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Curriculum

Rotation schedule

The Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology Fellowship includes 12 months of clinical rotations:

Rotation Length
Heart failure transplant service 8 months
Lung transplant 1 month
Transplant ICU (abdominal transplant) 1 month
Transplant infectious diseases 1 month
HLA Laboratory 1 month

The fellow must be available for any new heart transplant or ventricular assist device (VAD) implant for the perioperative period and subsequent 72 hours, regardless of service obligation.

A typical week's schedule on the primary heart failure transplant service includes:

Monday

  • 8-11 a.m. — hospital rounds
  • 11 a.m.-noon — outpatient congestive heart failure and transplant
  • 1-5 p.m. — outpatient congestive heart failure and transplant

Tuesday

  • 7-8 a.m. — cardiology conference
  • 8-10 a.m. — biopsies and right-heart catheterizations
  • 10 a.m.-noon — hospital rounds
  • 1-5 p.m. — outpatient congestive heart failure and transplant

Wednesday

  • 8-11 a.m. — hospital rounds
  • 11 a.m.-noon — outpatient congestive heart failure and transplant
  • Noon-1 p.m. — transplant journal club
  • 1-5 p.m. — pulmonary hypertension clinic

Thursday

  • 7-8 a.m. — cardiology conference
  • 8-10 a.m. — annual left- and right-heart catheterizations
  • 10 a.m.-noon — hospital rounds
  • 1-3:30 p.m. — outpatient congestive heart failure and transplant
  • 3:30-4 p.m. — pathology conference
  • 4-5:30 p.m. — transplant selection committee

Friday

  • 8-11 a.m. — hospital rounds
  • 11 a.m.-noon — outpatient congestive heart failure and transplant
  • 1-5 p.m. — outpatient congestive heart failure and transplant

Didactic training

Clinical conferences, seminars, small discussion groups, journal clubs and one-on-one instruction are integral parts of this fellowship. There is a full core curriculum that designates expectations for the fellow in terms of didactic learning.

Research training

Although this fellowship is primarily a clinical fellowship, you are expected to complete one clinical project during your fellowship year. A research mentor is assigned at the outset of the year.

Call frequency

The call schedule is different for each rotation. Mayo Clinic College of Medicine follows the recommendations of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

Teaching opportunities

Opportunities are available for teaching rotating residents and medical students.

Conferences

The fellow is expected to attend required educational conferences provided by the Division of Cardiovascular Diseases, including the weekly Cardiac Catheterization Conference, Echocardiography Laboratory Conference and Cardiovascular Grand Rounds.

In addition, there is a Heart Failure Journal Club held the first Tuesday of the month for all staff and fellows in the subspecialty field of heart failure cardiology.

Evaluation

To ensure that you acquire adequate knowledge and develop your technical skills, your performance is monitored carefully during the course of the Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology Fellowship.

You are evaluated formally by your supervising faculty member after each clinical rotation and meet with the program director to review these evaluations. In addition, you regularly evaluate the faculty to ensure that your educational needs are being met.

The fellow is evaluated on a quarterly basis with review of written evaluations from all key clinical faculty who have had contact with the fellow during the previous quarter. The fellow also meets with the program director on a biannual basis.

Evaluations are accomplished through an electronic process — Integrated Scheduling and Evaluation System (ISES) — available 24/7 from 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, professionalism, practice-based learning and improvement, and systems-based practice.

Completed faculty evaluations are reviewed by the program director, who assigns a pass or fail grade based on the scores and comments by the faculty members. Upon approval of the evaluation by the program director, the evaluation immediately becomes available electronically to the fellow in ISES. The fellow also has an opportunity to complete an evaluation of faculty following each rotation, as well as evaluate the program on an annual basis.

  • March 2, 2015
  • ART758395