Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine’s Interventional Cardiology training program is a 1 year ACGME accredited program within the division of cardiology beginning July 1 and ending June 30 of each year. Twelve months are devoted entirely for inpatient and outpatient clinical experiences. There are a total of 2 ACGME approved positions in our program.
Our catheterization laboratory averages about 1200 interventional procedures each year. Fellows participate in pre-procedural planning, including the indications for the procedure and the selection of the appropriate procedure or instruments as well as perform the critical technical manipulations of the procedure.
Specifically, our fellows achieve exposure and competency in the following areas:
· Percutaneous Coronary Intervention
· Radial Artery Access Angiography and PCI
· Adult Congenital Heart Disease including Percutaneous ASD, PFO, PDA and VSD closures
· Intravascular Ultrasound (IVUS) and Fractional Flow Reserve (FFR)
· Adjunctive PCI techniques, including rotational atherectomy and thrombectomy systems
· Percutaneous Ventricular Assist Device implantation
· Percutaneous Valvular Intervention, including Balloon Aortic, Mitral and Pulmonic Valvuloplasty
· Peripheral Artery Intervention, including Renal Artery Intervention
· Endomyocardial Biopsy
· IVC filter placement and retrieval
· Transcatheter Valve Implantation
The Division of Cardiology has a weekly clinical and research conference. The interventional cardiology fellow is expected to present clinical cases and recent literature.
Qualifications for Interventional Cardiology Fellowship
Applicants must be currently enrolled in or have completed an ACGME-accredited general Cardiology fellowship in order to apply. Further qualifications for the interventional cardiology fellowship are reflected in the Core Cardiology Training and Adult Cardiovascular Medicine Document (COCATS). Fellows will require level 2 certification during their general cardiology fellowship. Level 3 is designed for trainees who receive both diagnostic and interventional cardiac catheterization training. The fellows will have completed a minimum of 8 months over a 3 year period in the cardiac catheterization laboratory including participation in performance of a minimum if 300 diagnostic cardiac catheterizations. Fellows should be board eligible for cardiovascular disease and secure full medical licensure in the state of Illinois prior to starting their interventional cardiology fellowship training. If applicable, applicants must possess a valid visa and ECFMG certification.
Level 3 training is performed exclusively during the 4th year. During this time, the trainee will participate in at least 250 interventional procedures. The cumulative training will be 20 months.
We accept applications via ERAS only. In order to be considered for our 2015 IC Fellowship class, candidates must have the following documents available to us for download from ERAS by December 1, 2013 with a submission dealine of January 15, 2014:
· Curriculum Vitae
· Three Letters of Recommendation (one must be written by your Cardiovascular Disease Program Director)
· A Personal Statement
Program Director: Charles Davidson, MD
Program Coordinator: Yolanda Steppes
676 N. St. Clair, Suite 600
Chicago, IL 60611