Patient Care

Fellows must be able to provide patient care that is compassionate, appropriate, and effective in the treatment of health problems and the promotion of health.

  1. Fellows will demonstrate the ability to take a history relevant to cardiovascular diseases and perform a directed cardiovascular physical examination in an adult patient population that includes both men and women and is ethnically diverse. Patient encounters will occur in both the inpatient and outpatient setting, including all cardiac procedure laboratories.
  2. Fellows will demonstrate the ability to judiciously order diagnostic tests that are clinically appropriate and cost effective.
  3. Fellows will demonstrate the ability to safely perform all invasive diagnostic tests for which they seek certification. In addition to procedure performance, fellows will be expected to demonstrate knowledge of appropriate indications, contraindications, and post-procedure complications specific to each cardiac procedure.
  4. Fellows will demonstrate the ability to accurately interpret the results of all invasive and non-invasive diagnostic tests and procedures for which they seek certification.
  5. Fellows will demonstrate the ability to integrate all social aspects of patient care, including gender sensitivity, cultural diversity, and economic issues.
  6. Fellows will demonstrate the ability to provide appropriate follow-up care in both the inpatient and outpatient setting.
  7. Fellows will demonstrate the ability to synthesize all history, physical examination, and diagnostic testing information into a well-thought out logical plan of care that is documented in a clearly organized consult or note.
  8. Fellows will demonstrate the ability to triage and manage critically ill patients in the on-call setting.
  9. Fellows will demonstrate the ability to be patient advocates by utilizing hospital resources, such as social work, consult services, pharmacy services, etc, to help facilitate the best possible patient care.
  10. The above elements will be evaluated by direct observation and interaction with the cardiology faculty.

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