Charleston Area Medical Center
Interventional Cardiology Fellowship Program
Charleston Area Medical Center (CAMC) has a rich history of providing nationally recognized, high- quality, state-of-the-art cardiovascular care. The Interventional Cardiology Fellowship Program is part of an academic initiative to ensure we can continue providing the best quality cardiovascular care to the patients we serve in Southern WV while at the same time enhancing the academic patient care culture with a clinical learning environment that values professionalism, evidence-based care models, multidiscipline teams, research, collegiality, diversity, innovation, compassion and strong core values.
The CAMC Interventional Cardiology program aims to:
1. Provide guideline-based interventional recommendations for an array of cardiovascular diseases, including but not limited to: coronary artery disease, peripheral vascular disease and structural heart disease.
2. Recruit and retain fellows and faculty in cardiovascular disease forming a diverse group of providers.
3. Provide the fellow with state-of-the-art, guideline-based interventional procedural experience needed to provide high quality, cost-effective, autonomous interventional cardiovascular care.
4. Develop the fellow’s skills in outpatient and in-patient evaluation of patients referred for possible interventional procedures.
5. Train fellows who are compassionate and who demonstrate strong core values to complement the CAMC mission of “striving to provide the best health care to every patient, every day”.
6. Prepare the fellow in early disease diagnosis; preventive guideline-based medical therapy; appropriate and rapid interventional options such as percutaneous angioplasty/stent; appropriate surgical referral; appropriate use of mechanical circulatory support (Left ventricular support such a Impella and ECMO); and timely follow up.
7. Educate the fellow on the fundamentals of clinical research, by providing the necessary resources and support to learn, gather data, and publish studies. The fellow will be able to effectively apply this knowledge to patient care and/or pursue an academic career.
8. Foster and cultivate the core values of integrity, ethical behavior, compassion, kindness and professionalism in both faculty and fellows.
9. Prepare the fellow to be a leader in the region and, in the case of a gifted fellow, cultivate leadership skills on a national and international level.
10. Prepare trainees for advanced subspecialty fellowship, if desired, and provide an opportunity to obtain additional subspecialty experience.
11. Ensure that the fellow acquires the skills to diagnose complex interventional cardiovascular conditions and initiate rapid and appropriate treatment that can be lifesaving and improve quality of lives; encourage and expect the fellow to learn management of cardiogenic shock, principles of right heart catheterization and management of devices to support left and right ventricle.
12. Recruit gifted fellow graduates into the CAMC network of physicians.
13. Promote quality improvement and engage the fellow in quality initiatives that are important to improvement patient care and to addressing health care disparities.
14. Coach fellows on the teaching skills necessary to successfully serve as future mentors or faculty members in an academic medical setting.
15. Help fellows learn to recognize physician burnout, fatigue, sleep deprivation, and mental health crises and be able to take appropriate steps to enhance and support physician well-being.