Core curriculum lecture series

Lectures are presented by faculty that cover major topics in cardiology. The year is divided into seven blocks of integrated topics:

  • Block 1 – Overview: Preventive, Hypertension, Lipidology
  • Block 2 – Ischemic Heart Disease
  • Block 3 – Valvular Heart Disease
  • Block 4 – Heart Failure, Myocardial and Pericardial Disease
  • Block 5 – Electrophysiology
  • Block 6 – Congenital Heart Disease
  • Block 7 – Vascular Disease

Each core curriculum topic is accompanied by hand-out of the lecture and followed one week later by an audience response lecture to reinforce clinically important points.

Weekly conferences

Weekly invasive (catheterization) and non-invasive (echocardiography and nuclear cardiology) conferences are integrated topic-wise into the core curriculum and audience response series.

Cardiology grand rounds

This is an hour lecture presented by guest lecturers on current, clinically important topics.

Electrocardiography/electrophysiology conference

Electrocardiograms are interpreted and discussed by the fellows and attendings. Electrophysiology principles are presented.

Journal club

Recent original articles from major cardiology and medicine journals are reviewed. Attending physicians are present to guide the discussions of study design, methodologic issues and clinical relevance of the studies.

Research conference

A monthly research conference is held. This is multi-disciplinary and includes cardiologists, CT surgeons, basic scientists and research nurses.

Medical grand rounds

This is an hour lecture presented by world-renowned experts in internal medicine and subspecialties on current, clinically important topics.

Morbidity and mortality conference

This conference consists of the presentation of a recent case by a third year resident with group participation by faculty and residents. The focus is on the discussion of differential diagnosis and the management of the case. There is a brief formal discussion of the disease entity in question at the end of the discussion.

Other opportunities for conference attendance include:

  • Interpretation and Management of Cardiac Arrhythmias sponsored by American College of Cardiology (Peter R. Kowey, MD, Program Director) scheduled for April 16-19, 2009
  • Pacemaker programming courses
  • A didactic core curriculum lecture series is presented by a cardiology attending to the medical house-staff each Friday.
  • Other selected conferences

In addition, several days of the week, a member of the cardiology staff holds teaching rounds and discusses case management with the house-staff in the intensive care unit and telemetry units. The clinical fellow assigned to the intensive care unit participates in the analysis of the diagnostic and management programs.