Each year, Mayo Clinic's Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory performs more than 500 catheter-based therapies for structural heart disease. As a fellow in this program, you will participate in supervised clinical evaluations, performance of procedures and post-procedure assessments of patients in this lab.
Fellows spend 4.5 days per week in the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory performing invasive catheterization procedures for structural heart disease. Each fellow also spends one half day per week rotating through dedicated outpatient specialty clinics for structural heart disease to foster ambulatory education in the evaluation and management of structural heart disease patients.
Mandatory weekly conferences provide didactic experiences to enhance interventional fellowship education. These conferences include:
- Interventional case review. Fellows meet with an expert interventional cardiologist to review interventional cases performed during the preceding week for reinforcement of learning issues.
- Vascular conference. This conference is presented and attended by vascular specialists from a variety of disciplines, including surgery, radiology and cardiology.
- Core curriculum. The weekly core curriculum conference includes didactic lectures and morbidity and mortality review specifically designed for interventional fellows and other trainees rotating through the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory.
- Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory conference. This conference is presented by faculty and fellows in the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory for Cardiovascular Division members.
- Mayo Cardiovascular Grand Rounds. Hosted by the Cardiovascular Division, this conference provides education on a broad range of topics for the cardiovascular professional with both internal speakers and visiting faculty.
You will be assigned at least two research projects to be completed before the end of the academic year.
If you wish, you may participate in call rotation for emergency percutaneous coronary interventions. You will take call from home, and frequency is scheduled as needed.
You will supervise junior cardiovascular trainees and participate actively in educational conferences with scheduled presentations.
To ensure that you acquire adequate knowledge and develop your technical skills, your performance will be monitored carefully during the course of this fellowship. You will be evaluated formally by your supervising faculty member after each clinical rotation, and you will meet with the program director to review these evaluations. This is accomplished through an electronic process called Integrated Scheduling and Evaluation System (ISES). ISES is available through any Mayo Clinic workstation or via remote access.
ISES is linked to the six core competencies identified by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education:
- Patient care
- Medical knowledge
- Interpersonal and communication skills
- Practice-based learning and improvement
- Systems-based practice
Completed faculty evaluations are reviewed by the program director who assigns a pass-fail grade based on faculty members' scores and comments. Upon approval of the evaluation by the program director, the evaluation immediately becomes available electronically to you through ISES.
You will also have an opportunity to complete an evaluation of faculty following each rotation, as well as provide an annual evaluation of the program.