Clinical Training & Locations
Fellowship training occurs over the course of three years. The core clinical training for the program is based on the ACC Revised Recommendations for Training in Adult Cardiovascular Medicine Core Cardiology Training III (COCATS III) originally published in 1995 and updated in 2002, 2006 and 2008.
Training is conducted in compliance with the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) program requirements for general fellowship education in the subspecialties of internal medicine and the specific requirements for fellowship education in cardiovascular diseases. These guidelines were last updated in July 2007 and can be reviewed on the ACGME website.
Fellows rotate on a variety of inpatient services as well as through the invasive and non-invasive procedure laboratories over a 36-month period. All fellows will achieve the level I certifications outlined in COCATS 3.
Most fellows should be able to achieve level II certification in two of the major cardiac procedures (cardiac catheterization, echocardiography and nuclear cardiology). However, fellows have the option to pursue other interests in lieu of level II certification, if desired (e.g. more advanced training in echocardiography or a dedicated research block).
An additional year of training is required for certification in Interventional Cardiology and Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology.
Training takes place at University of Cincinnati Medical Center and at the adjacent Cincinnati Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center.
The UC Medical Center has over 700 beds, a wide variety of clinics, and a Level I Trauma Center that directs two Air Care helicopters. The hospital has three cardiac catheterization laboratories, a separate electrophysiology (EP) laboratory, an echocardiography laboratory, a stress testing and nuclear cardiology perfusion imaging laboratory and a heart failure/transplant (HF/TXP) clinic.
The general cardiology continuity clinic for fellows is conducted in the adjacent Hoxworth Center.
The Cincinnati VA Medical Center is a 116-bed facility with a combined cardiac catheterization and electrophysiology laboratory, an echocardiography laboratory and a stress testing laboratory. Nuclear cardiac perfusion imaging is provided by the hospital’s nuclear medicine department. The cardiology fellow continuity clinic takes place on the fourth floor of the hospital.
Although most of the fellowship training is conducted at the UC Medical Center and the VA Medical Center, fellows gain experience in pediatric cardiology and adult congenital heart disease at the adjacent nationally recognized Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center on the multidisciplinary rotation month.
During the multidisciplinary Rotation, fellows also participate in cardiac rehabilitation sessions conducted in the heart failure/transplant clinic. Finally, fellows are exposed to cardiac CT and MRI at Christ Hospital, which is located a few blocks from UC Medical Center.