Basic Sciences Opportunities

Accelerated PhD Program for MDs

The Cardiovascular Division at UVA is committed to supporting the development of fellows interested in academic careers. We offer a variety of research experiences that can be tailored to the needs and interest of the fellow. For those interested in basic science research, a large number of research opportunities are available both within and outside of the Division. Please see the Introduction and Program Details section of our Cardiovascular Fellowship Program.

In addition, an accelerated program for fellows interested in obtaining a PhD during their research training is available in the Department of Molecular Physiology and Biological Physics, and will soon be available in other Basic Science Departments.

We have been successful at fast-tracking internal medicine and cardiovascular clinical training to provide quality clinical training, meet ABIM requirements and allow the time for a meaningful research experience including accelerated PhD training without significant prolongation of the total amount of training time. The stipend for the research training and the PhD program is provided for qualified candidates and is equivalent to that provided for clinical training at the same PGY level.

The Vascular Biology Training Program also provides funding for exceptional MD’s who wish to fulfill the PhD requirements in an accelerated program. These candidates receive funding for tuition in addition to stipend.