The Texas Heart® Institute (THI) at CHI St. Luke’s Health-Baylor St. Luke’s commitment to education sets it apart from other major cardiovascular centers. The Institute's educational activities include postdoctoral and allied training programs, seminars, symposia, scientific publications and public education outreach. Visitors will find the Wallace D. Wilson Museum
with interactive educational displays, historic items covering scientific breakthroughs in treating heart disease, and the Celebration of Hearts art collection.
Reaching Out and Sharing KnowledgeWebsite
) offers news, research updates, physician training and educational opportunities, and public education resources. Six million unique visitors accessed the content on our website in 2015.
Heart Information CenterAsk a Texas Heart Institute Doctor (texasheart.org/heartdoctor
) offers topical information on general heart health as well as 72 lay-information topics on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease. All topics are available in both English and Spanish and are continually reviewed and updated for currency and accuracy. Over 4.5 million website visitors accessed resources in the HIC in 2015.
) allows anyone to ask a cardiovascular health-related question or search previous answers. Manned by 37 members of the Texas Heart Institute Professional Staff, Ask a Heart Doctor answers hundreds of questions a year which are posted on the website. Questions not selected for the website are answered directly by our staff. To date, more than 7,000 questions have been answered, submitted from all 50 states and more than 80 countries around the world.Project Heart - Activities for the Classroom (texasheart.org/projectheart)
is a web-based heart-smart resource for teachers, parents, and students, extending outreach to the virtual classroom. With complete lesson plans for grades K through 6 at its core, the site provides educators with activities for teaching heart anatomy, good nutrition, and a healthy lifestyle. Materials comply with Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills criteria. Proyecto Corazón
extends all of the resources of the site to the Spanish-speaking population. The Project Heart Endowment (established by a grant from the Albert and Margaret Alkek Foundation
) provided funds for the Project Heart translation and other expansions of the website.
Improving the Skills of Heart SpecialistsResidencies and Fellowships at Texas Heart Institute
provide training and certification to heart specialists who participate in our research, educational and improved patient care activities. Since 1962 these programs have trained over 4,000 heart specialists from the US and around the world.
Advanced Training Courses
allow medical teams to learn new techniques and technologies, especially those involving new heart assist devices. Each year, dozens of training sessions are provided at Texas Heart Institute and around the world, as Texas Heart Institute professionals lecture and provide on-site instruction. Continuing Medical Education
provides programs designed to keep physicians informed of the
latest advances in the prevention and treatment of heart disease. The CME Department sponsors live symposia on topics such as cardiovascular intervention, arrhythmias, heart failure, heart defects, and surgery. Many of these symposia are held in conjunction with major national cardiovascular meetings. Medical professionals can subscribe to CME-news
to learn of upcoming CME events.Texas Heart Institute Journal
) has a readership of cardiovascular physicians worldwide and online submission of manuscripts.Department of Scientific Publications
) edits hundreds of manuscripts by THI physicians and scientists for publication in books or professional journals every year. At any given time, more than 150 manuscripts are undergoing the editing process.Library and Learning Resource Center (texasheart.org/library
) provides study space, access to the latest publications and classes teaching healthcare professionals/researchers to use new technologies to access rapidly evolving information about cardiovascular disease. The L&LRC also sends an e-newsletter
with helpful information about using online resources.Visual Communication Services (texasheart.org/vcs) is staffed by multimedia creation specialists whose skills include video production, photography, graphic design, website development and desktop publishing in support of the research and educational activities of our physician/scientists.