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Cardiology Fellowship Overview

Welcome to the Prisma Health–Midlands/USC School of Medicine Columbia Cardiovascular Fellowship.

Our three-year fellowship admits two fellows per year. We have 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 takes place jointly on the Prisma Health Richland Hospital campus and the Columbia VA Medical Center. Our methodically developed comprehensive core curriculum prepares our fellows both clinically and academically. With the small size of our class, we 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 (with a current 100% match rate for sub-specialization). 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 are opportunities 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.
Didactics occur weekly at 7 am. Our conference series includes but is not limited to: Clinical Cardiology Conference that is case-based and incorporates all aspects of cardiovascular pathophysiology with an emphasis on current guideline directed therapy; Core Curriculum Conference includes didactic lectures covering a comprehensive list of cardiovascular diseases; Journal Club gives fellows an opportunity to present and critically review an article of importance in cardiology; Cardiac Cath and Nuclear Correlation Conference is case based emphasizing quality nuclear imaging and angiography; Echo Conference covers theory and application of echocardiography as well as case review; ECG Conference will touch on interesting and challenging ECGs; and Board Review Conference as provided by the Mayo Clinic helps each fellow, from the beginning of the fellowship, cover questions that will help with taking their boards at the end of our program