CIMS Interventional Cardiology Fellowship – Program Policies and Procedures
- CLINICAL ACTIVITIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Duty hour standards: All fellows are expected to abide by the ACGME duty hour standards which include these provisions:
- CCU on-call duties:
- Fellows are expected to make rounds.
- Fellow are expected to make work rounds in CCU every evening of call at an appropriate time to review status of all patients.
- Fellows will also be responsible for over reading ECG’s and doing ECHO’s when they are on call.
- Fellows can be expected to be called for various cardiac emergencies throughout the hospital, including STEMI triage and catheterization, emergent echocardiograms, manipulation of pacemakers/ICDs, and many others.
- Clinic/indigent patients: While on call at clinic, fellow must evaluate patients and write an admission note in the chart within 4 hours of admission. Fellows must evaluate these patients daily and write notes thereafter.
- Ambulatory cardiology care clinic: All cardiology fellows will attend ½ day/week in an outpatient cardiology clinic where they follow patients and see new patients.
- Documentation of Procedures: We require that fellows maintain records of procedures performed during their Fellowship Training. Records should include date, supervising physician, exact procedure performed, any complications and the fellow’s role. Procedure logs are maintained using the same online system used to complete and review evaluations. Every 6 months, the procedure log and total numbers of procedures are reviewed with the Director and an electronic and print copy is placed in your file. The procedure log is a crucial component in determining your level of competency for each procedure on completion of your fellowship. Thus, it is imperative that your procedure log be accurate and up-to-date at all times. You are strongly encouraged to enter your procedures daily, or at least weekly.
- Vacation policy: Four weeks of vacation will be allowed during the academic year. Request for vacation must in all cases be submitted, ideally 12 weeks in advance and must receive prior approval from the Director. No fellow are away on vacation at any given time, with the exception of presenting research papers at major conferences. Fellows may not take off more than two consecutive weeks from any single rotation unless in case of family emergency and unless authorized by Director on an individual basis. Taking time off for attending educational or research conferences or any other business (other than illness) will be counted as vacation time.
RESEARCH and SCHOLARLY ACTIVITY
Research time will be made available based on interest and merit. Fellows are also expected to conduct research during non-laboratory clinical practice rotations such as CHF/transplant and consult service, etc.
Fellows are expected to teach the medical officers during rounds with them in the CCU, Consult service and other rotations that have Medical Officer /students. In addition, they are expected to teach ECG/ECHO interpretation to the medical officers and participate in the monthly CCU core lecture series and morning report for the Medical Officer.
- EVALUATION OF CLINICAL PERFORMANCE
- Director will serve as a mentor with whom all fellows will be expected to meet at frequent intervals for feedback and guidance session. In addition, a formal evaluation will be performed by the Director at 6- month intervals. This review will be discussed with the fellow who will sign the performance letter.
- At the beginning of each rotation, the director or assigned faculty attending will go over the “goals and expectations” with the fellows. At the end of the rotation, the director will provide verbal feedback to the fellow as well as seek feedback from the fellows. These evaluations should be documented by the director and forwarded to the Director once every 3 months.
- At the end of the fellowship, the Program Director will prepare an ‘overall appraisal’ which will be kept in the trainee’s dossier for future reference. In keeping with the major goal of feedback, i.e., to improve performance and contribute to growth and development, verbal feedback within a constructive framework is highly recommended in addition to the written evaluations.
FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION PROCESS
Attracting the best candidates to our fellowship is essential for the continued success of the program. Current fellows play a key role in the application process. Fellows help review applications, decide which candidates to interview and are actively involved on interview days, providing information about the program to applicants and giving tours of the Cardiology facilities. The fellows on the Fellowship Committee participate in making the rank list each year.
- APPOINTMENT AND REAPPOINTMENT
Most fellows will be reappointed to successive years of training, but this is not binding upon either the Fellow or the Director.
- RADIATION SAFETY
All fellows are provided with Radiation Exposure Badges (superficial and deep) All cathlab personnel wear lead aprons as instructed by the Cath Lab Attendings. Instruction in basic radiation safety is provided annually.
All fellows are required to have a physical examination conducted as per the health policy of the organization.
Each fellow should have unrestricted license to practice in India by MCI.
All fellows are required to have completed ACLS training or else CIMS Hospital will provide the same.
CIMS Hospital will offer a monthly salary (Stipend) of Rs. —————– (Annual Package of Rs —————–) and other perks per policy of CIMS Hospital in first year.
For more information, about the Interventional Cardiology Fellowship, please contact:
Opp- Shukan Mall,
Off Science city Road,
Sola, Ahmedabad – 380060
Phone: +91-79-2771 2771-75
Fax: +91-79-2771 2770