Education and Scholarly Activity
Clinical and research conferences are an integral part of the fellowship educational experience. The Division of Cardiovascular Health and Disease reserves protected didactic time each day at 7:30 a.m. and Noon. Conferences cover topics in general cardiology as well as sub-specialties. Fellows attendance is required and tracked.
In July and August of each year, a Bootcamp series of introductory core curriculum lectures are given which cover a wide variety of cardiovascular topics expected to confront first year cardiology fellows early on in training. The goal of these lectures is to provide a foundation for new fellows to build upon as they move through the various clinical and procedure-related rotations and to help fellows prepare for common issues that arise while on call. A number of these conferences involve refresher sessions and hands-on training in activities that may need to be performed when on call:
- Physical examination
- ECG interpretation
- EP device interrogation
- Right heart catheterization
- Transthoracic echocardiography
- Intra-aortic balloon pump troubleshooting
An introduction to echocardiography is covered in a series of didactic sessions on echocardiography basics. Introductory cardiac cath lab sessions cover radiation safety, the basics of left heart catheterization, coronary angiography, and invasive hemodynamics. A variety of additional basic topics are covered, such as proper coding and billing and organ procurement for cardiac transplantation.
The Cardiovascular Disease fellowship program at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine emphasizes the pursuit of research (clinical and/or laboratory) and quality improvement including publications and presentations. Fellows are provided the infrastructure to work with national and international recognized mentors on projects with faculty and fellows. Fellows are provided opportunities to present their work at regional and national conferences. All fellows complete their training with at least one peer reviewed publication.