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 hospital-based nurse practitioners and physician assistants in all specialties, nurse practitioner and physician assistant students, registered nurses and pharmacists.




Curious about what you might expect? Please visit our collection of video lectures and photos from the 2017 program: cardiac surgery, vascular surgery, cardiology, cardiothoracic anesthesiology.




DICET 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 2019 Cardiovascular Fellows’ Boot Camp will take place August 9-11, 2019, 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