Should There be a Hybrid Training Model For SHD?
Adopting a hybrid attending-fellow-in-training (AFIT) training model may offer a solution to funding an additional year of training for structural heart disease (SHD) trainees, while also allowing them to act as part-time interventional cardiology attendings, according to a Fellows in Training/Early Career column published Feb. 12 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Abdul Moiz Haﬁz, MD, FACC, and Marie-France Poulin, MD, FACC, discuss the lack of standardized curriculum for SHD fellowship programs and the difficulties to attain secure funding as programs are not accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. To resolve this issue, the authors suggest using an AFIT model, allowing clinical time to be divided into two major categories: SHD fellowship training and interventional cardiology attending responsibilities. This model aims to prepare fellows for both academic and private practices, and allow trainees to maintain and improve their other cardiovascular medicine skills. Read more on ACC.org.