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Interventional Cardiology Fellowships

Program Description

The Fellowship in Interventional  Cardiology at Largo Medical Center is designed to provide the trainee with high quality instruction and experience in interventional cardiology. The volume is high in both cardiac and peripheral interventions.  The program is 12 months in duration. Residents may be accepted into the program only after successfully completing three years of general Internal Medicine training and three years of general Cardiology training. The base training institution is Largo Medical Center in Largo, Florida.

Academic Environment

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 include weekly cardiac catheterization conferences, cardiology conferences, journal club, Braunwald/ACCSAP Study Group, and daily academic rounds on all rotations.

Patient Care Experience

The goals of the interventional cardiology Fellowship include: Identification of cardiology disease states that are amenable to catheter-based intervention; development of the medical knowledge and technical skill to perform appropriate catheter-based interventions and to provide appropriate pre- and post-procedure care.  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 is certified by the Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center.

Curriculum

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 3 skills in interventional cardiology.

Schedule

Fellows complete a I year training program with every month based in the cardiac catheterization laboratory.  Working hours are generally 7 am to 7 pm, with pager call 10-15 days out of every 30. Fellows receive a total of 20 days of paid time off which can be used for vacation, personal needs, sick time and holidays. Fellows are also allowed a total of 5 days of paid time for continuing medical education and conference attendance.

Application Procedures

Largo Medical Center will fill two PGY7 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 Cardiology Residency Program, must be provided. A minimum of three evaluations from cardiology attendings, for rotations spent on their services, also must be provided.
Qualified applicants will be asked to interview on site at Largo Medical Center.  The Program Director of Interventional Cardiology, 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.