Fellowship Programs

Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program


Program Overview

The USF Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program is a three-year, ACGME-accredited program designed to train fellows to successfully proceed to community and/or academic practice with refined skills in leadership, education, and research, superimposed on clinical excellence.

Our program utilizes 2 ambulatory sites: USF’s Morsani and South Tampa centers, and 4 inpatient sites: Tampa General Hospital, Moffitt Cancer Center- the only NCI-designated Cancer Center in the Southeast, James A. Haley VAH, and Bay Pines VAH. These sites each provide a unique and complementary experience, offering the opportunity to learn to diagnose and manage the vast spectrum of cardiovascular diseases in varied clinical and socioeconomic settings.

Collegial learning at our academic teaching centers occurs with engaged faculty using proven methods of knowledge transfer, through case-based didactics, team-based care, and side-by-side training in the development of technical skills. Critical appraisal in an environment of inquiry, employing a rich evidence base, is emphasized with the aim of creating lifelong learners and clinician scientists. Faculty teach diagnostic reasoning which drives appropriate value based and patient centered care. The weekly didactic conferences balance core lectures, case-based discussions, grand rounds, journal clubs, research conferences, and board review.

Mission Statement

The objective of the University of South Florida’s, Morsani College of Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Training Program, is to educate, provide a breadth of clinical experience, and train the next generation of cardiovascular disease specialists for the 21st century. Immersion into high quality clinical care teams, developing methods and tools for lifelong learning, and exposure to cutting edge cardiovascular disease research at the USF Heart Institute create a rich, pragmatic, scholarly environment of inquiry. The robust resources of a preeminent state research university, combined with high quality and committed academic hospital partners, affords the learner a diversity of career options; whether that be clinical medical practice in the community or academic practice focused on education or research for the cure of cardiovascular diseases. 

Our Program Aims

  1. Provide fellows with the education, training, and experience in the development of the well-rounded practitioner in the subspecialty of Cardiovascular Disease (COCATS training wheel).
  2. Instill in fellows the ability to critically appraise our evidence base and to apply this knowledge for clinical excellence, lifelong learning, and continuous professional development.
  3. Create an environment of inquiry in order to nurture scholarly activity for new knowledge generation in clinical science and patient outcomes.
  4. Expose general cardiology fellows to aspects of advanced sub-specialty disciplines (cognitive and procedural) as a basis for advanced training or for use in the practice of cardiology (COCATS training wheel page # 1728)

Program Administration

Program Director: Xavier Prida, MD

Academic Services Administrator: Matel Galloway mgalloway1@usf.edu

Senior Education Specialist: Twyla Sumpter tsumpter@usf.edu