Cardiology; Jan. 2017
The Heart Team: A Powerful Paradigm For Future Training of CV Surgeons
June 15, 2018

A paradigm shift in cardiothoracic surgery training known as the "heart team" may have created an integrated educational approach between heart surgery and cardiology, according to a Fellows in Training/Early Career column published June 4 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Chapters
Apply For the 2019 Research and Career Development Awards
June 14, 2018

The ACC is proud to support the next generation of cardiovascular research legends. Submissions are now being accepted for the 2019 Research & Career Development Awards, which help to fund six FIT and Early Career researchers with $70k in funding to pursue a year of research.

Cardiology; Jan. 2017
Tell Your Library You Are Looking For Cardiology Answers
June 11, 2018

Through an institutional-level JACC Journals subscription, your entire organization can access the latest clinical findings, practice-changing science, visual abstracts and expert commentary uniquely provided by the family of JACC Journals.

Chapters
A Look Into Academic Cardiology
May 16, 2018

May 16, 2018 | Konstantinos Stathogiannis, MD, PhD
Education

In 2002, the first transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) was implanted in a patient with severe symptomatic aortic valve stenosis.

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The Current State of ACHD Care and Training
April 13, 2018

April 13, 2018 | Jordan Awerbach, MD 
Education

Most children born with congenital heart disease (CHD) in the U.S. today are expected to survive into adulthood. As patient outcomes became more successful over time, the demographics shifted such that adults with CHD began to outnumber pediatric patients.

Chapters
Women and Peripheral Arterial Disease
April 13, 2018

April 13, 2018 | Erica Flores, MD
Education

The ACC, along with the rest of the nation, recently recognized women’s heart disease throughout the entire month February. Therefore, it is appropriate to focus on where we are today with women and peripheral arterial disease (PAD).

Chapters
Artificial Intelligence For FITs
March 28, 2018

March 28, 2018 | Ahmad Masri, MD
Education

The introduction of electronic medical record systems and digital archiving of medical images has revolutionized health care delivery and led to the daily accumulation of terabytes of data.

Chapters
Conversations With Cardiologists: Audrey Marshall, MD
March 5, 2018

January 17, 2017 | Audrey Marshall, MD
Education

'Conversations With Cardiologists' highlights prominent cardiologists throughout the country and shares their invaluable insight on cardiology and sage advice for Fellows in Training (FITs). In this interview, Audrey Marshall, MD, chief of pediatric cardiology and director of pediatric cardiac catheterization at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, MA, shares her advice with ACC FITs.

Chapters
A Forgotten Cath Lab Danger: Needle Sticks
March 5, 2018

February 26, 2018 | Charles Beale, MD
Education

It was a typical fall day when a man in his 60s was brought to the cath lab for a cardiac arrest with refractory shock, where he received a percutaneous coronary intervention to the proximal right coronary artery. Perhaps I was overly confident as I walked to the patient’s bedside to pull a venous sheath, but after a simple request, I also removed an interosseous needle. This extraordinarily sharp needle clearly had fresh blood on the tip, and as I carelessly turned to dispose of it in the sharps container, I pricked my finger. While watching the single teardrop of my own blood seep through my glove, my initial response was typical of any interventional fellow – complete and utter despair.

Chapters
Interview with Sean Van Diepen, MD, MSc
March 5, 2018

February 26, 2018 | Ajar Kochar, MD
Education

Sean Van Diepen, MD, MSc, is an academic cardiologist-intensivist. He is also an assistant professor of critical care medicine in the Department of Critical Care and is cross-appointed to the Division of Cardiology at the University of Alberta Director of Cardiology in Alberta, Canada. Below is an interview conducted by Ajar Kochar, MD, Fellow in Training (FIT) at Duke University in Durham, NC.

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Training in the Era of Machines by Bethany Doran
March 5, 2018

February 26, 2018 | Bethany Doran, MD
Education

The medical industry is at a crossroads. A recent New York Times article highlighting emerging partnerships between hospitals, such as the Cleveland Clinic with Oscar Health and Aetna with CVS, signals a period of increased corporate collaboration. In addition, partnerships between the medical field and technology giants such as Amazon, Google’s Verily Health and IBM Watson suggest new potential for technologic innovation and acceleration of data driven research.

ACC.18 – What Not to Miss
February 21, 2018

February 21, 2018 | Ada C. Stefanescu Schmidt, MD MSc
Education

We are less than a month away from ACC.18 and we couldn't be more excited about all the sessions geared specifically for FITs!

Interview With Holger Thiele, MD
December 13, 2017

December 13, 2017 | Holger Thiele, MD
Education

Holger Thiele, MD, director of cardiology at Leipzig University Hospital in Leipzig, Germany, is the primary investigator for the both the IABP SHOCK II and CULPRIT-SHOCK trials.

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Interview With Thomas M. Munger, MD, FACC
December 13, 2017

December 13, 2017 | Thomas M. Munger, MD, FACC
Education

In an interview conducted by Vaibhav R. Vaidya, MBBS, Fellow in Training (FIT) at Mayo Clinic, Thomas M. Munger, MD, FACC, chair of Heart Rhythm Division of Cardiovascular Diseases at Mayo Clinic, discusses the challenges and joys of administration, and gives advice to budding cardiac electrophysiologists.

Kristin M. Burns, MD, FACC
Conversations With Cardiologists: Kristin M. Burns, MD, FACC
November 22, 2017

November 22, 2017 | Kristin M. Burns, MD, FACC
Education

In this interview, Kristin M. Burns, MD, FACC, pediatric cardiologist at the Children's National Hospital in Washington, DC, and medical officer at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), shares advice with ACC's FITs about a career in research.

Erica Flores, MD
Trial Update: Peripheral Vascular Disease
November 22, 2017

November 22, 2017 | Erica Flores, MD
Education

The age-old question of surgery versus endovascular treatment of cardiovascular disease has been studied in the coronaries and the carotids.

Moustafa Elsheshtawy, MD
Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program: Present Challenges and Future Refinements
October 18, 2017

October 18, 2017 | Moustafa Elsheshtawy, MD
Education

The morbidity, mortality and cost associated with hospital readmissions, especially in the Medicare population, is a growing concern. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has implemented many initiatives to reduce hospital readmission rates, including the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP).

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Navigating a Career in Cardiac Imaging: A FIT Perspective
October 2, 2017

September 29, 2017 | Ahmad Masri, MD
Education

Imaging has become an integral part of cardiology. Although often times not thought of as an imaging modality, the first true form of cardiac imaging was selective coronary angiography (Mason Sones, 1958) that revolutionized our specialty. Decades later, non-invasive means of imaging the heart have surfaced, such as echocardiography, nuclear imaging, computed tomography and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging.

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MACRA - A Brief Review
September 29, 2017

September 29, 2017 | Charles Beale, MD
Education

Another calendar year has passed, and so has this year’s ACC Legislative Conference in Washington, DC.  The ACC has continued to promote advocacy for our patients and our members. They have been instrumental in preparation for us to remain legislatively responsible and educated with regards to the implementation of Medicare Access and Chip Reauthorization Act (MACRA).

Jordan D. Awerbach, MD, MPH
Transitioning Care of the Adult Patient with Congenital Heart Disease
September 29, 2017

September 29, 2017 | Jordan D. Awerbach, MD, MPH
Education

The majority of pediatric patients with congenital heart disease (CHD) fail to appropriately transition as adults to adult congenital heart disease (ACHD) specialists. Most experience a lapse in care, re-emerging later with significant illness under the care of providers with very limited CHD experience.

Webinars
Creating the ACHD FIT Work Group
June 22, 2017

June 22, 2017 | Georges Ephrem, MD
Education

Mark Victor Hansen once said, “You control your future, your destiny. What you think about comes about. By recording your dreams and goals on paper, you set in motion the process of becoming the person you most want to be.” Nowhere is this more relevant than in medical education.

Jennifer Gerardin
Med-Peds Impact on Adult Congenital Heart Disease
June 22, 2017

June 22, 2017 | Jennifer Gerardin, MD
Education

This year the combined specialty of internal medicine – pediatrics (Med-Peds) turns 50 years old. Med-Peds physicians have made an impact on primary care and hospital medicine but a quarter of all graduates pursue subspecialty training in pediatrics, internal medicine or a combined fellowship. Many enter subspecialty care with a plan of finding a way to continue to combine these fields and navigating both systems. Within cardiology, adult congenital heart disease (ACHD) has been that field. In the U.S., Med-Peds physicians have been there since the beginning caring for ACHD patients and shaping the field.

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Conversations With Cardiologists: Akshay Khandelwal, MD, FACC
June 21, 2017

June 21, 2017 | Akshay Khandelwal, MD, FACC
Education

'Conversations With Cardiologists' highlights prominent cardiologists throughout the country and shares their invaluable insight on cardiology and sage advice for Fellows in Training (FITs). In a recent interview with Poonam Velagapudi, MD, MS, Akshay Khandelwal, MD, FACC, governor of ACC's Michigan Chapter, shares advice for graduating FITs.

Mary Norine Walsh, MD, FACC
Conversations With Cardiologists: Mary Norine Walsh, MD, FACC
May 17, 2017

May 17, 2017 | Mary Norine Walsh, MD, FACC
Education

'Conversations With Cardiologists' highlights prominent cardiologists throughout the country and shares their invaluable insight on cardiology and sage advice for Fellows in Training (FITs). In a recent interview with Poonam Velagapudi, MD, MS, Mary Norine Walsh, MD, FACC, the third female president of the ACC, shares her insights on the beginning of her journey in cardiology and the road to ACC presidency.

Athena Poppas, MD, FACC
Conversations With Cardiologists: Athena Poppas, MD, FACC
May 17, 2017

May 17, 2017 | Athena Poppas, MD, FACC
Education

'Conversations With Cardiologists' highlights prominent cardiologists throughout the country and shares their invaluable insight on cardiology and sage advice for Fellows in Training (FITs). In a recent interview with Charles Beale, MD, and Poonam Velagapudi, MD, MS, Athena Poppas, MD, FACC, chair of ACC's Governance Committee and past chair of ACC's 64th and 65th Annual Scientific Sessions, describes her work as chair, advice for Fellows in Training (FITs), and more.

Webinars
Searching the Patent Literature – A Valuable Skill For Cardiology Fellows, Even if You Never File One!
April 27, 2017

April 27, 2017 | Junaid Zaman, MD
Education

As a FIT, we have to search the medical literature and keep abreast of the latest clinical practice guidelines. However, filing a provisional patent after the Stanford Biodesign Innovation Course provided first-hand experience in an equally fascinating source of knowledge and ideas:  the patent literature. Whether you’re filing a patent or just browsing technologies that may shape the future, knowing how to rapidly screen large volumes of intellectual property filings is a skill that can yield insight into technology transfers and afford opportunities in medtech.

Thad F. Waites, MD, FACC
Conversations With Cardiologists: Thad Waites, MD, FACC
April 19, 2017

April 19, 2017 | Thad Waites, MD, FACC
Education

Aaron Kithcart, MD, PhD, and Sandeep Krishnan, MD, recently sat down with Thad Waites, MD, FACC, chair of ACC's Health Affairs Committee (HAC) and a leading voice in the ACC, to get his thoughts on advocacy and learn about his journey to becoming an advocate for the ACC.

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FIT Recap of ACC.17
April 19, 2017

April 19, 2017 | Akhil Narang, MD
Education

ACC.17 is officially in the books! ACC's 66th Annual Scientific Session was a resounding success with nearly 20,000 cardiovascular professionals gathering in our nation's capital.

Tushar Tuliani
Nutrition and Prevention of CVD: An Interview With Gary Fraser, MBChB, FACC
March 30, 2017

March 30, 2017 | Tushar Tuliani, MD
Education

In an interview with Tushar Tuliani, MD, a Fellow in Training (FIT) at the Loma Linda University, California, Gary Fraser, MBChB, FACC, professor of preventive medicine at Loma Linda University School of Medicine, and cardiologist at Loma Linda University Medical Center and Veterans Affairs Loma Linda Healthcare System, discusses the importance of lifestyle modification in the prevention of heart disease and the challenges faced by researchers in nutrition health.


Webinars
Vascular Medicine: It’s Time to Change the Way We Educate Young Medical Professionals
March 30, 2017

March 30, 2017 | Andrew Prouse, MD
Education

A particularly concerning issue as a professional training in cardiovascular disease is the common response by medical housestaff when presented with peripheral vascular disease or the “cold leg” in the middle of the night, which is to refer to consult services other than cardiovascular medicine.

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Advanced Cardiovascular Imaging Fellowships: Finding, Applying, and Points to Consider
March 30, 2017

March 30, 2017 | Peter Flueckiger, MD
Education

Advanced cardiovascular imaging fellowships are a relatively recent development in cardiovascular medicine training. The need for imaging training programs has arisen due to advances in multiple cardiovascular imaging modalities, specifically computed tomography (CT), cardiac MR (CMR), echocardiography, and nuclear cardiology.

Jennifer Gerardin
Balancing ACHD and Other Cardiology Specialties – Part 3: The Future of ACHD
March 30, 2017

March 30, 2017 | Jennifer Gerardin, MD
Education

This is the final segment of a three-part interview with five adult congenital heart disease (ACHD) physicians at Emory University and Texas Children’s Hospital. The first article focused on why these ACHD physicians pursued this career pathway and who influenced their decision. The second part focused on how they balanced ACHD, adult or pediatric cardiology and additional sub-specialty training. This final part is their advice to trainees and their opinion on the future of the field.

Andrew Kates
Conversations With Cardiologists: Andrew Kates, MD, FACC
March 15, 2017

March 15, 2017 | Andrew Kates, MD, FACC
Education

'Conversations With Cardiologists' highlights prominent cardiologists throughout the country and shares their invaluable insight on cardiology and sage advice for Fellows in Training (FITs).

Bram Geller
The Role of the Cardiac Intensivist: An Interview with Jason Katz, MD, MHS
February 24, 2017

February 24, 2017 | Bram Geller, MD
Education

During an interview with Bram Geller, MD, a Fellow in Training (FIT) at the hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Jason Katz, MD, MHS, Director of the University of North Carolina Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) and Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgical Intensive Care Unit, discusses the field of critical care cardiology.

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An FIT Guide to ACC.17
February 15, 2017

February 15, 2017 | Poonam Velagapudi, MD, MS and
Akhil Narang, MD
Education

Greetings! We hope you are as excited as we are for ACC's Annual Scientific Session (ACC.17), March 17 – 19 in Washington, DC!

Kevin Campbell
Conversations With Cardiologists: Kevin R. Campbell, MD, FACC
February 15, 2017

February 15, 2017 | Kevin R. Campbell, MD, FACC
Education

'Conversations With Cardiologists' highlights prominent cardiologists throughout the country and shares their invaluable insight on cardiology and sage advice for Fellows in Training (FITs). In an interview with Poonam Velagapudi, MD, MS, chair-elect of the FIT Section Leadership Council and an FIT at Brown University, Kevin R. Campbell, MD, FACC, discusses social media use in health care and how he got involved in the digital sphere.

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Outcomes Research: What It Is, What It's Not, and Why It's Important For FITs
February 15, 2017

February 15, 2017 | Dhaval Kolte, MD, PhD
Education

The term "outcomes research" was first introduced in 1998 by Clancy and Eisenberg in their article in Science, which stated that "outcomes research – the study of the end results of health services that takes patients' experiences, preferences, and values into account – is intended to provide scientific evidence relating to decisions made by all who participate in health care."

Conversations With Cardiologists: Luigi Di Biase, MD, FACC
January 26, 2017

January 26, 2017 | Krishna Pothineni, MD
Education

Krishna Pothineni, MD, recently sat down with Di Biase to learn more about his career journey in electrophysiology, and his words of advice for prospective and current electrophysiology (EP) FITs. Luigi Di Biase, MD, FACC, is the section head of electrophysiology at Montefiore/Albert Einstein Medical Center in New York.


Conversation With Cardiologists: Mark Drazner, MD, FACC
January 25, 2017

January 25, 2017 | Purav Mody, MD
Education

Mark Drazner, MD, FACC, is the clinical chief of cardiology, medical director of the Heart Failure, LVAD and Heart Transplantation Program and a professor of medicine at UT Southwestern Texas. 

Webinars
A Sneak Peek of ACC.17 Offerings For FITs
January 18, 2017

January 18, 2017
Education

Fellows in Training (FITs) will begin their cardiology careers in a changing, more complex health care scenario that includes multiple specialty choices, different reimbursement and team management approaches, and intriguing new treatment options.

Rick A. Nishimura, MD, MACC
Conversations With Cardiologists: Rick A. Nishimura, MD, MACC
January 18, 2017

January 18, 2017 | Rick A. Nishimura, MD, MACC
Education

In an interview with Sherry-Ann Brown, MD, PhD, and Megha Prasad, MD, Fellows in Training (FITs) at Mayo Clinic, Rick A. Nishimura, MD, MACC, Judd and Mary Morris Leighton Professor of Medicine at Mayo Clinic, discusses his achievements, mentorship, the future of cardiology and physician burnout.

Jennifer Gerardin
Balancing ACHD and Other Cardiology Specialties – Part 2: The Balancing Act
December 19, 2016

December 19, 2016 | Jennifer Gerardin, MD, FAAP
Education

This is the second of a three-part interview with five adult congenital heart disease (ACHD) physicians at Emory University and Texas Children’s Hospital. The first article focused on why these ACHD physicians pursued this career pathway and who influenced their decision. The second part focuses on how they balance these sub-specialties.

Richard Chazal
Conversations With Cardiologists: Richard A. Chazal, MD, FACC
December 14, 2016

December 14, 2016 | Richard A. Chazal, MD, FACC
Education

In an interview with Poonam Velagapudi, MD, MS, an interventional cardiology fellow in training (FIT) at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, and a member of the FIT Section Leadership Council, ACC President Richard A. Chazal, MD, FACC, discusses his presidency, hot advocacy topics and more.

Bram Geller
Current Training in Critical Care Cardiology
November 30, 2016

November 30, 2016 | Bram Geller, MD
Education

Critical care cardiology is a developing and evolving subspecialty within cardiology. The coronary care unit has evolved from a place where patients with an acute myocardial infarction could complete their infarct under medical supervision, to a complex intensive care unit supporting patients with mixed shock, respiratory failure and dependence on mechanical circulatory support devices.

Kim Allan Williams Sr., MD, MACC
Conversations With Cardiologists: Kim Allan Williams Sr., MD, MACC
November 16, 2016

November 16, 2016 | Kim Allan Williams Sr., MD, MACC
Education

In an interview with Akhil Narang, MD, chair of the FIT Section, and an FIT at the University of Chicago, and Hena Patel, MD, an FIT at Rush University, Kim Allan Williams Sr., MD, MACC, immediate past-president of the ACC and chief of cardiology at Rush University Medical Center, discusses his involvement in the ACC, career challenges and accomplishments, and his advice for FITs.

Tushar Tuliani
Fitness For the FIT: Practicing What You Preach, Part II
October 27, 2016

October 27, 2016 | Tushar Tuliani, MD
Education

In our quest to master disease processes and achieve academic glory, individual well-being takes a back seat. Medical education teaches us to be selfless and put others first. Can we provide quality care to our patients without taking care of ourselves? Numerous years of medical training kept me away from a daily routine of dedicated physical activity. 

Conversations With Cardiologists: Claire Duvernoy, MD, FACC
October 19, 2016

October 19, 2016 | Claire Duvernoy, MD, FACC
Education

Claire Duvernoy, MD, FACC, chair of ACC's Women in Cardiology (WIC) Section, is a well-known interventional cardiologist at University of Michigan and a nurturing mentor. In an interview with Poonam Velagapudi, MD, MS, an interventional cardiology fellow in training (FIT) at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, and a member of the FIT Section Leadership Council, Duvernoy discusses various issues pertinent to women in cardiology.

Jennifer Gerardin
Balancing ACHD and Other Cardiology Specialties: Part 1 – The Journey
September 29, 2016

September 29, 2016 | Jennifer Gerardin, MD, FAAP
Education

This is the first of a three-part interview with five adult congenital heart disease (ACHD) physicians at Emory University and Texas Children’s Hospital. This article asks why they pursued this career pathway and who influenced their decision.

Peter Flueckiger
Multimodality Imaging Training During General Cardiology Fellowships: Re-Evaluating Our Approach
September 29, 2016

September 29, 2016 | Peter Flueckiger, MD
Education

Multimodality cardiovascular imaging technologies continue to develop and have an increasing role in assessment, diagnosis and management of cardiovascular disease. The combination of echocardiography and cardiac computed tomography for aortic valve stenosis and transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), multiple methods of assessing myocardial viability, and the myriad of stress testing options to evaluate coronary artery disease are just a few examples of integrative imaging and distinct choices clinicians make. Because of these clinical challenges and situations, it may be time to re-evaluate imaging training for the general cardiology fellow.

Rayji Tsutsui
Conversations With Cardiologists: Mehdi H. Shishehbor, DO, MPH, FACC
August 25, 2016

August 25, 2016 | Rayji Tsutsui, MBChB
Education

Mehdi H. Shishehbor, DO, MPH, FACC, is the director of endovascular services in the Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at Cleveland Clinic, Ohio. His interests include coronary and peripheral vascular interventions. He completed his internal medicine, general cardiology and interventional cardiology fellowship at Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Shishehbor is married and has two daughters. In his spare time, he enjoys playing soccer, reading Persian poetry and watching basketball.

Nisha A. Gilotra
From Devices to Donors: What’s New in HF From the 2016 International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation Meeting
August 25, 2016

August 25, 2016 | Nisha Gilotra, MD
Education

The home of the ACC in the nation’s capital was buzzing this spring with nearly 4000 attendees from all over the world for the 36th Annual International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation (ISHLT) Scientific Sessions.

Many FITs attended and presented their work via oral or poster presentations. Below are highlights from the meeting addressing the current hot topics of next generation left ventricular assist device (LVAD) therapy and methods of increasing the heart transplant donor pool:

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Half a Million ECG Interpretations and Still Learning
August 17, 2016

August 17, 2016 | Mary L. Dohrmann, MD, FACC
Education

Many things inspire medicine residents to become cardiologists – a specific patient, a mentor, the science of cardiovascular medicine. In my case, it was the electrocardiogram (ECG). For me, ECG interpretation blended all that is known about the heart for an individual patient after obtaining a thorough history and physical examination.

JW Hansen
The Sky is Not Falling, It’s the Limit
August 3, 2016

August 3, 2016 | James Hansen, DO
Education

Right now is a great time to be an interventional cardiologist. The face value of this statement is low, filled with trite optimism and an intolerable sense of idealism. Some senior operators would certainly disagree. To ask them, a career in interventionalism is self-inflicted destitution. I am of the opposite persuasion, and not just because I feel like being contradictory.

LeBude
Conversations with Cardiologists: Gaby Weissman, MD, FACC
July 29, 2016

July 29, 2016 | Bryan LeBude, MD
Education

In addition to serving as program director for the cardiovascular disease fellowship at MedStar Washington Hospital Center (MWHC) and Georgetown University Hospital, Gaby Weissman, MD, FACC is co-director of the advanced cardiac imaging fellowship at MWHC and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

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Defining COCATS Level "Zero"
July 20, 2016

July 20, 2016 | Sudarshan Balla, MBBS
Education

I have distinct memories associated with the date July 1. It was on this date that I started my cardiovascular fellowship and three years later became faculty at the University of Missouri. It is a good time to reflect on the past and seek areas of improvement to make a difference for future Fellows in Training (FITs).

Tarek Alsaied
Conversations With Cardiologists: Robert H. Beekman III, MD, FACC
June 22, 2016

June 22, 2016 | Tarek Alsaied, MD
Education

Robert H. Beekman III, MD, FACC, is an interventional pediatric cardiologist and professor of pediatric cardiology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. He is currently the chair of ACC’s Adult Congenital and Pediatric Cardiology Section and also is the chair of the National Pediatric Cardiology Quality Improvement Collaborative.

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ACC.16 Recap: 2016 Merck Research Award
May 18, 2016

May 18, 2016 | Philip S. Hall, MD
Education

ACC's Annual Scientific Session (ACC.16) in Chicago was my first time attending ACC's annual meeting, and it was a great privilege to be there as a recipient of the ACC/Merck Fellowship Award. I arrived on Saturday and at the Merck reception that evening I got to meet Jainy Savla, MD, an FIT from UT Southwestern and Pritha P. Gupta, MD, an FIT from the University of California, Los Angeles, two of my co-awardees, as well as several previous recipients of the award, celebrating the 35th anniversary of the award.

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ACC.16 Recap: 2016 Young Investigator Award
May 18, 2016

May 18, 2016 | Saurav Chatterjee, MD
Education

Participating in the Young Investigator Awards (YIA) competition at the 65th Annual Scientific Sessions (ACC.16) was an enormous opportunity – previous contestants include some of the luminaries in academic cardiology. So it was indeed with trepidation that I submitted an abstract for the competition. As a prior finalist in 2012 (as an internal medicine resident), I knew that to be selected as a finalist entailed a favorable constellation of hard work, meticulous science and serendipity.

Nicholas Ierovante
Optimal Exercise Dosing: Is There Such a Thing as Too Much?
May 12, 2016

May 13, 2016 | Nick Ierovante, DO
Education

The general consensus amongst physicians is that regular exercise is typically good for overall health and inactivity is typically bad. For many of us, being a FIT has meant several city, state, country or even continent moves over the last several years. While many of us strive to engage in healthy behaviors including regular exercise, these frequent major life changes can make sticking to a routine difficult. As a mean to fight these changes, many fellows choose endurance running.

Sandoval
ACC.16 Recap: 2016 Young Investigator Award
May 12, 2016

May 13, 2016 | Yader Sandoval, MD
Education

Dr. Sandoval is a co-investigator within Fred Apple, PhD’s Cardiac Biomarkers Trials Laboratory at the Minneapolis Medical Research Foundation, where he collaborates with both Dr. Apple, (Laboratory Medicine and Pathology) and Stephen W. Smith, MD (Emergency Medicine). Dr. Sandoval’s research has focused on the use of cardiac troponin in acute myocardial infarction (MI), including the diagnosis, classification, management and risk-stratification of myocardial injury and MI. Dr. Sandoval presented the following results at ACC’s 65th Annual Scientific Sessions (ACC.16) at the Young Investigator Awards Competition session and was honored as one of the five finalists during the Convocation Ceremony:

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ACC.16 FIT Forum Recap: Scholarship and Education
April 20, 2016

April 20, 2016 | Akhil Narang, MD
Education

The Fellows in Training (FIT) Forum Scholarship and Education session was a tremendous success! Prominent cardiologists, including Clyde Yancy, MD, MACC, chief of cardiology at Northwestern University), Nihar Desai, MD, assistant professor of medicine at Yale University, Jonathan P. Piccini Sr., MD, FACC, associate professor at Duke University, and Michael Broman, MD, clinical instructor at the University of Chicago, spoke eloquently on building a successful research portfolio during fellowship and beyond.

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ACC.16 FIT Forum Recap: Stump the Professor
April 20, 2016

April 20, 2016 | Michael W. Cullen, MD, FACC
Education

For several years running, the 'Stump the Professor FIT Forum' has provided ACC Annual Scientific Session attendees with a fun, engaging and lively educational opportunity. This year's iteration was no different. Three FITs, Ronnie Ramadan, MD, from Beth Israel Deaconess, Tala K. Al-Talib, MD, from the University of Maryland, and Brandon William Calenda, MD, from Mount Sinai, each presented a unique and perplexing case to our panel of expert "professors," Thomas M. Bashore, MD, FACC, Patrick T. O'Gara, MD, MACC, and Carole A. Warnes, MD, FACC.

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ACC.16 FIT Jeopardy: A Test of Clinical Knowledge and Reflexes
April 20, 2016

April 20, 2016 | Kavitha Kalvakuri, MD, Adam Oesterle, MD, & Gurpreet Singh, MD
Education

Our experience at ACC.16 was so fascinating, inspirational and full of interesting moments that we don't know where to start. We knew that this meeting would provide a great learning experience, and we were feeling lucky that this event was happening in Chicago.

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Acing the Transition: What FITs Need to Know to Launch a Successful Career
April 20, 2016

April 20, 2016 | Seth Sheldon, MD
Education

Varsha K. Tanguturi, MD, and I had the pleasure of moderating the FIT session entitled, "Acing the Transition: What FITs Need to Know to Launch A Successful Career". We are grateful to the ACC for hosting this unique session and to our speakers, who shared a wealth of wisdom.

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Training and Testing Mismatch in CVD: Spotlight on the ABIM CVD Examination
April 20, 2016

April 20, 2016 | Ankur Kalra, MD & Ronnie Ramadan, MD
Education

The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM), and its standardized testing for certification and recertification in cardiovascular disease, has been in the news lately, unfortunately for the wrong reasons. Cardiologists nationwide have voiced concerns over the relevance, sanctity and validity of the certification process and maintenance of certification (MOC), forcing the ABIM to revisit its policies and strategies, and hopefully partner with peers nationwide to bring about reforms that are pivotal for both its relevance in the current era, and its sustenance.

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Making the Most of ACC.16: A Guide For Fellows in Training
March 16, 2016

March 16, 2016 | Akhil Narang, MD & Shashank S. Sinha, MD
Education

Greetings! We hope you are as excited as we are for ACC's Annual Scientific Session (ACC.16), held April 2 – 4 in Chicago! As the conference is just around the corner, we wish to orient you to the vast array of exciting programming for FITs. We recognize that it can be quite overwhelming to navigate the multiple sessions held at the annual meeting. Thus, we hope to highlight several sessions that FITs will find especially high-yield.

LeBude
Reducing Diagnostic Errors: The Next Frontier in Patient Safety
March 8, 2016

March 8, 2016 | Bryan LeBude, MD
Education

Each year approximately 5 percent of U.S. outpatients experience a diagnostic error in their care. The numbers are staggering. Diagnostic errors contribute to about 10 percent of patient deaths and account for up to 17 percent of adverse events in hospitals. Diagnostic errors lead to patient harm by delaying necessary treatment, propagating unnecessary and sometimes detrimental therapies, and culminating in both psychological damage and financial turmoil. They are the leading category of paid medical malpractice claim, and compared with other types, are twice as likely to have contributed to the patient’s death.

JW Hansen
Avoiding the Oculostenotic Reflex
February 12, 2016

February 12, 2016 | James W. Hansen, DO
Education

Reflexes are an unconscious motor response to an outward stimulus, hard-wired into our neurologic system. The oculostenotic reflex is the stent deployment upon visualization of coronary disease. As cardiologists, the urge to fix things is to be understood and expected. We have gone through many years of training, seen many patients, seen many of them die, and now find ourselves in a unique position of making a difference. Or are we? Our nature implores us to fix what we know to be broken, to help one of our fellow humans. How can we not be saving someone’s life? And yet, the data tells us that we may not be.

Nicholas Ierovante
Fitness For the FIT - practicing what you preach
January 19, 2016

Jan 19, 2016 | Nick Ierovante, DO
Education

As I sat there in the office discussing Mr. R’s recent hospitalization, I felt fine discussing his cath findings, percutaneous coronary intervention and new medications. Though soon after, I noticed a familiar apprehensiveness coming from myself. As I was discussing his statin regimen, the little voice in my head started quietly whispering. As I started to discuss his cardiac rehab and diet modifications, it grew louder. By the time I was discussing daily activity recommendations, my inner monologue was screaming “HYPOCRITE!!!”

Mrinal Yadava
Atrial Fibrillation: A Timeline of This Veritable Quandary
December 16, 2015

Dec 16, 2015 | Mrinal Yadava, MD
Education

Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is idiomatically referred to as 'l'arythmie complete', literally meaning 'the complete arrhythmia.' The reference here is to the fact that all known arrhythmia mechanisms including triggered activity, enhanced automaticity, and re-entry have been implicated in its pathophysiology. Over the last 20 years as our understanding of the clinical significance of AFib has evolved, there has been a massive surge in efforts to delineate underlying mechanisms of the arrhythmia. This paroxysm of interest has greatly advanced our understanding of the condition and has revolutionized treatment paradigms.

LeBude
The Year in Cardiac CT Angiography: Highlights For the General Cardiology Fellow
December 8, 2015

Dec 8, 2015 | Bryan J. LeBude, MD
Education

Since the advent of electron-beam computed tomography (CT) in 1990, great technical advances have enabled the development of various applications useful in evaluating the cardiovascular patient. In the current era, coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) provides excellent image quality at continually decreasing doses of radiation. Research in the field has shifted away from confirming diagnostic accuracy towards demonstrating incremental benefit over existing approaches.

Nisha A. Gilotra
Running After a Scarce Commodity: Is it Time to Think Outside the Box?
November 3, 2015

Nov 3, 2015 | Nisha A. Gilotra, MD
Education

It’s 3:30 in the morning. The crew slowly gathers on the hospital lobby couches, sleepy-eyed and clad in matching cobalt blue pajamas. It’s too early even for coffee, much less conversation. A black SUV pulls up and everyone knows to stand. I follow, eager and anxious – eager for my patient who has been living in the hospital for the last three months, yet anxious about the upcoming experience.

Tarek Alsaied
3-D Printing in Pediatric Cardiology: Are We Witnessing a Revolution?
October 21, 2015

Oct 21, 2015 | Tarek Alsaied, MD
Education

Recently, one of my patients received his fourth surgery for congenital heart disease (CHD). He was born with tricuspid atresia, was treated through the single ventricle repair pathway and underwent an atrio-pulmonary Fontan procedure in the 1980s. He had a very large atrium with refractory intra-atrial re-entry tachycardia and an intracardiac thrombus that was growing in size. This put him at a high risk for stroke and pulmonary edema given his single ventricle physiology.

Mrinal Yadava
The Rhythm Section: An Overview of HRS 2015 Scientific Sessions
September 22, 2015

Sept 22, 2015 | Mrinal Yadava, MD
Education

In keeping with triennial tradition, the city of Boston played host to the 36th Annual Scientific Sessions of the Heart Rhythm Society from May 13 – 16. As electrophysiologists from across the globe congregated to share their science and interface with industry, there was a palpable excitement for the potentially practice-changing results that lay in prospect. As expected, atrial fibrillation (AFib) related research dominated the landscape, bearing testimony to the fact that AFib indeed lies at the epicenter of the current electrophysiology milieu.

Tarek Alsaied
Emerging Advances in Pediatric Cardiology Echocardiography
September 22, 2015

Sept 22, 2015 | Tarek Alsaied, MD
Education

As a pediatric cardiology fellow in training (FIT), I recently attended the 2015 American Society of Echocardiography Conference (ASE), which was held in Boston from June 12-16. The ASE Council on Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease put together a program that was full of cutting edge science and case based learning, which included pathology, echocardiography and surgical discussions on transposition of the great arteries and mitral valve abnormalities with a focus on the role of 3D echocardiography prior to surgery.

Fellows in Training
Advances in ACHD
August 11, 2015

Aug 11, 2015 | Jeremy Nicolarsen
Education

With vast improvements in fetal and neonatal diagnosis, surgical techniques and outcomes, and post-operative and long-term care, patients with complex congenital heart defects have been surviving to adulthood at increasing rates.1,2 Currently, there are not enough cardiologists with expertise in adult congenital heart disease (ACHD) to take care of this growing population of patients. To adequately prepare trainees for this task, the field of ACHD has recently undergone three important advances:

Fellows in Training
Exciting New Features Coming to the FIT Section!
July 30, 2015

July 30, 2015 | From the FIT Section
Education

Thank you for checking out this exciting new feature of the Fellows in Training Section! In the coming days you will be see “quick-read” articles from FITs in this space. These articles will be written with your busy lifestyles in mind and we encourage you to check back soon.