"2015 Cardiology Fellows"                                          

Fellowship Training

We are an ACGME Accredited Program site that provides comprehensive training and exposure in all major areas of Cardiovascular Medicine and Advanced Subspecialty Fellowship training programs.

You'll participate in clinical rotations performed at Vanderbilt Medical Center, Vanderbilt University Hospital and the immediately adjacent Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

The General Cardiology (CV) Fellowship program expect fellows to become leaders in the expanding global academic cardiovascular medicine community. Our mission is to train outstanding physicians and physician-scientists with a solid tripartite foundation in clinical care, teaching, and research in order to become board eligible in adult cardiovascular medicine. Once you have completed your training in Internal Medicine, our program will provide a curricula tailored to your needs and goals in accordance with ACGME established guidelines. Traditional 3-year training is available, in addition to 2-year clinical coupled with 1-3 years of  advanced research and/or clinical training. Applications are accepted through the ERAS website and opens for enrollment in mid July.

The Advanced Heart Failure/Cardiac Transplantation Fellowship program offers a 1-year clinical fellowship or a 2-year clinical and research fellowship geared towards developing an academic career in Heart Failure and Transplantation. The primary purpose of our fellowship is to provide clinical training to physicians that have completed their training in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Medicine. Our program provides the full range comprehensive training in clinical heart failure, cardiac transplantation and mechanical circulatory support. Fellows will engage in mentored clinical and/or basic research related to the above areas.

Our Advanced Heart Failure fellows will understand multidisciplinary evaluation of an advanced heart failure patient for transplantation or VAD through direct participation in the evaluation process, appreciate the preoperative optimization and intraoperative management of patients undergoing transplants and VADs, evaluate the postoperative transplant patient from a cardiovascular perspective, including function and possible rejection, assess cardiovascular status through hemodynamic and heart biopsy interpretation; recognize and formulate management plans for early and late complications following VAD and transplant, observe transplants and VAD implants in the OR, and understand longitudinal management of transplant and VAD patients through participation in education, discharge planning, and outpatient care.

The Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology (CCEP) Fellowship program offers a 2-year clinical fellowship,  qualifying trainees for subspecialty board certification in CCEP. The mandated clinical experience conforms to the American College of Graduate Medical Education guidelines for Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology. Complete training is provided in the diagnosis and management of complex cardiac rhythm disturbances, the performance and interpretation of standard electrophysiology studies, the performance of radio frequency catheter ablation procedures, and the evaluation and implantation of permanent pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillator device systems. It is anticipated that the fellows will actively participate in clinical and/or basic research projects.

CCEP residents will be capable of managing patients with acute and chronic arrhythmias, including interpretation of telemetry data, safety and use of anti-arrhythmic medications, programming and evaluation of pacemakers and ICDs. This will include training in assessing candidacy for pacemaker and ICD use and management of these devices, management of patients with anti-arrhythmic drugs and ablations. Mastery of interpretation of ambulatory ECG recordings, stress, signal-averaged and transtelephonic ECG recordings and tilt table testing.

The Adult Interventional Cardiology Fellowship  program provides comprehensive subspecialty training in invasive and interventional cardiology to physicians who have completed both a residency in Internal Medicine and a categorical fellowship in Cardiovascular Medicine. The 1-year training program is in a continual state of evolution to keep pace with the rapidly advancing field of Interventional cardiology.

Our program offers a broad range of Interventional cardiology procedures on diverse patient populations. The weekly interventional conference is specifically designed for the interventional fellow and is dedicated to case review, discussion of technical strategies, and review of the interventional clinical literature. At the end of the training period the fellow will be able to independently perform interventional procedures to include balloon angioplasty, coronary stenting, cutting balloon angioplasty, directional atherectomy, rotational atherectomy, intravascular ultrasound, intra-aortic balloon pump insertion, operation and troubleshooting, Impella device management, Tandem Heart insertion and management, ECMO initiation and management, trans-radial and trans-brachial access for coronary angiography and intervention, intracoronary doppler flow analysis and fractional flow reserve determination. In addition, fellows will take part in clinical research within the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine as well as in collaboration with the Division of Cardiac Surgery.  Applications are accepted through the ERAS website and opens for enrollment in late November.

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