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Cardiology Fellowship Overview

Welcome to the newly developed Palmetto Health/USC School of Medicine Cardiovascular Fellowship.

We will enroll our first class of applicants in July 2017. This will be a three-year fellowship with two fellows per year. Training will take place at Palmetto Health Richland and the William Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center in Columbia, SC. We have selected a diverse, dedicated group of key clinical faculty who are committed to providing fellows with the best educational experience possible. They come from both academic and clinical backgrounds. 

Fellowship training will take place jointly on the Palmetto Health Richland campus and the Dorn VA Medical Center. We have selected a dedicated group of diverse key clinical faculty who are fully committed to providing fellows with the very best educational experience possible. They come from both academic and clinical backgrounds. We have methodically developed a comprehensive core curriculum that will prepare our fellows both clinically and academically. With the small size of our class we will offer a uniquely personalized program with a high volume of clinical exposure as well as the opportunity to work closely with individual faculty in pursuing clinical research. Our objective is to offer balanced training to meet the rigors of a general cardiology practice and provide a solid foundation for the potential pursuit of further subspecialty training. The curriculum can be tailored to meet one’s individual and professional goals during elective and research training blocks. Overall training will be focused on mastering the core clinical competencies of the ACGME.
 
The required fund of knowledge in the field of cardiology continues to grow exponentially. Our fellows will be well prepared and exposed to cutting edge technologies. There will be exposure to advanced CV imaging techniques and to the growing sub specialty areas of structural heart disease, peripheral vascular disease, heart failure, and mechanical support. We have high volume LVAD and TAVR programs. We offer our patients ECMO and Impella support. There will be an opportunity to work in our unique inpatient Heart Failure Accountable Care Unit as well as our outpatient multidisciplinary Heart Failure Clinic. General clinic will include working the first NCQA level 3 PCSP (Patient Centered Specially Practice) in the U.S.
 
Our schedule will have 13 four-week block rotations. The first year fellow will do two CCU rotations, two ECHO rotations, three cath rotations, three cardiology consult rotations, one research rotation, one heart failure rotation and one electrophysiology rotation.
 
The second year fellows will complete one CCU rotation, two ECHO rotations, two cath rotations, three cardiology consult rotations, two research/elective rotations, one CMR/CCT/Vascular rotation, one heart failure rotation and one electrophysiology rotation.
 
The third year fellow will complete one CCU rotation, two ECHO rotations, three cath rotations, two cardiology consult rotations, three research/elective rotations, one adult congenital rotation and one electrophysiology rotation. All of these rotations will be split between Dorn VA Medical Center and Palmetto Health Richland.
 
Didactics occur weekly three days a week at noon. Our conference series will include: Clinical Cardiology Conference that will be case-based to include all aspects of cardiovascular pathophysiology with an emphasis on current guideline directed therapy; Core Curriculum Conference will include didactic lectures covering a comprehensive list of cardiovascular diseases; Journal Club will give fellows an opportunity to present and critically review an article of importance in cardiology; Research Conference to discuss planning and ongoing research projects the group is involved in; Cardiac Cath Conference will be case based conference emphasizing quality angiography; M&M Conference will cover adverse outcomes for review and discussion; EP Conference to present all aspects of EP including basic sciences, physiology, pharmacology, clinical practice, guidelines and interesting cases; Echo Conference to cover theory and application of echocardiography as well as case review; ECG Conference will touch on interesting and challenging ECGs; and Board Review Conference to help each fellow, from the beginning of the fellowship, cover questions that will help with taking their boards at the end of our program.