The Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology fellowship is an ACGME accredited one year training program. It is designed for fellows who have already completed a cardiovascular disease fellowship and are seeking additional expertise in the care of advanced heart failure patients. Training is clinically based, with experience in both the outpatient and inpatient settings.
The inpatient service cares for patients admitted with advanced heart failure, pulmonary hypertension, left ventricular assist devices, and heart transplants. In addition, consultation is provided to the cardiac surgery service for the perioperative management of high risk patients, as well as other inpatient services. The fellow is expected to be an integral part of all aspects of the inpatient service.
The outpatient service is centered around a busy clinic schedule. Clinics focus on heart failure, LVAD/ transplant, and pulmonary hypertension.
Procedural training includes cardiac catheterization, endomyocardial biopsy, and transesophageal echocardiography. In addition, fellows become adept at interrogation and programming of pacemakers, ICDs, and left ventricular assist devices.
Participation in the multiple educational activities for all cardiology fellows is strongly encouraged. Activities include monthly Journal Club, weekly Cardiology Grand Rounds, weekly Imaging conferences, weekly Cath Conference, and monthly M&M. There is also a monthly Translational Research conference. In addition, the Advanced Heart Failure Fellow is encouraged to attend the yearly Mechanical Circulatory Support conference hosted by Thoratec and a national conference such as HFSA or ISHLT.