The Fellowship in Cardiovascular Medicine at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center is an integrated, multidisciplinary program that provides a unique exposure to the state-of the art in contemporary cardiovascular training. The Program imparts the knowledge and experience necessary to allow each fellow to become a competent cardiovascular specialist, with the opportunity to obtain expertise in one or more cardiovascular subspecialties. Each fellow rotates through a series of services that provide the backbone of training and supervised experience in the evaluation and management of a wide variety of patients with acute and chronic cardiovascular conditions including coronary heart disease, congestive heart failure, arrhythmias, acute myocardial infarction and other acute ischemic syndromes, lipid disorders, hypertension, cardiomyopathy, valvular heart disease, pulmonary heart disease, peripheral vascular disease, infections and inflammatory heart disease, and adult congenital heart disease. The training and experience is at a sufficient level for the fellow to acquire the competency of a specialist in the field of Cardiovascular Medicine. In addition, fellows have the opportunity for dedicated clinical or laboratory research.
Facilities and Resources
The primary training site, St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center is a modern facility where the vast majority of the educational program is accomplished. The facility include inpatient, ambulatory care, and clinical and research laboratory resources. There are state of the art cardiac catheterization laboratories for cardiac hemodynamics, angiography, percutaneous coronary and other interventions; cardiac electrophysiology and pacing laboratories for invasive and non-invasive electrophysiologic studies and implantation of anti-arrhythmia devices; and specific laboratories that provide resources for electrocardiography, ambulatory electrocardiographic recording, exercise testing, echocardiography (including stress and transesophageal studies), and radionuclide techniques. Other hospital resources include facilities for assessment of peripheral vascular disease and pulmonary physiology. Critical care units include a cardiac care unit, medical intensive care unit and a cardiac surgery intensive care unit. There is an active cardiac surgery program at the primary training site. The patient database is computerized. Fellows have ample private space and computer work stations to access, analyze and input pertinent patient data. A well-stocked medical library that can be accessed round the clock exists at the premises. Fellows also have access to on-line journal databases at the Tufts University School of Medicine Health Sciences Library. On-call sleeping quarters are provided along with an exercise and recreational area. To obtain necessary exposure to congenital heart diseases fellows rotate with Dr. Richard R. Liberthson at the Massachusetts General Hospital.