UAB Cardiology Consult Service


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Cardiology Fellows assigned to the Cardiology Consult Service will be responsible for organizing the patient care activities of this service under the direct supervision of an assigned Cardiology faculty member. Essential skills in consultative cardiology will be developed on this service through direct exposure to patients with the full scope of cardiovascular diseases hospitalized on non-Cardiology services.

Related Information
Cardiac Consult Protocols


Faculty

General Cardiology Staff

Consult Service Team

Cardiology attending physician
Cardiology Fellow
Internal Medicine residents*
4th year medical students.

*The actual number of internal medicine residents and students on the service varies from month to month.

Patient Population

Patients with the full scope of cardiovascular diseases hospitalized on non-Cardiology services.

Facilities Served

UAB University Hospital
  • CCU (8th floor, Spain Wallace Building)
  • Cardiology Telemetry Floor (6th floor, Spain Wallace Building)
  • Heart Transplant Intensive Care Unit (HTICU; 5th floor Pavilion)
  • Interventional Cardiac Care Unit (ICVU; 6th floor, Spain Wallace Building)
  • Pavilion (9th floor Pavilion)

The Kirklin Clinic (TKC)
Spain Rehabilitation Center
Birmingham VA Medical Center
Cooper Green Mercy Hospital
The Center for Psychiatric Medicine
UAB Eye Foundation Hospital


Training Duration

Several months

Clinical Responsibilities

  • Organize the patient care activities of this service under the direct supervision of an assigned Cardiology faculty member.
  • Provide emergency consults in the Emergency Department.
  • Provide emergency procedures in the CCU while the UH CCU resident is in clinic (i.e. ½ day per week).
  • Provide cross-cover duty assigned to a Cardiology Fellow on another rotation, if the consult service gets too busy.


Coverage is provided 24-hours a day, seven days a week.
For more information, see Cardiac Consult Protocols.


Essential Skills

  • Cardiac catheterization
  • Cardioversion
  • Communicating with referring physicians and support personnel.
  • Coordinating specific procedures and therapies according to the needs of the patient
  • Coronary Intervention
  • Echocardiography
  • Participating actively in the teaching of Internal Medicine Residents and Medical Students on the consultation team
  • Performing literature searches on topics pertaining to specific patient care situations.
  • Perfusion Imaging
  • Pre-operative risk assessment
  • Peri-operative management of patients undergoing non-cardiac surgical procedures
  • Stress Testing

 Educational Outcomes

Cardiovascular Fellows successfully completing this service will demonstrate the ability to:

  • Recognize the need for input from colleagues in other specialties and to seek such input through consultation.
  • Perform proficiently as a consultant to other internists or non-internists in the acute inpatient setting, intensive care unit, ambulatory clinic and emergency department.
  • Perform competently as either a consultant or a health-care team leader through effective communication with patients, peers and other healthcare personnel.