The Cardiovascular Diseases Fellowship Program at Lankenau Medical Center is offered to qualified applicants for a minimum three-year period. The supervision of the training program is conducted by board-certified faculty of the interventional cardiology, clinical cardiac electrophysiology and Cardiovascular Division who are also faculty members of the Jefferson Medical College. The program offers systematic training to meet the necessary background requirements for certification by the American Board of Cardiovascular Diseases. In addition, the program has sufficient flexibility to meet the individual interests of the fellows in developing expertise in one or more specific areas of cardiology. Months listed are approximates—may vary slightly from year to year.

I. The First Year Fellow's schedule is as follows:

  • Catheterization Laboratory: 2 blocks
  • Echocardiography Laboratory: 3 blocks
  • Nuclear Cardiology Laboratory: 1 block
  • CCU: 1 block
  • Electrophysiology Service: 2 blocks
  • Bryn Mawr Hospital Service: 1 block
  • Cardiovascular Consult Service: 3 blocks

II. The Second Year Fellow's schedule is as follows:

  • Catheterization Laboratory: 1 block
  • Echocardiography Laboratory: 3 blocks
  • Nuclear Cardiology Laboratory: 3 blocks
  • CCU: 1 block
  • Elective: 1 block (opportunity for Transplant at Jefferson University Hospital)
  • Bryn Mawr Hospital Service: 1 block
  • Electrophysiology Service: 1 block

III. The Third Year Fellow's schedule is assigned based on the subspecialty he/she plans to pursue:

  • CCU: 1 block
  • Cardiovascular Consult Service:1 block
  • Bryn Mawr Hospital Service: 1 block
  • Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory: 1 block
  • Echocardiography Laboratory: 1 block
  • Bryn Mawr Hospital: 1 block
  • Elective – 9 blocks (Fellow specific)

Outpatient training

  • All fellows spend one-half day per week with supervised continuity clinic. Clinical decision making and autonomy are emphasized.
  • Fellows have the opportunity to participate in a variety of specialty clinics including:
    • Cardiac Genetics
    • Cardio-Obstetrics
    • Cardio-Oncology
    • Congenital Heart Disease in the Adult
    • CHF
    • Interventional/Peripheral Vascular Disease
    • Lipidology
    • Pacemaker and Device Clinic
    • Peripheral Vascular Disease Clinic
    • Preventive Cardiology
    • Structural/Valve Clinic
    • Pulmonary Hypertension

Research

Although the Cardiology Fellowship Program is structured for clinical training, basic or clinical research projects are required to enhance training in cardiovascular disease. Fellows are required to demonstrate research productivity—participate in at least one of a variety of ongoing research projects including, clinical or bench research (latter at Lankenau Institute of Medical Research).

Elective

Elective opportunities include:

  • Cardiac MR
  • Cardio-Obstetrics (Womens Health)
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • CHF/Transplant and Ventricular Assist Device Therapy
  • Congenital Heart Disease: Pediatric and Adult – Alex Davidson, MD at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • CT Angiography
  • Lipidology
  • Mechanical Support
  • Preventive/Integrative Cardiology
  • Research blocks—clinical or bench (Lankenau Institute of Medical Research)
  • Sports Medicine—Antonio Pelliccia, MD at Institute of Sports Medicine in Rome, Italy
  • Structural Heart
  • Structural Imaging
  • Vascular