The fellow is responsible for performing and interpreting echocardiographic studies with the responsible consultant. There is a comprehensive handout that the fellow is expected to review. Regular teaching sessions are given by staff echocardiography consultants.
A typical schedule in the Echocardiography Fellowship includes the following:
- Three to four days a week, the fellow is training in procedures in the Echocardiography Laboratory. The fellow is expected to perform an echocardiographic examination on each patient coming to the Echocardiography Laboratory. The fellow is expected to interpret the results of the procedure and enter these results into a computer format.
- One to two days a week, the fellow is expected to pursue clinical research in the area of echocardiography. The Echocardiography Laboratory at Mayo Clinic has a large database, which has produced extensive publications under the guidance of Patricia A. Pellikka, M.D., director of the Echocardiography Laboratory.
Clinical conferences, seminars, small discussion groups, journal clubs and one-on-one instruction are integral parts of this fellowship. Daily noon conferences cover a wide variety of topics.
You are required to conduct some type of scholarly activity during your fellowship. Your research can be in the form of a chart review, a case report or an original investigation.
The call rotation is different for each rotation. Mayo Clinic College of Medicine follows the recommendations of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).
To ensure that you acquire adequate knowledge and develop your technical skills, your performance is monitored carefully during the course of your program training. You are evaluated formally by your supervising faculty member after each clinical rotation and meet with the program director to review these evaluations.
This is accomplished through an electronic process (Integrated Scheduling and Evaluation System, or ISES) available 24/7 from any Mayo Clinic workstation or via remote access. ISES is linked to the six core competencies identified by the ACGME (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 the ISES system. Fellows also have an opportunity to complete an evaluation of faculty following each rotation, as well as evaluating the program on an annual basis.