Trainees spend 4.5 days a week in the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory performing invasive catheterization procedures. The procedures are assigned to fellows on a rotating basis. Each fellow also spends one half day a week in the outpatient interventional clinic, which is designed to foster ambulatory education in the evaluation and management of interventional cardiology patients.
Mandatory weekly conferences provide didactic experiences to enhance interventional trainee education and exceed ACGME accreditation 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 Mayo Cardiovascular Division.
- Mayo 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.
To ensure that you acquire adequate knowledge and develop your technical skills, your performance will be monitored carefully during the course of the program training. You will be evaluated formally by your supervising faculty member after each clinical rotation and will meet with the program director to review these evaluations. This is accomplished through an electronic process (Integrated Scheduling and Evaluation System, ISES) 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 the scores and comments by the faculty members. Upon approval of the evaluation by the program director, the evaluation immediately becomes available electronically to you in the ISES system. You will also have an opportunity to complete an evaluation of faculty following each rotation, as well an evaluation of the program on an annual basis.