Clinical Rotations

Clinical rotations are arranged in 2 week blocks. Clinical time is divided between the inpatient service, the echocardiography lab, and the catheterization lab. Over the 3 year fellowship, fellows will spend approximately 4 months in the echocardiography lab, 6 months in the cath lab, and 7 months on the inpatient service. There are 6-7 additional months of elective time that can be used to pursue clinical or research interests. General duties during each clinical block are listed below.



Clinical Service


  • Daily rounds on all patients on the Pediatric Cardiology service
  • Combined daily rounds on post-operative patients with the PICU and surgical teams
  • Perform consults through the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital as needed
  • Weeknight home call
  • Assist with resident and medical student education
  • First call for all phone consults or patient questions

Catheterization lab/electrophysiology Service



  • Assist with all cardiac catheterization performed during this rotation
  • Assist with all EP procedures performed during this rotation
  • Weeknight home call one night per week




  • First year fellows learn to perform and interpret transthoracic echocardiograms
  • Second and third year fellows learn advanced echo techniques and learn fetal and transesophageal echocardiograms
  • No weeknight call

Cardiac Intensive Care Unit



  • Four total 2 week blocks distributed in first and second year
  • Integrated into the ICU team and assigned cardiac patients
  • Increasing responsibility based on experience, interest, and comfort
  • Occasional night call based on surgical schedule




  • Fellows can elect to spend time in the following areas depending upon interest and career goals. A total of 6-7 months of elective time is available
  • Electrophysiology
  • Interventional cardiac catheterization
  • Echocardiography (transthoracic, transesophageal, fetal)
  • Cardiac MRI
  • Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
  • Cardiothoracic surgery
  • Research