An integral part of the HFC’s mission is training the next generation of clinical trialists. To this end, we have developed multiple training programs to educate up-and-coming clinical researchers on how to be an effective heart failure researcher. Click through the pages below for more information on the clinical research internship and the DSMB training initiative!

Clinical Research Internship Program

The HFC Clinical Research Internship Program is designed to target aspiring medical students prior to their matriculation into medical school. HFC Clinical Research Interns will gain invaluable experience in the fields of heart failure and cardiovascular clinical research.

It is our hope that this program will instill a strong interest in clinical research and a dedication to the importance of site-based research in a future class of physician-investigators. We also aim to target the next generation of diverse and under-represented investigators. Participants will gain a strong understanding of clinical trial principles, academic output, and develop their own academic record. This program will be a win for all parties involved—providing the HFC with a workforce to tackle ongoing projects and increase social media engagement, helping home institutions fill high-turnover and understaffed research teams, and providing interns with the opportunity to build their CV and gain critical experience in clinical research and evidence generation. 



  • Direct exposure to site-based clinical research
  • Hundreds of hours of patient-facing experience
  • Bolster academic CV and gain experience in evidence generation and scientific writing
  • Attend HFC meetings and national conferences, learning from top experts and pioneers in the HF field
  • Opportunity for networking and excellent letters of reference
  • Certificate of completion from the HFC

Home Institution:

  • Fill high-turnover site-based research teams 
  • High-quality applicant pool sourced through the HFC 
  • Support for ongoing CV clinical trials
  • Changing the research culture and training the next generation of clinical research investigators
  • Part Time Support – Heart Failure Collaboratory: trainees will serve as interns and assist with working group projects, academic output and dissemination, social media editing, and other duties of the administrative team of the Heart Failure Collaboratory.

    • HFC Research Intern responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

      • Attend working group and other HFC calls

      • Develop and produce academic output from working group projects and conferences

      • Help HFC authors with abstracts, writing, and editing papers

      • Help with dissemination of HFC knowledge through abstract submissions and poster presentations at national scientific conferences (HFSA, ACC, AHA Scientific Sessions)

      • Distribute HFC’s Cardio Pod: Heart of the Matter via social media, Apple Podcasts, and Spotify

      • Maintain, manage, and track HFC social media activity via Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn

      • Assist with selection of succeeding HFC intern class


  • Part Time Support – Study Coordinator/Clinical Research Coordinator: HFC interns will hold positions at one of 3 potential “home” institutions (Inova Heart and Vascular Institute — Fairfax, VA | Duke University Medical Center — Durham, NC | Mount Sinai Hospital — New York, NY) as clinical research coordinators and help with the conduct and coordination of HF clinical trials

    • Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

      • Assisting study investigator with study-related activities that are appropriate for the scope of the role

      • Assisting study investigator with study-related duties such as identifying and consenting study participants, coordinating and conducting follow up visits, and entering data

      • Helping study investigator prepare institutional review board (IRB) documents, responding to data queries from sponsors, helping prepare for quality assurance audits, assisting with necessary study start-up steps

      • May participate in educational activities including cardiology grand rounds, fellow research and clinical conferences, journal clubs, and CME and non-CME activities

Application for Clinical Research Internship Program will open again in 2024.  Application review will begin in Q2 of 2024. We will conduct applicant interviews in Spring 2025, with intent to fill available positions with a start date in the summer of 2025.

Please note that preferred availability for HFC interns is 2 years.

Data Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB)
Training Program

Data and Safety Monitoring Boards (DSMB) are critical in reviewing and evaluating study data for safety, study conduct, and efficacy. Over the past 5 decades, use of DSMBs and Data Monitoring Committees (DMCs) has increased drastically. However, there is currently no organized process to train colleagues to take on this responsibility, and the pool of capable members and chairs is not growing at a sustainable pace. In partnership with FDA and other stakeholders, the HFC is implementing a pilot program developed by Dr. David DeMets and colleagues to train the next generation of DSMB members. 

HF Collaboratory launched the pilot DSMB training in 2023 and will host the second annual training initiative on June 10, 2024. Individuals interested in training and joining a registry can go to the following links: