Situated in central Connecticut, the UConn Cardiology Program is a three-year, ACGME-approved academic fellowship training program that leads to board eligibility in cardiovascular disease. The training takes place largely at UConn John Dempsey Hospital and Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.
Program applicants are selected through the Cardiology Matching Program after three years of training in internal medicine. Fellows are accepted for three years of training, but continuation in the program is contingent upon satisfactory academic performance. The program accepts three new trainees per year for a total program size of nine fellows.
The fellowship program is structured to provide extensive training in every major discipline of non-invasive and invasive cardiology, cardiologic patient care, and clinical research. Fellows will become highly skilled in all cardiac diagnostic procedures including, but not limited to, stress testing, nuclear cardiology studies, trans-thoracic echocardiograms, trans-esophageal echocardiograms, and stress echo. All fellows graduate with level 2 training in nuclear cardiology and echocardiography. Fellows have ample opportunities to learn vascular medicine and become eligible to sit for the Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation exam. Each fellow will be assigned a research mentor starting their first year. They are expected to complete a research project during their tenure with us.
The first two years are largely devoted to core rotations in clinical cardiology, cardiac imaging, interventional cardiology and electrophysiology. Protected time for research is provided. Weekly didactic sessions, monthly journal clubs, cardiovascular ground rounds, and Citywide clinical conferences cover broad topics in cardiology.
Each fellow has a one-half day per week continuity experience at a participating facility with responsibility for the outpatient management of a group of assigned patients for the duration of the fellowship.
In the third year, opportunities are provided for electives in focused areas of cardiology. The third year provides an opportunity for concentration in the area of a fellow’s special clinical interest, which may include interventional cardiology, electrophysiology, cardiac imaging, and/or clinical research.