Boot Camp and the first month
Upon arrival, fellows participate in a multi-day camp focused on developing skills needed to assist them in succeeding during their first nights of call. The camp consists of case examples and hands-on training in basic echocardiography, cardiac critical care, electrophysiology, and heart failure/transplant. Afterwards, the first month is split into three introductory five-day blocks that expose the fellow to Inpatient Cardiology, Intensive Care Cardiology and Echocardiography. All first-year fellows have a senior fellow accompany them during their first call night to assist with orientation in call logistics.
The first year
During the first year, fellows rotate through clinical settings developing a solid foundation in clinical skills.
Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care - 2 months
Inpatient Unit - 2 months
Cardiac Catheterization - 2 months
Echocardiography - 3 months
Electrophysiology - 1 month
Research - 1 month
Outpatient clinic - The outpatient experience consists of one day a week for the entire duration of the fellowship.
The second year
Fellows have some flexibility in developing a schedule of rotations based on a combination of the individual fellow's subspecialty interests and the clinical needs of the program. Clinical rotations provide increasing autonomy as the fellow matures in skills and approach. In addition, 4 to 5 months of protected research time are scheduled for developing and implementing research projects under the supervision of a faculty mentor. Fellows are expected to present the progress of their research at a national meeting during the second year.
The third year (and fourth year, if applicable)
Clinical rotations during the third year are highly flexible and structured based on a combination of the individual fellow's subspecialty interests and the clinical needs of the program. Clinical rotations provide increasing autonomy as the fellow matures in skills and approach. The fourth year is entirely flexible based on the fellows specific career development needs.
See a sample rotation schedule.