Rotation Schedule

The academic year consists of 12 blocks. A sample of the cardiology fellowship curriculum is listed below. 


Block Year One Year Two Year Three
1 Cardiology Wards & ICU Cardiology Wards & ICU Cardiology Wards & ICU
2 Cardiology Wards & ICU Cardiology Wards & ICU Cardiology Wards & ICU
3 Cardiology Wards & ICU Elective Echocardiography Stress testing
4 Cardiology Wards & ICU Nuc Med & Research Cardiac Catheter Lab
5 Cardiology Wards & ICU Echocardiography Nuc Med & Research MRI/CT and Device Clinic
6 Echocardiography Nuc Med & Research Electrophysiology
7 Echocardiography Nuc Med & Research Electrophysiology
8 Echocardiography Elective Elective/Research
9 Echocardiography Cardiac Catheter Lab Nuc Med/Research
10 Cardiac Catheter Lab  Cardiac Catheter Lab/MRI Nuc Med/Research
11 Cardiac Catheter Lab Electrophysiology Vascular/Research
12 Cardiac Catheter Lab Cardio/Thoracic Surgery Congenital Heart Disease-UCD


 * ICU is included in all Cardiology Ward rotations
 * Includes five weeks of Congenital Heart Failure experience as UC-Davis
 * Fellow Cardiology Continuity Clinic will take place a half day per week throughout the three years  

Didactic Components

The clinical experience will be supplemented by a structured didactic program that comprises the core of the Cardiology Knowledge curriculum. Academic progress is charted throughout the year with the ACC sponsored ITE (In-Service Training Exam) as well as in-service questions based on didactic lectures throughout the year.

Didactics are comprised of:

  • Faculty led lectures 
  • Weekly Cardiac Catheter Conference
  • Attending Lectures
  • Monthly M&M
  • Echocardiography Conferences
  • Nuclear Conference
  • Journal Club
  • Mayo Board Review as one hour board review each week


Clinical Components

Clinical experience is rigorous with a focus on the delivery of excellent patient care in an academic setting. Hospital ward experience consists of month long rotations within the cardiology service. Fellows get experience caring for patients as well as managing a team of residents, interns and students. Patient care is emphasized with the responsibilities commensurate with level. Advanced cardiology care in complex cases of heart failure, arrhythmias, ischemic heart disease as well as structural disease including valvular heart disease are encountered extensively.

Weekly outpatient clinic affords the fellows an opportunity to follow hospital based patient through the phases of outpatient care as well as a pertinent introduction to outpatient cardiology practice in general. Coordination with primary care and good communication skills are paramount and emphasized.


Procedural Experience

With an outstanding volume of procedural cases, ECHOs and EKGs, we are able to afford fellow with Level II COCATS training in ECHO, Nuclear, Cardiac catheterization. Ability to sit for high level boarding within cardiology fellowship to acquire testamur status in ECHO and Nuclear are available for the highly motivated fellow.