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Fellowship: Teaching Venues

University of Illinois at Chicago Hospital
The University of Illinois at Chicago Hospital is a ~500 bed institution that is fully equipped to provide state-of-the-art tertiary cardiac care. Clinical resources in cardiology include a 10 bed CCU and a 25 bed step-down unit. There are three modern cath labs, one of which is specifically designed for and dedicated to electrophysiology studies. The labs perform ~1400 procedures annually, including all contemporary interventional and electrophysiologic procedures, including coronary and peripheral vascular intervention, IVUS, intracardiac echo, catheter based ablation, AICD and bi-ventricular pacemaker implantation. The non-invasive lab is fully digital and performs all non-invasive procedures, including stress and pharmacologic nuclear and echo studies, TEE, second harmonic imaging, Tissue Doppler and microbubble studies. There is an Imatron UF CT scanner within the Division and a 3T MRI scanner, equipped to do both static and spectroscopic imaging of the heart. The University has acquired a 64 slice CT scanner, for dedicated use to perform cardiac CT and CT angiography, and will begin operation in June 2007.

UIC Research Laboratories
The cardiovascular research program is a rapidly expanding program in basic molecular and cellular research. The program includes an NIH sponsored training grant and there are several excellent laboratories available to trainees, including those with a bias towards molecular physiology, channel behavior, and whole organ physiology. Applicants who are interested in this program should indicate this at the time of their application and arrangements can be made for them to meet some of the relevant basic scientists. The university has begun a new translational research initiative designed to capitalize on the strong basic science and clinical programs at UIC.

Jesse Brown Veterans Administration Hospital
The Jesse Brown VA Hospital is physically adjacent to the University Hospital and provides an alternative practice environment that places a more substantial emphasis on primary cardiology practice. The hospital has ~500 beds and also encompasses a very busy clinical program. There is a fully equipped CCU, as well as a cath and echo lab within the VA. All fellows spend several months on service at the VA, including CCU / consults, cath lab, nuclear and echocardiography. First year fellow also see patients in the outpatient clinics. A new VA hospital is currently being constructed immediately adjacent to the existing facility.

Christ Medical Center
The UIC cardiology program is closely affiliated with Christ Medical Center, which is a large community based hospital in the southwestern suburbs of Chicago, located 12 miles from the UIC campus. Christ currently has the largest clinical cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery programs in the State of Illinois. In addition, the Children's Heart Hospital at Christ is world-renowned. In recent years, the Christ cardiology program has been the market leader not only in clinical volumes but also in patient satisfaction. The UIC cardiology affiliation with this institution allows trainees to participate in a very high quality, high volume clinical program that emphasizes contemporary clinical cardiology practice in a community-based setting. The academic leadership at Christ Medical Center is extremely strong. The fellowship programs at UIC and Christ Medical Center formally merged into a single program in July, 2001.

Cardiovascular Teaching Center
The Cardiovascular Teaching Center is a state-of-the-art teaching and learning center. The focal point in the Cardiovascular Teaching Center is Harvey, a Cardiology Patient Simulator (CPS). Harvey is a life size manikin named after W. Proctor Harvey, Emeritus Professor of Medicine and a world recognized master cardiovascular clinician. Harvey is able to simulate twenty-seven different cardiovascular diseases. Variations in blood pressure, jugular venous pulses, carotid pulses, peripheral arterial pulses, and precordial evaluation may be assessed. Additionally cardiac auscultation in the four primary auscultatory areas using infrared sound systems may be conducted. Various normal and abnormal cardiovascular findings which vary with respiration may also be simulated. Available with each cardiovascular disease is a complete 35mm slide series instructing the learner in various aspects of the cardiovascular examination. The teaching center houses two Harvey Mannequins.

The programs available include:

The Cardiovascular Teaching Center also houses five computer assisted instruction (CAI) units. Each CAI unit uses laser disc and Bernoulli drive technology to simulate the normal cardiovascular physical exam and various common cardiac diseases. The CAI programs were written by a consortium of cardiologists at the University of Miami including physicians from the University of Illinois. The Consortium includes clincal cardiologists from: Emory, Mayo, University of Arizona, University of Miami, University of Illinois, and University of Iowa. Each CAI program is learner interactive. Upon completion of each program of instruction the learner can compare their results with learners from other institutions at similar levels of education.

The CAI programs available include the following:

The Cardiovascular Teaching Center also houses a Heart Sound Simulator (HSS). The HSS is able to simulate over 300 cardiac sounds and murmurs. Additionally over 200 actual patient heart sounds and murmurs may be heard. Each of the heart sounds and murmurs may be graphically displayed along with the EKG allowing the learner to appreciate the timing during the cardiac cycle when these events occur.

The Cardiovascular Teaching Center also has a library of videotapes, CD-rom programs, and audiotapes relating to various aspects of the cardiovascular physical examination. Among the CD-ROM programs include the Big-12. The Big-12 program reviews 12 common heart sounds necessary for every clinician to master. The program reviews the 12 heart sounds from physiological, clinical and hemodynamic perspectives.