9, 2020, at Houston Methodist Research Institute’s state-of-the-art Houston Methodist Institute for Technology, Innovation & Education (MITIESM).

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

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