Echocardiography Rotation


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This rotation is designed to maximize each Cardiology Fellow’s knowledge and understanding of all aspects of the echocardiographic examination and interpretation. The Echocardiography Rotation is split between UH (AM) and BVAMC (PM). Cardiology Fellows are required to perform and/or interpret an average of at least 5 exams per day, Monday through Friday, of which 4 will be transthoracic echocardiographic studies. Additional responsibilities during the echo rotation will include the presentation of cases or special topics during Echocardiography Grand Rounds.


Directors

Navin Nanda, MD University Hospital
Gilbert Perry, MD  Birmingham VA Medical Center

Faculty

Pohey Fan, MD Navin Nanda, MD Gilbert Perry, MDRobert Robichaux, MDFrank Seghatol-Eslami, MD

Location

University Echocardiography Laboratory (mornings) BVAMC (afternoons)

Duration

One month

Patient Population

Patients requiring further evaluation of signs or symptoms of:

  • atherosclerosis
  • cardiomyopathy
  • congenital heart disease
  • congestive heart failure
  • aneurysm
  • valvular heart disease
  • cardiac tumor
  • pericarditis

Clinical Responsibilities

  • Perform and/or interpret an average of at least 5 exams per day, Monday through Friday, of which 4 will be transthoracic echocardiographic studies.
  • Interpret results.
  • Complete all reports. 
  • Present cases or special topics during Echocardiography Grand Rounds.

COCAT Documentation

Each Cardiology Fellow’s echocardiography skills will be certified by Dr. Nanda at the end of the Cardiology Fellowship in terms of COCAT skill level (Level 1 or 2). A copy of this letter should be given to the program office and will be maintained in the Fellow’s file in case of future inquiries by licensing agencies, hospitals etc. Level 3 echocardiography skills require additional subspecialty training.