Curriculum Overview

Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship

Listed below is a sample of areas covered either through didactic lectures or clinical experience (or both) in the curriculum:

  • Cardiovascular anatomy, physiology, metabolism, molecular biology
  • Cardiovascular pharmacology
  • Cardiovascular pathology
  • Prevention of cardiovascular disease
  • Evaluation and management:
    • Coronary artery disease
    • Arrhythmias
    • Hypertension
    • Cardiomyopathy
    • Valvular heart disease
    • Pericardial disease
    • Pulmonary heart disease
    • Peripheral vascular disease
    • Cerebrovascular disease
    • Heart disease in pregnancy
    • Adult congenital heart disease
    • Cardiovascular trauma
  • Patient management:
    • Acute and chronic congestive heart failure
    • Acute myocardial infarction and other acute ischemic syndromes
    • Acute and chronic arrhythmias
    • Preoperative and postoperative patients
    • Cardiac transplant patients
    • Geriatric patients with cardiovascular disease
  • Diagnostic techniques:
    • MRI
    • Fast computed tomography
    • Positron emission tomography
  • Procedures and technical skills:
    • Elective cardioversion
    • Right and left heart catheterization (including coronary arteriography)
    • Exercise stress testing
    • Insertion and management of temporary pacemakers
    • Echocardiography
    • Pericardiocentesis
    • Programming and follow-up surveillance of permanent pacemakers
    • Cardiovascular rehabilitation
    • Intracardiac electrophysiologic studies
    • Intra-aortic balloon counterpulsation
    • Percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty and other interventional procedures
    • Interpretation of chest X-ray, electrocardiograms, ambulatory ECG recording
    • Radionuclide studies of myocardial function and perfusion