Best Cardiology Schools: List of Top U.S. Schools

Read up on three of the best cardiology schools in the country. Get ranking information and program details for these schools so you might make an informed decision about your future education.

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School Overviews

Cardiology programs provide students with an understanding of core medical knowledge, practice and research. Several programs, like those offered at the nationally-ranked University of Pennsylvania and Stanford University, provide medical residencies and fellowships to guide M.D.s through their medical education and career.

1. University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA

School Highlight: The University of Pennsylvania ranked 8th on U.S. News & World Report's 2015 list of all national universities.

Ranked sixth in the nation in internal medicine according to U.S. News & World Report in 2015, Penn Medicine's Department of Medicine offers 12 academic divisions, including cardiology. Penn Medicine offers residency in cardiovascular surgery in the divisions of cardiovascular surgery and general thoracic surgery. The program, based on clinical research and application of surgical techniques, gives residents and fellows the chance to study in all three subspecialties of cardiovascular surgery, including adult cardiac, general thoracic and congenital heart surgery. Penn Medicine also offers a 3-year Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship program in which the third year is based on the fellow's specific interests within the field of cardiovascular medicine.

2. Stanford University in Stanford, CA

School Highlight: Stanford University ranked 4th on U.S. News & World Report's 2015 list of top national universities.

Stanford University's medical school, ranked 8th in internal medicine by U.S. News & World Report in 2015, offers medical training at three levels, including medical education, residency and fellowship. Students interested in cardiology will first follow a core curriculum, and eventually will have the opportunity to choose a scholarly concentration (SC) in one of the eight foundation areas; after choosing a foundation area, students have the option of applying what they've learned to a specific area of medicine, one being cardiovascular pulmonary.

Once students have completed their medical education, they are ready for residency, during which they may rotate through cardiology consultation services at the VA hospital and the Coronary Care Unit at Stanford University. Finally, 3-year fellowships are available in the field of cardiovascular diseases with laboratory and clinical research requirements at the Palo Alto VA Medical Center; advanced fellowships are available in several specialized cardiology subfields.

Top Universities with Good Cardiology Programs

School Name Distinction Location
Cornell University Cornell puts a premium on scientific achievements and helped introduce developments such as the Cardiac Care Unit and anticoagulation for the treatment of acute myocardial infarction. New York, NY
University of Alabama-Birmingham The university offers six research programs for cardiology fellows, including those in cardiovascular MRI research and nuclear cardiology research. Birmingham, AL
University of Michigan The university placed 7th on U.S. News & World Report's 2015 list of best schools with internal medicine programs. Ann Arbor, MI
University of Rochester The Aab Cardiovascular Research Institute uses new technologies, treatments and diagnostic tests. Rochester, NY
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Cardiologists at the center treat about 600 patients each month. Dallas, TX
University of Washington In 2015, U.S. News & World Report ranked the university 8th on its list of best schools with internal medicine programs. Seattle, WA
Yale University Students have access to four research centers, such as the Yale Cardiovascular Research Center and the Yale Translational Imaging Research Center. New Haven, CT
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