Year 1

Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory

While you are in the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, you will: Perform at least 250 catheterization procedures as primary operator

  • Gain knowledge of clinically-relevant coronary physiology
  • Evaluate patients prior to catheterization procedures and select appropriate intervention techniques
  • Gain experience in cardiovascular hemodynamics with assessment of congenital, myocardial, valvular and coronary artery diseases
  • Gain experience in coronary angiography and right-heart catheterization
  • Interpret hemodynamic data
  • Participate in a research project

The staff at the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory perform more than 6,000 procedures each year. Clinical practice and research are at the forefront of interventional cardiology, including techniques such as atherectomy, laser angioplasty, stent placement and valvuloplasty.

Echocardiography Laboratory

During this rotation, you will perform echocardiographic examinations on at least 250 patients and attend several weekly conferences to review basic and advanced echocardiography-related topics.

The Echocardiography Laboratory performs 25,000 examinations annually, including approximately 1,700 transesophageal echocardiograms and 2,000 exercise and pharmacologic stress echocardiograms.

Electrophysiology Service

During the one-month electrophysiology rotation, you will:

  • Assist the medical staff with managing patients' rhythm disturbances
  • Complete electrophysiology consultations on hospitalized patients
  • Interpret data collected during studies
  • Learn techniques of right-heart catheterization and catheter manipulation as they apply to electrophysiology
  • Learn the indications for electrophysiological studies
  • Practice various approaches for managing a wide variety of rhythm disturbances
  • Be encouraged to participate in a clinical research project

Electrophysiology service physicians perform invasive electrophysiological studies and catheter ablation procedures in two fully dedicated laboratories at Fairview Hospital. They also participate in endocardial and epicardial mapping during surgical procedures, and assist with the placement of implantable cardioverter defibrillators. More than 1,300 diagnostic and therapeutic electrophysiology procedures are performed annually.

Nuclear Cardiology Laboratory

During this one month rotation, you will:

  • Develop a basic understanding of the techniques used to determine ejection fraction
  • Learn how to assess regional wall motion and estimate ventricular volume
  • Learn how to safely conduct exercise tests and interpret exercise electrocardiograms
  • Interpret radionuclide angiography, thallium scintigraphy and sestamibi studies
  • Participate in regular reading sessions with a nuclear cardiologist
  • Present one or more conferences that focus on unusual clinical cases

The University of Minnesota's Clinical Nuclear Cardiology Laboratory performs approximately 4,000 studies each year.