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Curriculum

The accredited Interventional Cardiology Fellowship is 12 months, during which time the trainees spend 4.5 days a week in the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory and one half-day a week in the outpatient Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) Clinic.

Fellows are responsible for pre-procedural patient evaluation, informed consent and post-procedural care in conjunction with the attending physician. Initially, fellows assist the attending physician with interventional procedures, but as their skill level increases, they become the primary operator. In the fourth quarter, trainees have increased autonomy and have the opportunity to be the operator of a catheterization suite with a technician. The attending physician is present in the control room to assist as needed.

The outpatient clinic consists of new patient evaluations as well as follow-up of previously seen patients. The fellow performs any indicated procedure on these patients in conjunction with the attending physician.

Research is an important component of this interventional training program, and each trainee is assigned a research mentor at the beginning of the fellowship. Historically, our fellows have averaged approximately two publications and one presentation at a national meeting.

Educational opportunities include participation in the weekly catheterization conference and morning conferences with the cardiovascular fellows rotating through the catheterization lab. Trainees also become members of the standing catheterization committees (education, clinical practice and research).

Rotation schedule

Rotation Length
Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory 12 months
Outpatient clinic 1 half-day a week

Conferences

Mandatory weekly conferences provide didactic experiences to enhance interventional trainee education and exceed Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education standards.

  • Interventional case review. To reinforce learning, trainees meet as a group with an expert interventional cardiologist to review interventional cases performed during the previous week.
  • Vascular conference. This conference is presented and attended by vascular specialists from a variety of disciplines throughout Mayo Clinic, including surgery, radiology and cardiology.
  • Core curriculum. The curriculum includes didactic lectures and morbidity-mortality review specifically designed for the interventional trainees and fellows rotating through the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory.
  • Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory Conference. This conference is presented by faculty and fellows in the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory for the Division of Cardiovascular Diseases.
  • Cardiovascular Grand Rounds. Hosted by the Mayo cardiovascular division, this conference provides education on a broad range of topics for cardiovascular professionals and features both internal speakers and visiting faculty.

In addition, interventional trainees participate in a journal club that is hosted once every three months.

Evaluation

To ensure that you acquire adequate knowledge and develop your technical skills, your performance is monitored carefully during the course of the Interventional 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 quarterly. This is accomplished using the MedHub evaluation system, available through any Mayo Clinic workstation or via remote access.

MedHub 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
  • Systems-based practice

Completed faculty evaluations are reviewed by the program director and are immediately available electronically to you in the MedHub system. You also have an opportunity to complete an evaluation of faculty after each rotation, as well as an evaluation of the program on an annual basis.

  • May 4, 2015
  • ART846285