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Fellowship: Conferences

The section is fully dedicated to the education and training of the fellows and this is reflected in the amount of scheduled conferences. The Section of Cardiology at University of Illinois has a fully accredited Cardiology Fellowship Training Program. This program is a vital and integral part of the day to day running of the section. The section is fully dedicated to the education and training of the fellows and this is reflected in the amount of scheduled conferences. Time for attendance to these conferences are protected, therefore all fellows (except the CCU fellow) can and are expected to be present.

Didactic Activities
As in any academic program, there are a large number of formal and informal teaching activities. There is also a program of instruction for all clinical fellows within the department of medicine that includes topics such as bioepidemiology, statistics and medical ethics. However, within the Section of Cardiology, there are weekly conferences which, when viewed in their entirety, comprise a complete program of instruction in cardiovascular disease.

Conference Calendar


Weekly Conference Schedule

Monday
Noon: Cardiology Grand Rounds
1:00 PM: Nuclear Reading

Tuesday
7:30 AM: Clinical Conference
Noon: Imaging Conference (Nuclear/CT/MR or Echo)
4:30 PM: Cath Conference

Wednesday
Noon: Imaging Conference (Nuclear/CT/MR or Echo)

Thursday
Noon: Core Curriculum

Friday
7:30 AM: Journal Club / Statistics / Physical Exam (alternating)
Noon: Board Review / EP or ECG

Basic Science Conference
These are lectures given by the basic science faculty covering the major topics in the basic sciences.

Board Review Conference
Questions are reviewed from the ACCSAP board review series.

Integrated Cardiology and CT Surgery Conference
This conference serves as a forum for discussion of patients with complex cardiac disease. It is attended by both the Cardiology and Cardiothoracic surgical staff. Cases range from complex coronary artery disease to congenital heart disease. Interesting interventional cardiology cases are also presented.

Cardiac CT / MR Conference
Lectures are given covering the major topics in cardiac imaging. In addition, interesting clinical cases will be reviewed.

Clinical Conference
Discussion revolves around cases that have been cared for by the presenting fellow either in the inpatient or outpatient setting. Discussion will be moderated by an attending physician, and all aspects of the case will be analyzed, with a special emphasis being placed on appropriate diagnostic evaluation and guideline recommended treatments. The fellow will conclude the conference with a brief PowerPoint display emphasizing the major teaching points of the case.

Core Curriculum
This conference series covers all the major topics in clinical cardiology. The series is repeated every 18 months.

ECG / Electrophysiology Conference
ECG interpretation is covered from the basic to interpretation of complex arrhythmias. In addition, lectures are given covering the major topics in electrophysiology.

Echo Conference
Lectures are given covering the major topics in echocardiography. In addition, interesting echo cases will be reviewed, with a discussion facilitated by an echo attending.

Grand Rounds
These are assigned to the Cardiology Faculty who are expected to present the latest developments in their topics of choice or area of interest. This is also a venue for inviting distinguished outside speakers to come in and present their areas of research and interest. A wide range of topics are presented, from basic research to the latest in clinical trials.

How To” Lecture Series
This conference series occurs during the months of July and August. The lectures are geared toward providing the first year fellows. Special emphasis is placed on what the fellow will need to know when on call.

Journal Club
A fellow and faculty are assigned for each session and they are responsible for choosing an interesting article. The article is briefly summarized and a discussion of its strong points and limitation ensues.

Nuclear Conference
Lectures are given covering the major topics in nuclear cardiology. In addition, interesting nuclear cases will be reviewed, with a discussion facilitated by a nuclear cardiology attending.

Statistics Conference
Lectures given by Dr. Shroff, MD, MPH, covering the major topics in statistics and clinical epidemiology.