The three-year cardiovascular medicine fellowship includes didactic training (lectures, conferences, class work, assigned study, etc.) and clinical experience that is carefully structured to provide a balance between inpatient and outpatient management.
Required rotations are Consult, Coronary Care/Intermediate Care, Cardiac Catheterization, Nuclear Cardiology, Echocardiography, Electrophysiology, Peripheral Vascular Disease, Cardiac Rehabilitation/ Preventive Cardiology, Congenital Heart Disease and Research.
The program is structured to offer a maximum degree of flexibility to allow fellows to pursue either clinical or research areas of interest. Each fellow will have the opportunity to do electives in all required rotations, as well as in interventional catheterization and MICU. The program supports up to two away electives, guided by ACGME requirements, which may include a Cardiac Transplant rotation.
Throughout the course of their training, cardiovascular disease fellows are supervised by designated cardiovascular disease attendings during all education experiences. Performance evaluations cover patient care, medical knowledge, practice-based learning, systems based practice, professionalism, and interpersonal communication. Although all fellows are required and are given ample opportunity to achieve and show competence in the procedures specified by the RRC Program Requirements, the large number of electives ensures that fellows have the opportunity, if they so desire, to achieve the numbers specified for Level 2 certification in some areas, as described in the ACC Revised Recommendations for Training in Adult Cardiovascular Medicine Core Cardiology Training II (COCATS 2).