Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program
The cardiovascular disease fellowship at the University of Vermont has decades-long history as one of the premier academic programs in the country. Training is individualized to provide fellows with general clinical, subspecialty and research experience in accordance with their career goals.
Years 1 and 2 of the cardiovascular disease fellowship are devoted to general cardiology training, including high-volume experiences in inpatient, consultative, and invasive and noninvasive procedural cardiology. Rotations include Inpatient Service, Consult / ICU, Echocardiography, Cardiac Catheterization, Electrophysiology, Stress / Imaging and Research/Reading, During these first two years, fellows will be able to obtain COCATS level 2 training in stress testing with radionuclide imaging, cardiac catheterization, and echocardiography consistent with the guidelines presented in COCATS 4 (JACC.Vol 65. No17. March 2015).
The unique Year 3 of the UVM Cardiovascular Fellowship contains rotations in advanced heart failure, preventive cardiology and vascular medicine and is otherwise devoted to individualized subspecialty training and research. Areas commonly chosen include noninvasive imaging, cardiac catheterization, electrophysiology, or combinations of these. The faculty responsible for each area will monitor the progress of the fellow during this year of training. In general, the fellow will devote the majority of time to the cognitive and technical aspects of the field of sub-specialization.
Our mission is to train the leading cardiovascular physicians, teachers and researchers of tomorrow. To achieve this goal, we provide personalized teaching in an academically and clinically challenging environment. We look for fellows who seek a rigorous yet individualized environment of learning. We provide core cardiovascular training and the opportunities to go beyond that core.
The first and second year of fellowship are devoted to developing core clinical skills. Rotations provide high-volume experience in all aspects of invasive and noninvasive cardiology. The unique Year 3 of the UVM Cardiovascular Fellowship contains rotations in advanced heart failure, preventive cardiology and vascular medicine and is otherwise devoted to individualized subspecialty training and research.
Procedural exposure during the UVM cardiovascular fellowship program includes all aspects of interventional cardiology including structural interventions and a high-volume TAVR program, state-of-the-art electrophysiology with advanced ablation and device therapy, and contemporary noninvasive imaging modalities including SPECT, PET, CMR and CCT.
There are ample opportunities for bench, translational, and clinical research. Moreover, UVM offers a range of experiences in quality, epidemiology, and cross-disciplinary research. We strive to educate the academic leaders of tomorrow, and our program structure allows fellows to shape their academic experience to their interests.
In summary, our aim is not to produce one kind of cardiologist, but to help our trainees develop and pursue their own career goals. The fellows who graduate from our program are equipped to contribute to the field of cardiovascular medicine.
Friederike Keating, MD
Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Brochure
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