The Cedars-Sinai subspecialty fellowship program in interventional cardiology (IC) has been accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) since 2003 to provide one additional year of training after graduation from a three-year cardiology training program. Successful completion of an interventional cardiology fellowship is a prerequisite for board certification in interventional cardiology.
Since the program's inception in 2003, 18 individuals have completed IC training at Cedars-Sinai. The goal is to provide advanced training and supervised experience at a sufficient level for fellows to acquire the competency of a specialist in interventional cardiology.
During training, clinical experience includes opportunities to observe, diagnose, manage and judge the effectiveness of treatment for inpatients and outpatients. The fellow will have opportunities to assume continuing and increasing responsibility for both acutely and chronically ill patients. As such, the fellow develops appropriate clinical judgment in selecting patients for cardiac interventional procedures, as well as a high level of technical skill in performing these procedures. Specific program goals are the following:
- To understand the effectiveness and limitations of cardiovascular interventional procedures in order to appropriately select patients and procedure types
- To achieve the appropriate cognitive knowledge and technical skills needed to perform interventional cardiac procedures at the level of quality attainable through the present state-of-art equipment
- To foster an attitude of lifelong learning and critical thinking skills
- To understand and commit to quality assessment and improvement in procedure performance
Training includes clinical activity as a primary physician or patient consultant to establish indications for cardiovascular interventional procedures. The fellow's clinical activity is supervised by a qualified interventional cardiology specialist and provides balanced experience in a variety of clinical settings, including but not limited to the following:
- Catheterization Lab
- Emergency department
- Coronary care and observation units
- Echocardiographic laboratory
- Imaging department
- Operating room
- Ambulatory clinic