Fellowship Program Goals


 
residents_small The primariy goals of the UAB Cardiology Fellowship Program are to train
  1. Clinically competent cardiologists
  2. Cardiologists who are highly effective in a variety of settings
  3. Cardiologists who are life-long learners with the habits and skills necessary for professional development

Clinically competent cardiologists Physicians successfully completing the Fellowship will demonstrate:
Knowledge
  • A basic core understanding of anatomy, histology, physiology, biochemistry, immunology, genetics, pharmacology, epidemiology, statistics, ethics and human behavior relative to the practice of Cardiovascular Disease.
  • A basic core knowledge of the pathogenesis, histopathology, pathophysiology, clinical manifestations and management of cardiovascular diseases or systemic diseases with cardiovascular manifestations.
  • The knowledge of the treatment of the common and uncommon diseases found in the practice of Cardiovascular Disease including an understanding of the principles, indications, contra-indications, risk, cost and expected outcome of the various treatments.
  • An understanding of current research methods. All fellows must be capable of demonstrating an understanding of the design, implementation and interpretation of research studies; specifically including research methodology, critical interpretation of data, critical interpretation of published research, and the responsible use of informed consent.

Skills

  • The clinical skill of data collection including history-taking, physical examination and the appropriate use of radiologic and laboratory tests particularly as pertaining to the diagnosis of cardiovascular disease.
  • The ability to formulate appropriate differential diagnoses and therapeutic plans based on an ability to critically analyze the clinical data and integrate this analysis with the basic fund of medical knowledge.
  • The performance and/or interpretation of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures common in the practice of Cardiovascular Disease including the understanding of the principles, indications, contraindications, risk, cost and expected outcome of these procedures.
  • The ability to perform competently as either a consultant or a health-care team leader through effective communication with patients, peers and other healthcare personnel.
  • The ability to recognize the need for input from colleagues in other specialties and to seek such input through consultation.

Attitudes

  • The further development of qualities of professionalism and humanistic skills including integrity, compassion and respect for patients, peers and other healthcare personnel.

Cardiologists who are highly
effective in a variety of settings

Physicians successfully completing the Fellowship will demonstrate competence in a variety of clinical capacities, including:

  • primary health care providers in the acute inpatient setting,
  • intensive care unit, ambulatory clinic and emergency department
  • consultants to other physicians in the acute inpatient setting, intensive care unit, ambulatory clinic and emergency department
  • leaders of multidisciplinary health care teams, especially those relating to chronic disease management (e.g. management of congestive heart failure or atherosclerosis with multi-organ involvement)
  • consultants to agencies and leaders in the community, helping to promote cardiovascular health
  • faculty members in an academic division with research, teaching and administrative responsibilities

Cardiologists who are life-long
learners with the habits &skills necessary for professional
development

For physicians, ongoing education and development is essential for the maintenance of clinical competency in a variety of settings. Physicians successfully completing the Fellowship will demonstrate growth by:

  • facilitating the acquisition, critical analysis, synthesis and reassessment of knowledge
  • expanding the breadth and depth of clinical and academic skills
  • continuing to develop the qualities of professionalism and humanistic skills
 
  The Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship Program will foster and support this growth by encouraging:
  • independent study habits in the acquisition of clinical /research knowledge and skills
  • active participation in the Division of Cardiovascular Disease case-based conferences that focus on critical evaluation of patient management strategies
  • active participation in Department of Medicine and Division of Cardiovascular Disease educational conferences through regular attendance and presentation of selected topics
  • attendance and participation at regional and national professional clinical and/or scientific conferences