The Cardiology Fellowship at Largo Medical Center is designed to provide the trainee with high quality instruction and experience in all aspects of general and selected specialty cardiovascular areas. The program is 3 years in duration. Residents may be accepted into the program only after successfully completing three years of general Internal Medicine Residency training. The Base Training Institution is Largo Medical Center. Continuity outpatient clinic training is provided at the base teaching site as well as at affiliate sites (in the ambulatory care facilities of the attendings).
The curriculum includes a core of didactics, which are molded after the core competencies in the COCATS document. These didactics will be delivered through the cardiology lecture series presented by Faculty and Cardiology Fellows which includes weekly cardiac catheterization conferences, cardiovascular conferences, journal club, Braunwald/ACCSAP Study Group, and daily academic rounds on all rotations.
Patient Care Experience
The program provides extensive participation in clinical cardiac patient care services across two medical campuses. Fellows will be exposed to a variety of cardiac clinical settings including both diagnostic and interventional catheterization including Percutaneous Coronary Intervention, Electrophysiology, Pacemaker /ICF/Atrial Flutter and Atrial Fib Ablations/ Arrhythmia management, Tilt table procedures, Cardiac Stress Testing, Coronary Artery Bypass and cardiac valve surgery and the MAZE procedure. Clinical learning opportunities will be available on two campuses including Cardiovascular Services at Largo Medical Center which is certified as an Accredited Chest Pain Center by the Society of Chest Pain Centers and certified by the Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center.
The core curriculum is based on the recommendations of the American College of Cardiology COCATS training document. The program is designed to provide educational and experiential input from a broad range of specialty providers at Largo Medical Center as well as affiliate institutions. At the successful completion of the program, the fellow will have received adequate instruction and experience to qualify for Level 2* skills in general cardiology, cardiac catheterization, echocardiography, stress testing, pacemaker implantation with follow up, and basic nuclear cardiology and electrophysiology.
Working hours are generally 7 am to 7 pm, with pager call 5 days out of every 30. Fellows receive a total of 20 days of paid time off which can be used for vacation, personal needs, and holidays. Fellows are also allowed a total of 5 days of paid time for continuing medical education and conference attendance.
Largo Medical Center will fill two PGY4 positions each year. Resident candidates will complete the application provided by the Department of Medical Education at Largo Medical Center. Original or notarized copies of the internship certificate and the Osteopathic Medical School transcript must be submitted with the application and other required documentation. In addition, three letters of recommendation, including one from the Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency Program, must be provided. A minimum of three evaluations from internal medicine attendings, for rotations spent on their services, also must be provided.
Qualified applicants will be asked to interview on site at Largo Medical Center, Indian Rocks Campus. The Program Director of Cardiology, the Associate Program Director, the Director of Medical Education, members of the Medical Education Committee and other designated trainers will conduct these interview sessions.
The candidate will be notified in writing of the acceptance. All candidates who submitted a completed application and were not selected will be notified in writing as soon as possible.