The Fellowship Program is modeled on Six Key Competencies for physicians:

  1. Patient Care
  2. Medical Knowledge
  3. Professionalism
  4. Interpersonal and Communication Skills
  5. Systems-Based Practice
  6. Practice-Based Learning and Improvement

Patient Care Cardiology fellows must provide patient care that is compassionate, appropriate, and effective for the treatment of health programs and the promotion of health. This requires competency in patient care skills such as:
  • data gathering
  • appropriate use of diagnostic testing
  • clinical decision making
  • appropriate use and performance of procedures
  • implementation of the therapeutic plan
  • the ability to work with others in the patient care process

Medical Knowledge Cardiology Fellows must demonstrate knowledge about established and evolving biomedical, clinical, and cognate sciences and must be able to apply this knowledge to patient care.

Professionalism Cardiology Fellows must be committed to professionalism. Facets of professionalism include:
  • integrity
  • honesty
  • a willingness to accept responsibility
  • acting in the interest of the patient and respecting his/her autonomy
  • sensitivity toward patient’s ethnicity, age, and disabilities

Interpersonal & Communication Skills Cardiology Fellows must develop interpersonal and communication skills that result in the effective exchange of information and collaboration with patients, their families, and other health professionals. Such skills include (but are not limited to) the ability to:
  • develop a therapeutic relationship with patients and their families
  • use both verbal and nonverbal skills to facilitate
  • communication with patients and their families
  • work effectively within teams and as team leader

Systems-Based Practice

Cardiology Fellows must demonstrate awareness of and responsiveness to the interdependencies in the health care system that affect quality of care and must demonstrate the ability to call effectively on other resources in the system to provide optimal health care. Important aspects are:

  • the provision of cost-effective care
  • advocacy for quality patient care
  • working with hospital management and interdisciplinary teams to improve patient care

Practice-Based Learning & Improvement Cardiology Fellows must demonstrate the ability to investigate and evaluate the care of their patients
appraise and assimilate scientific evidence show improvements in patient care.

Skills necessary for professional development include the ability to:
  • analyze practice performance and implement necessary improvements
  • locate and apply scientific evidence to the care of patients
  • critically appraise the scientific literature
  • use the computer to support learning and patient care, and ability to facilitate the learning of other health care professionals