Department of Medicine



Atherosclerosis and Vascular Medicine Core Curriculum


The Atherosclerosis and Vascular Disease Core Curriculum Lecture Series is taught by clinicians and basic scientists from the Sections of Cardiovascular Research and Cardiology.

  • Responsible Conduct of Research
  • Cholesterol Guidelines
  • Nonstatin Lipid-Lowering Medications
  • HDL Cholesterol and Function
  • Triglycerides
  • Cardiovascular Risk Stratification
  • Lipid-Lowering Medications and Interactions
  • Inflammation and Cardiovascular Disease
  • Metabolomics, Proteomics, and Genomics
  • Hypertension Guidelines, Hypertension, and Cardiovascular Disease
  • Imaging of Atherosclerosis
  • Weight Loss Therapies
  • Lipoprotein(a) and Other Novel Lipid Tests
  • Animal Models of Atherosclerosis
  • Monocytes, Macrophages, and Atherosclerosis
  • Biomarkers: Development, Standardization, and Follow-up
  • Prevention of Heart Failure

Weekly Conference


In addition to the core lectures, the division's weekly conference includes guest speakers and journal club presentations on key recent research.



  • See lipid consults in the Lipid Metabolism and Atherosclerosis Clinic weekly, supervised by faculty
  • Follow clinical research patients daily
  • Attend the division's core lecture/journal club weekly
  • Attend the month-long course "Fundamentals in Clinical Investigation" during the first month of training
  • Participate in and design research studies in atherosclerosis, lipids, obesity, and cardiometabolic disease prevention
  • Prepare manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals
  • Submit and present abstracts at national scientific meetings
  • Recommended: Attend cardiology grand rounds and relevant endocrine and medicine grand rounds
  • Recommended: Participate in endocrine and cardiology conferences held at Baylor College of Medicine and affiliated hospitals
  • Recommended: Take the American Board of Clinical Lipidology certification examination

Research Opportunities

  • Following clinical research patients daily
  • Participating in and designing research studies in atherosclerosis, lipids, genetics, obesity, and cardiovascular disease prevention
  • Participating in clinical trials
  • Investigator-initiated study protocols
  • Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) study
  • Imaging (MRI/ultrasound of atherosclerosis)
  • Biomarkers of atherosclerosis

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