CV Fellowship Director Program

Welcome to the CV Fellowship Director Program: Essential Knowledge for Program Directors & Associate Program Directors!

In this course, we will address the essential knowledge and skills needed to ensure success for program and associate training program directors on-the-job, with a focus on: Accreditation, Recruitment and Match, Curriculum Development, Management skills, and Assessment/Evaluation.

This course is an asynchronous, online-only educational initiative. Participants may connect with colleagues and ask/answer questions in the community forum below, and will have access to additional resources (guidelines, job aids, etc.) in each course section.

Accreditation Pt. 1

Participants will review ACGME process and procedures, including Accreditation, Common Program Requirements and Subspecialty Requirements.

What you’ll learn:

  • The ACGME Accreditation Process
  • ACGME Common Program Requirements
  • ACGME Subspecialty Program Requirements

Additional Resources:

Coming soon: Videos

Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)

Common Program Requirements Web page

The Program Director's Virtual handbook

Accreditation Pt. 2

Participants will review components of Accreditation, including PEC and CCC, self-study, scholarly activity and QI Fellowship requirements.

What you’ll learn:

  • PEC and CCC Structure
  • Scholarly activity and QI Fellows requirements
  • The Self-Study Process

Additional Resources:

Coming soon: Videos

National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) Website

Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) Website

Participants will review and apply NRMP and ERAS processes, definitions and rules to recruitment and match efforts.

What you’ll learn:

  • NRMP and ERAS Process, Definition and Rules
  • Recruitment Logistics
  • Interviews: Issues and Techniques

Additional Resources:

Coming soon: Videos

Coming soon: Visa Overview and Resources

Participants will review the advantages of using the logic model and curriculum map in curriculum development and explain how to develop curriculums around COCAT recommendations.

What you’ll learn:

  • Basics of Curriculum Development
  • COCAT Curriculum Recommendations: Identification and Application
  • Curriculum Innovation Strategies

Additional Resources:

Coming soon: Videos

Coming soon:The Top 5 Adult Learning Principles

Participants will review how to work with underperformance in learners and faculty, as well as explore the process of remediation. What you’ll learn:

What you’ll learn:

  • Conflict Resolutions Strategies for Learners
  • Conflict Resolution Strategies for Faculty
  • The Process of Remediation

Additional Resources:

Coming soon: Videos

CV Fellows and Program Coordinators: Working Together

Time Management, Delegation and Succession Planning

Participants will review competency-based education, assessment and evaluation, and will apply assessment aids, such as the ACC milestone mapping tools.

What you’ll learn:

  • Assessment vs. Evaluation
  • Effective Feedback Strategies
  • Competency-Based Education

Additional Resources:

Coming soon: Videos

Coming soon: The Training Program Toolkit

Additional Information and FAQs

Planning Committee Members

  • Dr. Kathryn L. Berlacher, MD, FACC, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
  • Dr. Julie B. Damp, MD, FACC, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Dr. Chittur A. Sivaram, MBBS, FACC, David Ross Boyd Professor and Vice Chief of Cardiovascular Section

Accreditation Pt. 1 - Subject Matter Experts

  • Dr. James A. Arrighi, MD, FACC
  • Dr. Donna M. Polk, MD, MPH, FACC

Accreditation Pt. 2 – Subject Matter Experts

  • Dr. Srinath Adusumalli, MD
  • Dr. Joshua E. Levenson, MD
  • Dr. Lisa A. Mendes, MD, FACC
  • Dr. Melanie S. Sulistio, MD, FACC
  • Dr. Victor Soukoulis, MD, FACC

Recruitment and Match

  • Dr. Gaby Weissman, MD, FACC
  • Dr. Chittur A. Sivaram, MBBS, FACC

Curriculum Development

  • Dr. Alex J. Auseon, DO, FACC
  • Dr. Kathryn L. Berlacher, MD, FACC

Management Skills

  • Dr. Alison Bailey, MD, FACC
  • Dr. Jonathan R. Enriquez, MD, FACC
  • Dr. Glenn Hirsch, MD, MHS, FACC
  • Dr. John A. McPherson, MD, FACC
  • Dr. Jeanette Wheeler, CVT

Assessment and Evaluation

  • Dr. Lorrel E. Brown, MD, FACC
  • Dr. Julie B. Damp, MD, FACC
  • Dr. Sanjeev A. Francis, MD, FACC
  • Dr. Sandhya Venugopal, MD, FACC

This activity is intended for new and associate training program directors as well as program coordinators and other interested practitioners.

Learner Objectives:

Upon completion of one or more activities proposed, learners should be able to:

  1. Identify ACGME Accreditation process requirements, Common Program requirements, and Subspecialty Program requirements as well as differentiate between them.
  2. Identify components of the self-study process, identify requirements of scholarly activity and QI, and identify and differentiate between PEC and CCC structure.
  3. Identify NRMP and ERAS processes, definitions, and rules and apply them to recruitment and match efforts, as well as choose opportunities to increase diversity in recruitment.
  4. Identify the advantages of using the logic model and curriculum map in curriculum development, reflect on curriculum innovation strategies, and develop curriculums based around COCAT recommendations.
  5. Choose conflict resolution and remediation strategies that address arising situations in the workplace including but not limited to: professionalism, effective communication, personal responsibility and patient safety.
  6. Differentiate between assessment and evaluation, describe competency-based education, and apply assessment aids, such as the ACC milestone mapping tools, to assessment, evaluation, and conducting the ‘signing off’ process.

Each course section activity can be accessed through the ‘Start Now’ button in the section, and each completed course section is worth 1.0 CME.

Each course section activity can be accessed through the ‘Start Now’ button in the section or can be accessed directly from the ACC online learning catalog. Each course sections consists of three parts.



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