The mission of our program is to provide an academically and clinically rigorous training program to train physicians in Advanced Cardiovascular Imaging. In this program, we provide the physician with the clinical knowledge, procedural skills, clinical judgment, professionalism and interpersonal skills required as a multi-modality imaging specialist in cardiovascular diseases. This training will prepare our fellow to function not only as a highly competent cardiologist, but also as a subspecialist in Advanced CV Imaging.
The cardiology division offers one- and two-year fellowship programs in the Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology. However, preference is given to individuals interested in a two-year track that includes basic science and research. The majority of the EP cases are performed at the University of Minnesota Medical Center-Fairview, but fellows spend one-third of their clinical rotations at the VA Medical Center. We also have an active research program with an emphasis in the areas of syncope, LV-based pacing systems, investigational defibrillators, and drug-delivery systems. Basic science research has concentrated on cardiopulmonary resuscitation and AV-nodal physiology.
The Heart Failure fellowship consists of one year of clinical and research experience. Fellows spend 8-9 clinical months of experiential education in Advanced Congestive Heart Failure (a.k.a. "Cardiology II") and Cardiothoracic Surgery Services. Fellows will qualify for UNOS transplant physician certification, as well as meet the procedural requirements required by COCATS 3, Task Force 8: Training in Heart Failure. Dr. Rebecca Cogswell, the current Program Director is world-renowned for her work in heart failure.
The missions of our program are to train physicians in interventional cardiology and improve patient outcomes through innovation. The interventional program is an amalgamation of three inherently-different programs: one traditional university program, one high-volume private-institute program, and one VAMC program emphasizing approaches to complex atherosclerosis. By combining these entities, we hope to achieve the three goals of training: scholarship, innovation, and clinical experience.
Training for this program takes place primarily at the University of Minnesota Medical Center and VA Medical Center. In addition to Dr. Duprez, as Program Director, key faculty members within this program will include Jay Cohn, MD, Suma Konety, MD, and Alan K. Berger, MD. We anticipate that this training program would actively create educational collaborations with all the current cardiovascular subspecialty training programs.
Potential areas of practice for our graduates include directorship of a preventive cardiovascular medicine, hypertension clinic, lipid clinic; directorship of a cardiac rehabilitation program, directorship of a vascular medicine laboratory; investigative concentration in preventive cardiac clinical epidemiology and/or outcomes research; design and carry out clinical trials in cardiovascular disease prevention (primary, secondary and tertiary) phase II, III and IV; establishing new techniques in the early detection of cardiovascular disease.
The Advanced Interventional Cardiology Fellowship in Structural Heart Disease began in 2014. This one-year fellowship is designed for interventional cardiology fellows whose career focus is on catheter-based therapy for valvular and myocardial lesions. Dr. Ganesh Raveendran, Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Lab and Chief of Clinical Cardiology, is the Program Director. The training provides experience in the interventional and medical therapy of structural heart disease with a special focus on transcatheter valve therapeutics.