Task Force 10: Training in Preventive Cardiovascular Medicine

 In addition to discussing prevention-related issues relevant to individual patients seen on the inpatient services or in the outpatient clinics, dedicated lectures on Preventive Cardiovascular Medicine are provided to the fellows as a part of the core curriculum lecture series. These lectures cover cardiovascular (CV) genetics, clinical epidemiology and biostatistics, principles of clinical trials, principles of outcomes research, principles of clinical pharmacology, principles of behavior change and aspects of compliance, and principles of disease management and multidisciplinary system development. The specific content areas defined by the task force are hypertension, hyperlipidemia, thrombosis/hypercoagulable states, smoking cessation, cardiac rehabilitation, exercise physiology, nutrition, psychosocial and behavioral aspects of CV disease, metabolic disorders, gender and racial differences as related to CV disease, and population demographics as related to CV disease. Over a rotating two year period, the content areas outlined by this task force are addressed through the core curriculum conference series, review of current literature in the journal cub setting, state of the art review and controversial topics in the cardiology grand rounds lecture series. Both UIHC faculty and nationally/internationally renowned guest speakers provide an added dimension in discussing these topics with our trainees.