General Fellowship Responsibilities

Responsibilities specific to individual rotations are described in each rotation’s curriculum. General responsibilities that apply to the daily performance of fellowship duties will be listed here.

  1. In general, daily work hours are from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday. Obviously, work hours will vary based on the required duties of each rotation. Fellows on inpatient services with early morning rounds will need to arrive at a time that allows adequate preparation for rounds. Fellows on procedure rotations are expected to arrive in time to evaluate the patient prior to starting the planned procedure.
  2. Fellows will provide timely, safe, and effective care for all patients he/she is responsible for.
  3. Fellows will document all patient care in the medical record in a timely fashion.
  4. Fellows will attend scheduled cardiology teaching conferences and sign in on the attendance sheet.
  5. Fellows will review each rotation’s curriculum with the attending at the beginning of the month and strive to achieve the outlined goals and objectives.
  6. Fellows will keep an accurate and up-to-date procedure log. This log will be reviewed at each 6 month evaluation with the program director.
  7. Fellows will review the call schedule and perform all call duties as scheduled. If fellows switch call, the page operator must be notified.
  8. Fellows are expected to carry their pagers at all times while on duty and to respond to pages in a timely fashion.
  9. Fellows are expected to supervise and teach all house staff members on his/her team.
  10. Fellows are expected to communicate with the attending physician, house staff members of the team, the patient, and family members as frequently as is necessary to facilitate excellent patient care. This includes discussing urgent issues that arise on call with the on-call attending.
  11. Fellows will check out all critically ill patients, pending test results, and other pertinent information to the on-call fellow prior to leaving for the day.
  12. Fellows will comply with the program’s duty hour guidelines and report any problems with compliance to the program director. This includes not exceeding duty hours due to excessive moonlighting.
  13. Fellows will notify the Chief Fellow of any unplanned absence in order to ensure that continuity clinics are cancelled and rescheduled appropriately and that rotation/call duties are covered. Coverage for scheduled vacation and conferences is pre-arranged at the beginning of the year.
  14. Fellows will conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times and will treat all others, including colleagues, faculty, residents, medical students, ancillary staff, referring health care providers, and patients and their families, with the utmost respect.
  15. Fellows will develop a personal self-study program that is guided by the fellowship curriculum.
  16. Fellows will adhere to all University of Iowa GME-related policies.
  17. Fellows will adhere to all UIHC and VAMC institutional policies.
  18. Fellows will complete all rotation, faculty, and program evaluations in an honest, constructive, and timely fashion.
  19. Fellows will comply with the licensure requirements of the State of Iowa.
  20. Fellows will comply with all state and federal laws governing the practice of medicine.
  21. Fellows will abide by the institutional order writing policy.