I am pleased to share this special issue of the Methodist DeBakey Cardiovascular Journal on the topic of Cardiovascular Education and Training. I appreciate the efforts of guest editors Dr. Nadeen Faza and Dr. Stephen Little in guiding this overview of recent developments in the evolving arena of cardiovascular training, and I appreciate the insights of all the authors who contributed to the issue.
While these review article reflect recent advances in cardiovascular learning, each one also sheds light on what has been gained and what has been left behind in recent years, especially since the pandemic appeared in 2020. Highlights include beneficial teaching practices, the importance of mentorship, the increasing impact of specialization, and the implementation of innovative technologies alongside advancements in cultural change.
In the upcoming days and weeks, we’ll be sharing video highlights from conversations with faculty and fellows about becoming a fellow, finding a mentor, choosing a specialty, and much more. We hope you’ll relate to what is shared, and we welcome you to respond with your own impressions and lessons regarding the training process.
We also invite you to share your clinical experiences by submitting case reports and Multimodality Imaging manuscripts at the submission link on our website. We continually publish unusual, visually interesting, and informative cases in our online Case Reports Issue 18.1, which is peer reviewed and indexed in PubMed. You can read our year-round repository of case reports, interactive CME cases, and other articles with CME credit available in the Journal’s Case Reports Collection.
As always, I appreciate your ongoing interest in the journal. I welcome your feedback as we strive to improve our publication in support of our educational mission of providing cardiologists and other physicians with the most current information about evidence-based practices and potential innovations.
Miguel A. Quiñones, MD, MACC, FASE
Methodist DeBakey Cardiovascular Journal
Winters Family Distinguished Centennial Chair
in Cardiovascular Education, Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center