Graduate Medical Education

Residency programs

Internal Medicine

Program Director:
Eric J. Warm, MD
eric.warm@uc.edu

Program Manager:
Joan Strittholt
joan.strittholt@uc.edu

Fellowships

In addition to training medical students and residents, the Division of Cardiovascular Diseases offers three fellowship programs:

  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • Interventional cardiology
  • Clinical cardiac electrophysiology.

Cardiovascular Disease Fellowship

The cardiovascular diseases fellowship is a three-year program designed to train both clinical and academic cardiologists. The Cardiovascular Diseases Fellowship prepares cardiologists to be fully capable of meeting the current and future needs of the clinical and academic cardiology communities.

The program strives to produce well-rounded clinical cardiologists who provide excellent and compassionate patient care and who have a strong desire for life-long learning. An equally important goal is to produce academic cardiologists who conduct active clinical and basic scientific research with the highest of ethical standards.

The fellowship curriculum is designed to provide a broad clinical exposure in acute and chronic cardiovascular care occurring in the inpatient and outpatient settings, as well as extensive experience in non-invasive and invasive cardiac procedures. Every effort will be made to afford fellows interested in clinical or basic research the support needed to begin a successful investigative career. The curriculum is also designed to promote a culture of evidence-based medicine, teach critical thinking and analysis, and to train fellows to be educators for the community, patients and other fellows.

Our program consistently graduates cardiologists who are successful at every level – from private practitioner to university-based academic researcher.

Program Director:
Andrew Burger, MD
andrew.burger@uc.edu

Program Manager:
Eva Meunier
eva.meunier@uc.edu

Interventional Cardiology

Conducted in compliance with the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education program requirements, the interventional cardiology fellowship is a one-year program that provides extensive technical experience in the performance of all interventional and diagnostic cardiovascular procedures. It also provides broad clinical experience in the care of interventional patients.

Fellows are expected to pursue additional relevant reading and are involved in scholarly activities designed to teach practice-based learning and improvement. Independent research is encouraged, and a wide variety of research opportunities in basic, translational or clinical research are available.

The fellowship has the following established educational goals:

  • Fellows must understand the effectiveness and limitations of coronary interventional procedures to best select patients and procedure types appropriately.
  • Fellows need to achieve appropriate cognitive knowledge and technical skills to perform interventional cardiac procedures at the level of quality attainable through present cutting edge knowledge and state of the art technology.
  • The program should foster critical thinking skills and an attitude of life long learning to gain from experience and incorporate new developments.
  • The program should commit to quality assessment and improvement in performance of procedures.

Interventional cardiology fellows are expected to learn the indications for and expertise in interventional techniques, including PTCA, stenting, intravascular ultrasound, balloon valvuloplasty, ASD closure and alcohol septal ablation.

Program Director:
Tarek Helmy, MD
tarek.helmy@uc.edu

Program Manager:
Eva Meunier
eva.meunier@uc.edu

Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology

Finally, the clinical cardiac electrophysiology is a one-year program that provides comprehensive ACGME-accredited training in the basics of cardiac electrophysiology, complex mapping and ablation procedures, device implantation, device extraction and resynchronization therapy device implantation and troubleshooting.

A wide variety of research opportunities in basic, translational or clinical research are available.

Fellows are expected to pursue additional relevant reading and are involved in scholarly activities designed to teach practice-based learning and improvement. Independent research is encouraged.

Research Training

The current National Institutes of Health-sponsored Training in Cardiovascular Sciences was instituted in 1978 by Arnold Schwartz, MD, PhD. This program has trained more than 120 scientists who have pursued independent research careers and are holding prominent scientific positions worldwide.

Our trainees have been distinguished as chairs of basic science departments, directors of centers or pharmaceutical companies, clinical directors and tenured faculty members in academic research.

The overall emphasis continues to focus on integrative training and well-rounded knowledge of the fundamentals in biochemical, molecular, physiological and pharmacological underpinnings of cardiovascular disease. Dr. Schwartz has been a constant guiding force since the program was established.

The presence of this training program since 1978 has fostered the growth of many departments and programs at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and has served as the catalyst for faculty recruitment and retention.

Cardiovascular research has been a proud tradition for the College of Medicine and remains one of its top areas of research emphasis. Several departments place a strong and prime nucleus of faculty programs in cardiovascular research providing a solid basis for attaining top rankings in the country.

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