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Cardiovascular Medicine Fellowship Program

The Cardiovascular Medicine Fellowship Program is a multifaceted, multidisciplinary, and comprehensive program providing training in all areas of Cardiovascular Medicine. The program is an ACGME accredited 3-year program with exceptionally rich training in both clinical and didactic cardiovascular medicine and a wide array of clinical and basic science research opportunities.

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Southern California (USC) Cardiovascular Medicine Fellowship Program is to educate fellows in the comprehensive assessment and management of patients with Cardiovascular disease processes for subsequent careers in academic or community-based practice. The Cardiovascular Medicine Fellowship Program is a multifaceted, multidisciplinary, and comprehensive program providing training in all areas of Cardiovascular Medicine. The program is an ACGME accredited 3-year program with exceptionally rich training in both clinical and didactic cardiovascular medicine and a wide array of clinical and basic science research opportunities.

The unique strengths of this program include:

  • A rich, comprehensive clinical experience combining training at the LAC+USC Medical Center, one of the largest medical centers in the country and at USC University Hospital, a tertiary-care academic university hospital. Both facilities are located on the same physical campus as the Keck School of Medicine of USC.

  • A curriculum with training and exposure to all aspects of Cardiovascular Medicine including Clinical Cardiology, Cardiovascular MR, Cardiovascular CT, Echocardiography, Nuclear Cardiology, Cardiac Electrophysiology, Cardiac Intervention, Congenital Heart Disease, and Congestive Heart Failure.

  • Exposure to the full array of Cardiovascular surgical approaches including minimally invasive and robotic surgical approaches provided by the USC Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery.

  • Opportunities for clinical and basic science research through the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine.

Teaching Activities

The Division of Cardiovascular Medicine is heavily involved in the education of housestaff students and fellows. Students are assigned to the ICCU and the cardiovascular medicine ward, and participate in all rounds and educational activities. There are 8 interns and 8 residents assigned to cardiovascular medicine on a monthly basis who take care of cardiac patients under the supervision of the fellows and staff on the cardiovascular medicine ward, CCU, and consult service. The residents also participate in the outpatient clinic. In addition, residents spend elective time on cardiovascular medicine in the inpatient areas or in the various laboratories.

The Division has a full conference schedule available to students and faculty on a weekly basis including Cardiology Grand Rounds, Visiting Professor Rounds alternating with the Griffith Professor Rounds, M & M Conference, Research Conference, EP Morning Conference, Cath Conference, EP Lecture alternating with Echo Lecture, and the Invasive Cardiology Conference. The Journal Club is held once a month. Recent articles are selected by a faculty member and presented and discussed by the fellows. This conference provides fellows with the ability to critically analyze the literature and helps to familiarize them with biostatistical methods. The Division also sponsors occasional special lectures featuring well-known visiting cardiologists who offer our students their unique knowledge and experience.

At the beginning of each academic year, a series of twenty lectures, known as the core curriculum, are given by the cardiovascular medicine faculty to the fellows on basic and clinical topics in cardiovascular disease.

 

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