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June 16th, 2011

Advice for New Cardiology Fellows — Part 1: The Learning Curve

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With July just around the corner and a new generation of cardiologists about to start their training, the CardioExchange editors have asked the fellowship moderators to share their advice about how to face this exciting new challenge. We bring you that advice in a three-part series through the end of June. Part 1 focuses on […]


March 18th, 2011

Cardiology Training Around the World — A Survey

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A few months ago, we started a discussion on the Fellowship Training blog at CardioExchange about the differences in cardiology training around the world. Because the response we received was so enthusiastic, we decided to learn more about how different countries train their cardiologists. We have now created a short survey that we would like […]


December 3rd, 2010

When the Hunter Becomes the Hunted

One of the joys of running a fellowship program is watching Fellows mature and complete their training. The end of this process, of course, is the beginning of one’s professional career. For many of you Fellows, as you finish your training, you will be recruited as never before. For the first time in your career, people […]


October 14th, 2010

Want to Blog with Other Fellows at the AHA?

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CardioExchange is looking for a few cardiology fellows who are planning to attend the AHA meeting on November 13-17 to blog at the meeting. If you’re interested, drop us a line. Let us know the dates that you plan to be at the meeting and any subspecialty or research interest that you might have. The only […]


August 25th, 2010

Is There a Generation Gap in Cardiology?

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A brief posting in the Wall Street Journal Health Blog on the clash of generations in the medical workplace recently caught our attention. The Blog summarizes a commentary by Sharon Phelan in Obstetrics & Gynecology, which  posits that “different attitudes about work and life held by members of different generations can create tensions and clashes in the […]


August 19th, 2010

Responding to the Nay-Saying Patient

We (both faculty and fellows) have all had patients request that fellows or residents not be involved in their care, as Dr. Wes Fisher so nicely describes in his recent post.  But how can we respond to the patient’s request? And, how far do we take it? Should the patient have the prerogative to insist on this — but […]


July 28th, 2010

The Joys of Teaching

I enjoy my job as a fellowship director for many reasons. One of the best is the excitement I get to share each year on the new fellows’ first day: The enthusiasm that a fresh group of trainees brings into a program is magical. The regular infusion of new blood into training programs distinguishes academic […]


June 28th, 2010

Duty Hours Redux

Most of us agree that the limits put on duty hours for physicians-in-training in 2003 were only a partial success. Now, the ACGME Task Force on Quality Care and Professionalism has posted Proposed Standards, which again attempt to improve the working conditions and learning environment for physicians-in-training plus the safety of patients. The proposed standards don’t alter […]


April 27th, 2010

What are we testing for?

I recently had to register to recertify for my echo boards and it got me thinking more about board exams, review courses and such.  What is it about exams?  Just what are we testing?  Is it basic knowledge, competency, advanced knowledge?  In addition, what do we expect our fellows to know as they take exams?  This is also an […]


March 16th, 2010

Follow Along with Your Colleagues at the ACC, Day 3

See previous posts (ACC Day 1 and Day 2) Several Fellows in Cardiology who are attending this week’s ACC meeting are blogging together right here. The Fellows include Shane LaRue, Justin Bachmann, Nihar Desai, Shanti Bansal, and Hansie Mathelier. Check back often to learn about the biggest buzz at the ACC — whether it’s a poster, […]