Fellowship in Cardiovascular Disease

Welcome to Mercy Health – St. Vincent Medical Center’s Fellowship in Cardiovascular Disease! Our program began in 2014 and is accredited by the ACGME and the RRC. This is a 3-year fellowship in Cardiovascular disease, our sponsor is the Mercy Health – St. Vincent Internal Medicine Residency Program with an excellent accreditation history. We are approved to accept two fellows per year. Our mission is to provide a clinically rigorous training program in general cardiology through a comprehensive curriculum to provide training in all major aspects of clinical cardiology with opportunities for involvement in clinical research. The Cardiovascular faculty is dedicated to teach the clinical knowledge, procedural skills, clinical judgment, professionalism, interpersonal skills, and abilities necessary to practice a long career as a leader in cardiovascular medicine. The fellowship Program Director is Syed Sohail Ali, M.D., board certified in Cardiovascular Disease and Interventional Cardiology. Dr. Ali brings leadership, clinical experience and passion to his role in fellowship education.

Highlights

  • Clinical curriculum available at sponsoring institution
  • Mercy Health – St. Vincent Medical Center is a designated  regional tertiary cardiovascular care center
  • Region’s only Regional Heart and Vascular Center
  • Five cardiac catheterization labs
  • Two dedicated Electrophysiology Labs
  • Cath labCT Surgery OR

Mission Statement

The mission of the Fellowship in Cardiovascular Disease at Mercy Health – St. Vincent Medical Center is to provide a clinically rigorous training program in general cardiology.  The aim of the program is to provide the trainee with the basic and clinical knowledge, procedural skills, clinical judgment, professionalism, interpersonal skills, and abilities necessary to continue to practice a long career as a leader in cardiovascular medicine.  The curriculum will train the fellow in all aspects of acute and chronic cardiovascular diseases, in both inpatient and outpatient settings.  Training will be imparted in both invasive and non-invasive procedures to prepare the fellows to face the day to day challenges in the field of cardiology.

Overview

Mercy Health – St. Vincent Medical Center is a tertiary care teaching hospital with a strong accredited Internal Medicine residency program.  Other accredited residencies include Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Transitional Year, Podiatric Medicine and Surgery, General Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Traditional Rotating Internship.

The duration of the Fellowship in Cardiovascular Disease is three years and there will be a total of six accredited positions in the general program emphasizing preparation in academic cardiology. Comprehensive training in all major aspects of clinical cardiology is stressed and there are opportunities for fellows to be involved in clinical research projects.

Mercy Health – St. Vincent Medical Center, which has the region’s only established Regional Heart and Vascular Center, is the primary teaching facility for the fellows.  The Center offers all necessary facilities for the training including five catheterization labs, two dedicated EP labs, echo and nuclear facilities, and excellent vascular and radiology programs.  Fellows are trained in congenital heart and pregnancy-related disorders through cooperation with the Departments of Pediatrics and Obstetrics/ Gynecology.

All fellows are selected through the NRMP (National Resident Matching Program).

All candidates selected for the Fellowship in Cardiovascular Disease must have completed an accredited three year residency program in Internal Medicine.

Training is conducted in compliance with the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Program Requirements for Graduate Medical Education in Cardiovascular Disease (Internal Medicine).  These guidelines were last updated in 2012 and were effective as of July 1, 2013.

Link:  http://www.acgme.org/acgmeweb/Portals/0/PFAssets/2013-PR-FAQ-PIF/141_cardiovascular_disease_int_med_07132013.pdf

Training Structure

Fellowship training lasts for three years (thirty-six months).  There is a single participating hospital, Mercy Health – St. Vincent Medical Center.  The program offers training in clinical subspecialties of cardiology including nuclear cardiology, echocardiography, cardiac catheterization, cardiac electrophysiology, heart failure, preventive cardiology and care of patients in both outpatient and inpatient settings.  The program will impart basic clinical training in congenital heart diseases, with the availability of a Pediatric Cardiologist, and has a fully equipped Radiology Department for cardiac CT and MRI.

The organization of the training program is flexible and may be tailored to a fellow’s goals and interests for the future in case he or she would pursue advanced interventional, electrophysiology, or heart failure/transplant fellowship.  However, all fellows complete twenty-four months of required clinical training.  The intent of this program is to individualize training within the framework of ABIM, COCATS, and ACGME guidelines to optimize each fellow’s ability to achieve excellence in cardiology.  The core clinical training for the program is based on the 2008 ACC Revised Recommendations for Training in Adult Cardiovascular Medicine, Core Cardiology Training III, also known as COCATS III (J Am Coll Cardiol 2008; 51:333-414).

All fellows will be involved in a research project during the course of their fellowship (typically during the second year of training).

The patient population at Mercy Health – St. Vincent Medical Center represents a wide variety of common and rare cardiovascular disorders and provides excellent exposure to all the areas of cardiovascular medicine. Mercy Health – St. Vincent Medical Center is a designated regional tertiary care cardiovascular center and has four cardiac catheterization laboratories, two dedicated electrophysiology (EP) laboratories, an echocardiography laboratory, ECG and stress testing area, nuclear cardiology perfusion imaging laboratory and Radiology department with cardiac CT and MRI facilities.

The outpatient office setting is also fully equipped with, echo, nuclear medicine and stress laboratories. The office computers are connected with the hospital system, which utilizes EPIC CarePATH electronic health record software.  At the end of three years, fellows will achieve the basic Level 1 certifications outlined in COCATS 3; however, the program is structured such that fellows can achieve Level 2 training to independently practice cardiovascular medicine.

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