Advanced Clinical and Research Training Opportunities

The Duke Division of Cardiology offers advanced clinical and research training opportunities designed to provide post-fellowship education in specialized areas, including programs in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and echocardiography.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging

The Duke Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Center offers two types of fellowship programs: 1) Advanced Clinical and Research Track; and 2) Post-Doctoral Research Track. Candidates who successfully complete Track 1 will satisfy requirements for Advanced Competency in Cardiovascular MRI (Level 3) of the Society of Cardiovascular Magnetic. Track 2 is for those individuals interested in an academic career in cardiovascular MRI. For more information, contact Michele Parker (, 919-668-1671).

Advanced Training

Cardiovascular MR Practicum 

The DCMRC provides an annual practicum that provides the participant with an understanding of the principles of magnetic resonance imaging, safety issues in performing cardiac MR, and imaging protocols currently available for the evaluation of the structure and function of the cardiovascular system. Case presentations, one-on-one discussion and observation of actual patient imaging will be emphasized. For more information, contact Michele Parker (, 919-668-1671). 

On-site training

The DCMRC offers on-site training for physicians and technologists interested in cardiovascular MRI. We offer Level 1 and Level 2 certification training which includes didactics, clinical interpretation, and hands-on scanning in accordance with ACC/SCMR training guidelines. The training is based on the SCMR guidelines and tailor the program to the trainee’s individual needs and educational goals. For more information, contact Michele Parker (, 919-668-1671).


Duke provides advanced training in the performance and interpretation of echocardiograms, including two-dimensional, Doppler, transesophageal, stress, and contrast applications.

The Duke Echocardiography Laboratory is a state-of-the-art facility based at Duke Clinic with a second fully functional laboratory at Duke University Hospital.

Areas of ongoing research include:

  • Stress echo
  • Endocarditis
  • Cardiac resynchronization
  • Strain and strain-rate imaging using speckle tracking
  • Three-dimensional imaging
  • Myocardial perfusion contrast echo

Outcomes research performed in conjunction with Duke Clinical Research Institute has also become an important focus of the laboratory.