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Curriculum


The Cardiovascular (CV) disease fellowship at CUSOM Phoenix is a three-year program designed to train cardiologists who will perform thorough clinical and diagnostic assessments, provide high-quality, evidence-based, compassionate patient care, and demonstrate a desire for life-long learning. The fellowship curriculum is designed to provide a broad clinical exposure in acute and chronic cardiovascular care, both in the inpatient and outpatient settings, as well as extensive experience in noninvasive and invasive cardiac procedures. The curriculum is also designed to emphasize evidence-based medicine, teach critical thinking and analysis, and train fellows to be educators for the community, patients, and staff members. The life-long learning tradition developed during their training will allow the graduating fellows to continue their education and stay up to date with advances in cardiovascular medicine. 

Educational Goals

The Cardiovascular Disease curriculum is designed to train both clinical and academic cardiologists. The evidence-based curriculum is organized to provide the fellows with increasing levels of responsibility and develop clinical competency in patient care and procedural performance. Adequate progression through the curriculum is assessed by evaluating each fellow’s clinical judgment, clinical skills, medical knowledge, procedural skills, professionalism, communication skills, leadership ability, scholarship activities, and inter-professional teamwork. 

Framework

The overall curriculum is an educational program which includes a series of structured rotations and scheduled didactic sessions. These have been integrated to allow the fellow to progress and develop a minimum of Level I competency as defined in COCATS 4 and ACGME core competencies in multiple cardiovascular areas. All fellow will achieve Level II competency in Echocardiography. The curriculum has been designed to be flexible, based upon an individual fellow’s career goals, to achieve Level II (and in select cases, Level III) competencies in chosen subspecialty areas.   

Didactic Sessions

A variety of didactic sessions have been regularly scheduled to complement rotations to advance the fellows’ core knowledge, individual and shared clinical decision making, professionalism and practice based improvement. Some of these facilitate the ability of the fellow to teach others. These include:

  • Core Curriculum Lecture: formal lectures, weekly or biweekly addressing basic knowledge and clinical management in a variety of areas
  • Cath conference: biweekly review of Cath cases which include topic related discussions and educational case reviews
  • EP/EKG conference: biweekly review of EKGs and basic EP or device cases which include topic related discussions and educational case reviews
  • Echo conference: biweekly review of Echo cases which include topic related discussions and educational case reviews
  • Journal club: monthly review of pertinent recent medical literature
  • Cardiac Case Review: monthly review of interesting cardiovascular cases with Internal Medicine residents
  • Internal Medicine Grand Rounds: Monthly
  • Quality Improvement Committee at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center: monthly or bimonthly
  • Peer Review and Morbidity/Mortality meetings within Department of Cardiology Meetings at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center
  • Monthly case reviews