Curriculum

The mission of the Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program is to provide a balanced program of clinical, academic and investigative experience. Our goal is to train and develop physicians in the management of acute care conditions. Graduating cardiologists will be able to excel in either private practice, public and/or academic teaching hospitals. Our full-time attending physicians are dedicated to directly supervise each fellow’s training experience. The program is structured so fellows have extensive one-on-one contact with faculty. Significant emphasis is placed on ongoing educational opportunities where faculty and fellows work together to explore and resolve clinical problems.

The Clinical Training Program

Orlando Health’s Cardiovascular Fellowship training program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) for subspecialty training in the management of acute care illnesses. This three year program will lead to eligibility in American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) based cardiovascular certifying examination.

Clinical training for cardiovascular fellows focuses on an in-depth clinical experience that utilizes a multidisciplinary approach to the care of critically ill patients. Faculty members share in caring and managing each patient and provide direct supervision to fellows. 

PGY 4

Coronary Intensive Care Unit (CICU) - 4 months

Catheterization Laboratory – 3 months

Non Invasive – 3 months

Electrophysiology – 2 months

PGY 5

Catheterization Laboratory – 3 months

Non Invasive – 3 months

Consult Service – 2 months

Electrophysiology – 1 month

Ambulatory – 1 month

Advanced Imaging – 1 month

Research – 1 month

PGY 6

Coronary Intensive Care Unit (CICU) - 2 months

Electrophysiology – 2 months

Advanced Imaging – 2 months

Research – 2 months

Catheterization Laboratory – 1 month

Consult Service – 1 month

Ambulatory – 1 month

Congestive Heart Failure – 1 month

Outpatient Responsibilities

All fellows will participate in an ongoing continuity clinic which will provide them with the opportunity to develop an understanding of and appreciation, for the longitudinal nature of disease.

On-call Coverage

CICU’s within Orlando Health main campus are covered on-site 24/7 by board certified attending physicians. The on-call faculty member is readily available to provide backup as needed. Fellows take calls from home. When fellows are not on-call at night or over the weekend, they have no responsibilities for patient coverage. 

Conferences/Educational Activities

The fellowship program features daily noon conferences, some of which are combined with other academic programs such as Medical Critical Care, Surgical Critical Care, EKG and Emergency Medicine. Catheterization laboratory conference is every Tuesday morning.

A weekly journal club with presentations on recent key articles regarding aspects of acute care illnesses and complications are reviewed. Focused literature reviews are presented by staff and fellows.

Internal Medicine grand rounds occur monthly and fellows are strongly encouraged to attend.

1. Journal Clubs – Monday 6:00 PM when not on Core Curriculum

2. Catheterization conference- Tuesday 7:00 AM (weekly)

3. Core Curriculum (first 2 months) 6:00 PM

4. EKG Conference- Wednesday 7:00 AM (alternated weeks)

Courses and Meetings

Fellows will be registered to take the American College of Cardiology In-Training exam to provide an opportunity for self-assessment, to identify knowledge gaps and to prepare fellows for board certification examination. Orlando Health supports travel to one national meeting during the year and fellows will be given protected time to present cases and abstracts.