March 28th, 2014

Changing My Priorities for ACC.14

Several Cardiology fellows who are attending ACC.14 in Washington, D.C. this week are blogging for CardioExchange. The fellows include Kumar Dharmarajan, Seth Martin, and Saurav Chatterjee. For more of our ACC.14 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 ACC.14 Headquarters.

I just reviewed the meeting itinerary on my way to D.C., and to my surprise, gravitated not towards the late breakers or quality of care and outcomes research-related sessions as I have in the past, but to talks sounding like textbook chapters or journal reviews: “Approaches to the Management of Pulmonary Hypertension”; “Prosthetic Valve Complications”; “Under-recognized and Challenging Cardiomyopathies”; “State of the Art for Secondary and Resistant Hypertension”; and so on.

No doubt initially confused, I now realize that with my time in fellowship rapidly dwindling, I have an increasing urge to consolidate my knowledge. I just had a baby girl and cannot help wondering, “Is this the career equivalent of nesting for my next life as a general cardiology attending?”

Are other graduating fellows feeling similarly?

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