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Program Description

CIMS Interventional Cardiology Fellowship – Program Description

CIMS Hospital Interventional Cardiology Fellowship is a two-year new training program that provides a broad-based learning experience in all aspects of interventional cardiology. Trainees receive high-quality education in patient evaluation, technical performance of simple and complex interventional procedures and post-procedural management, as well as opportunities for clinical research.

Two or three applicants will be selected for the program during each application cycle. CIMS Hospital Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory is a state-of-the-art facility with two rooms dedicated to interventional cardiology. The lab is staffed by 9 adult and 2 pediatric cardiologists. Over 6,000 diagnostic procedures and 1,500 to 2,000 percutaneous coronary interventions are performed annually (same as Cleveland Clinic / Mayo Clinic). Routine procedures include:

  • Intracoronary stenting
  • Rotational atherectomy
  • Saphenous vein graft intervention
  • Primary and rescue PCI for acute myocardial infarction
  • Chronic total occlusion revascularization (CART, reverse CART)
  • Carotid stenting
  • Intravascular ultrasound
  • Fractional and coronary flow reserve
  • Peripheral artery balloon angioplasty and stenting
  • Balloon mitral valvuloplasty
  • Balloon aortic valvuloplasty
  • Left atrial appendage closure
  • Pulmonary vein stenting
  • Septal alcohol ablation
  • Percutaneous repair of paraprosthetic regurgitation
  • Closure of patent foramen ovale
  • Percutaneous pulmonary valve implantation (Melody)
  • Atrial septostomy
  • Complex invasive hemodynamic studies (Millars, exercise)
  • Complex / Simple Congenital Pediatric & Adult Intervention

Certification

When you complete this training, you will be eligible for certification of training in Interventional Cardiology.

Curriculum

Trainees spend 5 days a week in the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory performing invasive and interventional catheterization procedures. The procedures will be assigned to fellows on a rotation basis. Each fellow will spends once in a week in the outpatient interventional clinic, Echo lab, which is designed to foster ambulatory education in the evaluation and management of interventional cardiology patients.

Conferences

  • Interventional case review. To reinforce learning, trainees meet as a group with an expert interventional cardiologist to review interventional cases performed during the previous week.
  • Vascular conference. This conference is presented and attended by vascular specialists from a variety of disciplines throughout CIMS Hospital, including surgery, radiology and cardiology.
  • Core curriculum. The curriculum includes didactic lectures and morbidity-mortality review specifically designed for the interventional trainees and fellows rotating through the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory.
  • Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory Conference. This conference is presented by faculty and fellows in the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory for the CIMS Cardiovascular Division.
  • CIMS Cardiovascular Grand Rounds. Hosted by the CIMS Cardiovascular Division, this conference provides education on a broad range of topics for cardiovascular professionals and features both internal speakers and visiting faculty.

Evaluation

To ensure that you acquire adequate knowledge and develop your technical skills, your performance will be monitored carefully during the course of the program training. You will be evaluated formally by your supervising faculty member after each clinical rotation and will meet with the program director to review these evaluations.

Six core competencies identified by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (as done in USA) will be evaluated:

  • Patient care
  • Medical knowledge
  • Interpersonal and communication skills
  • Professionalism
  • Practice-based learning and improvement
  • Systems-based practice

Completed faculty evaluations will be reviewed by the program director who assigns a pass-fail grade based on the scores and comments by the faculty members.

Application Process

Our program requires the selected candidate to furnish the following support documents:

  • A curriculum vitae
  • A personal statement describing your clinical research interests and experience, and your detailed career goals.
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official college, graduate school, and medical school transcripts

Interviews

If you are considered for an appointment, you will be asked to visit the program for a personal interview with the program director and selected faculty.

You may also e-mail the fellowship coordinator at info@cimshospital.org for more information about the application process.