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Program Overview

The fellowship training program in cardiology is thirty-six (36) months in duration and is designed to provide excellence in cardiovascular disease training. A minimum of twenty-four (24) months will include supervised management of patients (clinical rotations).

This program will train two (2) cardiology fellows enrolled in the program during each training year for a total of six (6) fellows. This program is structured to meet and exceed the requirements of the basic standards for training in cardiology.

The principal objective of the cardiology fellowship program at The Medical Center at Bowling Green and affiliated sites is to provide excellence in training in cardiovascular disease management in an environment conducive to independent, self-motivated learning and scholarly activity, with the aim of developing clinician-scientists or clinician-educators experienced in clinical research and capable of assuming academic positions.

The program structure offers fellows extensive learning experiences in the management of patients with cardiovascular disease including management of patients in the cardiac care unit, critical care unit, telemetry floors, and to provide consult services for all departments of medicine, surgery, and obstetrics and gynecology. Fellows are involved once a week with Cardiology continuity clinic. They get experience in pre- and post-operative management of patients undergoing cardiac surgery and patients with cardiac transplantation. There is also extensive training in the procedural and technical disciplines of cardiology, and a supervised research experience. There is a wide array of didactic learning experiences including: Clinical Competency Conference, Research Conference, Cardiac Catheterization Conference, Morbidity and Mortality Conference, Case Conference, Journal Club, EKG reading sessions, Echocardiography Conference, Nuclear Conference, Electrophysiology Conference, CT/MR Conference, and The Medical Center Cardiovascular Grand Rounds. The curriculum is designed to be in accordance with the Guidelines of the Core Cardiology Training Statement, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (1) and with the Special Requirements for Fellowship Training in Cardiology of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (2).

The goals of the program specifically include achieving high quality training in each of the following areas as well as outlined in the Guidelines for Training in Adult Cardiovascular Medicine Core Cardiology Training Symposium (COCATS-4) published by the AHA and ACC.

Program Curriculum

Post-Graduate Year 4:

  • 3 months of Cardiology Inpatient Service
  • 1 month Cardiology Consult Service
  • 2 months Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory
  • ½ month Heart Failure
  • 2 months Echocardiography
  • ½ month research
  • 3 months Nuclear Cardiology

Post-Graduate Year 5:

  • 2 months Cardiology Inpatient Service
  • 1 month Cardiology Consult Service
  • 3 months Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory
  • 1 month Heart Failure
  • 1 month Echocardiography
  • 1 month Electrophysiology Service
  • 1 month Nuclear Cardiology
  • ½ month Research
  • ½ month Cardiac CT and MRI
  • 1 month Elective
  • Congenital Heart Disease*

* Congenital Heart Disease will be implemented during clinic hours through visiting physicians from the University of Louisville.

Post-Graduate Year 6:

  • 2 months Cardiac Care Unit (CCU)
  • 1 month Nuclear Cardiology
  • 2 months Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory
  • 3 months Echocardiography
  • 1 month Electrophysiology Service
  • ½ month Cardiac CT and MRI (UK Medical Center)
  • ½ month Advanced Heart Failure (UK Medical Center)
  • ½ month Vascular Surgery
  • ½ month Research
  • 1 month Elective