Cardiology Education & Training Programs

At VCU Health Pauley Heart Center, our world-class team takes each patient’s heart health personally.  Building on our history of innovation in patient care, scientific discovery, diversity and collaboration, we improve cardiovascular care for all, while continuously training the next generation of healthcare providers. Directed by Dr. Greg Hundley, Pauley is an internationally recognized cardiac and vascular service leader. Established in 1838, VCU Medical Center continues to be central Virginia’s only academic medical center.

Below you will find information on the educational opportunities and training programs offered by the Division of Cardiology.

Recently, VCU Division of Cardiology was awarded the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) T32 Multi-disciplinary Training Program in Translational Cardiovascular Research for an M.D. and Ph.D. investigators. These two separate fellowships will augment the supply of physicians and scientists capable of developing new advances in multi- disciplinary translational cardiovascular research directed toward the treatment and prevention of cardiovascular disease, a major public health issue.

Designed as a 2-3 year training program, these investigators will gain deep research experience under the mentorship of a senior VCU Cardiology faculty member who represents a diverse selection of Departments.

Some areas of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • Cardiotoxicity related to cancer therapy
  • Role of inflammation in acute myocardial infarction and heart failure
  • Cardiovascular pathophysiology in the context of metabolic disease
  • Mechanisms of myocardial protection in ischemia/reperfusion injury
  • Mitochondrial biology as it relates to heart injury and the aged heart
  • Nanoengineering novel platforms for therapeutic delivery of miRNA in cardiopulmonary disease
  • Molecular and cellular mechanisms of electrical remodeling in diseased hearts
  • Development of computational models to study electrical signaling in cardiac electrophysiology

Pauley Heart Center 2021 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

Pauley Heart Center logoThe VCU Health Pauley Heart Center invites undergraduate students to apply for a 10-week mentored research fellowship, in which students will be paired with a Sponsor (faculty mentor) and take part in a cardiovascular research project. The purpose of this fellowship is to provide undergraduate students with an introduction and insight to the conduct of translational multi-disciplinary cardiovascular research. By the end of this fellowship, students will develop cardiovascular disease research skills through experiential learning with the goal of applying this experience to future research opportunities and post-graduate careers in cardiovascular research. Students will prepare and present a poster summarizing their research findings at the end of the program.

Please note: Due to the uncertain circumstances presented by COVID-19, the current expectation is that this program will be executed virtually. If any onsite components become possible, accepted applicants will be notified accordingly.