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Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Training & Objectives

Program goals

Specific curriculum goals are to:

  • Provide an organizational structure of academic, clinical, and technical expertise to facilitate the training and education of fellows in cardiology based on ACGME specified competencies listed below:
    • Patient care that is compassionate, appropriate and effective for the promotion of health, prevention of illness, treatment of disease, and care at the end of life.
    • Medical knowledge of established and evolving biomedical, clinical, and cognate (i.e., epidemiological and social-behavioral) sciences and demonstrate the application of this knowledge to patient care and the education of others.
    • Practice-based learning and improvement that involves investigation and evaluation of their own patient care, appraisal and assimilation of scientific evidence, and improvements in patient care practices.
    • Interpersonal and communication skills that result in effective information exchange and teaming with patients, their families, and other health professionals.
    • Professionalism, as manifested through a commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities, adherence to ethical principles, and sensitivity to a diverse patient population.
    • Systems-based practice, as manifested by actions that demonstrate an awareness of and responsiveness to the larger context and system of health care and the ability to effectively call on system resources to provide care that is of optimal value.
  • Maintain educational criteria that are congruent with the aims of the American Board of Internal Medicine Committee on Cardiology and satisfy the COCATS 4 requirements for training in Cardiology.
  • Integrate principles of basic science with in-depth clinical experiences.
  • Promote a broader understanding of the role of cardiology and its interaction with other disciplines such as Internal Medicine and its subspecialties, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Neurology, and Family Practice, especially in the role of consultant cardiologist.
  • Facilitate the self-directed study of fellows via recommended readings and learning activities.
  • Guide cardiology fellows to skillfully use research techniques in conducting investigations.
  • Assist fellows in achieving professional leadership and management skills and excel as an educator.
  • Promote the understanding of the economic, legal, and social challenges of contemporary and future cardiology.