March 10th, 2013

Thinking about What Comes After Fellowship: Blogging from ACC.13

Several Cardiology Fellows who are attending ACC.13 in San Francisco this week are blogging for CardioExchange. The Fellows include Tariq AhmadMegan CoylewrightJeremiah DeptaKumar Dharmarajan Payal Kohli, and  Sandeep Mangalmurti. View the previous post here and the next one here. 

In the current market, it is challenging to know how best to proceed once it is time for the next big transition…finding a good fit in your first faculty job. Many academic settings are busy acquiring the local private practice, leaving hospital systems with a surplus of cardiologists and much work to do in restructuring their practices.

As an interventionalist, this is further compounded by falling reimbursement rates and declines in coronary procedures. Where will the field of structural interventions take us? TAVR is a piece of this, but those of us training in left atrium work (laa occlusion, perileak closure, mitral interventions) have an eye on trials like PREVAIL…the story is certainly complex.

One benefit of the large meetings is using the opportunity to meet with leaders at other institutions to begin the long job search. Lunches, informal meetings outside lecture halls, and formal dinners serve as early job interviews, with helpful connections from former friends and mentors from residency and fellowship…it really is about the connections we’ve made along the way, helping to shape our futures.

What connections hav you made at the meeting?.

For more of our ACC.13 coverage of late-breaking clinical trials, interviews with the authors of the most important research, and blogs from our fellows on the most interesting presentations at the meeting, check out our Coverage Headquarters.

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