Conference Overview

Basic Science Conference
Lectures given by the basic science faculty covering the major topics in the basic sciences. Lecture series occurs in the fall.

Board Review Conference
Questions are reviewed from multiple board review resources.

Interventional Cardiology Conference
This conference serves as a didactic on interventional cardiology topics and a forum for discussion of patients with complex cardiac disease, with interesting interventional cardiology cases presented on a weekly basis.

Cardiac CT / MR Conference
Lectures covering the major topics in cardiac imaging. In addition, interesting clinical cases are presented and discussed.

Clinical Case Conference
Discussion revolves around cases that have been cared for by the presenting fellow either in the inpatient or outpatient setting. Discussion will be moderated by an attending physician, and all aspects of the case will be analyzed, with a special emphasis being placed on clinical reasoning, guideline-recommended treatment and use of the literature.

Core Curriculum
This conference series covers all the major topics in clinical cardiology. The series is repeated every 18 months.

Electrophysiology Case Conference
This weekly morning conference highlights EP cases performed over the past week, with in depth analysis on mechanisms and pathophysiology. ECG interpretation is covered from the basic to interpretation of complex arrhythmias.

Echo Conference
Lectures given by a general cardiology fellow reviewing interesting cases with a discussion facilitated by an echo attending.

Grand Rounds
Assigned to the Cardiology Faculty who are expected to present the latest developments in their topics of choice or area of interest. This is also a venue for inviting distinguished outside speakers to come in and present their areas of research and interest. A wide range of topics are presented, from basic research to the latest in clinical trials.

How To” Lecture Series
Conference series occurs during the months of July and August. The lectures are geared toward providing the first year fellows with basic practical knowledge from all major areas of cardiovascular disease. Special emphasis is placed on what the fellow will need to know when on call.

Journal Club
A fellow and faculty member are assigned for each session and they are responsible for choosing an interesting article. The article is briefly summarized and a discussion of its strong points and limitation ensues.

Nuclear Conference
Lectures covering the major topics in nuclear cardiology. In addition, interesting nuclear cases will be reviewed, with a discussion facilitated by a nuclear cardiology attending.

Echo Conference
Basic Principles of Echo and Physics/Quantitative Measures
Diastolic function and Doppler hemodynamics
Stress Echo
Mitral Stenosis and Regurgitation
Pulmonary Hypertension, Tricuspid and Pulmonic disease
Constriction and Restriction
TEE, Aortic Pathology and Endocarditis, Part 1 and 2
Congenital Heart Disease, Part 1 and 2
Echo in Pregnancy

How-To Conference
Basic Nuclear Cardiology
Basic ECG
TTE: Basic views & basic doppler
Basic Coronary and Peripheral Anatomy
Introduction to TEE
Pre-op Evaluation
Basic Hemodynamics
Wide Complex Tachycardia
Intro to Stress Testing
Hands-on Echo
ECG Basics: Parts I and II
Patient & Operator Safety in the Cath Lab
Temprorary Pacemaker and DCCV
On-call Echo
Moderate Sedation
ICD and Pacemaker Interrogation
On-Call Intervention

Nuclear Conference
Principles of NM physics and agents
Comparison of Stress Tests
Evaluation of CAD/ Risk Stratification
Post Revascularization
Viability Studies
PET/MUGA scans

Cardiac MR
Basic Principles, Part 1 and 2
Stress MR and evaluation of CAD
Evaluation of Cardiomyopathies
Cardiac masses
Congenital Heart Disease

Conference Topics

Basic Science Conference
Cardiac Myofilaments
Basic Electrophysiology
Excitation-Contraction Coupling
Pharmaco-Mechanical Coupling in Smooth Muscle
Hemodynamics I
Hemodynamics II
Metabolism and Energetics
Cardiac Hypertrophy
Regulation of Gene Expression

Core Curriculum

NSTEMI / UA – Diagnosis, Treatment and Guidelines
STEMI – Diagnosis, Treatment and Guidelines
RV Infarct and Mechanical Complications Post-MI
Chronic Stable CAD – Diagnosis, Treatment & Guidelines
Cardiac Rehabilitation in Cardiac Patients
Peripheral vascular disease – I
Peripheral vascular disease – II
Dyslipidemias – diagnosis and treatment
Heart Failure, acute decompensated – Treatment and Guidelines
Heart Failure, chronic – Treatment and Guidelines
Restrictive Cardiomyopathies
Cardiac Masses and Malignancies
Pericardial Diseases
MS – Clinical Presentation, Treatment and Guidelines
MR – Clinical Presentation, Treatment and Guidelines
AS – Clinical Presentation, Treatment and Guidelines
AI – Clinical Presentation, Treatment and Guidelines
Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathies
Adult Congenital Heart Diseases I – Anatomy, Embriology and Left to Right Shunt lesions
Adult Congenital Heart Diseases II – Cyanotic Heart Disease
Endocarditis and Infections of the Heart
Hypertension, primary and secondary
Pacmaker modes and indication for pacing
Atrial Fibrillation and Flutter
Sinus node physiology and sick sinus syndrome
AV node physiology, AVRT and AVNRT
WPW and preexcitation syndromes
VT and other Wide Complex Tachycardia
Long QT syndrome
Pre-op evaluation and peri-op management of patients undergoing noncardiac surgery
Sleep disorders and cardiovascular disease
Heart Transplant
Cardiac CT
Cardiac MRI / MRA
Aortic Aneurysm
 Principals of cardiovascular molecular biology and genetics
 Aortic dissection
 Brugada and ARVD
 Heart and Pregnancy
 Management of Geriatric Patients with Cardiovascular Disease
 Diabetes, the metabolic syndrome and atheroscleotic vascular disease
 Heart Disease in Women
 CV Disease and Disorders of Other Organ Systems – Endo, Heme, Rheumatic and Neuro

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