Categorical Cardiology Fellowship
Objectives of the Training Program
The fellowship training objective is to train competent, confident and compassionate clinical cardiologists who will come to understand the practice of cardiovascular medicine in the context of its underlying pathophysiologic basis.
Trainees use a maturity in judgment to enable them to individualize management strategies for each of their patients and to place in perspective the results of large clinical trials.
- comprehensive 3-year fellowship program
- 15 trainees
- diverse patient populations
- accredited by the Residency Review Committee (RRC) of the American College of Graduate Medical Education and accordingly its curriculum contains all recommended components for clinical training and research.
- accredited and in compliance with current ACGME and COCATS guidelines
Each health care site has an Emergency Room, Coronary Care and Telemetry Units, inpatient and outpatient services, noninvasive and invasive laboratories.
Aspects of the Educational Program
Daily conferences promote self-motivated learning. Fellows (with a faculty mentor) are responsible for presenting all but the core curriculum conferences.
- Monday: Conference on graphics (e.g., ECG-related echocardiography, hemodynamics)
- Tuesday: Core curriculum of fundamental topics
- Tuesday evening: Cardiology grand rounds
- Wednesday: Medical grand rounds
- Thursday: Review of ongoing research or a morbidity and mortality
- Friday: Joint conference with members of the Interventional fellowship
- a journal club
- pro-and-con debate
In preparing for these conferences, fellows learn to: pose a question relevant to one of their patients; research the relevant scientific literature; address the problem selected; field questions from their peers; and to reach a conclusion. These sessions are also intended to provide trainees with an appreciation of self-motivated learning and promote personal enrichment through a lifetime of learning.
The program offers opportunities in both the basic sciences and patient-based clinical research.
The foundation of this program is investigator-initiated hypothesis-driven research conducted in a mode of discovery. A bedside-to-bench and bench-to-bedside approach forms the underpinning to its translational research program.