Situated in the Hartford suburbs in central Connecticut, the UConn Interventional Cardiology Program is a one-year, ACGME-approved academic fellowship training program that leads to board eligibility in interventional cardiology. The training takes place at UConn John Dempsey Hospital.
Candidates must be completing or have completed an accredited fellowship in general cardiology. Fellows are accepted for one year of training, which is contingent upon satisfactory academic performance. The program accepts one new trainee per year.
The one-year fellowship provides training in standard and complex coronary interventions, advanced techniques including rotational atherectomy, and in intravascular ultrasound. There is a substantial emphasis on radial access. In addition, the fellowship will include significant experience in peripheral vascular interventions, vascular medicine training, non-invasive vascular imaging and clinical trial experience.
Experience in peripheral interventions will make up a portion of the experience. In the catheterization laboratory the fellow will have an on-going procedural experience. In the outpatient setting the trainee will be involved in consultations, and non-invasive imaging. In addition, the Vascular Surgery/Interventional Radiology team is willing to have the trainee participate in procedures and outpatient clinics and this will be done on a rotating schedule depending on trainee interest. The volume of experience in the catheterization laboratory alone is increasing and at present includes approximately 75 procedures/year including renal, subclavian, and lower extremity interventions.
The interventional fellow will also have protected time for research, weekly didactic sessions, monthly journal clubs, cardiovascular ground rounds, and citywide clinical conferences.
Each fellow will have outpatient experience that centers on preprocedure and postprocedure management.
There is an active research program in interventional cardiology, and it is expected that the fellow will have involvement in these projects. Opportunities to pursue self-initiated projects also exist. Skills developed in the research arena are designed to allow the trainee to act as an independent principal site investigator upon graduation.