Cardiovascular Imaging Program
Each fellow spends a minimum of 2 years in the training program. Fellows either select in-depth training in one modality or training in more than one modality. Fellows have the ability to work either in both experimental and clinical imaging laboratories. Each fellow will have one MD mentor and one PhD co-mentor in their research.
Formal didactics included in the program are courses in imaging modalities, molecular imaging, biostatistics, and clinical trials methodology. Trainees also undergo intensive methodologic training by PhDs in the various modalities. Weekly research work-in-progress sessions are held to discuss ongoing research and new collaborative projects in development. The fellows present a clinical multi-modality imaging topic yearly at Cardiovascular Imaging Grand Rounds. Imaging journal clubs are held on a regular basis.
All MDs who desire high level expertise in one or more modalities of clinical imaging need to perform enough examinations in order to qualify as a director of clinical and research laboratories at their institutions. Fellows finishing two years of this program should attain the requirements for level III training; with this experience, they should be able to direct an imaging laboratory.
Each fellow is evaluated by faculty in the Cardiovascular Imaging Training Program who have had direct contact with the fellow. Counseling, guidance, and feedback are provided to each fellow twice a year during a one-on-one meeting with the fellow's supervisor and director of the program. Areas of weakness are identified and approaches to address these weaknesses are suggested at these evaluation meetings. Fellows also evaluate the program in general and the supervisor and other mentors in particular.
At the end of the training, the principal mentors and the director of the training program will certify that the requirements at a particular level of skills have been met. The levels of skills needed, are determined a priori for each individual fellow depending upon their training needs as well as the skills they have already obtained. A certificate of completion of fellowship training in Cardiovascular Imaging is awarded to each fellow at the end of the training period.