The Core Clinical Fellowship is a comprehensive three-year program, which provides training in the essential diagnostic, and consultative skills required of a clinical cardiologist. Training and extensive experience in the performance and interpretation of critical diagnostic tests used in cardiovascular disease such as cardiac catheterization, coronary angiography, Doppler-echocardiography, electrocardiography and the interpretation of electrophysiological studies is an important part of the program. The program has now been structured to allow more time for dedicated research activity and the completion of a research project and its publication in a peer-reviewed journal is required before successful completion of the fellowship. The first year of fellowship is a clinical year in which the fellows get exposed to all subspecialty areas and manage cardiac inpatients on the teaching services.
The second year has dedicated research time available. Increasing responsibility in patient management and diagnostic studies is expected. The third year is structured to allow elective time for fellows to complete research protocols and to enhance their skills in a given area. Increasing responsibility is patient management, diagnostic testing and in the supervision of more junior fellows is expected.
The program meets all requirements of the American Board of Internal Medicine Subspecialty Board of Cardiovascular Diseases. To qualify, you must have completed an internal medicine residency in the United States.
Fellows get experience in the full spectrum of noninvasive diagnostic procedures, including
- Doppler studies
- Stress testing
- Radionuclide cardiac scans
- Temporary pacemaker insertion
- CT angiography
- Bedside hemodynamic monitoring in intensive care.
The high volume of catheterizations we perform, and our Acute Myocardial Infarction intervention program, help develop high levels of expertise. Our program builds proficiency in:
- Sones and Judkins techniques
- Diagnosis and treatment of arterial and vascular diseases
- Diagnosis and treatment of arrhythmia
- Management of heart failure
- Valvular Heart Disease
- Adult congenital heart disease treatment
- Preventive cardiology
Cleveland Clinic offers unparalleled opportunities for cardiovascular research in a variety of disciplines. The high volume of patients offers reliable sample sizes for all kinds of clinical and scientific research. Cardiology researchers at Cleveland Clinic get more than two-thirds of their funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Our fellows are strongly encouraged to complete and publish at least one major research project under the guidance of a faculty member. To this end we have an established mentoring program which pairs an incoming fellow with an esteemed faculty member with similar interests early in their first year of fellowship. The purpose of this program is to foster the academic growth and independence of the fellow throughout his/her fellowship training.
You may also elect up to one year of research during core training, with the option of pursuing advanced research.
In the core program, research projects may be undertaken in topics including:
The Cardiovascular Medicine Fellowship Training Program provides a stimulating learning environment with daily didactic and clinically-oriented teaching conferences, as well as a variety of specialty conferences. Teaching conferences are an integral part of the Fellowship Program. These conferences include didactic lectures on specific areas of cardiology given by experts as part of the Core Curriculum. Other conferences include Journal Club, Case Management Conference, Fellow's Morning Report, Echocardiography Conference, Stress Echocardiography Conference, Cardiac Catheterization Conference, Electrophysiological Conference, Electrocardiography Conference, Research Conference, Clinical Medicine Conference, Controversies in Cardiology with the Visiting Professors, and Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute at Cleveland Clinic Grand Rounds.
Post Graduate Courses
Fellows attended or participated in a large number of post-graduate courses hosted by the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine in 2008.
Visiting Professors and Lecturers
Many of the leaders in cardiology and in cardiac research participated in the Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute at Cleveland Clinic Grand Rounds and Visiting Professorship Program in 2006. The fellows select the Visiting Professors. Fellows get to interact informally with the Visiting Professor at dinner the evening before Grand Rounds. The Visiting Professor rounds with the fellows in the Coronary Care Unit after giving Grand Rounds. A discussion session in which a controversial practice or research issue is debated with a CCF staff member completes the Visiting Professorship.
Research is an important component of the Cardiovascular Medicine Fellowship. Fellows are able to present their research at the annual Fellow Research Days. In addition, in 2006, Fellows presented at national meetings and were first authors in leading journals, including Circulation, The Lancet, and Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
Develop your strengths as a clinician and a researcher in an environment of high professional standards. Here, you will work closely with specialists in one of the largest and most distinguished cardiovascular centers in the world. We offer unparalleled depth in all major subspecialty fields.
Tomsich Family Department of Cardiovascular Medicine Fellowship Program is the largest cardiovascular disease fellowship program in the United States. There are currently 66 core and advanced fellows (13 first year, 12 second year, 12 third year, 9 Intervention, 10 Electrophysiology, 6 Imaging, and 4 Heart Failure).
- Tomsich Family Department of Cardiovascular Medicine
- Lois Adamski,
Cardiology Education Coordinator
- Venugopal Menon, MD
Program Director Cardiology Fellowships
For a Tomsich Family Department of Cardiovascular Medicine fellowship application, contact/process:
ERAS® — the Electronic Residency Application Service
Deadline for application is December 31st