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Teaching conferences


Our program is characterized by exceptional clinical and academic teaching conferences, that are run every morning and at noontime. Eight structured conferences are built into our weekly schedule as described below:




Monday 7am-8am

Electrocardiography conference:
A series of EKGs are presented and discussed on a weekly basis. Over the course of the year, the fellow is expected to develop a strong working knowledge of the various nuances of EKG interpretation.


Monday 8am-9am

Arrhythmia Service Conference:
This conference includes an intermix of didactic lectures and case presentations.  The complexity of clinical case presentations increase as the academic year progresses. There is an EP Journal Club once/month and the conference also includes review of the section’s research activities.

Weekly clinical management conference:
Interesting clinical cases from the prior week’s or weekend on call experience and from the consultation and other clinical services are presented by the Cardiology fellows and discussed among attending faculty members and the fellows.


Tuesday 8am-9am

CCU Conference:
1-2 cases are presented each week. The case or cases are selected and prepared by the Cardiology Fellow rotating through the CCU.  The cases are presented with all relevant imaging data. (e.g., cath films, echos) and is followed by a literature review.  This conference is a morbidity and mortality review the last Tuesday of each month.


Wednesday 8am-9am

Cardiology Grand Rounds:
This conference is run from September to June. Each year, we bring in an outstanding core of outside speakers who provide cutting edge presentations spanning all areas of Cardiology. See the Cardiology Grand section to view our present and prior roster of Cardiology Grand Rounds presentations.


Wednesday 12:15pm

Journal Club:
This conference is supervised by Dr. Franz Messerli. Beginning in July, 2007, this conference took on the structure of fellow selected topics but with the requirement that a relevant faculty member must be present for each of the selected topics (e.g., EP attending for EP subjects). Fellows should select important articles from the literature, with input from the supervising attending staff, and preferentially from areas not covered within the context of subspecialty conferences.

Fellows’ Research-In-Progress Conference:
The last Wednesday of each month is reserved for the presentation of research being conducted by the fellows or for examination of new or potential research initiatives. The conference is designed to provide mentored feedback and brainstorming input from our attending faculty.


Thursday 8am-9am

Imaging Conference:
This conference alternates between Echocardiography and Nuclear Cardiology.  The echo format varies by week of the month, and spans didactic presentations, journal club and research discussions. There is a nuclear clinical case conference at end of each month that helps organize fellows’ scintigraphic and interpretive skills. Cases that demonstrate important management issues, classic imaging findings, and technical artifacts are emphasized. The Nuclear experience is complemented by a series of nuclear didactic lectures that are provided within the context of the Core Curriculum each year.


Thursday 1pm-2pm

Core Curriculum Conference:
During the summer, we provide a daily introductory core curriculum program to get our incoming fellows “up and running”. During the year, we have a weekly core curriculum lecture that complements topic areas not covered in the context of our daily morning conferences.  Examples of topic areas included in our core curriculum course include: the clinical management of cardiac patients; advanced cardiac imaging; management of heart failure; preventive cardiology; vascular disease; cardiothoracic surgery; basic science and pathophysiology; pharmacology; and systems-based practice issues.


Friday 8am-9am

Cardiac Catheterization Conference:
Clinical cases are reviewed and didactic presentations that relate to core areas in Interventional Cardiology should be presented. Valvular cases and coronary angiography films should be reviewed, with emphasis on management decisions and technical approaches.




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