The University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine, Knoxville



The Department of Medicine

Interventional Cardiology Fellowship Program

 

Program Description

The Interventional Fellowship is a training opportunity of one year's duration for physicians to become certified as a primary operator in Invasive and Interventional Cardiovascular Medicine according to the standards set forth by the American Board of Internal Medicine.  The successful trainee will be board eligible for the Interventional Cardiology Board administrated by the American Board of Internal Medicine.  The goals of the training experience are outlined below.

At the end of the training period the Interventional Fellow will be able to:

  1. Independently perform interventional procedures to include balloon angioplasty, coronary stenting, cutting balloon angioplasty, rotational atherectomy, intravascular ultrasound, intra-aortic balloon pump insertion, operation and troubleshooting, Impella device management, trans-radial and trans-brachial access for coronary angiography and intervention, intracoronary Doppler flow analysis and fractional flow reserve determination.
  2. Gain experience in peripheral vascular angiography and intervention including peripheral balloon angioplasty, peripheral vascular stenting, atherectomy including peripheral CTO technology including Frontrunner® and Diamondback® devices.
  3. Gain experience in the medical and interventional management of valvular heart disease including aortic stenosis and mitral regurgitation.  An opportunity to participate in transcatheter aortic valve replacement procedures is available.
  4. Gain experience in congenital and structural heart disease interventions including PFO and ASD closure.
  5. Practice evidence based Interventional Cardiology through the ability to apply strategies well founded and validated in the literature.  The trainee will be able to integrate percutaneous strategies into other treatment modalities as well as understand and manage the short and long-term potential complications of interventional procedures.  The trainee will have a thorough knowledge of appropriateness of application of percutaneous interventional procedures.  The trainee will have a thorough knowledge of appropriateness of application of percutaneous interventional strategies.
  6. Design a Clinical Research Trial.
  7. Achieve the requirements of the American Board of Internal Medicine to be eligible to take the Interventional Cardiology Subspecialty Board Examination.
  8. Be knowledgeable of current trends and developments in the equipment necessary for successful, safe, and efficacious interventions.
  9. Demonstrate knowledge of trials and literature that support percutaneous revascularization strategies.
  10. Attend necessary sponsored off site, FDA approved certification course for specific interventional devices/techniques as required.

Training Methods

Training in Interventional Cardiology will be achieved by:

Center of Excellence

The Heart Lung Vascular Institute is one of the medical center's six Centers of Excellence. Each center is dedicated to providing comprehensive care to patients and expert commitment plays a critical role in the hospital's ongoing success.The Heart Lung Vascular Institute brings together expertise in clinical care, teaching and research. Patients receive exceptional healthcare combined with patient-centered care, premier technology and extensive patient/community education in one convenient outpatient facility.

 

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