Learning Objectives

  1. Objectives that foster the training of clinically competent cardiologists
  2. Objectives that foster the efficacy of cardiologists working in a variety of clinical settings
  3. Objectives that foster the development of skills and habits of professional life-long learning in cardiovascular disease

Objectives that foster the training of
clinically competent
cardiologists

Physicians successfully completing the Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship program will:

  • Master specific clinical objectives for the majority of cardiovascular diseases, including the uncommon and complicated cases.
  • Develop proficiency as a primary health care provider, consultant and/or leader of a multidisciplinary health care team.
  • Hone communication skills that allow the Fellow to perform as a health care team leader with peers and other healthcare professionals.
  • Further the development of proficiency in clinical skills to such a level that Fellows are capable of teaching these skills to trainees at junior levels.
  • Further the development of humanistic skills and professionalism to such a level that serves as a model for trainees at a junior level.
  • Develop familiarity with areas of active cardiovascular research:
    • understand the major research questions in the field  
    • appreciate the design, performance, potential strengths and shortcomings of a variety of experimental protocols (basic, translational, & clinical)
  • Apply the following concepts to patient care:
    • outcomes assessment
    • quality improvement
    • cost-effectiveness
  • Understand the structure of the health care system and its regulations, including the
    • dynamic nature of such regulations
    • forces driving regulatory changes

Objectives that foster 
the efficacy of cardiologists 
working in a variety
of clinical settings

At the successful completion of the Cardiovascular Fellowship Program, the Fellows will demonstrate proficiencies as:

  • primary health care providers in the acute inpatient setting, intensive care unit, ambulatory clinic and emergency department
  • consultants to other internists or non-internists in the acute inpatient setting, intensive care unit, ambulatory clinic and emergency department
  • leaders of multidisciplinary health care teams, particularly as it relates to chronic disease management within the healthcare institution and in the community

Objectives that foster 
the  development of
skills 
& habits of
professional 
life-long
learning in 
cardiovascular disease

Physicians successfully completing the Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship program will:

  • Attend Department of Medicine and Division of Cardiovascular Disease teaching conferences regularly and participate in the coordination of conference topics and schedules.
  • Demonstrate a familiarity with the current literature including evidence-based guidelines knowledge of the literature that underlies these guidelines the ability to change ones practices to implement such guidelines.
  • Demonstrate mastery of teaching skills through interaction with trainees in junior levels of training including supervised teaching interactions with
    • Junior-level Cardiology Fellows
    • Internal Medicine residents
    • Medical Students
  • Participate in a research project that leads to findings presented (as first author) at a national or regional scientific meeting, or published in peer-reviewed journal.
  • Secure research funding through a successful grant application (for Cardiology Fellows remaining in academia).