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The fellow is responsible for leading work rounds with a team composed of a cardiology attending, a critical care attending, residents, interns, medical students, ICU nursing, and pharmacy. Our CICU includes patients with complicated STEMI/ACS, cardiogenic shock, LVADs, VT storm and complex arrhythmias, complex valvular heart disease, as well as adult congenital heart disease. The fellow performs or supervises procedures on the unit including placement of central lines, arterial lines, PA lines, transvenous pacemakers, emergent pericardiocentesis, as well as adjustment of intra-aortic balloon pumps and assessment of Impella left ventricular assist devices.
The fellow serves as the consultant for our inpatient services and leads a team consisting of a cardiology attending, advanced practice provider, resident, and medical student. We provide consultative care to the general medical services, surgical services, medical and surgical intensive care units, the Emergency Department, and Ob/Gyn.
Each fellow manages a panel of outpatients in a longitudinal clinic that meets one half day a week throughout the year. Fellows see patients with a diverse case mix in consultation and in follow-up under the supervision of a faculty preceptor. The clinic is fully supported by nurses and medical assistants. Registered nurses are available to help cover calls from patients when the fellow is not in clinic and to see patients in conjunction with the fellow.
Fellows receive comprehensive training in electrocardiogram interpretation and multi-modality imaging including echocardiography, cardiac CT, cardiac MRI and nuclear cardiology (PET and SPECT). There is a robust curriculum including didactics, case conferences, and journal club led by the non-invasive imaging faculty.
Training in echocardiographic imaging includes the performance and interpretation of transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiography. Given the clinical volume (inpatient and outpatient) our fellows exceed the training recommendations from COCATS and the National Board of Echocardiography.
As required by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, all fellows participate in a radiation physics course. It is essential for fellows who wish to supervise nuclear cardiology studies as part of their practice and is provided without cost. Studies in nuclear cardiology (PET and SPECT) are performed and interpreted under the supervision of an attending nuclear cardiologist.
The cardiac catheterization experience includes experience with diagnostic right and left heart cath hemodynamic assessment, coronary angiography, transvenous pacemaker placement, periocardiocentesis and drain placement, endomyocardial biopsy, IABP, and Impella. In addition to the procedures skills there is an emphasis on the interpretation of hemodynamics, coronary and graft angiography, and clinical reasoning.
Fellows rotate on the EP service, participate in inpatient consultations and have the opportunity to participate in the EP lab including EP studies and device implantation. Fellows receive training and experience in device interrogation and programming.
Fellows rotate on the adult congenital heart disease service with both an inpatient and outpatient experience with Board-certified pediatric and adult congenital cardiologists. These experiences expose fellows to a wide spectrum of congenital heart disease, including uncorrected and corrected disease in selected adolescent and adult patients.
Fellows have the opportunity to participate in electives aligned with their career path including our multidisciplinary programs: Advanced Heart Valve (TAVR, mitra-clip), Advanced heart failure, Prevention, Cardiovascular Genetics, Vascular Medicine, Cardio-Oncology, Complex Lipid Disorder, Sports Cardiology, Cardiac Pacemaker and Defibrillator Device Clinic, Watchman and PFO closure programs, Advanced Cardiac Imaging (CT, MR, PET, TEE), Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy.