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This one year Interventional Cardiology fellowship training program complies with all Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) requirements, in addition to following the guidelines and recommendations set forth by the American College of Cardiology (ACC) Core Cardiology Training Statement (COCATS-4).

Our fellows receive clinical training in coronary interventional procedures, peripheral interventions, structural heart procedures and experience in a longitudinal ambulatory clinic.

Within the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory located at The Medical Center at Bowling Green, fellows obtain extensive exposure to the essential components of adult invasive diagnostic and therapeutic cardiovascular procedures. By the end of the training, fellows will have acquired the knowledge base, judgment and technical skills to become an independent operator in interventional cardiology.

During the year-long program, fellows receive training and supervised experience in the evaluation and management of a patients with a wide variety of acute and chronic cardiovascular conditions, including patients with the following cardiac conditions: Coronary Artery Disease, Valvular Heart Disease, Cardiomyopathy, Pericardial Disease, Peripheral Artery Disease, Adult Congenital Heart Disease, and Aortic Disease.

Procedural Training

Our Interventional Cardiology fellows spend 12 months in the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at The Medical Center at Bowling Green. The Medical Center at Bowling Green is the leader in cardiac care throughout south central Kentucky with 3,800 catheterization laboratory cases and 42 transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) cases annually.

In order to ensure the appropriate training of the Interventional Cardiology fellow the training program will ensure that a minimum of 400 interventional procedures are performed per year and that the Interventional fellow has the opportunity to acquire skill in the performance of a minimum of 250 coronary interventions.

Ambulatory Clinic

Interventional Cardiology fellows are required to spend one half-day a week in the outpatient clinic for the follow-up of patients treated with drugs, interventions, devices, or surgery. In this setting, they are also expected to be involved in the pre-procedural workup of interventional cases. This outpatient exposure is expected to focus and build on the experience already gained during general cardiology training.

Western Kentucky Heart and Lung Associates (WKHL) will serve as the site for each of our fellows’ weekly half-day continuity clinic experience. The Interventional Cardiology physicians within this group function as the core faculty for the fellowship program. The program is in compliance with all expectations required for our fellows’ continuity clinic experience located at WKHL. While in clinic, fellows will be under direct supervision of board certified faculty, including our program director who will provide continued oversight of the educational experience at WKHL. Each fellow will scheduled at least seven patients per continuity clinic session.

Clinical Research

Fellows are also given the opportunity to participate in other scholarly activity opportunities including abstracts, posters, and presentations given at national or regional meetings. All research conducted must be meaningful for the health-system and the community and should be published and/or presented at a medical conference. Interested Interventional Cardiology fellows are allowed to engage in clinical research activity under the direction of a faculty mentor. All research and clinical trial projects offered for resident participation must be vetted through the Western Kentucky Heart and Lung Research Foundation and Educational Trust (Foundation).

The Foundation was established as a not-for-profit organization dedicated to research and continuing medical education and now collaborates with Med Center Health to work towards the accomplishment of our research and educational goals. This multi-disciplinary committee will evaluate the trainee’s research project, make recommendations for improvement, and assist the trainee with submission of the proposal to The Medical Center’s Institutional Review Board, as necessary.

It is toward that purpose the Foundation offers an annual Cardiology Symposium located in Bowling Green. The Symposium features internationally known speakers in the field of cardiology. During this event, all cardiovascular fellows, residents and medical students have the opportunity to present scholarly activities.

Lastly, all Interventional Cardiology fellows at The Medical Center at Bowling Green are scheduled to give seven to eight formal lecture and
teaching presentations per year. Each lecture must be at least an hour in duration. These lectures, provided on a rotational basis, are attended by faculty, cardiovascular fellows, medical students and other ancillary staff. Topics are assigned to each fellow by the Program Director. In addition, each fellow will lead two to three journal club meetings choosing a topic from one of the main interventional cardiology related journals.

For more information regarding research and education being offered in south central Kentucky, please visit https://www.wkhlresearch.com.