Clinical Rotation Electives


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Throughout their training, Cardiology Fellows are encouraged to interact with other specialties which impact cardiovascular patient care. Special rotations can be scheduled in these disciplines with approval of the Cardiovascular Residency Program Director, the Division Chief, and the prospective preceptor in the respective subspecialty. Off-campus rotations at other institutions are possible, but require detailed advanced planning involving the Cardiology Fellow, UAB Program Director, Program Director and Rotation Supervisor at the remote institution, and GME offices at both campuses.


Cardiovascular
Surgery
This rotation is arranged individually through one of the cardiovascular surgery attending physicians. Goals and objectives are agreed upon between the Fellow, CV surgery attending, and Program Director at the beginning of the rotation.

Cardiovascular
Transplantation
Cardiology Fellows wishing to specialize in cardiac transplantation/ advanced heart failure may elect to spend one or more additional years of training upon application and approval by Dr. Prabhu.

Pediatric
Cardiology

This month-long rotation is arranged through Edward Colvin, MD, Chief of Pediatric Cardiology, and includes:

  • Outpatient evaluation of children with congenital heart disease
  • Pediatric cardiac radiology
  • Pediatric echocardiography
  • Pediatric cardiac catheterization
  • Pediatric angiography
  • Pediatric interventional cardiology
  • Pediatric electrophysiology

Cardiology Fellows are in an observer role in the invasive laboratories, but are encouraged to actively participate in the other aspects of pediatric cardiology care.


Peripheral
Vascular Surgery

This rotation takes place under the auspices of William Jordan, MD, Chief of Vascular Surgery, and includes instruction in the non-invasive peripheral vascular laboratory outpatient evaluation and follow-up of patients with peripheral vascular disease an introduction to interventional radiology (observer role only).

Fellows will attend the interdisciplinary conferences which involve vascular surgery, radiology, and pathology and include both didactic components and case-based discussions.


Advanced
Training Electives

In addition to elective rotations outside the Division, fellows may arrange for electives within the Division. These may include

  • Advanced training in
    • echocardiography
    • electrophysiology
    • MRI
    • nuclear cardiology
    • preventive cardiology
  • Rotations in heart failure / transplantation, or additional outpatient experiences at one of the UAB satellite clinics
  • Hybrid rotations (e.g. different experiences during morning and afternoons)
  • All such electives should be discussed with the Chief Fellow and Program Director in advance to assure that the content of the rotations meets criteria set out by ACGME, ABIM and COCATS.